Server virtualization drives Ethernet fabric market in Asia Pacific: Frost & Sullivan Brocade study


Enterprises across
Asia Pacific are now looking at Ethernet fabric technology to help fully
realize the benefits of business agility, operational efficiencies and lower
costs, thanks to the increasing use of server virtualization says Frost &


The new research
report from Frost & Sullivan, commissioned by Brocade, revealed that two thirds
of the organizations surveyed have adopted server virtualization, of which 46
percent are now running production environments on virtual machines.


More than a third of
respondents have planned to pilot an Ethernet fabric architecture within the
next six months and a further 25 percent said they intended to do so within 12


“Rolling out
cloud computing is complex, which is why it is recommended that organizations
address the data center network challenges head on rather than waiting for
bottlenecks to appear,” said Andrew Milroy, vice president – ICT Practice
for Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific.


“That means
virtualizing the network layer; optimizing infrastructure through flat
architecture; introducing VM-aware automation to enable elastic scaling; and
pro-active management to maximize availability and minimize opex. We therefore
see Ethernet fabric becoming the critical data center network technology due to
its scalability, flatness and efficiency,” Milroy added.


One third of
respondents said their organizations had already adopted some form of cloud
computing with private clouds more common than either the public or hybrid
cloud delivery models. While software-as-a-service adoption has been steadily
growing in Asia Pacific in the past decade, Frost & Sullivan’s analysts
found adoption of cloud-enabled infrastructure-as-a-service and
platform-as-a-service seeing a huge spurt in the past 12 months.


Anticipating these
needs in 2010, Brocade introduced its vision – Brocade One – of a cloud and
data center architecture with Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS) as the core
technology for building large, high-performance and flat Layer 2 fabrics to
better support server virtualization.


With Ethernet fabric
technology and the industry’s most powerful routers for enterprise data
centers, Brocade can help organizations build flatter, simpler networks today –
and at measurably lower cost than the competition.


Brocade VDX Data
Center Switches
supported by Brocade VCS fabric
technology are now being deployed as the Ethernet fabric foundation at
leading-edge cloud data centers across the region.


“What jumps out
from this new report is just how fast Asia Pacific enterprises are now moving
towards cloud computing architecture,” said John McHugh, chief marketing
officer of Brocade


“They are
certainly not all there yet but road-maps are in place and there is a high
level of awareness about the issues they need to address. Creating a data
center networking architecture that is simple, secure, flat and virtualized is
a top priority for the region’s IT decision makers,” McHugh added.


Recently 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.



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