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Brocade extends Solid State Ready programme

Network firm adds support for Ethernet fabrics, solutions testing for solid-state deployments

Brocade extends Solid State Ready programme

Networking specialist Brocade today announced it has developed new solutions-testing schemes to extend support for its Solid State Ready programme.

The programme is open to solid-state storage array vendors deploying all-flash and hybrid arrays in software-defined data centres running applications on Brocade fabrics.

Brocade cited "exponential growth" in solid-state storage deployment rates, which the company predicted will be "as disruptive in the data centre as server virtualisation was", as the motivation for the Solid State Ready scheme, launched earlier this year. The programme provides joint testing for Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and NAS-based all-flash and hybrid storage arrays across multiple fabrics, heterogeneous servers, NICs, CNAs, and HBAs in Brocade environments.

The company has now extended the programme's scope to include Ethernet fabrics, solutions testing, and market development investments such as technical and sales support, education, marketing and awareness activities.

"These efforts will ensure seamless deployment and optimum performance of solid-state storage and VMware technologies in Brocade Fibre Channel and Ethernet fabrics," the company said in a statement.

Programme participants include Fujitsu America Inc., Hitachi Data Systems, HP, NetApp, Nimble Storage, Pure Storage, Saratoga Speed, SolidFire, Skyera, Tegile Systems and Violin Memory.

"We are now making it easier for enterprises to deploy high-performance, flash-enhanced storage as complete solutions to support highly virtualised cloud environments," said Jack Rondoni, vice president, Storage Networking, at Brocade.

"As a result, today's organisations can be confident that Brocade Solid State Ready solutions meet the same rigorous quality standards that have made Brocade the industry leader in SAN and Ethernet fabrics."

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