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Brocade sweeps techtarget products of the year awards with its SAN and ethernet fabric entries

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Brocade, the leader in fabric-based data center networking solutions, claimed the two top honors in the “Storage Networking Equipment” category for the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com 2011 Products of the Year Awards competition. Specifically, the judges awarded the Brocade® 1860 Fabric Adapter with the Gold while the Brocade 6510 Switch received Silver. The two awards add to Gold and Silver honors received last month by TechTarget in Product of the Year competitions for the company’s Ethernet Fabric technologies.

The SearchStorage.com 2011 Products of the Year awards are presented by the editors of TechTarget’s Storage Media Group. Hundreds of entries across six categories were judged by a panel of users, analysts, consultants, and Storage magazine and SearchStorage.com editors. Products were rated based on innovation, performance, ease of integration into the environment, ease of use and manageability, functionality and value. Winners were selected from among enterprise storage-related products introduced, upgraded and shipped between November 1, 2010 and October 28, 2011.

Named the 2011 Networking Equipment Product of the Year, the Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter is a new class of server adapter that uniquely meets all the connectivity needs of cloud-enabled data centers. By providing the ability to change port protocol profiles on demand, Brocade AnyIO technology allows data centers to better prepare for transitions to public and private clouds by allowing network administrators to seamlessly execute network topology migrations at their own pace with complete decision flexibility and total investment protection. It provides unmatched flexibility for organisations to standardise on a single adapter and choose the connectivity protocol that best fits each application’s needs.

In addition, IT departments can realize substantial consolidation savings by reducing adapter cards, PCIe slots, switch ports, associated cabling infrastructure and physical server footprints. These savings can be dramatic; up to a 50 percent reduction in server rack space and 33 percent or more in CapEx costs.
Last month, Brocade VCS® Ethernet Fabric technology was named Product of the Year with a Gold award in the “Hardware for Virtualization” category of the SearchServerVirtualization.com 2011 Products of the Year awards competition. The Brocade VDX® 6720 Data Center Switch was named a Product of the Year, winning the Silver award in the “Computing Hardware” category of the SearchDataCenter.com 2011 Products of the Year awards.

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