The Brocade 425 (dual ports) 4 Gbps Fiber Channel to PCIe HBAs provide a new level of server connectivity through unmatched hardware capabilities and unique software configurability. This class of HBAs is designed to help IT organizations implement true end-to-end services across next-generation data centers.
As part of the strategic Brocade Data Center Fabric (DCF) architecture, the Brocade 425 HBAs lay the foundation for extending fabric intelligence to servers, virtual machines, applications, and services. This approach enables tighter integration across the enterprise, including both physical and virtual networks.
By installing Brocade HBAs, organizations have the foundation to leverage N Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) and maintain Quality of Service (QoS) from the virtual port throughout the fabric. And, to reduce administrative workload, they will be able to automate the SAN boot process to quickly deploy diskless servers and operating systems.
Intelligent PCIe lane negotiation to maximize bus throughput. Parallel I/O engines to support simultaneous I/O transfers.
Hardware-based low/medium/high data prioritization enables Quality of Service (QoS). Flow control to maximize link utilization between HBAs and adjacent switch ports.
Centralized management and provisioning
Local and remote management of distributed HBAs with fabric-based boot LUN discovery for automated SAN boot configuration to quickly deploy diskless servers. FC-ping, FC-Traceroute, and LED port beaconing to simplify fault isolation.
Data protection, authentication, and encryption
Data protection across PCIe and FC (T10 CRC), memory blocks, and ASIC (ECC). FC-SP security for device authentication. On-chip in-flight AES-GCM data encryption.
Enhanced server virtualization
Multiple I/O data queues to increase performance for virtualized environments. Certified for VMware, Microsoft, and Novell hypervisors. Certification will be available for Red Hat hypervisors.