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Compatibility

Brocade offers the highest level of fabric switching and device compatibility, helping organizations maximize the value of their data center infrastructure investments.

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True compatibility, or interoperability, is possible only through extensive testing, a broad range of partnerships, and the right technology. Because Brocade supports native fabric interoperability throughout its comprehensive family of SAN backbones, directors, and switches, organizations can expand their existing fabrics and build new SANs in the most seamless, efficient, and supportable manner possible. This level of compatibility means that host and/or storage nodes communicate using interconnected Fibre Channel switches from multiple vendors.

Interoperability within a SAN today is commonplace, since no single vendor provides switches, storage nodes, and host nodes (HBAs). In fact, virtually every SAN has more than one HBA vendor and multiple storage vendors (a disk vendor and a tape vendor or two different disk vendors, for example). Moreover, SAN device interoperability is well understood: SAN vendors provide compatibility matrix documents and have extensive experience designing, implementing, managing, and troubleshooting heterogeneous fabrics.

Brocade performs rigorous compatibility testing of its products with those from leading OEMs, strategic partners, and system integrators. In addition to testing, Brocade maintains the largest portfolio of Fibre Channel-based solutions and publishes certified interoperability solutions for enterprise SANs. Brocade provides a detailed list of devices and applications tested by Brocade, OEM Partners, and developer partners for compatibility with Brocade SAN solutions.

Technology and Architecture Resources

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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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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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This guide discusses topics related to mixing FICON and FCP devices in the same Storage Area Network (SAN), focusing on issues that end users need to address. These include specifics for the IBM zEnterprise System, as well as the fabric elements to consider when evaluating a FICON/FCP intermix solution.

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To realize the full value of an investment in the zEnterprise requires a transformation in the infrastructure supporting your new mainframe. This paper explores a thoughtfully planned and managed transition from a mixed ESCON and FICON infrastructure to a pure FICON infrastructure, enabling a smarter, centralized, cloud-optimized data center for the future.

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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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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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This paper delves into the experiences of 30 IT managers who relocated their data centers, analyzing the primary drivers, issues, strategies, and lessons learned.

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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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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 examines how FICON channel architecture greatly expands the distance, throughput, and scale of implementation for IBM mainframe environments.

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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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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 explores both the technical and business reasons for implementing a switched FICON architecture instead of a direct-attached storage FICON architecture.