Brocade unveils SAN change analysis

SAN Health Change Analysis will give IT admins better control of storage-area networks

Brocade on Monday announced new software that lets IT administrators analyze and monitor changes to their storage-area networks.

At Storage Networking World in Orlando, Brocade announced SAN Health Change Analysis, an add-on module to its SAN Health software.

SAN Health is a homegrown software product developed by Brocade in collaboration with its customers that discovers and reports and maps the devices on the SAN. The freely downloadable SAN Health works with Brocade and McData Fibre Channel switches and identifies not only the number of Fibre Channel SAN ports and what they connect to, but also the host bus adapters installed in network servers. It reports on hardware and software configuration information.

SAN Health Change Analysis uses a new GUI called the SAN Health Professional, which graphically correlates gathered information. It differs from SAN Health in that the former product presents information via Visio and Microsoft Excel. The SAN Health Professional is freely downloadable from

The Change Analysis module performs point-in-time comparisons of SAN state. It is available on a subscription basis for US$1,800 per year and can be bought from

Support for SAN Health Change Analysis is via e-mail or forum support on Brocade Connect. Additionally, Brocade announced professional services for SAN Health that include interactive analysis of a user's SAN problems. Called SAN Health Expert, the service is available for US$2,400 per year.

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