Brocade, a provider of data center fabric networking solutions, has integrated the company’s storage area networking (SAN) management technology into the EMC ViPR Software-Defined Storage Platform.
The new solution combines Fibre Channel routing and logical SAN (LSAN) zoning with Brocade Network Advisor SAN management software and is designed to support larger SANs within highly virtualized cloud environments.
EMC ViPR is a leading software-defined storage platform that is designed to provide the ability to manage both storage infrastructure (called the Control Plane) and the data stored within that infrastructure (called the Data Plane).
The software enables policy-based automation for managing and provisioning both EMC and non-EMC storage infrastructure within medium to large enterprise SANs using the industry-standard Storage Management Initiative (SMI) interface. It masks the complexity behind configuring and managing storage infrastructure, providing single point-and-click management for complex, heterogeneous storage functions.
Integrating Fibre Channel routing and LSAN zoning with Brocade Network Advisor will help reduce data center costs and complexity for both current and future application deployments in larger SANs by taking advantage of Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel SAN solutions enhanced with Brocade Fabric Vision technology, the company said.
Brocade Network Advisor is sold by EMC as ConnectrixManager Converged Network Edition (CMCNE).
The solution will benefit EMC and Brocade’s largest SAN customers as they can now utilize the EMC ViPR platform to leverage existing storage infrastructures for traditional data center workloads. This complete spectrum of capabilities can be run with enterprise storage, including the EMC VMAX, VPLEX, VNX, Atmos and Isilon families, as well as commodity storage.
“Expanding the scale of SANs supported by EMC ViPR furthers our joint efforts to make Fibre Channel an essential element of the software-defined data center and protects the investment our 50,000 joint customers have made in their storage infrastructures,” said Jack Rondoni, vice president, Data Center Storage and Solutions, at Brocade.
The partnership will enable seamless integration of the networking stack with the ViPR Software-Defined Storage platform, said Christopher Ratcliffe, vice president of Marketing, Advanced Software Division, EMC Corporation. “Our joint focus on reducing data center costs and complexity in even the largest environments has resulted in the rapid adoption of EMC ViPR across our installed base.”