Brocade outlines on-demand datacentre strategy

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Brocade outlines on-demand datacentre strategy

Archana Venkatraman

Brocade, the datacentre network fabric provider, has outlined its strategy for what it calls an "on-demand datacentre"– which  deliver a virtualised, open and flexible IT infrastructure.

As against the legacy datacentres, the on-demand datacentres which combine physical and virtual networking aspects allow customers to provision compute, network, storage and service resources more easily.  

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The new datacentre strategy from Brocade is a result of the mass customer adoption of software-defined networking (SDN), the company said.

Despite lower capital expenditure being one of the hallmarks of virtualisation, there is a huge increase in the operational expensesf highly virtualised environments today because many IT infrastructures “lack proper orchestration, automation and management tools," said Zeus Kerravala, founder and principal analyst with ZK Research.

On-demand datacentre strategy provides a resilient blueprint that unifies vital areas of the datacentre, from fabrics to storage to physical and virtual infrastructure. This strategy also provides a pragmatic route for the adoption of emerging software-defined networking technologies, Kerravala said.

As part of Brocade datacentre hardware and software strategy, it is launching new physical networking, virtual networking as well as orchestration and management tools. On the software front, it is delivering new technologies in support of the OpenDaylight Project and OpenStack -- an open-source software project for building private, public and hybrid clouds.

The OpenDaylight Project is a framework based on open source technologies that can be used by suppliers and members of the networking community in collaboration to advance SDN technologies.

On-demand datacentres require high-performance hardware that can withstand the demands of mission-critical environments. Brocade is improving its network infrastructure portfolio for datacentres with 40 GbE interfaces for its router, expanding SDN capabilities.

The network service provider has also improved its cloud provisioning capability with an update to Brocade Application Resource Broker and continued work on the OpenStack plugin for load balancing as a service.

The ability to unite the physical and virtual networking elements provides customers with heightened agility not only in their deployment options, but also when it comes to implementing emerging technologies, said Ken Cheng, vice president of the Routing, Application Delivery and Software Networking Group at Brocade.


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