Brocade debuts Ethernet fabric switching solution

Company is first with solutions built for virtualisation and cloud-optimised data centres

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Brocade debuts Ethernet fabric switching solution The Brocade VDX 6720 Data Centre Switch is a 10GB Ethernet (GbE) offering that eliminates the need for Spanning Tree Protocol (STP).
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 22, 2010

Brocade has announced the birth of a new family of Ethernet fabric switching solutions, built specifically for virtualised and cloud-optimised data centres. Brocade is the first company to market with this type of switching solution.

The Brocade VDX 6720 Data Centre Switches are 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) offerings that eliminate the need for Spanning Tree Protocol (STP). This means that the access and aggregation networking layers are collapsed to create a network ideal for virtualised environments.

"Over half of all IT workloads will run on virtual machines by the end of this year, with that number climbing to beyond 70% by the end of 2013. Brocade has architected a flat, high-performance and highly scalable data centre network solution that promises to help its customers scale its virtual environments," said Cindy Borovick, vice president, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure and Datacentre Networks at IDC. "The new Brocade VDX 6720 switches, powered by VCS technology, are a natural evolution of Brocade's trusted status in the data centre - taking the best attributes from Fibre Channel and applying that knowledge to form a comprehensive Ethernet fabric."

The switches provide 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) wire-speed performance from port to port, with latency of 600 nanoseconds (ns).

The switches are based on low-latency, lossless, 10 Gbps Data Centre Bridging (DCB) artchitecture and are capable of running all types of data and storage traffic - including traditional IP, iSCSI, CIFS, NFS and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).

The Brocade VDX 6720 Data Centre Switches are available in one- or two-rack-unit (1U or 2U) form factors and provide the ability to scale from 16 to 60 ports with pay-as-you-grow Ports on Demand (POD) licensing.

 "Today more and more customers are moving toward virtualised cloud infrastructures to significantly reduce IT cost and complexity, increase efficiency and improve agility," said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. "Brocade's new VCS technology and the innovative VDX platform present customers with a tremendous opportunity to simplify, scale and easily manage their virtualised data center network, offering a next step for customers implementing the IT-as-a-Service model."

The Brocade VDX 6720 Data Centre switches are available now, starting at $10,700.

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