Brocade has announced that its storage networking solutions will now support Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. "Brocade networking technology and server connectivity solutions are an instrumental part of a Microsoft SQL Server deployment and help ensure optimal performance of the application," said Claude Lorenson, Director of SQL Server marketing at Microsoft. "With the release of SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft is working closely with Brocade to push the limits of scalability and performance for our mutual customers."

"In today's competitive business climate, customers are looking for best-of-breed solutions that can dramatically help them realise real return on their IT investment," said Bob Braham, Vice President of Product Marketing, Brocade. "The continued proliferation of data-intensive services and applications, as well as the expectation of 'anywhere, anytime' access is placing unprecedented demands on database technologies. The interoperability of Brocade's storage networking technology and products with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 translates into reduced monetary and operational risk and increased performance and security for enterprise customers."

These solutions are available through Brocade OEMs and certified channel partners.