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Brocade Announces Comprehensive Network Connectivity Support For Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

JAKARTA, Indonesia, April 26. Brocade today announced that its leading-edge storage networking solutions support and optimize Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 to provide customers with comprehensive solutions for reliable access to mission-critical data. As a powerful and cost-effective database solution, SQL Server is deployed by enterprise customers to meet a variety of organizational and departmental needs. The latest iteration - SQL Server 2008 R2 - builds upon this momentum to deliver new features and functionalities, including more efficient IT capabilities and expanded reporting and analytics.

Building upon years of proven performance, Brocade provides the crucial storage networking components required for optimal operation of SQL Server, including high levels of I/O performance resulting in lower latency, server prioritization functionality to allow for flexible database configurations and true end-to-end monitoring and reporting capabilities. Brocade storage networking solutions provide industry-leading connectivity capabilities in the form of:

  • Brocade storage area network (SAN) switches and directors, as well as Brocade 815/825 8 Gbps Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), to provide industry-leading performance and management of database traffic
  • Brocade 8000 Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) switches and Brocade 1010/1020 10 Gbps converged network adapters (CNAs) for converged networking platforms
  • Brocade FCX Series switches and Brocade TurboIron 24X 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10 GbE products for iSCSI SANs
  • Brocade Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) which provides end-to-end network management from server to storage, including integration with Microsoft System Center

The two companies are developing solutions designed to support some of the most challenging business requirements their customers face. For instance, the growth of cloud computing platforms is placing increased demands on database performance, which is highly reliant on network connectivity capabilities. In order to help ensure that the data maintains its integrity and is readily accessible and secure, the networking infrastructure must be able to work seamlessly with the server to provide the necessary level of performance for the delivery of critical business applications.

"Brocade networking technology and server connectivity solutions are an instrumental part of a Microsoft SQL Server deployment and help ensure optimal performance of the application for high availability and quick access to mission-critical data," said Claude Lorenson, director of SQL Server marketing at Microsoft Corp. "With the release of SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft is working closely with Brocade to push the limits of scalability and performance for our mutual customers."

"In today's competitive business climate, customers are looking for best- of-breed solutions that can dramatically help them realize real return on their IT investment," said Bob Braham, vice president of Product Marketing at Brocade. "The continued proliferation of data-intensive services and applications, as well as the expectation of 'anywhere, anytime' access is placing unprecedented demands on database technologies. The interoperability of Brocade's industry-leading storage networking technology and products with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 translates into reduced monetary and operational risk and increased performance and security for enterprise customers."

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