SANexec Designer Expands Support for Brocade Switches

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Netreon today announced SANexec Designer support for the latest 2Gb fabric switches, from Brocade: the SilkWorm 12000 64- and 128-port Core Fabric Switch, the SilkWorm 3800 16-port Enterprise Fabric Switch, and the SilkWorm 3200 8-port Entry Fabric Switch. Storage professionals can now use SANexec Designer to easily design, plan and specify the configuration of sophisticated and complex SANs enabled by the Brocade intelligent platform for networking storage.

By leveraging the capabilities of the Brocade Fabric Access Application Programming Interface (API), SANexec Designer can specify the configuration of a new or established SAN, discover a full picture of a current SAN, and streamline the optimization and growth of storage networks. Netreon has leveraged the sophistication of the SilkWorm 12000 by including complete specification capabilities for the attributes of the switch and its relationship to the fabric. Netreon has enhanced the support for Brocade switches by including several pre-designed topologies that reflect Brocade best practices. With the addition of these latest Brocade products, SANexec Designer now supports the complete family of Brocade SilkWorm switches.

“Through our open API, Brocade helps simplify the delivery of feature-rich data management, movement, and administration applications from companies like Netreon that are optimizing their applications to take full advantage of the intelligent features of the Brocade storage networking platform,” said Jeffrey Brooks, Brocade Chief Marketing Officer. “We are pleased to work with Netreon to deliver products today that unlock the intelligence in the Brocade fabric for our mutual customers.”

Licensees of SANexec Designer automatically receive the new functionality as part of their Annual Content Subscription (ACS). The ACS ensures that all SANexec Designer product capabilities, new devices, changes to devices, usage scripts and compatibility checks are immediately available as soon as they are developed.

“We expose the extensive capabilities of the SilkWorm 2Gbs fabric switches in SANexec Designer so that a storage professional can easily plan their integration into the storage network,” said Edward Cooper, Netreon Vice President of Marketing. “We further simplify the integration of sophisticated Brocade switches by automating a variety of core/edge blueprints recommended by Brocade and including them in SANexec Designer.”

Brocade SilkWorm switches are represented in the SANexec Designer device libraries and can be manipulated in the design palette using intelligent icons. By simplifying the tasks of cabling, configuration specification and validity checking in the SAN, SANexec Designer minimizes the overhead associated with preparing and configuring any size configuration from a small environment to a large-scale, enterprise SAN incorporating a sophisticated switch such as the SilkWorm 12000.

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