The explosive growth of data and application workload traffic driven by virtualization is putting considerable pressure on IT to keep data highly available. IDC says Disaster Recovery (DR) requirements have become increasingly stringent for their mission-critical applications, with 84 percent of enterprises having RPOs of less than an hour and 78 percent having Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) of less than four hours.
"With stored data expected to grow at a 44 percent CAGR over the next five years, enterprises are demanding that their recovery solutions meet ever higher standards in keeping data available amid a wide variety of increasingly frequent natural and man-made disasters," said Eric Burgener, research director for storage at IDC. "Furthermore, end users are expecting to access their data on a 7x24 basis, forcing enterprises to meet their demands for 'always on' application services."
To address these challenges and to provide near-zero downtime and continuous application availability, Brocade has expanded its Gen 5 Fibre Channel SAN portfolio with the addition of the Brocade 7840 Extension Switch, which delivers a six-fold increase in performance, along with unprecedented availability and simplified management between remote datacenters. The solution also doubles the performance, at half the cost, compared to WAN optimization appliances that are often mismatched when deployed as a DR alternative.
Brocade has also extended Fabric Vision technology between datacenters to provide new levels of control and visibility to pinpoint problems faster and avoid unplanned outages. This functionality reduces the complexity and operating costs for remote data centers, helping them to achieve always-on operations with maximum application uptime.
In addition, the company also announced the Brocade FC16-64, a new port blade for the Brocade DCX 8510 Director that provides the industry's highest density and most energy-efficient connectivity to maximize system utilization and reduce both capital and operating costs. The new blade increases Brocade DCX 8510 scalability up to 512 Gen 5 Fibre Channel ports with a total system bandwidth of 10.2 Terabits per second (Tbps). Each blade consumes 70 percent less power compared to competitive offerings, while simultaneously increasing port density by 33 percent and reducing cabling requirements by 75 percent -- greatly improving operational efficiency.