Brocade moves to simplify virtualised appliances

News by Dan Raywood

Brocade has announced the launch of the Brocade One network architecture and strategy to simplify the complexity of virtualised applications.

Brocade has announced the launch of the Brocade One network architecture and strategy to simplify the complexity of virtualised applications.

The company claimed that Brocade One helps customers migrate to a world where information and services are available anywhere in the cloud. With a view on highly virtualised, services-on-demand that are enabled through the cloud in the data centre, Brocade One simplifies the design, deployment, configuration and ongoing support of IT infrastructures and offers high-availability networking by supporting the requirements for unparalleled uptime by setting the standard for continuous operations, ease of management and resiliency.

Talking to SC Magazine, Brocade UK and Ireland sales director, Paul Phillips, said that Brocade wanted to make things easier, and ‘the more technology you can take out of the distributed network the better'.

He said: “Brocade One is not rip and replace, it is an evolvement, the hypervisor is coming on strong and we work with all hypervisors and we are working with Symantec, McAfee and RSA but you can switch supplier within the architecture. Customers have a concept of mainframe but do not want it from one vendor.

“It transfers seamlessly to a virtual enterprise where the market is secure and what customers are asking for. It is all about simplicity, the more simple you make it the easier it is to manage. We are also bringing best performance and future proofing, we don't want to be thinking about today or tomorrow, we want to think about five years into the future.”

The company also introduced virtual cluster switching (VCS) that are designed to address the requirements of virtualised data centres by overcoming the limitations of conventional ethernet networking by applying non-stop operations, any-to-any connectivity and the intelligence of fabric switching. Also launched was the virtual access layer (VAL), which according to Brocade is designed to be vendor-agnostic and will support all major hypervisors by utilising industry-standard technologies, including the emerging virtual ethernet port aggregator (VEPA) and virtual ethernet bridging (VEB) standards.

Dave Stevens, Brocade CTO, said: “Brocade has paved the way for data centre network fabric convergence by combining the best characteristics of existing and emerging technologies into a new network architecture that is purpose-built for virtualised data centres. Through these innovations, Brocade is delivering a new level of operational simplicity and seamless elasticity in helping customers more efficiently manage and grow their data centres.”


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