Brocade delivers fabric networking support for WinServer 2012
By Digital News Asia September 6, 2012
- Networking technologies require OS support to help organizations realize full benefit of virtualization
- Brocade-Microsoft collaboration enables SAN and IP networking solutions to support cloud, server and network virtualizaton
BROCADE has announced support for Microsoft Corp’s recently-released Windows Server 2012 server operating system across all product lines, including its Fiber Channel storage area network (SAN) and Ethernet fabric solutions.
Together with Windows Server 2012, Brocade networks simplify operations and management for highly virtualized cloud data centers, which serve as the infrastructure for enterprises and service providers in supporting their key data center initiatives such as scale-out server virtualization, private cloud deployments and software-defined networking (SDN), the company said in a statement.
“Windows Server 2012 was built from the cloud up and introduces innovations such as software-defined networking and NVGRE for network virtualization and isolation to help enable cloud deployments,” said Mike Schutz, general manager, Windows Server Marketing, Microsoft.
“To support next-generation cloud environments, many new networking technologies require support in the operating system to help organizations realize the full benefit of highly virtualized IT architectures,” said Jason Nolet (pic), vice president, Data Center Networking Group, at Brocade.
“By working closely with the Microsoft engineering team in the early stages of the new OS’ development, we have ensured that Brocade Ethernet and Fiber Channel fabric solutions work seamlessly with Windows Server 2012 as well as deliver innovative new networking functionality for highly virtualized, cloud-based data centers,” he added.
To ensure compatibility and enable new networking functionality with Windows Server 2012, Brocade has implemented enhancements across its SAN and Ethernet fabric switching and adapter products that help enable new features.
These new capabilities offer enterprise IT and cloud providers new storage and networking options that help ensure non-stop operations, increase business agility and optimize application performance, the company claimed.
Brocade also now supports interoperability and integration with Microsoft System Center 2012.