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Brocade, Dell partner to deliver 16 Gbps fibre channel solution

Veronica C. Silva | Nov. 27, 2012
The solution can double the bandwidth capacity for virtual data centres.

Brocade and Dell recently announced that they are collaborating to deliver what they claim to be the first 16 Gbps fibre channel (FC) solution that will help improve the bandwidth capacity of networks in a virtual data centre environment.

Due for release next year, the fibre channel solution will be available in the Dell Compellent enterprise solutions of servers, switches, and storage based on the storage area networking (SAN) architecture.

Brocade said the end-to-end solution can double the bandwidth for business critical applications within highly virtualised data centres. Brocade said the new solution is timely given the deployment of cloud and virtualisuation projects where SAN storage solutions play a key role.

"The availability of end-to-end Dell Compellent 16 Gbps storage solutions will further this trend and strengthens our long-term partnership by combining a powerful data movement engine, intelligent software and Brocade's industry-leading Fibre Channel switch technology to allow enterprises to cut cost, time and risk while rapidly responding to change," said Jason Nolet, vice president, Data Centre Networking Group, Brocade.

Investment protection

The FC solution will first be available to key customers in early 2013 through the Dell Compellent 16 Gbps-capable storage arrays. General availability is scheduled for Q2 2013.

Dell said that with end-to-end 16Gbps FC solutions integrated from servers to networking and storage, Dell Compellent customers can improve their storage capacity and protect their investments.  

"With these new solutions, we are able to provide our customers with scalable performance to meet their growing, data-driven applications, backed by our award-winning support ecosystem," said Dan McConnell, director, Product Marketing and Management, Dell Compellent.

Brocade also announced availability of the Brocade M6505 16 Gbps FC embedded SAN I/O module by Dell. The solution enables Dell PowerEdge M1000e Blade Enclosures to directly connect to the higher bandwidth-capable Compellent storage arrays. The solution comes in 12 or 24 ports and supports 4, 8 or 16 Gbps speeds, and complements other members of the Brocade SAN family offered by Dell.

Brocade SAN solutions offer second-generation inter-chassis links that enable flatter, faster, and simpler fabrics with fewer cables that increase consolidation, while reducing network complexity and costs. Brocade said a new port type -- Diagnostic Ports (D_Ports) -- helps administrators to quickly identify and isolate optics and cable problems, "significantly reducing fabric deployment and diagnostic times".  


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