Brocade to enable software-defined storage for EMC Fibre Channel SAN customers

Brocade, a provider of data center fabric networking solutions, announced its storage area networking (SAN) management technology is now available for more than 50,000 joint EMC and Brocade customers.

The SAN technology will help Brocade customers immediately realize the virtualization benefits of the EMC ViPR Software-Defined Storage Platform within highly virtualized cloud environments, Brocade said.

Brocade Network Advisor SAN management software has been integrated with the EMC ViPR platform. The integration will help reduce data center costs and complexity for both current and future application deployments by taking advantage of Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel SAN solutions enhanced with Brocade Fabric Vision technology.

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The integration benefits EMC SAN customers as they can utilize the EMC ViPR platform to leverage existing storage infrastructures for traditional data center workloads, as well as provision new EMC ViPR Object Data Service and EMC ViPR HDFS Service through access to Amazon S3 and OpenStack Swift for next-generation workloads.

Brocade Network Advisor is sold by EMC as Connectrix Manager Converged Network Edition (CMCNE). This complete spectrum of capabilities can be run with enterprise storage, including the EMC VMAX, VPLEX, VNX, Atmos and Isilon families, as well as commodity storage.

“We have worked with Brocade to ensure seamless integration of the networking stack with the ViPR platform,” said Christopher Ratcliffe, vice president of Marketing, Advanced Software Division, EMC. “The result is a simple-to-use solution that automates and defines policies across the entire storage environment to further improve the utilization of our customers’ existing and future storage investments.”

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