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Brocade Accelerates Its Data Centre Fabric Architecture Vision With Brocade Data Centre Fabric Manager

  • 23 September, 2008 16:21

<p>Brocade(R) (Nasdaq: BRCD) unveiled today Brocade Data Centre Fabric Manager (DCFM(TM)) 10.0, a comprehensive storage network management application that helps customers manage and secure the flow of data within and across multiple fabrics to increase productivity, scalability, and operational efficiency.</p>
<p>Brocade DCFM is unique in its ability to provide unified, end-to-end management of data centre fabrics -- from storage ports on networked storage systems to Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) attached to physical or virtualised servers. It can configure and manage the comprehensive portfolio of Brocade storage networking products, which includes Brocade DCX(R) Backbones, directors, extension devices, and switches. Brocade DCFM is designed for enhanced scalability to monitor up to 24 multiprotocol fabrics at a time, supporting up to 9000 fabric ports and 20,000 devices ports. It is also able to perform real-time and historical performance monitoring to enable proactive problem diagnosis, maximise resource utilisation, and facilitate capacity planning.</p>
<p>Brocade DCFM is central to realising the Brocade Data Centre Fabric (DCF) architecture vision and incorporates the best features of existing Brocade management products. It is available in two configurations:</p>
<p>-- Brocade DCFM Enterprise: Provides a non-disruptive path and functional continuity for organisations that are upgrading from Brocade Enterprise Fabric Connectivity Manager (EFCM) or Brocade Fabric Manager.</p>
<p>-- Brocade DCFM Professional: Provides a subset of Brocade DCFM Enterprise features, making it ideal for organisations that require a less-extensive management solution for smaller SAN environments up to 1000 ports in a single fabric.</p>
<p>In addition, Brocade DCFM integrates management of both Brocade Fabric OS(R) (FOS) and Brocade M-Enterprise OS (M-EOS) fabrics and scales to handle the management of the physical and virtual data paths between servers and storage. It also integrates easily with existing management frameworks from leading third-party storage, server, and data centre infrastructure management providers, via open standards interfaces.</p>
<p>Next-Generation Fabric Services and Professional Services</p>
<p>To enable compliance with corporate security standards, Brocade DCFM supports encryption capabilities for data-at-rest solutions from leading third-party providers and HBA products. In addition, Brocade DCFM features easy-to-use administration tools that streamline repetitive tasks to increase customer productivity. With unique asset tracking and reporting capabilities, Brocade DCFM also provides detailed visibility into performance utilisation of hardware and network bandwidth, optimising the utilisation of infrastructure resources.</p>
<p>As part of deploying a comprehensive fabric management solution, customers can turn to Brocade Professional Services to help them implement and fully utilise the benefits of Brocade DCFM. Brocade Professional Services leverages best-practice methodologies to assess, design, install, and implement Brocade DCFM solutions.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>DCFM Professional is bundled with the purchase of a Brocade switch and can be downloaded from http://www.brocade.com. DCFM Enterprise is available for a fee-contact approved Brocade Partners for pricing. Brocade will provide a free license upgrade to DCFM Enterprise for existing EFCM and Fabric Manager customers that have an active maintenance and support contract. For more information on partner availability see http://www.brocade.com.</p>
<p>About Brocade</p>
<p>Brocade is a leading provider of data centre networking solutions that help organisations connect, share, and manage their information in the most efficient manner. Organisations that use Brocade products and services are better able to optimise their IT infrastructures and ensure compliant data management. For more information, visit the Brocade Web site at http://www.brocade.com or contact the company at info@brocade.com.</p>

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