Brocade rolls out Fabric innovations, new router

  • New VCS fabric capabilities provide native multitenancy and storage-aware networking
  • Uses standards-based network segmentation techniques; reduces learning curve to zero

BROCADE has announced a number of advancements to its VCS Fabric technology and Brocade VDX switch portfolio, including new VCS fabric capabilities that it said provide native multitenancy, storage-aware networking and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) performance for the most demanding data centre environments.
Brocade also unveiled what it claimed was the industry’s most complete, end-to-end blueprint for delivering scalable data centre multitenancy, from the server to the WAN (wide area network).
“The ability to securely isolate tenants in a shared infrastructure environment is paramount to today’s cloud-service providers and to enterprises adopting private cloud,” said Brad Casemore, research director of data centre networks at IDC.
“Traditional approaches to network segmentation have been around for years, and virtualisation and cloud computing have exposed their inherent limitations, especially in relation to flexibility and scalability.
“Technologies such as Brocade’s VCS Virtual Fabric promise to address this challenge by delivering multitenancy at scale, enabling enterprises to maximise the number of tenants they can support by leveraging segmentation constructs with which network administrators are familiar, thus minimising both the learning curve and operational overhead,” Casemore said in a statement issued by Brocade.
Brocade said its VCS Virtual Fabric uses proven, standards-based network segmentation techniques, making it easier to incorporate this new capability into the network with zero learning curve.
Brocade rolls out Fabric innovations, new routerIt also offers a highly evolutionary approach to multitenancy that minimises disruption to current operational and organisational models, Brocade claimed, and is hypervisor-agnostic.
“As cloud computing matures and is increasingly adopted in production environments, new requirements are emerging and deficiencies in legacy architectures are becoming more pronounced,” said Jason Nolet (pic), vice president of data centre switching and routing at Brocade.
“Our continued innovation in Brocade VCS Fabric technology addresses the most challenging data centre requirements, including network multitenancy, network intelligence for exploding storage growth and the emerging adoption of 100 GbE for ever-increasing bandwidth consumption,” he claimed.
The company also announced new top-of-rack switches in the Brocade VDX 6740 family of 10/40 GbE switches, which come with VCS Virtual Fabric support.
In addition, Brocade announced a new 100 GbE line card for the flagship Brocade VDX 8770 modular chassis.
The Brocade VDX 6740 and VDX 6740-T are available for order now. US list price starts at US$15,995 (US$833/10 GbE port). The Brocade VDX 8770 100 GbE blade is planned for availability in the first half of 2014.
Brocade networking solutions are available direct, through Brocade channel partners and via Brocade Network Subscription.
Brocade also announced the  Vyatta 5600 vRouter, the latest addition to its NFV (Network Functions Virtualisation) product portfolio.
As the first virtual router for telco-class networks, the Brocade Vyatta 5600 is up to 40 times faster than competitive virtual routing products, the company claimed.
The latest network-centric x86 servers deliver outstanding packet processing capabilities and are increasingly populated with 10 GbE Network Interface Cards (NICs) to accommodate data traffic growth.
The Brocade Vyatta 5600 enables telcos and large service providers to harness this extremely cost-efficient networking power by leveraging software instead of deploying traditional purpose-built hardware, Brocade said.
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