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Brocade unleashes a data center barrage

Jim Duffy | May 2, 2013
New and enhanced hardware and software designed to tightly couple the physical with the virtual

Hybrid Port Mode is designed to enable customers to optimize specific data flows using OpenFlow without disrupting the existing production traffic. The new software also features support for multitenant data center environments to improve cloud service delivery and enforce tighter service level agreements between customers sharing the same cloud infrastructure.

For orchestration of the physical/virtual data center and cloud, Brocade released the first in a series of OpenStack plugins for its products. The initial release, for its VDX fabric switches, enables customers to include the Brocade fabric technology in an OpenStack-managed data center/cloud environment where administrators can provision and decommission pools of compute, networking and storage resources on-demand.

OpenStack plugins for Brocade's ADX, Virtual ADX, Gen 5 FibreChannel and Vyatta vRouter will be available in the second half of this year.

Also for provisioning, the updated Brocade Application Resource Broker is designed to automate the rollout of new services and adapt to changing business conditions. The update enables hybrid cloud services, as well as business continuity across globally distributed data centers for disaster avoidance, Brocade says.

Taken together, the new hardware and software is intended to give incumbents and startups alike with a contender in the data center fabric and software-defined networking arena. Forty gigabit Ethernet will stretch the boundaries in physical density, while features like an OpenStack plugin and OpenFlow forwarding will enable programmability in clouds and SDNs.


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