Brocade, EMC lay groundwork for private clouds

Posted on May 03, 2010

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By Kevin Komiega

-- The buzz around EMC World is ramping up and, with the conference one week away, Brocade and EMC today launched a new set of integrated switching and storage solutions aimed at building private clouds for Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and Oracle Database 11g environments.

The solutions are not comprised of new products. Instead, Brocade and EMC have tightened their technology ties by integrating existing networking and storage gear to provide consolidated, virtualized platforms for Microsoft and Oracle application environments.

The solutions combine Brocade and EMC technologies, including EMC tiered storage platforms with Brocade's DCX Data Center Backbone infrastructure, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere virtualization solutions management software, Brocade DCX and RSA Key Manager for fabric-based encryption, and EMC RecoverPoint with Brocade fabric-splitter technology.

The underlying EMC storage systems include Clariion (for SharePoint and Exchange) and the Symmetrix V-Max and Celerra unified storage systems (for Oracle Database 11g).

Bob Braham, vice president of product marketing at Brocade, says more joint solutions are in the works. For instance, Brocade plans to add virtual machine (VM) mobility at the switch level, which would allow the fabric to take on VM movement, offloading the servers and avoiding performance degradation.

He says management tools that integrate with Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere will also be developed.

The Brocade-EMC solutions are available now and the companies will demonstrate the integrated systems at next week's EMC World conference, May 10-13.

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