SAN Storage consolidation solutions can centralize storage resources, free space, and reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO). Consolidating to a storage area network ( SAN ) frees resources, simplifies the storage environment management, and enhances storage efficiency. Data is more secure and reliable with a consolidated enterprise backup solution, and recovery is faster.  The Brocade DCF uses proven fabric network technology to consolidate multiple physical data center networks. Enterprises deploy and manage many physical networks in the data center; and merging networks onto a single, open platform is attractive from a cost perspective.

 

 

 

 

Look at a rack of servers in a data center that are connected to separate SANs, and client/server and server cluster networks. There are Fibre Channel (FC) adaptors, Ethernet Network Interface Cards (NICs), and a growing number of server-to-server cluster adaptors. The complexity is immediately evident, and associated facilities requirements can exhaust scarce data center physical plant. In addition, this complexity greatly complicates moving, adding, or changing physical components—all of which makes root cause problem analysis time consuming and expensive. The technology chosen for integrating data center networks must deliver the highest performance levels of bandwidth, availability, scalability, and consistent latency.

 

Data center fabric performance must support the most demanding application workloads. If not, the network cannot ensure that applications meet their service levels, a situation that is unacceptable. Fabric network technology has always delivered the highest performance levels because server-to-storage traffic has the highest performance requirements. “Best-effort” network technologies, such as TCP/IP, cannot deliver the consistent latency and extreme performance levels required.

Thing to consider

As pragmatic planning of future expansion helps to ensure success when organizing a closet, data storage consolidation projects should take into consideration future needs for expansion. Scalability is as important as availability when choosing a solution.  SAN Storage consolidation can save you money by improving utilization of storage systems.  A consolidated environment requires less effort to manage more data. Consolidation provides administrators the easy visibility of storage systems and resources they need to manage data wisely. Centrally consolidated data can be made readily available to all who need it, unlike data stored in scattered, uncontrolled departmental systems.

Support for Non-disruptive Transformation

The Brocade DCF creates a common logical fabric, which converges multi-protocol physical networks, so that existing SAN Storage fabrics can non-disruptively connect to the data center fabric. Advanced network technology protocols currently in development, such as Fiber Channel over Ethernet and CEE, can be integrated into the data center fabric when they become available. Data center fabric management can connect to application workload managers and virtual storage applications, so that resources are seamlessly allocated in this dynamic environment. The Brocade DCF Architecture delivers a dynamic, scalable, secure, and cost-effective fabric—connecting virtual servers with virtual storage and Virtual Tape Library (VTL) technology also known as Enterprise Tape Library.

 

The BROCADE DCX Backbone

It is well known that Brocade develops industry-leading solutions for servers, storage, applications, and data.  This solutions help organizations improve and scale application performance, and keep applications connected to data throughout enterprise data centers. The Brocade DCF architecture extends these solutions to meet the requirements of the virtual data center: 

It is well known that Brocade develops industry-leading solutions for servers, storage, applications, and data.  This solutions help organizations improve and scale application performance, and keep applications connected to data throughout enterprise data centers. The Brocade DCF architecture extends these solutions to meet the requirements of the virtual data center: 

 

It is well known that Brocade develops industry-leading solutions for servers, storage, applications, and data.  This solutions help organizations improve and scale application performance, and keep applications connected to data throughout enterprise data centers. The Brocade DCF architecture extends these solutions to meet the requirements of the virtual data center:

·         To ensure continual, non-disruptive data access

·         To protect data both in movement and at rest

·         To move and migrate applications and data as needed

·         To manage the storage of data based on relevance and specific requirements

At the core of this architecture is the Brocade DCX Backbone. The Brocade DCX extends the data center and platform leadership, integrating technology innovations such as Adaptive Networking services, for evolving data centers. The Brocade DCX enables massive consolidation, multi-protocol integration, and simplified management to dramatically reduce operational and capital costs. With the industry’s first "backbone" level of performance, it combines unprecedented scalability and bandwidth with leading innovations in power, cooling, and port density. It provides true interoperability with existing SANs.

The Brocade DCX technology innovation, shown in Figure 1, anticipates the changes in infrastructure capabilities created by virtual servers and storage. Adaptive Networking services extend the application service level into the fabric. As applications traverse virtual servers, the fabric resources follow, thus avoiding fabric congestion.

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Figure 1. Evolving data center technology innovation.

With Brocade latest technology, organization experienced significant savings in terms of both cost reductions and cost avoidances with regard to storage consolidation. Often, the proliferation of data storage has taken place with­out centralized planning. Furthermore, as technology chang­es over time, companies invest in new storage systems and software, sometimes without divesting of the old arrange­ments, or without transitioning smoothly to new systems and software. The result: duplication of data, limited availability of data, underutilized systems, and a general lack of control of a very important business asset—information.

Data center evolution is fueled by the demand to consolidate assets. This requires re-architecting of data center infrastructure and physical plants and automation of management and functionality. The Brocade Data Center Fabric is a key resource for organizations to meet these evolving business goals. Customers rely on us because of the history and commitment to be the first data center fabric solution that allows them to increase application efficiency and speed, deliver quality product and service, reduce IT cost of ownership and management, and help control and reduce risk during growth and change.

The approach acknowledges that applications manage data, not the network. Fabric intelligence should simplify data access and management, end-to-end across the fabric. Policy-based services are applied where and when they are needed in the network to meet the needs of the applications and data they handle. The data center fabric is managed by a common framework that leverages existing Brocade and third-party data center management tools.

The Brocade DCX architecture is unique—it simplifies how applications connect to and manage data without the confusion of the network competing for control. It extends application service levels and data management policies into the fabric. Fabric services such as data protection, security, and adaptive networking are used as required by the application, not as dictated by the network.