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Brocade gives ‘optional licence’ for use of Fabric Vision technology

Veronica C. Silva | Oct. 23, 2013
New features are expected to lower operational costs and improve storage area networks.

Networking solutions provider Brocade has announced the availability of its Fabric Vision technology as an “optional licence” to select Brocade OEM and channel partners. 

Fabric Vision technology’s features, which include Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS) and Flow Vision, are expected to lower costs of operations while enhancing the performance of Brocade Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs).

Described by Brocade as a “policy-based monitoring and alerting solution,” MAPS proactively monitors the health and performance of the SAN infrastructure to assist in application uptime and availability. 

By configuring MAPS policies across an entire fabric or multiple fabrics, organisations can reduce operational costs. With a dialogue box, MAPS permits customising rules for specific ports across fabrics at one time. 

Addressing congestion

MAPS also enables administrators to find potential problems, and spot trends and other behaviours occurring in a switch or fabric by the use of an integrated dashboard that displays a health report for each switch.  

When used in conjunction with MAPS and Brocade Network Advisor, Flow Vision enables proactive application management. 

In addressing the issue of congestion, Flow Vision gives administrators the visibility to detect flows across fabric, monitor flow performance, and obtain statistics associated with specific flows.

Brocade bets on Flow Vision’s “superiority” to expensive third-party tools, which the company describes as “typically disruptive to applications and that can degrade optical signal strengths.”

"Fibre Channel continues to be the data centre technology of choice to support the growing demands of highly virtualised environments, cloud architectures and new flash-based storage because it delivers the highest levels of reliability, scalability and network performance," said Jack Rondoni, vice-president, Data Center Storage and Solutions, at Brocade. 

With such partners that include HP, Brocade said the Fabric Vision technology will be available from other Brocade OEM partners later this year. 


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