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Brocade and Emulex Form Alliance to Develop Advanced Gen 6 Fibre Channel Solutions

January 30, 2014

Brocade and Emulex Form Alliance to Develop Advanced Gen 6 Fibre Channel Solutions

By Rajani Baburajan
TMCnet Contributor

Emulex (News - Alert) Corporation, a provider of network connectivity and network monitoring  solutions, has partnered with Brocade (News - Alert), a provider of enterprise networking solutions, to jointly develop a new generation of advanced Gen 6 (32Gb) Fibre Channel networking solutions.

Both Emulex and Brocade have been delivering innovative networking solutions to meet the emerging needs of the industry. Examples of these efforts include the Brocade ClearLink diagnostics and Emulex Gen 5 Flash Services including ExpressLane and Emulex CrossLink.

The partnership now aims to deliver increased network performance, higher scalability and improved reliability for the highly virtualized data center.

“Emulex and Brocade have been on the leading edge of innovation in Fibre Channel for virtualization, flash/SSD and cloud applications,” said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Emulex, in a statement.

“We are committed to the long term future of Fibre Channel, and are aggressively pursuing our Gen 6 FC roadmap. By working with Brocade, we will continue to be leaders in this strategic market, just as we have been in the Gen 5 FC market transition,” Walsh added.

The partnership aims to jointly develop technology for three focus areas: developing end-to-end 32GFC-based solutions, extending Fibre Channel’s reliability and enabling Flash and SSD Solutions.

By developing 32GFC-based solutions, Emulex and Brocade hope to improve performance and scalability to support the demands of highly virtualized data centers and flash/SSD-based applications.

To extend Fibre Channel’s reliability, Emulex and Brocade have developed an advanced end-to-end diagnostic solution called ClearLink that performs in-band tests on both Brocade Gen 5 FC switches and Emulex Gen 5 FC HBAs. The solution can detect problems with the physical cabling and optics.

The third, companies plan to create Flash and SSD solutions highlighting Emulex’s innovative ExpressLane and CrossLink technology which is designed to enhance the QoS, optimize I/O performance and increase return on investment (ROI) in IT environments using fabric-based flash arrays and server-based cache.

The collaboration between Brocade and Emulex will help address the needs of their mutual customers, said Jack Rondoni, vice president of product management at Brocade.

“Customers clearly value the work we have done to integrate ClearLink with Emulex LightPulse Gen 5 FC HBAs and are looking to Emulex and Brocade for continued innovation, and this roadmap alignment ensures that we will meet their needs,” Rondoni added.

In a related announcement, Emulex said it has certified the recently announced OneConnect OCe14000 family of 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet Network Adapters and Converged Network Adapters with Brocade’s flagship VDX Ethernet Fabric switches for the modern data center.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker
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