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Brocade and EMC Offer Solution to Improve Data Center Efficiency
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May 05, 2010

Brocade and EMC Offer Solution to Improve Data Center Efficiency

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Data centers are vital part of the infrastructure upon which a variety of information technology services are built. In a joint venture, Brocade and EMC Corporation have come up together to expand their strategic alliance with investment in technology integration, solutions development, and go-to-market strategies to help customers increase data center efficiency.

The two companies have released the first set of solutions and services to help IT organizations consolidate, virtualize and protect mission-critical Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, and Oracle (News - Alert)Database 11g environments and build an open, agile and flexible foundation for the private cloud.

Brocade and EMC offer wide range of integrated products and services to help improve data center efficiency and reduce both capital and operating costs. In collaboration with joint customers, the two companies have developed an integrated, repeatable methodology based upon open support for multiple applications, servers and operating systems; greater agility through the use of Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere virtualization technologies; and flexible solutions deployment options from Brocade and EMC (News - Alert)professional services organizations.

This joint methodology requires three steps to improve data center efficiency and set a foundation for the private cloud through:

  • Virtualizing application and database server environments to increase utilization and flexibility, and leveraging EMC and Brocade (News - Alert)virtualization-aware storage and management to streamline provisioning and optimization across the virtual data center
  • Consolidating networks, servers and storage to reduce hardware and operating costs and gain control of data center sprawl
  • Protecting applications through fabric-based encryption as well as local and remote replication, without impacting application performance or availability

This new solution is designed for Microsoft (News - Alert)and Oracle application environments. This solution includes EMC tiered storage platform with the Brocade DCX Backbone infrastructure, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere virtualization solutions management software, Brocade DCX Backbone and RSA (News - Alert)Key Manager for fabric-based encryption, and EMC RecoverPoint. It enables customers to consolidate, virtualize and protect their application environments.

According to a release, Brocade Global Services and EMC Consulting are working closely together to deliver joint professional services to design and deploy the new solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of individual customer requirements and technologies deployed today.

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha's article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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