Brocade New Fabric Vision Technology and 6520 Switch Boosts its 16 Gbps Fibre Channel SAN Portfolio
Networking Vendor also Announced Plans for Gen 6 Fibre Channel Technology Supporting the Next-Generation Standard
March 27, 2013 10:45 by Colin_Saldanha
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 26, 2013 – Brocade, one of the leading end-to-end networking solutions company, has built on its 17-year heritage as a Fibre Channel innovator and unveiled Brocade® Fabric Vision™ technology, an advanced SAN hardware and software solution, capable of 16 Gbps data transfer rate. In addition, it has launched the impressive 6520 Switch with 96 Fibre Channel ports in a 2U form factor, said to be the industry’s, highest-density fixed-configuration SAN switch.
The key focus of Brocade® Fabric Vision™ is easier and better network management and monitoring, maximum network uptime and simplicity in deploying large SAN fabrics. It supports and enhances Brocade’s comprehensive Gen 5 Fibre Channel portfolio with special tools & features. The advanced technology helps network administrators predict problems before they occur and reduces operational costs.
The new Brocade 6520 Switch on the other hand helps network managers build SAN fabrics that are highly scalable, reliable, cost efficient and easy to manage. The density of the Brocade 6520 means fewer inter-switch links, fewer cables and fewer switches to manage.
“Our customers run their most critical applications and store their most important data on Brocade Fibre Channel infrastructure to support highly virtualized and emerging cloud-optimized data centers. They depend on Brocade to continue innovating and developing solutions that solve real-world problems today and that can adapt to evolving requirements into the future,” said Jason Nolet, vice president of the Data Center Networking Group at Brocade. “Today’s announcement underscores our investment and laser-focus on leading the Fibre Channel industry with innovative technology and solutions built upon standards-based networking and management.”
Brocade is clearly ahead of the pack in the Fibre Channel space and its technology leadership has prompted the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) T11 Technical Committee to seek its guidance while formulating and finalizing standards for Gen 6 Fibre Channel (32 Gbps). On its part, Brocade will develop new solutions in future based on these new standards. Brocade is also working with the OpenStack Foundation to develop open source software that will simplify management of Fibre Channel fabrics in cloud architectures. As organizations move towards OpenStack in datacenters, Brocade together with its storage partners are working to ensure customer investment protection.
Brocade has made available the new Brocade 6520 Switch and new Brocade Network Advisor 12.0 through its OEM partners Fujitsu, HP and NetApp, as well as its channel partners. They will be offered later this year by other OEM partners, including Dell, EMC and HDS.
Brocade Fabric Vision technology includes capabilities that are available now through Brocade OEM and channel partners.
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