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Here is my somewhat simplistic take on EMC/Brocade differences. I have experience setting up and using both. EMC makes the boxes that hold the disks. Huge refrigerator size units (symmetrix arrays). They also make the software to actively manage the array of disks. These arrays allow multiple systems to have a direct connection to the boxes. Brocade makes switches whereas the systems plug into the switch which are then hard wired into the array. This allows seamless access to data. The switch handles all the traffic instead of having 6 servers hard wired to an EMC array and needing to access data on a different array. Those six servers could be plugged into a brocade switch which in turn are plugged into numerous arrays. This is a very scaleable solution as you just add more switches and arrays as necessary. You don't have to bring anything down to add new storage units. As to which is a better company they are different. EMC's are the kings of the storage space. Brocade is the king of SAN infrastructure. You don't need to build a SAN to use EMC. Do your DD and then decide.

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