Brocade Gives Mainframes Global Reach

Arthur Cole

Centralizing datacenter operations does wonders for the bottom line, but it can lead to logistical problems for enterprises operating over the wide area.


Application acceleration technology has done much to alleviate long-distance latency, but mainframe performance in particular often suffers without distance extension systems.


Brocade says it is taking the idea of distance extension global with the introduction of the new Brocade Accelerator for FICON, the newest addition to the company's Data Center Fabric architecture. The system is available as an optional software license and brings together networking, data management and protocol intelligence to increase the speed of mainframe-based disk and tape operations over wide area networks.


The accelerator is optimized for use with the Brocade 7500 and 7500E extension switches, as well as the FR4-18i SAN extension blade.


The system is available from Brocade directly or from Sun Microsystems and other OEMs.

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