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 & Sullivan.


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 months.



“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


“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


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


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

By Team
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