Brocade is offering a global subscription model for its enterprise networking hardware, allowing businesses to upgrade network ports on demand.
Announced at VMworld, the subscription allows businesses to increase or decrease the number of ports without incurring the cost of additional network hardware.
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Computer Weekly blogger Steve Broadhead, who runs Broadband-Testing, said: "Upgrading network ports is an ongoing issue for enterprises. Businesses may choose to buy an expensive 128-port gigabit ethernet switch, even if they only need 64 ports, to meet future capacity demands, such as if they decide to outsource parts of their IT infrastructure and require a fast link to the outsourcer's datacentre."
Broadhead said the Brocade subscription would free users from having to make this upfront investment, allowing them to buy only what they require in terms of network port capacity.
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Computer Weekly comment:
The subscription is particularly relevant in virtual server environments, where the performance of virtual machines may be constrained by the physical network infrastructure. It probably makes sense in a virtual server environment to pay a subscription for network ports, as the more virtual machines an enterprise uses, the more physical network ports it will require.