Feeds

Brocade and Emulex go unified

'Just good friends' as they dance the night away

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

The Register's new Enterprise Storage Channel

Brocade (www.brocade.com) has stepped up its plans to dominate the Fibre Channel market by agreeing with Emulex (www.emulex.com) to integrate the latter's Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) into Brocade's intelligent switched SAN fabric, via free firmware upgrades to be available early next year.

The two companies say that unifying the intelligence of the switches and HBAs will make SAN management easier, as well as improving SAN security.

"This is about taking existing SAN elements and unlocking their intelligence from edge to edge," says Brocade CEO Greg Reyes. He adds that it simplifies storage management and also extends the SAN security model to the HBAs, allowing them to use strong authentication and digital certificates when logging onto the SAN fabric.

The deal also ties in with Brocade's relationship with Hewlett Packard, as it allows Brocade switches and Emulex HBAs to be managed via HP OpenView, without the need for a software agent on each server.

Emulex president and COO Kirk Roller says that the technology developed by Brocade and Emulex has been offered for ratification as a standard called the Fabric Device Management Interface (FDMI). This will allow any HBA to be managed as part of the SAN fabric, as long as it complies with the FDMI specifications.

There have been suggestions that Brocade might acquire Emulex in order to become an end-to-end supplier, but it is not clear that this would bring any great advantages or synergy.

For now, Brocade's aim seems to be to put pressure on competitors such as QLogic, which sells both switches and HBAs, while at the same time following Emulex into the midrange and departmental SAN market.

Mark Woithe, business alliance director at HBA developer JNI, is sceptical. "Emulex is in the Windows server space and Brocade wants to be there, but it needs a lower cost SilkWorm switch to sell into that second tier market," he says.

Brocade has announced the SilkWorm 3900, but this is a 32-port enterprise fabric switch, at the same per-port price as its 16-port enterprise models.

"The right solution for the departmental market might be the Vixel approach of embedding a switch chip inside the storage box, so there's no separate switch," adds Woithe.

Reducing security risks from open source software

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware
'Bandwagon'? Yes, we're on it and so what, say big dogs
Carbon tax repeal won't see data centre operators cut prices
Rackspace says electricity isn't a major cost, Equinix promises 'no levy'
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.