Brocade and EMC deliver software-defined storage for fibre channel SANs

  • Brocade’s Gen 5 Fibre Channel SAN solutions integrated with EMC’s ViPR software storage platform
  • Integration done using industry-standard Storage Management Initiative interface

Brocade and EMC deliver software-defined storage for fibre channel SANsBROCADE has announced that its Gen 5 Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN) solutions are integrated with the new EMC ViPR Software-Defined Storage Platform.
This approach helps eliminate data centre cost and complexity by improving policy-based automation of EMC and non-EMC storage infrastructures, creating a modern storage architecture for future application deployments, Brocade said in a statement.
This solution will allow more than 50,000 joint EMC and Brocade customers to immediately realise the virtualisation benefits of the new EMC ViPR software-defined storage platform within highly virtualised cloud environments, the company said.
Teams from Brocade and EMC have completed the integration of Brocade Network Advisor SAN management software into ViPR using the industry-standard Storage Management Initiative (SMI) interface.
This integration enables customers with both third-party and EMC storage arrays – including the EMC VMAX, VPLEX, VNX, Atmos, and Isilon families – to take advantage of Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel SAN solutions enhanced with Brocade Fabric Vision technology as they transform to a software-defined storage architecture with EMC ViPR.
Brocade Network Advisor is sold by EMC as Connectrix Manager Converged Network Edition (CMCNE).
EMC ViPR is a software-defined storage platform that provides the ability to manage both storage infrastructure (called the Control Plane) and the data stored within that infrastructure (called the Data Plane).
It masks the complexity behind configuring and managing storage infrastructure and delivers single point-and-click management for complex, heterogeneous storage functions, Brocade said.
With Brocade technology integration, EMC Connectrix SAN customers can now use the EMC ViPR platform to enable existing SAN infrastructure leverage existing storage infrastructures for traditional data centre workloads, as well as provision new EMC ViPR Object Data Service and EMC ViPR HDFS Service through access to Amazon S3 and OpenStack Swift for next-generation workloads.
This complete spectrum of capabilities can be run against enterprise or commodity storage, Brocade said.
The EMC ViPR platform will be generally available at the end of 2013 from EMC and its global network of channel partners.
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