Server and desktop virtualization. Big data. Analytics. Today’s IP storage applications are increasingly complex, business-critical, and high-profile. Failure is not an option. But running these bandwidth-intensive, latency sensitive applications on a shared network puts storage performance and availability at risk.
The best-practice solution for storage networking within and between data centers is (and always has been) a dedicated, fabric-based network. We know, because we cut our industry teeth pioneering innovative storage network fabrics, and we’ve been the undisputed technology leader for many years.
The network matters for IP storage
A physically separate IP storage network delivers predictable performance, provides security for storage data flows between data centers, contains failure domains, and maximizes uptime. These attributes are essential for managing growth, mitigating risk, and reducing costs. And Brocade is uniquely positioned to deliver these attributes with the industry’s first purpose-built storage connectivity portfolio for data center and disaster recovery applications.
The Brocade IP storage connectivity portfolio contains two fabric-based switches. Both offer technology and features that are optimized for IP storage. The Brocade VDX switches offer superior automation and simplicity that minimizes the learning curve and greatly reduces operational expenses. Embedded on-chip buffering designed to handle bursty storage applications delivers twice the performance of comparable solutions. The Brocade 7840 IP extension switch provides fast and secure connectivity. It also provides the equivalent of local replication performance over long distances, along with strong encryption that addresses disaster recovery requirements for IP storage between data centers.
The Brocade VDX switches and the Brocade 7840 IP extension switch share a powerful management software suite that provides unprecedented network visibility and insight across IP and Fibre Channel storage networks. Brocade Network Advisor, integrated with Brocade Fabric Vision technology, enables advanced monitoring and alerting that supports real-time analytics on fabric health and performance.
The increasing speed and reliability of IP storage devices has spurred the deployment of business-critical applications over IP storage. These applications need to be delivered quickly and managed efficiently. There is no better individual to do that than a storage administrator, and no better approach than a dedicated, fabric-based network. Our solutions remove the complexity of managing storage in an IP environment, so storage administrators can continue to create and control the dedicated, fabric-based storage networks that are a proven best practice.
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