Brocade Weaves a Tighter Fabric

Arthur Cole

Brocade is staking its claim as an end-to-end network fabric provider, leveraging its SAN, FAN and service capabilities in a bid to provide a one-stop shop for scalable, high-performance connectivity and data management.


The latest moves center around several key hardware and software releases designed to combine the benefits of 10 Gbps networking with virtual SANs. For improved business continuity, the company has outfitted the Brocade 48000 Director with 10 Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity via the new FC10-6 director blade. That, coupled with the Fast Write system on the FR4-18i router blade on the 48000, is said to boost disk mirroring and other recovery tools 200 percent.


The company also has ported its McData-compatible Access Gateway to the 200E switch for improved SAN scalability, and has released a new set of application platforms, the Brocade 7600 and the FA4-18 for the 48000 router, geared toward storage virtualization and data protection.


By pulling all of its strengths into a single network fabric offering, Brocade seems to be betting that the increase in datacenter complexity will cause enterprises to seek more tightly integrated solutions. That's a pretty safe bet, considering the alternative is continued reliance on piecemeal systems that may or may not have the ability to scale in unison to meet changing requirements.

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