Sunday, August 30, 2009

Brocade Adds Server and Storage Virtualization Capabilities

Brocade announced new features and capabilities across its networking hardware, software and management portfolio that provide storage area networks (SANs) more awareness and visibility of virtual machines (VMs) -- and vice versa -- while extending essential networking services beyond physical servers and into the virtual realms.

These enhancements currently apply for use in Brocade SANs but will support open, heterogeneous computing and storage environments established through Brocade's long-standing industry partnerships with the leading server and storage vendors.

Specifically, Brocade's DCFM SAN management application now provides visibility of VMs on Brocade fabrics. This enables SAN administrators to view VMs running inside of physical servers as well as VM properties end-to-end from the server to storage via Brocade HBAs and switches. Brocade also added support for a management "plug-in" for VMware vCenter that, once installed and activated, will supply key metrics and alerts through VMware vSphere. This capability will help VMware administrators troubleshoot issues pertaining to the fabric, which may impact VM and application performance.

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