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Dell and Brocade target datacentre virtualisation

Alex Scroxton

Dell's global sales organisation will now be offering more Brocade networking kit in addition to its storage solutions after the two firms signed an expanded partnership agreement.

The two firms said they also plan to collaborate on developing management and virtualisation solutions for next-generation datacentres.

Dell already resells its own-branded Brocade storage gear and Fibre Channel blade switches, and the latest agreement adds several other components, including Fibre Channel host bus adapters and FCoE switches to the package.

The two firms claim the addition of their joint datacentre solutions to the portfolio will provide significant CAPEX and OPEX savings through "deploying server and storage virtualisation more broadly across the datacentre".

Brocade senior vice president of products and offerings,Marc Randall, said the move demonstrated the company's commitment to an "ecosystem-centric partner model in developing and delivering best-in-class solutions that customers need and want".

Brocade has been particularly critical of its rivals approach to the datacentre environment, laying into Cisco's UCS designs. Back in April, senior vice president of worldwide sales Ian Whiting told MicroScope:" There are people working for open standards and collaboration, and people working for closed proprietary systems. We think open standards will win out."

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