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Fit for the Future

by Marcus Thordal ‎05-01-2017 10:50 PM - edited ‎05-01-2017 10:57 PM (9,860 Views)

The theme for DELL EMCWorld 2017 is Realizing your digital future; here at Brocade we have packed a booth full of experts and great demonstrations for your inspiration and to learn from on the path to our (joint) digital future.

In our personal lives, we experience daily how new combinations of data (and data sources) deliver value such as navigating (or Uber-ing) commute traffic, monitor/track physical activity, sleep quality, the examples are countless how we adopt and shape our lives influenced by digital data.

Every customer I talk with mention the pressure on their business every day to keep up with new applications and requirements for storage performance. Many of them know the best way to keep up is to be prepared and stay fit for the next challenging opportunity (read: requirement) to realize value from data. This equates to faster, larger and more frequent data transports for applications, analytics and for example machine learning.


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Brocade technology is all about sustaining current workloads in a secure and highly available manner while enabling our customers to be fit for the digital future. Let me give you brief overview of the technologies and demonstrations we packed on the booth truck.


Gen 6 Fabric Vision
Brocade Fabric Vision technology is an extension of Brocade Gen 5 and Gen 6 Fibre Channel solutions, with a suite of technology innovation that is unmatched in the industry.


With Gen 6 Fibre Channel visibility and monitoring is improved with IO Insight and VM Insight delivering granular visibility into select application flows and virtual machines. We will demonstrate all features across the suite and guide you how to optimize your SAN operations with modification/creation of at a glance dashboards, physical link testing and automatic discovery of slow drain devices combined with policy-based quarantine and much more.


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In-Depth Storage Visibility and Analytics
For complete in-depth visibility into all flows in your SAN, the Analytics Monitoring Platform includes several breakthrough diagnostic and monitoring capabilities integrated into Brocade Gen 6 and Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology and is implemented non-invasively to provide visibility into application, host, fabric and storage performance. Our experts will be onsite to demonstrate how you can identify and analyze individual application flows among thousands of flows in a large SAN to understand for example latency on the host in the fabric and on the storage for your selected flow.


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Check your SAN Health
Dell EMC SAN Health is a free downloadable software utility designed to securely audit and analyze multi-vendor (Brocade, McData, Cisco MDS) SAN environments. It creates comprehensive views and documentation including performance graphs, detailed spreadsheets and topology diagrams. With direct integration to Dell EMC assessment tools, we will show you how we take the comprehensive output from SAN Health and automatically create a short, easy to understand set of PowerPoint slides that summarize the customer SAN environment and highlight any potential areas of risk.


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Replicate and Protect Data Faster
A purpose-built data center extension solution for Fibre Channel and IP storage environments, the Brocade Extension solution is designed for high-speed, secure transport of data between data centers while maintaining uptime. This enterprise-class solution enables storage and mainframe administrators to optimize and manage the use of WAN bandwidth, secure data over distance, minimize the impact of disruptions, and maintain SLAs. Come and see a live demonstration of highly available, secure and efficient data replication at different WAN distances with various degree of packet loss on the WAN circuits for both FC replication (SRDF) and IP storage (Sync IQ).




VMware Integration
With the rapid increase in dense virtualization driven by DELL PowerEdge and high performance arrays from EMC (Unity, VMAX & XIO) combined with more Business Critical Applications being virtualized on VMware vSphere the need for granular visibility across virtual machines and physical storage is greater than ever. Together with QLogic, we are demonstrating how you can utilize VM Insight on Gen 6 from Brocade to get exact visibility into each VMs individual storage traffic as part of the flow from vSphere host to a specific LUN. This level of visibility is unprecedented across any other storage connectivity model for VMware.


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Faster Flash with NVMe over Fibre Channel
The next big thing in storage is already here with NVMe which significantly improves performance by reducing latency and enabling high levels of parallelism. NVMe delivers faster flash storage, internal in the storage arrays, and soon to be available for host connectivity and with Brocade Gen 5 & Gen 6 you can run NVMe over Fibre Channel already today.
Together with Emulex, we are demonstrating how you can concurrently run applications respectively on a FC LUN and a NVME namespace (NSID) with the same host and HBA at the same time.

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If you want to learn even more about NVMe, come to the booth (#909) where Curt Beckmann will sign his new book on NVMe over Fibre Channel.



Looking forward to see you at DELL EMC World 2017!