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Brocade goes “on-demand’ with datacentre networking

Brocade goes “on-demand’ with datacentre networking

Networking vendor adopts a datacentre approach that depends upon highly automated and scalable network architecture

To foster the growth of a highly virtualised, open and flexible network infrastructure, networking vendor, Brocade, has adopted an “On-Demand Datacentre” strategy.

Brocade A/NZ country manager, Greig Guy, said this approach combines aspects of physical and virtual networking to improve business agility, reduce complexity and better scale virtualisation in datacentres.

“It is a reinforcement of our strategy around our datacentre vision, and it is both a hardware and software type offering,” he said.

As datacentres continually virtualise, Guy said this creates ongoing challenges associated with scalability and mobility.

“This on-demand approach is an enhancement to our offering to assist organisations to meet those challenges,” he said.

Customers are currently struggling with legacy type networks, and Guy said it is often difficult for them to meet the bandwidth, management and scalability requirements that virtualisation places on them.

So while it is helpful that virtualisation allows them to do more with less, it has the downside of introducing other challenges.

“We have for a long time had this vision of simplification in the datacentre, so the on-demand datacentre is actively providing those choices and benefits to the customer to be able to meet the demand of virtualisation, Cloud and mobility across datacentres,” Guy said,

The On-Demand Datacentre strategy uses the vendor’s own VCS Fabric technology as the foundation, enabling customers to simplify and automate their networks, as well as improve network efficiency, utilisation and performance.

Stacking the deck

Going hand-in-hand with the datacentre strategy announcement is Brocade voicing its continued support for the OpenStack initiative.

This initiative consists of strategic open-source software projects for building private, public and hybrid clouds, such as OpenDaylight Project and OpenStack.

From a virtual networking perspective, Brocade Vyatta vRouter and Virtual ADX Application Delivery Switch have been announced in support of this initiative.

For physical networking, there is the Brocade MLXe 4×40 GbE Core Router module, Brocade NetIron CES/CER Carrier Ethernet Switch/Router modules and Brocade NetIron OS update.

Brocade is a founding board member of the OpenDaylight open source SDN project and Brocade Application Resource Broker.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.


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