Edgar Dias, Regional Director, India, Brocade Communications talks about the company's SAN and SDN strategies, going ahead.
CW: How has Brocade's networking journey been so far in India?
Dias: It's been a great journey so far. We came up with the idea of virtualization on storage long back before our competition and today we have something known as generation 5 Fibre channel. Right now, Brocade and Cisco are then only two vendors working in this space. As of now, we have moved to the fifth generation of fibre channel which is 16gig which is not like the typical Ethernet.
Brocade is an industry leader in providing reliable, high-performance network solutions that help the world's leading organizations transition smoothly to a virtualized environment where applications and information can reside anywhere. Today, Brocade is extending its proven datacenter expertise across the entire network with future-proofed solutions built for consolidation, network convergence, virtualization, and cloud computing. Some of the largest Fortune 100 companies in India have deployed Brocade's technology at their heart of their networks.
CW: How important was the Foundry networks acquisition?
Dias: We acquired Foundry Networks around five years back. Foundry networks were the leader that time in high performance Ethernet networks. They were very widely deployed in customer networks which were looking at very high performance workload in industries such as CAD design or the service provider networks. Therefore, people with extreme workloads used to look to Foundry Networks to come to their rescue. From that time, Brocade has been building on the portfolio nd investing in R and D and taking the relationship forward and we have moved forward keeping in mind the changing characteristics of the Ethernet network.
CW: Brocade has been the pioneer of the Fibre channel but market growth is slowing in this space for a while now. So will Fibre channel survive the onslaught of Ethernet?
Dias: It's a myth that Fiber Channel as a technology is slowing and we are seeing evidence to the contrary that in large corporations as well as cloud enabled datacenters (both private and public) that Fiber Channel continues to be the technology of choice for storage area networking. The fundamental business reasons for the Fiber Channel being the technology of choice is the growth in large, real-time databases and the increasing VM density per physical host as well as the proliferation of solid state disks.
Brocade is at the forefront of innovation in Fiber Channel and today we are at Generation 5 ie 16Gbps (Gen1: 1 Gbps to Gen 5: 16Gbps evolution); which would extend to the proposed future standard of Generation 6 (ie 32Gbps).
This vision has been embraced by all the leading storage vendors who have collaborated with Brocade to announce their end-end solutions comprising servers, storage along with Brocade's Gen 5 Fiber Channel switches with double the bandwidth and enhanced software features which are so critical for today's highly virtualized data center environments.
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