Hitachi Data Systems is upping the performance of its storage networking portfolio, adding new 8 Gbps HBAs from Brocade to the mix.
The companies announced that the Brocade 815 and 825 HBAs are on tap for the Hitachi platform, although specific product integrations were not announced. Still, it's hard to imagine that the deal will not involve the company's Universal Storage Platform lineup in some fashion.
The Brocade devices are noted both for their throughput (up to 500,000 IOPS per port), as well as advanced features like QoS maintenance, traffic management and adaptive networking capabilities.
The expansion to 8 Gbps operation should also go a long way toward improving Hitachi's ability to integrate virtual environments into its storage architecture. Improved I/O is often a crucial aspect of virtualization as the demands of increasing numbers of virtual machines on the server side often overload existing network resources.