San-Jose, California-based Brocade is positioning itself for the future with its latest advanced storage area networking (SAN) solutions, data center innovations, and ongoing R&D. As part of the effort, the company has recently rolled out its "Fabric Vision" and the new Brocade 6520 Switch.
Fabric Vision technology is a SAN hardware and software solution that promises to maximize uptime, simplify SAN deployment and management, and provide visibility and insight into the storage network . Brocade's newest technology is a collection of features and tools that aim to enhance the company's purpose-built Gen 5 Fibre Channel portfolio with 16-Gbps performance .
"Increasing infrastructure complexity continues to drive requirements for ongoing consolidation and simplification of IT resources," said Dan Iacono, research director of Storage Systems at IDC. "SAN management software, such as Brocade Fabric Vision technology, can improve the administrator's ability to better monitor, manage and operate their storage networks, which can allow more time for the administrator to provide value back to the business."
Major OEM Support
Brocade is billing its new 6520 Switch as the industry's highest-density fixed-configuration SAN switch. The Brocade 6520 Switch beefs up the company's portfolio of Gen 5 Fibre Channel modular, fixed port and embedded solutions. Brocade sees this as a major competitive differentiator and it is getting a nod from major OEMs, including Dell , EMC , Fujitsu, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard and Nimbus Data.
"The Brocade 6520 SAN Switch rounds out Dell's Fibre Channel ecosystem, helping to improve the resilience, agility, availability and performance of our leading-edge, end-to-end 16 Gbps solution from server to switch to storage," said Jeff Baher, director of product marketing for Dell Enterprise Solution Group. "This high-density switch is a perfect complement to our recent Compellent Storage Center 6.3 update, providing additional levels of scalability for larger SAN deployments." (continued...)