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Brocade partners with Dell to introduce 16 Gbps Fibre Channel application

Fabric-based data centre networking applications provider Brocade has introduced a new application based on 16 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) protocol with Dell Compellent that claimes to double bandwidth for business critical applications within highly virtualised data centre environments.

The new 16 Gbps FC is achieved by new enhancements to Dell Compellent SC8000 storage arrays, including a next-generation 16 Gbps Fibre Channel IO module for the array, along with the new Dell Compellent Storage Center 6.3 software.

Brocade has also introduced M6505 16 Gbps FC embedded SAN I/O module by Dell, which claims to enable Dell PowerEdge M1000e Blade Enclosures to directly connect to the higher bandwidth-capable Compellent storage arrays.

The M6505 SAN I/O module is caimed to provide enhanced price/performance value and enterprise-class functionality for Dell PowerEdge M1000e Blade Enclosures.

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It is configurable in 12 or 24 ports and supports 4, 8 or 16 Gbps speeds and also complements other members of the Brocade SAN family offered by Dell, which includes the Brocade 6510 Switch and the Brocade DCX 8510 Backbone.

The Brocade SAN applications include second-generation inter-chassis links that are claimed to enable faster, and simpler fabrics with fewer cables that increase consolidation, while reducing network complexity and costs.

In addition, a new port type, Diagnostic Ports (D_Ports), enables administrators to identify and isolate optics and cable problems, reducing fabric deployment and diagnostic times.

Brocade Data Center Networking Group vice president Jason Nolet said, "The availability of end-to-end Dell Compellent 16 Gbps storage solutions will further this trend and strengthens our long-term partnership by combining a powerful data movement engine, intelligent software and Brocade’s industry-leading Fibre Channel switch technology to allow enterprises to cut cost, time and risk while rapidly responding to change."

Dell Compellent Product Marketing and Management director Dan McConnell said the new end-to-end 16Gbps Fibre Channel applications integrated from servers to networking to storage will allow Dell Compellent customers to improve their storage availability and performance.

"With these new solutions, we are able to provide our customers with scalable performance to meet their growing, data-driven applications, backed by our award winning support ecosystem," McConnell said.
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