Brocade has announced a new network technology designed improve storage area network efficiency and management, called Fabric Vision.
Unveiled on Monday, the technology is designed to bring together hardware and software capabilities to give IT managers better insight into the health of their networks by being able to anticipate problems before they happen and accelerate application deployments.
These tools are Clearlink, to monitor the network for congestions and latency, Flow Vision, to monitor data applications being used on the network, Bottleneck Detection, to see if any components are hindering the network and Policy Manager to deploy network protocols from the off, all from within a single dashboard system (pictured below).
“It’s important that organisations can react quickly, both proactively and reactively, to issues in their network on performance, especially as access to applications becomes increasing 24/7, not just for missions critical tools but every day applications staff are using,” Julian Starr, enterprise pre-sales manager for Brocade, told V3.
As well as this the firm also unveiled a new switch, the Brocade 6520 Switch (pictured below) that can handle speeds of 16Gbit/s using Fibre Channel standard technology, which boasts 96 fibre channel ports in a 2U form factor.
“This is a very dense top of rack switch and it completes our hardware platform on the 16Gbit/s side as we can offer this technology end-to-end,” said Starr.
The Brocade 6520 Switch is now available through Brocade partners Fujitsu, HP and NetApp, as well as through Brocade channel partners. Pricing will dependents on these firms, Brocade added.
The firm also outlined its commitment to the Fibre Channel standard, and it is working with others to finalise the 32Gbit/s standard. It is also working with the open standards community around Open Stack technology for network transmissions.
“We’re going to see automation and orchestration tools coming to the fore in the coming years and we’re behind the open standard approach to that,” said Starr.
“We’re already seeing customers using and talking about deploying orchestration tools, so the ability to manage the interconnects, from a storage perspective, is important.”
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