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Fibre Channel fabrics are the most trusted and widely deployed purpose-built network infrastructure for storage. They are the universal thread that connects businesses to their most critical applications and data, and as such play a vital role in the world’s economies. In fact, Fibre Channel has been an integral part of every wave of storage advancement in the data center. And throughout that evolution, Brocade has helped customers deliver more value from their applications and infrastructure by driving Fibre Channel innovation.

The newest and most exciting storage advancement today is flash-based storage. The unprecedented speed and rapidly increasing cost-effectiveness of flash-based products are dramatically accelerating data center transformation. As companies redefine application performance with flash storage, they require networks that deliver low-latency, high capacity bandwidth and reliability. Today, 70 to 80 percent of flash array storage systems are deployed with Gen 5 Fibre Channel. Tomorrow, next-generation flash storage based on Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) will provide even greater value through seamless integration with the next generation of Fibre Channel technology: Gen 6.


As companies move to digitize and adapt to new workloads, they need a modern storage network that supports business agility. Gen 6 Fibre Channel provides digital enterprises with the non-stop availability and incredible performance required for tomorrow’s hyperscale, all-flash data centers. Gen 6 Fibre Channel products deliver the performance, reliability, and scalability requirements of hyperscale virtualization, new data center architectures, and next-generation storage technologies.

Brocade and its partner ecosystem offer a growing portfolio of Gen 6 Fibre Channel products that are already redefining enterprise storage, including Brocade X6 Directors, Brocade G620 Switch, and Brocade SX6 Extension Blade. The Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel portfolio combines innovative hardware, Brocade Fabric Vision technology, and ground-breaking integrated monitoring for storage I/O performance. Together, these offerings provide the industry’s highest level of operational stability while redefining application performance for hyper-scale, mission-critical storage.

What about software-defined and cloud-based technologies that are also positioned to re-invent storage? These innovative technologies clearly have a role in the data center. Gen 6 Fibre Channel complements them all by providing the unmatched reliability, performance, scalability, and security needed to deliver always-on business operations. As history has proven, Fibre Channel is the only infrastructure that can deliver these capabilities.


Fabric VisionAn extension of Brocade’s Fibre Channel technology, Brocade Fabric Vision increases your visibility into the network and supports highly automated management functions. These functions dramatically reduce operational costs by simplifying management, so you can preempt problems and accelerate application deployments. Fabric Vision combines capabilities from Brocade hardware, Brocade Fabric OS, and Brocade Network Advisor management software. With the recent addition of IO Insight, Fabric Vision technology now provides organizations with even deeper visibility into the performance of their environment. This enhanced visibility reduces time-to-resolution by enabling quick identification of degraded application performance at the host and storage tiers.

Extension—Brocade purpose-built extension solutions help you address the growing replication and backup needs driven by increasing traffic between data centers, virtualized application workloads, and business continuity requirements. Our solutions maximize replication and backup throughput over distance, using data compression, disk and tape protocol acceleration, and WAN-optimized TCP. Brocade Extension solutions include the Brocade 7840 Extension Switch, the Brocade 7800 Extension Switch, Brocade SX6 Extension Blade and the Brocade FX8-24 Extension Blade for the Brocade DCX 8510.

Mainframe—Brocade FICON-qualified directors and switches provide flexible FICON infrastructures for designing, building, and transforming enterprise data centers into strategic business assets. Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel DCX 8510 FICON directors and Brocade 6510, 7840, and 7800 FICON switches with Brocade Fabric Vision technology provide industry-leading performance, scalability, and investment protection, so you can leverage the full capabilities of your IBM z System solutions.

NVMe over Fabrics—The simplicity and efficiency of NVMe over Fabrics enables significant performance gains for flash storage. Organizations can seamlessly integrate Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel networks with next-generation NVMe over fabrics without a disruptive rip- and- replace. Leveraging the efficiency of NVMe over Fibre Channel, combined with the high performance and low latency of Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel, organizations can accelerate IOPS to deliver the performance, application response time, and scalability needed for next-generation data centers

Standards Leadership

Brocade works with industry-leading organizations to develop standards, technologies, products, and services that simplify data center infrastructure management and implementation. Our long history of contributions to standards development ranges from Fibre Channel communication technology to storage network interoperability and management. As we expand our presence in the Ethernet space, we will also increase our standards development focus with greater participation in Ethernet standards groups.


Brocade products turn Possibilities into realities. Through industry transition and technology evolution. For large and small businesses, service providers, and the public sector. Our proven data and storage network fabrics, state-of-the-art virtual devices, management tools, and open approach are ready to support your success.