Prisa Networks Completes Brocade Fabric Aware End-to-End Interoperability Verification

VisualSAN(TM) Receives Brocade Fabric Aware Status for Interoperability

In Heterogeneous, Enterprise SAN Environments



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Prisa Networks, Inc.

    SAN DIEGO, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Prisa Networks, the pace setting
 independent supplier of Systems and Storage Area Networks (SANs), announced
 today that their award winning VisualSAN suite of products have been verified
 by Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (Brocade(R)) (Nasdaq: BRCD) as
 interoperable with Brocade-based SAN infrastructure in testing conducted
 through the Brocade Fabric Aware(TM) Program, an end-to-end interoperability
 initiative for enterprise SANs.  The program is a comprehensive testing and
 configuration initiative designed to foster end-to-end SAN interoperability in
 multi-vendor, heterogeneous environments.  Prisa is one of only two SAN
 management software vendors to receive the certification.
     "We are pleased that Prisa Networks has successfully completed the Fabric
 Aware testing with Brocade Fibre Channel fabric switches in heterogeneous SAN
 environments," said Jay Kidd, Brocade vice president of Product Marketing.
 "Storage area networks are being deployed worldwide at a rapid rate as a
 scalable, high performance networking foundation for storage environments.
 End users are implementing large fabric SANs comprising hundreds of storage
 subsystems, servers, and networking technologies, all from multiple vendors.
 The Fabric Aware program is an example of our continued investment in
 delivering end-to-end SAN interoperability to our partners and their
 customers."
     Testing was conducted at the Brocade interoperability labs, which are
 state-of-the-art facilities supporting end-to-end interoperability and
 performance testing of SAN products in multi-vendor and large fabric SAN
 environments.  The Brocade Fabric Aware Program has added more than
 35 partners since its launch in 2000.  In addition, as part of its investment
 in SAN interoperability, Brocade actively supports its partners'
 interoperability initiatives.
     "We are certainly proud to be working together with Brocade to bring about
 increasingly interoperable SAN environments," stated Rael Morris, vice
 president of marketing for Prisa Networks.  "Our VisualSAN products are right
 on the cutting edge of today's requirements for networking interoperability
 and proactive management.  Through partnership programs like this, the storage
 networking industry can offer more valuable solutions to marketplace needs."
     VisualSAN Network Manager provides service level management of SANs
 through graphical visualization, event correlation, and alert generation.  The
 software automatically discovers, and proactively manages and monitors
 multi-vendor SAN devices, including switches, hubs, routers, host bus
 adapters, and storage systems.  It automatically generates a graphical
 topology map depicting the SAN network elements, servers, storage systems,
 SCSI logical units, and their interconnects.
     Event Manager, a valuable component of VisualSAN Network Manager, logs
 events, provides for event correlation and filtering, and activates alert
 notification (such as SNMP trap, e-mail, or page) based on user-defined
 policies.  Device-specific management tools, such as Brocade WebTools(TM), can
 be launched from the topology map by simply pointing and clicking on the
 device's icon within the topology view.  With VisualSAN Network Manager,
 system administrators can better manage their assets, keep track of their
 topology configurations, consolidate their SAN management applications, and
 isolate faults.  It allows administrators to maximize network uptime and
 reduce overall cost of network administration while improving productivity.
     VisualSAN Performance Manager is an add-on application within the
 VisualSAN Suite that seamlessly integrates with VisualSAN Network Manager.
 VisualSAN Performance Manager monitors real-time performance of SANs and
 renders this data in an intuitive visual format with customizable thresholds
 and alert generation.  Performance data that is collected can be used for
 historical and trending analysis, enabling systems administrators to identify
 and predict performance hotspots and to plan their networks for optimized
 performance well into the future.
 
     About the Brocade Fabric Aware Program
     The Brocade Fabric Aware program is a comprehensive testing and
 configuration initiative designed to foster end-to-end SAN interoperability in
 a multi-vendor, heterogeneous environment.  As part of the program, companies
 agree to specify, test, and jointly support pre-tested SAN configurations that
 comprise a heterogeneous mix of servers, storage subsystems, fabric switches,
 and other SAN technologies in an enterprise environment.  Brocade has created
 an interoperability lab comprising a 24-switch SAN fabric, in which the
 company tests and validates partner equipment in specific configurations.
 Vendors receive Brocade Fabric Aware qualification after completing rigorous
 tests to confirm that vendor's products meet interoperability guidelines in
 specified, Brocade-based SAN configurations that span multi-vendor storage
 subsystems, servers, and SAN components.
 
     About Prisa Networks, Inc.
     Prisa Networks, Inc. is the pace-setting independent OEM supplier of
 network management software for System Area and Storage Area Networks (SANs).
 The company's products include software for SAN quality of service,
 performance, and service level management.  Prisa's SAN network management
 software is sold through major OEMs and to storage-centric xSPs, including
 Storage Service Providers.  Prisa Networks is a member of the Fibre Channel
 Industry Association and the InfiniBand(SM) Trade Association.  Prisa is a
 Voting Member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).  Prisa's
 corporate headquarters are located at 6620 Mesa Ridge Road, Suite 200, San
 Diego, CA 92121.  For more information, please contact Prisa at 858.677.0030;
 or via fax at 858.677.9099, or log on to their web site at www.prisa.com.
 
 

SOURCE Prisa Networks, Inc.
    SAN DIEGO, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Prisa Networks, the pace setting
 independent supplier of Systems and Storage Area Networks (SANs), announced
 today that their award winning VisualSAN suite of products have been verified
 by Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (Brocade(R)) (Nasdaq: BRCD) as
 interoperable with Brocade-based SAN infrastructure in testing conducted
 through the Brocade Fabric Aware(TM) Program, an end-to-end interoperability
 initiative for enterprise SANs.  The program is a comprehensive testing and
 configuration initiative designed to foster end-to-end SAN interoperability in
 multi-vendor, heterogeneous environments.  Prisa is one of only two SAN
 management software vendors to receive the certification.
     "We are pleased that Prisa Networks has successfully completed the Fabric
 Aware testing with Brocade Fibre Channel fabric switches in heterogeneous SAN
 environments," said Jay Kidd, Brocade vice president of Product Marketing.
 "Storage area networks are being deployed worldwide at a rapid rate as a
 scalable, high performance networking foundation for storage environments.
 End users are implementing large fabric SANs comprising hundreds of storage
 subsystems, servers, and networking technologies, all from multiple vendors.
 The Fabric Aware program is an example of our continued investment in
 delivering end-to-end SAN interoperability to our partners and their
 customers."
     Testing was conducted at the Brocade interoperability labs, which are
 state-of-the-art facilities supporting end-to-end interoperability and
 performance testing of SAN products in multi-vendor and large fabric SAN
 environments.  The Brocade Fabric Aware Program has added more than
 35 partners since its launch in 2000.  In addition, as part of its investment
 in SAN interoperability, Brocade actively supports its partners'
 interoperability initiatives.
     "We are certainly proud to be working together with Brocade to bring about
 increasingly interoperable SAN environments," stated Rael Morris, vice
 president of marketing for Prisa Networks.  "Our VisualSAN products are right
 on the cutting edge of today's requirements for networking interoperability
 and proactive management.  Through partnership programs like this, the storage
 networking industry can offer more valuable solutions to marketplace needs."
     VisualSAN Network Manager provides service level management of SANs
 through graphical visualization, event correlation, and alert generation.  The
 software automatically discovers, and proactively manages and monitors
 multi-vendor SAN devices, including switches, hubs, routers, host bus
 adapters, and storage systems.  It automatically generates a graphical
 topology map depicting the SAN network elements, servers, storage systems,
 SCSI logical units, and their interconnects.
     Event Manager, a valuable component of VisualSAN Network Manager, logs
 events, provides for event correlation and filtering, and activates alert
 notification (such as SNMP trap, e-mail, or page) based on user-defined
 policies.  Device-specific management tools, such as Brocade WebTools(TM), can
 be launched from the topology map by simply pointing and clicking on the
 device's icon within the topology view.  With VisualSAN Network Manager,
 system administrators can better manage their assets, keep track of their
 topology configurations, consolidate their SAN management applications, and
 isolate faults.  It allows administrators to maximize network uptime and
 reduce overall cost of network administration while improving productivity.
     VisualSAN Performance Manager is an add-on application within the
 VisualSAN Suite that seamlessly integrates with VisualSAN Network Manager.
 VisualSAN Performance Manager monitors real-time performance of SANs and
 renders this data in an intuitive visual format with customizable thresholds
 and alert generation.  Performance data that is collected can be used for
 historical and trending analysis, enabling systems administrators to identify
 and predict performance hotspots and to plan their networks for optimized
 performance well into the future.
 
     About the Brocade Fabric Aware Program
     The Brocade Fabric Aware program is a comprehensive testing and
 configuration initiative designed to foster end-to-end SAN interoperability in
 a multi-vendor, heterogeneous environment.  As part of the program, companies
 agree to specify, test, and jointly support pre-tested SAN configurations that
 comprise a heterogeneous mix of servers, storage subsystems, fabric switches,
 and other SAN technologies in an enterprise environment.  Brocade has created
 an interoperability lab comprising a 24-switch SAN fabric, in which the
 company tests and validates partner equipment in specific configurations.
 Vendors receive Brocade Fabric Aware qualification after completing rigorous
 tests to confirm that vendor's products meet interoperability guidelines in
 specified, Brocade-based SAN configurations that span multi-vendor storage
 subsystems, servers, and SAN components.
 
     About Prisa Networks, Inc.
     Prisa Networks, Inc. is the pace-setting independent OEM supplier of
 network management software for System Area and Storage Area Networks (SANs).
 The company's products include software for SAN quality of service,
 performance, and service level management.  Prisa's SAN network management
 software is sold through major OEMs and to storage-centric xSPs, including
 Storage Service Providers.  Prisa Networks is a member of the Fibre Channel
 Industry Association and the InfiniBand(SM) Trade Association.  Prisa is a
 Voting Member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).  Prisa's
 corporate headquarters are located at 6620 Mesa Ridge Road, Suite 200, San
 Diego, CA 92121.  For more information, please contact Prisa at 858.677.0030;
 or via fax at 858.677.9099, or log on to their web site at www.prisa.com.
 
 SOURCE  Prisa Networks, Inc.