Brocade Ethernet Switches Review

Provides good integration with HP solutions and ease of administration with smart zoning


What is our primary use case?

It's actually a DC device. We are using storage in DC as well as in DR. Because we are a government organization, everything is on-premises.

What is most valuable?

It has good integration with HPE Primera. They have smart zoning in which the administration is very easy. You don't have to do anything. Zoning and other things are done automatically if you just enable the smart zoning. That's one very good thing in HP.

What needs improvement?

It should be simpler. There are still some things that can be simpler in the Brocade switches.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for eight months. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't faced any issues with stability and scalability. 

How are customer service and technical support?

We haven't contacted technical support. We didn't require any support from the technical side.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It was not that complex. It's a one-day job for both DC and DR.

What other advice do I have?

I am okay with Cisco MDS switches as well as Brocade switches. I have also used Brocade switch in the old days when it was Dell EMC Clariion. 

I would recommend Brocade Ethernet Switches for using with HP solutions. I don't know how they work with other storage solutions. We are using this solution with HPE Primera, and it's working fine. It's very good.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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