Brocade expands fabric portfolio

New solutions to provide more support to enterprises exploring cloud and virtualisation.

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Brocade expands fabric portfolio The updated VDX portfolio is based on Brocade's next-generation ASIC
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  February 24, 2014

Brocade this week announced a number of new Ethernet fabric solutions, including two multi-tenant solutions, an updated VDX portfolio based on the vendor's next-generation ASIC, and a new generation of line cards for the Brocade VDX 8770 chassis switch.

Brocade introduced its first VCS fabric technology in 2010, as it sought to bring more automation to highly virtualised and cloud-optimised data centres.

The new solutions build on Brocade's vision for software-defined everything. The multitenant offerings, the VCS Virtual Fabric and the VCS Fabric Gateway for VMware NSX, are designed to support cloud service providers that offer infrastructure as a service (IaaS), Brocade said in a statement.

The expanded VDX portfolio, meanwhile, includes the Brocade VDX 6740T-1, which the vendor described as the industry's first fabric-based 1 GbE Ethernet top-of-rack switch that can be upgraded to 10 GbE through a software licence.

Samer Ismair, MENA network consultant at Brocade, said that the new solutions are designed to provide more support to enterprises exploring cloud and virtualisation - two areas that traditional network architectures struggle to support, he claimed.

"Recent reports from research firms like Gartner and IDC indicate that traditional data centre network architectures do not support [the] cloud and virtualisation demands of modern day enterprises," he said.

Ismair pointed out that network operators in particular would be interested in the new range of Brocade solutions.

"As cloud environments in the Middle East reach mainstream adoption, Brocade's virtual fabric that enables native network multi-tenancy at scale without the need to build an overlay network will be a huge advantage to network operators and CSPs in the region," he explained.

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