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The Fibre Channel protocol and Brocade have been closely connected since the development of the first Brocade Fibre Channel platforms over 15 years ago. Today, organizations worldwide rely on Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions in their mission-critical data centers to deliver unmatched reliability, simplicity, and 16 Gbps performance.
Brocade Fabric OS (FOS) runs on the Brocade family of Fibre Channel and FICON backbones and switches—providing transparent interoperability between 1, 2, 4, 8, and 16 Gbps devices for superior investment protection. Brocade FOS also provides the reliable, high-performance data transport that is critical for interconnecting thousands of servers and storage devices. The integration of innovative core Brocade FOS and SAN fabric technology uniquely enables Brocade products to provide the building blocks that solve today's challenges and act as a strategic foundation for next-generation data centers. Through delivering industry-leading technologies that help improve performance, efficiency, RAS, and optimization at an affordable cost, Brocade continues to lead the development of Fibre Channel standards and offer breakthrough products.
Brocade FOS features include:
Simplified deployment and scalability
This tech brief provides best practices for implementation of advanced Brocade Fabric OS features that identify, monitor, and protect Fibre Channel SANs from problematic device and media behavior.
The Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter is a new class of adapter that meets all the connectivity needs of cloud-enabled data centers while providing unmatched performance, application-aware services, unified management, and reduced cost and complexity. It is the simplest, most flexible, and most powerful server connectivity adapter designed to extend fabric services to Virtual Machines (VMs) and applications in highly demanding virtualized environments.
Evaluator Group’s benchmark testing demonstrates the superior performance of Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel vs FCoE for Solid State Storage environments.
This document provides guidance for selecting an ideal Brocade FOS code version for use on Brocade Fibre Channel switch platforms and when migrating from one Brocade FOS release to another. These “Target Path” release recommendations should be used in conjunction with advice from your Brocade switch vendor.
By leveraging the Condor3 ASIC features in the Gen 5 Fibre Channel platforms, customers can save on both the OpEx and CapEx of maintaining SANs.
The Brocade DCX 8510 Backbone with Gen 5 Fibre Channel offers unique optical ICL connectivity, enabling massive fabric scalability while simplifying network topologies.
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.