Rounding out a slew of recent strategic alliances aimed at creating interoperable storage solutions, JNI Corp. and Brocade Communications, Inc., have gotten into the act by forging an alliance between the two companies. As part of the Brocade Fabric Aware and JNI SANpartners interoperability programs, Brocade and JNI will collaborate on product development, service and support, and marketing and sales initiatives to advance the adoption of open Storage Area Networks (SANs) in enterprise environments.
Brocade is a provider of fibre channel fabric switches and JNI's specialty is host bus adapters (HBAs) in the fibre channel market. The companies stated that they will work together to provide customers with optimized functionality using the combination of Brocade SilkWorm Fibre Channel fabric switches and JNI FibreStar HBAs, in order to support the requirements of high-performance SAN environments and applications.
JNI and Brocade have cooperated on a number of initiatives. Most recently Brocade joined JNI's SANpartners program and JNI became a charter member of the Brocade Fabric Aware program. Both announcements were made in June.