Brocade advances Ethernet fabric innovation


At VMworld, Brocade announced it is delivering more
choice, flexibility and automation to customers deploying virtualization and
cloud IT infrastructures. Specifically, the company announced enhancements to
the Brocade Ethernet fabric portfolio that utilizes Brocade VCS technology.


These enhancements are designed to increase scalability,
improve virtual machine (VM) awareness, further simplifying management and
significantly reducing operational overhead.


With these new enhancements, Brocade is
delivering Ethernet fabric integration that uses Brocade Network Advisor to
work with the VMware vCenter Server virtualization and cloud infrastructure
management platform, reducing overall networking administration costs and
unplanned downtime.


Brocade VCS fabric uses Brocade Network Advisor to work
with VMware vCenter Server so that VMs running within an Ethernet fabric are
automatically configured based on information stored in VMware vCenter Server
and automatically maintain their connectivity services as VMs move within the
fabric. In contrast, configuring today’s legacy networks for virtualized data
centers can be an error-prone, time-consuming manual process for most


This new VCS fabric enhancement offers a secure
connection to VMware vCenter Server to eliminate those problems and ensure
consistency between server and network configurations.


Brocade has also enhanced Brocade Network Advisor, the
industry’s only unified network management platform for IP and SAN
environments, to improve operational simplicity by allowing all VCS nodes in a
fabric to be managed as a single logical switch as well as enabling the ability
to associate VMware port groups to port profiles across fabrics and VMware
vCenter Server instances.


These enhancements are designed to ensure successful VM
migrations within and across Ethernet fabrics.


“Brocade is known for building efficient data center
networks that just work. Ethernet fabrics based on Brocade VCS technology are
highly differentiated, providing unmatched automation and simplicity compared
to traditional, outdated network architectures,” said Jason Nolet, vice
president of Data Center and Enterprise Networking at Brocade.


Brocade is expanding the Brocade VDX product family with
two new switch models designed to deliver a comprehensive solution for
future-proofing data center networks, cost effectively supporting 1 GbE server
and storage environments and allowing Ethernet-based server access to all the
data stored on Fibre Channel SANs.


The Brocade VDX switches support VCS fabric technology,
enabling enterprises to gracefully evolve their traditional network
architectures to an Ethernet fabric in order to better support virtualized and
cloud-optimized data centers.


Brocade’s leadership position in Ethernet fabrics has
been bolstered by rapid customer adoption for the Brocade VDX 6720 Data Center
Switch, which began shipping in December 2010, and is now deployed globally in
numerous production environments. Sales have continued to grow
quarter-over-quarter, exceeding the company’s sales expectations.


Brocade delivers highly differentiated features and
functionality through Brocade VCS fabric technology, allowing organizations to
enhance their classic hierarchical network architectures and deploy flatter
scale-out fabrics for virtualized data centers to meet changing business


Brocade VCS fabric technology provides automated VM
mobility without manual port configuration and reconfiguration. Sharing
intelligence automatically between fabric nodes enables the entire fabric to be
managed more efficiently, significantly reducing operational overhead.


Agility and operational simplicity for data center
networks architected with VCS fabric technology are further enhanced by the
Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter, which is a new class of server adapter with each
Brocade AnyIO universal port supporting Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over
Ethernet (FCoE) and Ethernet connectivity for flexible server I/O consolidation
and long-term investment protection.


The Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter delivers wire-speed
performance for both 16 Gbps Fibre Channel and 10 GbE, and more than 1 million
IOPS for storage applications. In addition, it unifies the management of
adapter, SAN and LAN resources via a single interface with Brocade Network


LG-Ericsson and Brocade recently announced a strategic
through which LG-Ericsson will offer industry-leading networking
solutions from Brocade and enable both companies to jointly pursue business
opportunities in the high-growth Korean Information and Communications
Technology (ICT) market.


By Team
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