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Brocade and Microsoft Systems Center

System Center solutions help IT pros manage the physical and virtual information technology (IT) environments across data centers, client computers, and devices. Using these integrated and automated management solutions, IT organizations can be more productive service providers to their businesses.

As the industry leader in data center networking solutions, Brocade is working with Microsoft to offer products and services that extend management from the server to the network.

 

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Brocade ADX Load Balancer Provider for Microsoft System Center 2012

The Brocade ADX Load Balancer Provider for Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager is now available for download. This new Provider offers seamless integration between Brocade ADX application delivery controllers and VMM to enable the dynamic provisioning of both application and network resources in response to changing demand. As a result, organizations can increase application availability and improve end-user experience while optimizing load distribution across the virtual environment. Together, Brocade's high performance traffic management capabilities combined with Microsoft's comprehensive cloud management suite enable the simplified orchestration and management of your application service delivery.

Please follow these instructions to your free download:

  1. Login to my.brocade.com with valid username and password (Register online for your free account)
  2. Select Product Downloads tab
  3. Click on Download button and scroll down to the Brocade ServerIron ADX Series link
  4. Download the ADX LB Provider installer

Brocade SAN Management Packs

Brocade has worked closely with Microsoft to extend the server administrator's view beyond the server and into the SAN infrastructure. We currently offer the Brocade Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) with two options:

  • Brocade SAN Management Pack for SCOM
  • Brocade HBA Management Pack for SCOM/SCVMM

Both are free add-ons to Brocade management products. Brocade SAN Management Pack requires and is enabled through Brocade Network Advisor. Brocade HBA Management Pack requires the installation of Brocade host bus adapters in your Microsoft servers.

Brocade SAN Management Pack for SCOM gives SCOM administrators visibility into the network connectivity of their servers and the ability to proactively respond to network bottlenecks through policy-based actions. This management pack is enabled through Brocade Network Advisor v11.0 and above (formerly Brocade Data Center Fabric Manager*), which manages the fabrics and acts as a collection/forwarding agent for SCOM.

Through the Brocade SAN Management Pack for SCOM plug-in, Brocade Network Advisor populates Microsoft SCOM with fabric details, switch details, statistics and call-home events. Server administrators can quickly identify whether the SAN infrastructure is causing poor application performance. Technical support organizations receive notifications, enabling them to respond to incidents before service level agreements are affected.

To download a free trial of Brocade Network Advisor, visit: http://www.brocade.com/products/all/management-software/product-details/network-advisor/index.page

*Note: If you have a valid DCFM license that was purchased and is under maintenance, you will be able to upgrade it to v11.0.

Brocade HBA Management Pack for SCOM/SCVMM monitors the health and performance of Brocade Host Bus Adapter (HBA)-to-SAN links from within Microsoft SCOM. It integrates Brocade HBA management information into Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) to provide real-time connection reporting and pro-active remediation in virtualized environments.

Using the Microsoft Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) interface, Brocade HBA Management Pack establishes specific policies that SCVMM can act upon immediately. When link congestion triggers a PRO alert, SCVMM can initiate manual intervention or automate live/quick migrations to another server to prevent downtime.

To download this free management pack, visit: http://www.brocade.com/services-support/drivers-downloads/adapters/Windows.page

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Brocade SAN Management Pack for Microsoft SCOM