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Storage and virtualization technology vendors took advantage of HP's Tech Forum conference to unveil new hardware and software they hope will take advantage of HP's leading storage and server businesses.
Brocade, VMware, Emulex, QLogic, and Fusion-io all used the HP Tech Forum, held this week in Las Vegas, to introduce new storage and server products.
Hewlett Packard started off its Forum earlier this week with the unveiling of new storage, server, and virtual desktop hardware and software in a move it called the next phase in its converged infrastructure technology plans.
Such a solution can be managed as a single system. Its resources can be dynamically allocated as needed, providing higher resource utilization and availability than possible with static infrastructures.
Brocade this week unveiled a set of HP-branded Brocade 8-Gbit-per-second Fibre Channel data center and server connectivity products along with a new integrated bundle of products for quickly configuring a virtualized SAN.
Herman Chao, senior director of product management for server connectivity products at Brocade, said recent moves by his company have been focused on complementing HP's converged infrastructure business, but the focus this week is on working with Fibre Channel in virtualized environments.
"Fibre Channel and SANs have to adopt for virtualization capabilities in order to work as part of a private cloud," Chao said. "Customers also need to manage the various components as a single entity, especially as virtual servers become more and more prevalent."
To that end, Brocade introduced a new 8-Gbit Fibre Channel HBA for HP's BladeSystem c-Class servers.
Also new is SAN starter kit which combines an HP MSA storage array with six Brocade-built Fibre Channel HBAs, two Brocade-built Fibre Channel switches, and Brocade-based software licenses. Also included is HP's Server Application Optimization and Brocade's Adaptive Networking software for improving performance when running multiple virtual servers on a single host in end-to-end Brocade environments, Chao said.
Brocade also unveiled a new 64-port, 8-Gbit Fibre Channel SAN blade which increases the density of Brocade's Fibre Channel SAN director to up to 512 ports per chassis. "Customers tell us, they'll take as many ports as we can give them," Chao said.
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