Brocade announces new VCS fabric capabilities

Network vendor delivers multitenancy blueprint for ‘smooth’ cloud migration

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Brocade announces new VCS fabric capabilities Sakhnini: As cloud environments in the Middle East reach mainstream adoption, achieving scalable network segmentation takes on new urgency to support multi-tenancy.
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 19, 2013

Networking vendor Brocade today announced new VCS fabric capabilities that are said to provide native multi-tenancy, storage-aware networking and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) performance.

The company has also extended its Brocade VDX switch portfolio by introducing Brocade VDX 6740 and 6740T Ethernet fabric Top of Rack (ToR) switches featuring 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports with 40 GbE uplinks. Together with Brocade VCS Fabric technology, these switches are designed to deliver "the high performance and low latency needed to support demanding virtualised data centre environments".

"As cloud environments in the Middle East reach mainstream adoption, achieving scalable network segmentation takes on new urgency to support multi-tenancy," said Yarob Sakhnini, director, Systems Engineering, Brocade.

"At the same time, poor network resilience, limited automation, and configuration and orchestration complexity can hamper or even disrupt the ability of providers to meet SLAs with their clients. Brocade VCS Fabric technology helps resolve these challenges."

There are currently several possible network segmentation approaches, optimised for different requirements, including scale, Layer 3 architectures, hypervisor choices, organisational norms, staff skill sets, and other considerations.

Within Brocade VCS fabrics, all major techniques and combinations are supported, from hypervisor-based solutions to Layer 3 and Layer 2 separation, including the Layer 2 construct, VCS Virtual Fabric capability.

"This simple, network-based approach to multitenant scale uses proven, standards-based network segmentation techniques, making it easier to incorporate this new capability into the network with zero learning curve and minimum disruption to current operational and organisational models," Brocade said.

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