Brocade announces advancements to Brocade CloudPlex

At VMworld, Brocade announced significant advancements to
the Brocade CloudPlex architecture with new Brocade Virtual Compute Blocks.
These bundled solutions consist of integrated, tested and validated
multi-vendor server, virtualization, networking and storage resources.

Demonstrating substantial partner traction, the new
solutions are available today, delivered and supported in collaboration with a
wide range of alliance partners, including Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi Data
Systems and VMware.

This open approach is an underlying tenet of the Brocade
CloudPlex architecture, which was announced in May 2011. The open, extensible
framework is designed to help customers build the next generation of
distributed and virtualized data centers in a simple, evolutionary way that
preserves their ability to dictate all aspects of the migration.

It is the foundation for integrated compute blocks and it
supports existing multi-vendor infrastructure to unify customers’ assets into a
single compute and storage domain.

Organizations are seeking to maximize the benefits
of cloud computing through more efficient infrastructure procurement,
pre-integrated components, faster support response, and greater choice in
best-in-class products to meet specific business needs,” said John McHugh,
CMO of Brocade.

“Brocade Virtual Compute Blocks leverage our
Ethernet fabrics and industry-leading Fibre Channel SAN fabrics to allow our
partners to create integrated stacks that optimize cost effectiveness,
flexibility and performance. Because these solutions are open, they allow our
customers to scale components independently and better utilize legacy
infrastructures,” McHugh added.

Virtual Compute Block solutions include hypervisor software integrated with
servers, storage and Brocade fabric networking products in bundled, pre-racked
and pre-tested configurations enriched by technology from Dell, EMC, Fujitsu,
Hitachi Data Systems and VMware.

Brocade and Dell have partnered to develop a reference
architecture that includes Dell Compellent Fibre Channel storage, Dell
PowerEdge servers, Brocade data center and SAN switches and the VMware
hypervisor, which is being shown at the Brocade VMworld booth.

EMC and Brocade have joined forces with several partners
to deliver Virtual Compute Blocks, which combine VMware virtualization software
and management tools, EMC VNXe unified storage, servers and integrated Brocade
Fibre Channel and Ethernet fabric networking technologies.

EMC and Brocade are now working with Arrow, Tech Data,
First Distribution and Acao to deliver Virtual Compute Blocks in the U.S., and
in parts of Europe, Africa, and South America.

These integrated, easy-to-install solutions enable EMC
customers to quickly deploy private and hybrid cloud infrastructures, which
provide data center consolidation, availability, scalability and automation.

Fujitsu and Brocade have partnered to create solutions
supporting Fujitsu’s Dynamic Infrastructures architecture, which will help
enterprises boost business agility, efficiency and IT economics.

These are designed for data centers of the future,
delivering powerful automated pools of computing resources made up of server,
storage, network and virtualization technology.

Hitachi converged data center solutions combine storage,
compute and networking, with software management, automation and optimization
to automate, accelerate and simplify cloud adoption.

As a key networking partner, Brocade provides networking
solutions for Hitachi converged data center solutions, including Ethernet
switch, Fibre Channel fabric data center switches, and Fibre Channel switch
modules for the Hitachi Compute Blade family.

VMware and Brocade have developed a reference
architecture solution that enables organizations to create a scalable virtual
desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment.

The VMware/Brocade VDI reference architecture, VMware
View, combines Brocade VDX data center switches and converged network adapters,
Intel x-86-based rack servers, iSCSI-based storage and TrendMicro security

Benefits of the VMware/Brocade VDI solution include
best-in-class performance and scalability, enhanced security, ease-of-migration
and lower total cost of ownership.

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