Around the turn of the century, storage really became a discrete technical discipline, no longer just an extension of the server. Customers began to realize that direct attached storage models weren’t as scalable, as fast, as reliable, or as cost-effective as they needed to be to grow to what we now think of as enterprise-scale. SAN and NAS were born to deal with these scale issues. Fuse came into being at about the same time, and enterprise-scale storage was our first area of technical expertise.
Fuse engineers have designed and deployed many Brocade fiber channel SAN fabrics consisting of many thousands of fiber channel ports for multiple DoD customers. Fuse engineers have implemented and supported tens of petabytes of enterprise-class primary storage arrays including IBM DS8X00, EMC Symmetrix/VMAX, HDS USP-V/VSP, and HP 3Par, and installed, configured and maintained NAS solutions from leading vendors such as NetApp (FAS and V-Series) and IBM (GPFS and SONAS).
Fuse also maintains a technical focus in the area of long-term data archive, using Quantum’s StorNext archiving platform and secondary storage resources such as SL8500 tape libraries from Oracle. Our history in the archive space goes back to the days of StorageTek’s AMASS product – some of which is still in production today!