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Storage Networking
The migration toward virtualized data centers has created new complexities and placed additional burdens on legacy data center systems and infrastructures. This is particularly true in the case of storage networking systems and data protection processes. Without properly addressing the storage networking requirements within virtualized data centers, organizations can never achieve an IT model where information and applications reside anywhere.

That's why many organizations are turning to a well-known and highly utilized technology to meet their storage networking requirements for virtualized data centers: Fibre Channel. In fact, one customer survey after another indicates that, by an overwhelming margin, Fibre Channel is the preferred storage networking protocol among data center administrators worldwide to network their virtual machines to their enterprise storage systems. This is not surprising since Fibre Channel has been the de facto protocol for connecting physical servers and mainframes to storage systems.

Brocade is both a pioneer and the worldwide leader in the Fibre Channel industry. In its history, Brocade has achieved many Fibre Channel industry milestones, including the introduction of the first 1 Gbps Fibre Channel switch. Since then, Brocade has led the way through every other major technology transition in Fibre Channel, specifically the migration from to 1, 2, 4, 8, and 16 Gbps technologies that has enabled IT organizations to stay ahead of the ever-increasing volumes of network traffic and digital data.

Today, Brocade leads the industry in Fibre Channel technology innovation with the introduction of the first end-to-end 16 Gbps Fibre Channel portfolio for both open systems and FICON environments. These powerful solutions—which include the Brocade DCX 8510 Backbone, Brocade 6510 Switch, and Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter—are now part of the industry's broadest Fibre Channel portfolio, spanning Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) to a full range of Fibre Channel switches and backbones.


Storage Area Networking Resources

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This paper provides a comprehensive set of best practices to guide data center SAN architecture and design.

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The guiding principles driving a new architecture for the data center include consolidation, virtualization, service-level resource allocation, and policy-based data management. These principles simplify how business exploits its data for competitive advantage in a cost-effective manner—as detailed in this paper.

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The guiding principles driving a new architecture for the data center include consolidation, virtualization, service-level resource allocation, and policy-based data management. These principles simplify how business exploits its data for competitive advantage in a cost-effective manner.

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New high-performance 10 GbE ports can be used to connect both storage and servers into the existing iSCSI network. Existing servers with 1 GbE connections can access the newly deployed 10 GbE storage; and new servers with 10 GbE… connections can access excising 1 GbE storage. This allows you to utilize 10 GbE iSCSI storage for higher-performance server access to storage or to support more 1 GbE servers per storage array.

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This guide describes best practices for incorporating cabling in a typical data center, plus tips for selecting cabling components and information on data transmission media.

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Describes recommended cabling solutions for high-density port solutions based on the Brocade FC8-64 FC port blade.

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Deploying Brocade 8 Gbps with VMware Virtual Infrastructure

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Describes procedures for replacing a Brocade Mi10K Director at the core of a Brocade M-EOS fabric with a Brocade DCX Backbone in Interopmode 2 or 3.

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Describes procedures for migrating server and storage devices from a Brocade M-EOS fabric in McDATA Fabric or Open mode to a Brocade FOS fabric using the Brocade DCX or DCX-4S.

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The guiding principles driving a new architecture for the data center include consolidation, virtualization, service-level resource allocation, and policy-based data management. These principles simplify how business exploits its data for competitive advantage in a cost-effective manner—as detailed in this paper.

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Highlights a Brocade-EMC solution with EMC CLARiiON, EMC Atmos, Brocade Fibre Channel (FC) switches, Brocade FC HBAs, and Brocade IP networking switches as the ideal platform for Microsoft SharePoint applications running on a Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization framework.

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Discusses the integration of the Brocade DCX Backbone into existing Brocade Fabric OS SAN infrastructures.

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Details how for medium- to large-sized enterprise data centers, adoption of fabric-based encryption often proves to be a more affordable option than LTO-4 tape drive-based encryption based on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

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This Solution Brief describes and illustrates scenarios that demonstrate how Brocade fabrics can be connected to remote data centers through Ciena optical networking systems.

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The rapid adoption of server virtualization is changing the requirements for data center infrastructure capabilities and design. Virtualization concentrates business processes and data to a smaller group of physical resources, as a result, businesses need to ensure that the data generated in this virtual server environment is properly protected.

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This document is a guide to configuring Microsoft® Hyper-V using NPIV with a Brocade® Fibre Channel to PCIe Host Bus Adapter (HBA). It will help you understand what you need to consider before deploying this solution and how to implement and diagnose NPIV with Hyper-V. It is designed for Windows System Administrators and Storage Administrators. A basic understanding of how to use Windows, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), Fibre Channel (FC) storage, and zoning is assumed.

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HP StorageWorks Secure Key Manager with Brocade Encryption Solutions

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Describes procedures for replacing a Brocade Mi10K Director at the core of a Brocade M-Enterprise (M-EOS) fabric with a Brocade DCX of DCX-4S in Interopmode 2 or 3 and moving the Brocade Mi10K to the edge.

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Details the Brocade NetApp key management solution for encrypting data-at-rest using the NetApp LKM Appliance with Brocade encryption devices

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Brocade encryption solutions with the Thales Encryption Manager for Storage combine to protect data stored on disk and tape. Thales and Brocade have qualified products to deliver a seamless solution for data-at-rest encryption.

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Brocade switches with Gen 5 Fibre Channel unleash the full potential of high-density server virtualization, cloud architectures, and next-generation storage, doubling the data throughput of 8 Gbps links, enabling organizations to fully leverage existing and new IT investments.

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Describes and illustrates scenarios that demonstrate how the Brocade DCX Backbone platform can be added non-disruptively into the core of existing SANs and new data center fabrics.

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The Call Home event notification capability allows a user to configure DCFM to automatically send an e-mail or dial into a Brocade or OEM support center to report system problems.

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This paper explores the architectural advantages of the Brocade 48000 and ways that IT organizations can leverage its performance capabilities, modular flexibility, and “five-nines” reliability.

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Describes the internal architecture of the Brocade DCX Backbone and explains how best to leverage its industry-leading performance and blade flexibility to meet business requirements.

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The results of a benchmarking study performed in Brocade test labs demonstrate that SQL Server can be deployed on VMware ESX Server 3.5 for Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) applications in very favorable server consolidation ratios to meet corporate IT business requirements.

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This paper describes the basics of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and how Brocade FCoE solutions provide greater choice in modern data centers.

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Brocade solutions provide the flexibility, reliability, and ease of use for lower-cost Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI) Storage Area Networks (SANs). This whitepaper provides an overview of an iSCSI SAN, the challenges with iSCSI SANs, and the Brocade solutions that address those challenges.

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This paper explains the concept of Buffer-to-Buffer credits and provides an easy method to calculate the optimal number of credits required for maximum FICON performance.

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This paper describes the key factors that organizations need to consider in order to build the right backup and recovery infrastructure for their needs.

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The Brocade DCX Backbone provides industry-leading performance, scalability, and investment protection, unleashing the full capabilities of IBM System z, especially IBM zEnterprise 196 (z196) solutions

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This paper explains why FICON technology is a reliable, cost-effective choice for IT organizations seeking to bring disaster recovery infrastructure in-house

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As Microsoft’s largest OEM Partner, HP offers a complete portfolio of complementary technology and services to help customers get the most out of their MOSS solutions.

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This paper explores the various approaches Brocade is taking toward heterogeneous fabric connectivity following its acquisition of McDATA.

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Describes Zoning, a security feature in SAN fabrics, and Zoning best practices to easily secure host and storage in a Brocade fabric

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This paper describes how Brocade Adaptive Networking Services help simplify fabric management by dynamically adjusting bandwidth and fabric resources to meet application service levels.

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To maximize the benefits of network connectivity in a virtualized server environment, Brocade works seamlessly with Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (MSCVMM) to deliver high performance, high availability, security, energy efficiency, and streamlined management end to end.

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New features in Brocade Fabric OS 7.0 help increase SAN security in enterprise environments to better protect sensitive data.

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Describes a FOS 6.2 capability: Virtual Fabrics (VFs). Using VFs, customers can partition a physical switch into multiple Logical Switches, each of which belongs to a Logical Fabric, which has independent data paths, fabric configuration (zoning, Quality of Service, fabric mode) ,and management.

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This paper shows how the VMware Infrastructure Platform can be deployed in a Fibre Channel-based shared storage environment and how support for NPIV enables critical fabric services to be extended to Virtual Machines in the data center.