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NetApp announces new developments with Brocade and Oracle

27 Sep 2008

According to the companies, the incorporation of NetApp technology will allow NetApp customers to operate the Brocade Encryption Switch in NetApp DataFort compatibility mode, serving as a next-generation NetApp DataFort security appliance.

“Enterprise customers today are under more pressure than ever to meet strict government compliance regulations and ensure data security from any and all threats,” said Ian Whiting, Vice President and General Manager of the Brocade Data Centre Infrastructure Division. “By partnering with NetApp, we are providing our customers industry-leading encryption key management capabilities that work hand in hand with our scalable family of fabric-based encryption platforms for a complete storage security solution.”

Tim Russell, Vice President and General Manager of Storage Security Solutions at NetApp also considers this deal a very positive step for the business. “As a result of our relationship with Brocade, we are able to offer customers a high-performance, scalable storage security solution, providing them peace of mind and assurance that their business-critical information is secured and compliant,” he commented.

The new encryption solutions are available on the Brocade Encryption Switch, a high-performance, 32-port, auto-sensing 8Gbit/sec Fibre Channel switch, and the Brocade FS8-18 Encryption Blade, which provides the same plug-in storage security services in a 16-port blade for use in the Brocade DCX Backbone.

This week, NetApp also announced the expansion of its portfolio for Oracle applications, with new development and test solutions. NetApp and Oracle will provide a tested reference architecture to enable customers to accelerate time to market for Oracle applications.

“Development and testing environments create an enormous amount of data proliferation that customers are desperately trying to address,” said Patrick Rogers, Vice President of Solutions Marketing at NetApp. “With Oracle, we’re providing customers an integrated solution to allow them to reduce their storage capacity requirements and help development, test, and quality assurance teams mitigate risk during the product design lifecycle and, ultimately, speed time to market to gain a competitive edge.”

Customers who deploy NetApp development and test solutions for Oracle can use a number of features that include NetApp FlexClone, to create database copies in minutes without requiring 100% additional storage capacity and Oracle Data Guard, a database-integrated solution for comprehensive disaster recovery and data protection.