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Brocade launches the Brocade Fabric Vision technology

October 21, 2013
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Brocade has launched the Brocade Fabric Vision technology, which delivers a storage area network (SAN) management solution. The new features, Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS) and Flow Vision, provide capabilities that simplify SAN administration and reduce operational costs, while further improving the availability and performance of Brocade Fibre Channel SANs.

Fabric Vision technology is a hardware and software solution that helps IT organisations accelerate new SAN deployments, optimise resources and reduce operational costs.

Proactive Visibility into SAN Health and Performance with MAPS

MAPS is a policy-based monitoring and alerting solution that proactively monitors the health and performance of the SAN infrastructure to help ensure application uptime and availability. MAPS eliminates the complexity, guesswork and manual effort of defining and deploying a proactive monitoring and alerting solution.

Organisations can further reduce operational costs by configuring MAPS policies across an entire fabric or multiple fabrics. In addition, MAPS allows for customising rules for specific ports across fabrics at one time using a single dialog box. An integrated dashboard displays a health report for each switch, along with details on out-of-policy conditions, to help administrators quickly pinpoint potential issues and easily identify trends and other behaviors occurring in a switch or fabric.

Maximising SAN Performance with Flow Vision

Flow Vision is a comprehensive, built-in tool that allows administrators to non-disruptively identify, monitor and analyse specific application and data flows in order to maximise performance, optimise resources and avoid congestion. Providing unprecedented visibility and insight into flows across the fabric, Flow Vision is superior to expensive third-party tools that are typically disruptive to applications and that can degrade optical signal strengths.

Flow Vision provides broad visibility into flows in the fabric, and offers the ability to automatically detect flows, non-disruptively monitor flow performance, and obtain statistics associated with specific flows to ensure maximum application performance and resource optimisation. When used in conjunction with MAPS and Brocade Network Advisor, Flow Vision enables proactive application management.


Brocade Fabric Vision technology, including MAPS and Flow Vision, is available now as an optional license through select Brocade OEM and channel partners, including HP. Fabric Vision technology will be available from other Brocade OEM partners later this year.

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