Broadcom has launched a new Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) and automation capabilities Brocade Gen 6 switch and port blade, the Brocade G630 switch and Brocade FC32-64 port blade for the Brocade X6 director. These new Gen 6 Fibre Channel platforms are purpose built for flash storage to accelerate business operations, respond to dynamic demands and eliminate complexity. The Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel is purpose built to handle the low latency and monitoring requirements for NVMe storage. New software optimisation reduces latency by nearly 15 per cent for Gen 6 platforms, while the en­hanced integrated network sensors provide new insight into network health and performance of NVMe traffic.

Brocade automation is powerful for DevOps and open for communities. It leverages open source technology to automate and orchestrate repetitive tasks, enable IT organisations to significantly improve their efficiency, and decrease the risk of operational mistakes. By introducing representational state transfer (REST) application programming interfaces directly into the Brocade switch and management products, Broadcom offers a broad range of choices to enable any storage area network management solution. IT organisations that couple robust data collecting capabilities with Brocade automation and orchestration tools (such as Ansible) gain the ability to automate configuration tasks, and the visibility to monitor and detect any performance or health changes.

The Brocade Gen 6 product family now includes the Brocade G630 switch and the Brocade FC32-64 blade. The Brocade G630 supports up to 128 ports in a 2U form factor. The FC32-64 includes 64 32 Gbps ports, which can be scaled up to 512 ports.

The switch and blade extends IO Insight advanced monitoring for NVMe over Fibre Channel. IO Insight leverages integrated sensors to provide deep visibility into the IO performance of both the small computer system interface and NVMe flash storage to gain unparalleled insight into potential issues and help maintain the service levels. This enhanced visibility enables quick identification of degraded application performance at host and storage tiers, thereby reducing the resolution time.