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Beware of Counterfeit Brocade Licenses
Submit an inquiry to the License Verification Team!

Counterfeit licenses for Brocade products have been identified in the marketplace

Counterfeiting involves the unauthorized manufacture and/or distribution of another party’s goods, often using their trademarks and logos, without their consent, typically at a much lower price than the genuine product.

Counterfeiting of Brocade intellectual property (IP) occurs when the Brocade brand, logo, software or other IP is utilized without Broadcom/ Brocade’s consent. One form of IP counterfeiting is the issuance of Brocade software license keys by unauthorized parties. Counterfeit licenses are sold by unauthorized sales channels taking advantage of the strong Brocade brand, selling at a deep discount compared to authentic Brocade licenses. Please be aware that the use of counterfeit license keys results in devices not working and not capable of being supported, and voids all warranty and support obligations of Brocade. The use of devices with counterfeited license keys also carries significant risk of downtime and security breaches, interfering with the integrity of the network environment.

Adverse consequences of using counterfeit license keys

Counterfeit licenses can cause serious damage to your or your customer’s network environment. Even if counterfeiters are able to get counterfeit licenses to work on Brocade switches, you should be aware of the following:

- Use of counterfeit licenses constitutes an unauthorized modification of the device and will void all warranty and support.
- If Broadcom discovers the device you are seeking support on has a counterfeit license installed, Broadcom will discontinue all support and cancel all support and maintenance contracts applicable to that device. No refunds of prepaid support fees will be provided.
- Broadcom will also void any warranty applicable to a device with counterfeited software.
- Counterfeit licenses negate the ability to update FOS and apply maintenance and security fixes, the software may cease to function after firmware upgrades, and the counterfeit license may conflict with other legitimate Brocade licenses.

Below are warning signs of counterfeiting:

- Seller is asking for configuration details from the Brocade switch, such as the License ID or WWN, or the output of a set of FOS commands.
- Licenses are offered at a price point that is suspiciously lower than authentic Brocade products, or may be offering Brocade switches, with particularly attractive price points for configurations that include PODs and licenses.
- Seller operates a website that looks professional on the surface, but it is suspiciously lacking in details on their physical location (e.g. the only contact information is an email address or Skype ID, but no actual address or real phone number is provided).
- Seller is providing license key strings directly, rather than “transaction keys” that are used o generate a license key on the Broadcom Licensing Portal.

How to recognize legitimate Brocade licenses

Legitimate Brocade licenses are offered by Broadcom or Broadcom-authorized OEM and distribution partners. All legitimate Brocade licenses are offered in the form of certificates – either in the form of an “E-license” or a “paperpack.” Each certificate contains a unique “transaction key” that is used in conjunction with the Broadcom Licensing Portal to generate the actual license key for the switch.

Contact the Broadcom Counterfeit Support Line

If you see something in the market that looks questionable, or you have questions around licensing for Brocade products, please notify Broadcom by email at verify-brocade-license.pdl@broadcom.com. This email is a hotline for reporting suspicious licenses, products or activities or have any questions regarding the same.

https://www.broadcom.com/support/fibre-channel-networking/recognize-counterfeit-brocade-licenses/
Brocade 7800 Extension Switch and Brocade FX8-24 Extension Blade End-of-Life Notice (EOL):

EOL Notification Date. April 30, 2019
Last Time Order (LTO) Date August 31, 2019
Last Customer Ship (LCS) Date October 31, 2019
End of Support (EOS) Date October 31, 2024

https://docs.broadcom.com/docs/12395310
Brocade 4Gbps Optics End-of-Life Notice

This notice initiates the End of Life (EOL) process for the Brocade 4Gbps Optics. The objective of the account management team is to assist you to make your final purchases of product subject to EOL and to smoothly transition to the new products by planning to the following milestones: Brocade 4Gbps Optics Date

EOL Notification Date April 30, 2019 (Brocade & all OEMs)
Last Time Order (LTO) Date August 31, 2019
Last Customer Ship (LCS) Date October 31, 2019

https://docs.broadcom.com/docs/12395309
Clarification of BSN End of Support (EOS) Policy

Brocade Storage Networking (BSN) Global Support has further clarified our End of Support (EOS) policy.

The BSN Technical Assistance Center (TAC) does not support or troubleshoot any device that is End of Support (EOS). For customers running a Multiple Device Fabric and TAC confirms that there is an EOS device in the fabric TAC will not troubleshoot the fabric until the device is removed from the Fabric. The connection to an EOS device is considered "a misapplication or improper maintenance" under Support Exclusions in the support terms and conditions.

"Support Exclusions. Brocade is not obligated to provide Support for Hardware that would otherwise be covered by a Support Plan if the Hardware has been damaged by misuse, accident, improper installation, misapplication, modification, unsuitable physical or operating environment, abnormal physical or electrical stress, improper maintenance (unless by Brocade), removal or alteration of switch or part identification labels, or failure caused by a product for which Brocade is not responsible.“

Here is a brief overview of the support flow:
NVMe over Fibre Channel for Dummies 2nd Edition

https://docs.broadcom.com/docs/12395299
BROCADE SAN 2019
7 мая 2019 | Ташкент Hyatt Regency Tashkent, ул. Навои, 1 А

Материалы семинара:
https://yadi.sk/d/kq1w4h4D6wdIAQ
Broadcom (Brocade) portal access

Прилагаю обновленную презентацию с рекомендациями по правильной регистрации на портале. Большинство из пользователей заполнили регистрационные формы с нарушением правил и поэтому не могут быть допущены к порталу. Пожалуйста, посмотрите прилагаемый документ. Поскольку проблема имеет массовый характер, просьба сначала внимательно ознакомиться с инструкцией и обращаться ко мне только если остаются вопросы. На общие вопросы мы будем в первую очередь отвечать через нашу группу/канал в LinkedIn/Telegram.

https://yadi.sk/i/7EYAkO35R2alsg
 
Отдельно подчеркну важность предоставления реального адреса веб-сайта, ИНН и ОГРН компании – по этим данным отдел Экспортного Контроля Бродкома идентифицирует и проверяет вашу компанию. Если они не могут однозначно идентифицировать компанию, они просто не подтверждают регистрацию и вы не получаете доступ к порталу.
 
С уважением,
Николай Умнов
BROCADE SAN 2019
4 июня 2019 | Санкт-Петербург
ул. Чайковского, д.17, Hotel Indigo

Уважаемые коллеги,
Приглашаем вас на бесплатный семинар «Brocade SAN 2019» для технических специалистов и руководителей, занимающихся ИТ-инфраструктурой.
Данное приглашение можно пересылать заинтересованным коллегам как в вашей организации, так и в других компаниях.
Письменное подтверждение регистрации Brocade обязательно.
Семинар состоится с 9:30 до 18:00, во вторник, 4 июня 2019 года по адресу: Санкт-Петербург, ул. Чайковского, д.17, Hotel Indigo
Для участия в семинаре необходимо заполнить прилагаемую форму регистрации и отправить ее по адресам nickolay.umnov@broadcom.com и sergey.tselikov@broadcom.com, тема письма SPB. Подтверждение регистрации будет выслано не позднее понедельника, 3 июня.
Ведут семинар Николай Умнов, менеджер по продажам и Сергей Целиков, системный инженер SAN, Россия и СНГ, Brocade Storage Networking, Broadcom.

https://yadi.sk/i/2Pbq3wDvLDCrHg
https://yadi.sk/i/fagUsXgqR-ejow
SNIA Webcast - New Landscape of Network Speeds

Interesting SNIA webcast about Networks speeds (Ethernet, FC and InfiniBand) including roadmaps. The PDF of the presentation is here: https://www.snia.org/sites/default/files/ESF/New-Landsape-of-Networking-Speeds-Final.pdf
Introducing the SNIA Educational Library
SNIA just made finding our educational, vendor-neutral content a lot easier! Introducing the SNIA Educational Library - a database of more than 700 content assets created by SNIA experts worldwide. The library makes searching for relevant content simple. You can keyword search or filter by technology topic, content type, event, presenter name or company, or publication date. You’ll find:
• Presentations and Tutorials
• White Papers
• Videos
• Webcasts
• Technical Specifications
• Infographics
• Software
We don’t think you’ll find a larger collection of vendor-neutral content on storage and information technology and we’re adding to it all the time. Check it out today!

View the SNIA Educational Library Here: https://snia.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b421c01fc38e58ca8bdccc0be&id=c132547145&e=29e7b806cd
Webinar: Real World Performance Advantages with NVMe over Fibre Channel
June 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am PDT


NVMe over Fibre Channel has had good air coverage in recent years, and rightly so. In this webinar, you’ll hear from experts at Brocade, NetApp, and IBM and learn how customers across a variety of industries have increased their competitive advantage through implementing NVMe over FC.

Register to learn about practical applications and best practices, including:

• Case studies from two leaders, from PoC to end-to-end implementation

• Observed performance benefits, and how they create better business outcomes

• Early adoption vs. incremental upgrades, and how they affect performance

• The future of NVMe over FC: What can we expect to see?

REGISTER NOW:
http://clients.wearetwogether.com/clientemails/brocade/broc1416-002/
Storage Class Memory, what it is and why it matters

This is a really good article that is a great introduction to Storage Class Memory/Persistent Memory and the different memory technologies that can be candidates to be used for these use cases (of which Intel's Optane based on 3D XPoint is just one, albeit the most advanced and generally available at the moment). A highly recommended read.

https://blocksandfiles.com/2018/11/28/2019-the-year-of-storage-class-memory/
BROCADE SAN 2019
19 июня 2019 | Владивосток
AZIMUT Отель Владивосток, ул. Набережная, 10

Уважаемые коллеги,
Приглашаем вас на бесплатный семинар «Brocade SAN 2019». Семинар предназначен для технических специалистов и руководителей, занимающихся сетями хранения данных SAN, системами хранения данных и серверами.
В первой половине дня будут систематизировано изложены основы Fibre Channel SAN – для желающих упорядочить свои знания. Это может быть полезно как начинающим и опытным инженерам, так и IT-руководителям. Во второй половине дня мы подробнее поговорим о продуктах.
Для участия в семинаре обязательна регистрация и письменное подтверждение Brocade. Данное приглашение можно пересылать заинтересованным коллегам.
Семинар состоится в среду, 19 июня 2019 года, по адресу: г. Владивосток, AZIMUT Отель
Владивосток, ул. Набережная, 10
Начало регистрации – 09:30.
Для участия в семинаре необходимо заполнить прилагаемую форму регистрации и отправить ее по адресам nickolay.umnov@broadcom.com и sergey.tselikov@broadcom.com, тема письма DV. Подтверждение участия в семинаре будет отправлено компанией Brocade по электронной почте не позднее 17 июня 2019.

https://yadi.sk/i/SO7j_KAKePHh2Q
https://yadi.sk/i/M6QETeN3ErztRw
FCIA Webcast:
Fibre Channel Zoning Basics
June 27 10:00 am PT  //  1:00 pm ET

t’s time to get back to fundamentals on Fibre Channel. So, that’s exactly what we plan to do at our next FCIA live webcast on June 27, 2019 “Fibre Channel Zoning Basics.” In this webcast, we’re going to be talking about one of the most fundamental and crucial aspects of the protocol and what makes it so reliable, predictable and secure: Zoning.
 
We will start with the fundamentals and you’ll learn:
• What is Zoning
• Why you’d want to Zone
• Different types of Zoning
• Zoning Configuration Flow
• Consequences of Zoning
• Zoneset Activation Flow
• Zoning best practices for different types of applications
• Advances in Zoning

Register today to get this on your calendar for June 27th. Our FCIA experts will be on hand to answer your questions. We look forward to seeing you.
https://fibrechannel.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=09af703d288fce076519b40ec&id=c8264522bf&e=6dde9bf6d4
EOS firmware removal from the CSP !!!!

With the enforcement of the “Brocade Fabric OS Support Policy Notice” (See attached) we have removed all EOS (End of Suport) firmware from the CSP site and it is no longer available for download.  As a result of this change, there have been a lot of questions on how do we get customers that are running older versions of code get to the latest target path. 
 
This policy is documented in the “Brocade Fabric OS Support Policy Notice” and was released in July 2018.
 
In this document, it clearly states:
 
To ensure ongoing support, quality, and responsiveness for Brocade products, customers who are using FOS versions older than those currently called out by this policy must upgrade to the supported FOS versions. To provide smooth operations and upgrade, customers and partners have 90 days from the general availability announcement of a new Major release from Brocade to migrate to a supported software release version.
 
What this means is that once we released FOS v8.1.x (for example), customers had 90 days to get onto FOS v7.4.2.x  After that 90 day period, they are no longer in compliance with our FOS Support Policy, and we are no longer obligated to provide a migration path via FOS releases posted on our site.
 
In addition, the doc states:
 
After the 90-day migration period, unless there is an impact to a hardware platform, the oldest supported FOS version is removed from maintenance support without explicit notice.
 
How do OEM Customers upgrade from older FOS to newer FOS, since they can no longer get to the required firmware on the download sites:
- OEM will open a case with Brocade TAC (Unit must have valid entitlement).
- TAC will work with the OEM to review the customer’s environment and provide an upgrade plan to the OEM for the customer.

https://yadi.sk/i/ozc2u5qN31aDzQ
BROCADE SAN 2019
4 июня 2019 | Санкт-Петербург


Материалы семинара:

https://yadi.sk/d/4XdJAUevfB-YRA
https://yadi.sk/d/D1a14LU-I4yvFg
Webinar: Real World Performance Advantages with NVMe over Fibre Channel
June 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am PDT


NVMe over Fibre Channel has had good air coverage in recent years, and rightly so. In this webinar, you’ll hear from experts at Brocade, NetApp, and IBM and learn how customers across a variety of industries have increased their competitive advantage through implementing NVMe over FC.

Register to learn about practical applications and best practices, including:

• Case studies from two leaders, from PoC to end-to-end implementation

• Observed performance benefits, and how they create better business outcomes

• Early adoption vs. incremental upgrades, and how they affect performance

• The future of NVMe over FC: What can we expect to see?

New and repaired registration link:

http://cdn.wearetwogether.com.s3.amazonaws.com/clientemails/brocade/broc1416-002/index.html