Data Center

What IDC calls "the 3rd Platform" — the latest evolutionary stage of IT built on cloud, mobile, social, and data analytics — has unleashed unprecedented dynamism and innovation in the datacenter. However, in the process the 3rd Platform is placing new demands on network infrastructure.

Indeed, the technology pillars of the 3rd Platform have challenged enterprise IT departments to transform themselves from custodians of disparate technologies into agile, cost-effective service organizations that can satisfy real-time business expectations and requirements.


EMC World 2015: A Preview of the Brocade Booth Experience

by mthordal on ‎05-01-2015 11:00 AM (2,532 Views)

It is with great excitement we stuffed our booth (#321) at EMC World 2015 joint EMC and Brocade solutions.


We have the new Brocade 7840 extension switch on display, which is now enhanced to support IP, as well as Fibre Channel, delivering high throughput storage replication between data centers - the equivalent of local replication performance - over long distances with strong encryption to address security and disaster recovery requirements.


EMC World 2015: OpenStack Kilo and the On-Demand Data Center

by Madhu Kashyap ‎05-01-2015 08:30 AM - edited ‎05-06-2015 10:00 AM (3,058 Views)

This week, OpenStack Kilo, the 11th release of OpenStack was released with some staggering numbers. Over 400 new features, 3300 bugs fixed, code contributed by over 1500 developers from more than 169 organizations and about 20,000 commits across all projects. Brocade’s own contributions were significant as well. In Kilo, Brocade upstreamed 10 plugins that covered switching, routing, and SAN Fibre Channel as well as NFV products including Vyatta vRouter and vADX (LBaaS). The release of these plugins enables a number of use cases. Let’s dive into one of the key use cases that illustrates the concept of elasticity and the On-demand Data Center.


Data In-Flight: The Hole In Many Security Plans

by Ed O'Connell ‎04-23-2015 12:01 AM - edited ‎04-23-2015 08:13 AM (2,991 Views)

Why are public and private organizations still readily being hacked or breach? Simple. Security isn’t. Many organizations focus on securing data being stored, but not data in-flight within or across campuses or data centers. For hackers, data in-flight is great. They don’t have to go looking for the data, the data comes to them.


Changing face of data breaches

by Ed O'Connell on ‎02-25-2015 04:23 PM (1,233 Views)

The rising costs of breaches, remediation and potential regulatory fines means its time to review how data in-flight is secured


The Terabit Project at SuperComputing 2014

by Ed O'Connell on ‎11-20-2014 01:05 PM (4,253 Views)

One of the more interesting booths at SC’14 was that of the Terabit Project. At the ZIH TU-Dresden booth, I was shown a network infrastructure and applications that were in production and delivering over 1 Terabit of network throughput over 1000km (622mi). This project is focused on demonstrating terabit network capacity for research applications that required maximum high data rates to deliver data in a timely fashion for researchers without tying up the network for days or weeks. The team built the network using a combination of stringent network QoS, the application of new Software Defined Network (SDN) approaches and Network functionality Virtualized(NFV).


Brocade @ SuperComputing 2014

by Ed O'Connell on ‎11-04-2014 12:25 PM (3,396 Views)

Come learn how Brocade customers and partners are leading the charge in pushing IP technology to new levels...


Brocade at OpenStack Paris: Where's Nadeau

by lcaywood on ‎11-02-2014 12:45 PM (1,896 Views)

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The Brocade team returns once again to the OpenStack Summit next week, this time in the City of Light.


The Summit comes at an interesting time both for the industry and for Brocade. OpenStack itself is seeing steady advances into the enterprise as well as major service providers, and saw major investments from large vendors and VCs. NFV is moving full-steam-ahead, with an open-source community, OPNFV, being launched under the auspices of the Linux Foundation (with Brocade as a Platinum Member) less than a month ago. The OpenDaylight Project released Helium at the end of September and Brocade announced our distribution, the Brocade Vyatta Controller.


How do these three networking trends come together? On Monday, Brocade's lead architect for all things open source networking, Tom Nadeau, will be giving a talk about The OpenNFV Organization, Neutron and OpenDaylight with Chris Wright of Red Hat in the Amphitheatre Bleu at 12:30. They'll also be doing a live demo of the Brocade/ODL integration with OpenStack at 4:00pm in the Expo Theater. Tom will also be giving live demos in the Brocade booth with Comcast, showing the Brocade Vyatta Controller Monday-Wednesday during the morning coffee breaks.


On Tuesday, other members of the Brocade team will be giving vBrownbags in Room 126/127. At 11:30, Madhu Kashyap and Kiran Sreenivasa will discuss Provisioning Site-to-Site VPN tunnels Using Cloud Orchestration and SDN Tools. Then immediately after that at 11:45, Madhu will be joined by Prakash Kaligotla to talk about Using Heat and Ceilometer to Build Hyper-Scale, Agile Data Infrastructures.


On Wednesday at 11:50, Brocade's EMEA CTO Curt Beckmann joins a panel led by Brocade Chief Scientist Dave Meyer to discuss (what else?) OpenDaylight and OpenStack from a developer perspective, in Room 241.


On Wednesday Andre Beausoleil gives a final vBrownbag talk at 5:45 on Exploring OpenStack Enterprise Deployments.


Finally, don't forget to stop by the Brocade booth to fill out a card to be eligible for a drawing for the book on SDN, written by Tom Nadeau. We'll giving away books during the last 30 minutes of the expo each day, and Tom will be on hand to sign copies for the winners. You must be present to win!

How Virtualization of Business Critical Applications Changes Data Center Design

by mthordal on ‎10-27-2014 05:19 PM - last edited on ‎10-27-2014 07:44 PM by Brook Reams (1,900 Views)

In my first blog about my experiences at both VMWorlds 2014, I talked about the differences in focus between the US and Europe about deployment VMware in the data center. In this blog, I want to talk about how virtualization changes data center design for tier 1, business critical applications.


What Europe can Teach the US About Software Defined Data Centers

by mthordal on ‎10-23-2014 07:34 AM - last edited on ‎10-28-2014 09:47 AM by (3,631 Views)

After finishing my share of tapas and fantastic fried octopus with potatoes, it’s time to reflect on the VMworlds of 2014, in particular the discussions I had with customers, partners and peers during meetings and conversations in the Solutions Exchange.


Journey to SDDC and World of New IP

by Duke Butler on ‎10-14-2014 11:00 PM (2,869 Views)

As we get ready for all the announcements at VMworld Barcelona from VMware and their partner community, I started to reflect on our past.  Brocade is leading discussion around “The New IP,” and VMware has been pushing towards the realization of the SDDC for customers.  The “New IP” can provide a roadmap to a highly virtualized environment. 


Lessons Learned for the Network from the Verizon Data Breach Report

by mschiff ‎05-23-2014 07:54 AM - edited ‎06-27-2014 08:11 AM (3,837 Views)

Last month, Verizon published its annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). Most in the industry agree that this is one of the best security reports available, and if you are involved in or have any interest in cybersecurity, then reading it is a must. The report covers nearly every type of security issue out there, and provides data from 50 global organizations representing 95 countries, which saw 1,367 confirmed data breaches and 63,437 security incidents in 2013. After reading the report once over, my first thought was, “Wow, this is not good, we are all in trouble…” 


Paying attention to your optical infrastructure

by AJ Casamento on ‎04-29-2014 09:53 AM (4,202 Views)

As optical networking becomes more and more prevalent and as the speeds have increased the importance of creating and maintaining a clean optical infrastructure has become paramount.


Brocade's Data Center Solar-Power Project Then and Now...

by ‎04-18-2014 03:23 PM - edited ‎04-22-2014 09:02 AM (2,377 Views)

In 2010, Brocade first announced and launched the solar-power project for the company data center (as well as other major green initiatives).  I am one who is quite often in awe of these technology marvels and especially regarding the story of what actually goes on behind the curtains.  Now that a few years have elapsed and we are coming up on the half way point of 2014, I thought it would nice for a revisit.


There is a constant theme in Data Center design discussions today. The question of whether or not there needs to be an independent storage network or fabric as opposed to a shared environment. Unfortunately for the average consumer in IT infrastructure the answer is it depends; but generally yes. People need to be careful about making absolute statements concerning infrastructure architectures. One should never treat technology as religion. Technology occasionally makes for useful tools, but it never makes for good religion. And in this case the major challenge is it's not the Network infrastructure it's the Networks infrastructure.


It's time to break the status quo in the datacenter

by plaporte on ‎03-25-2014 09:31 AM (2,236 Views)

If IT assets matter less and IT agility matters more, why can't we break the status quo of managing individual networking devices?


As this market gains more adoption, operation agility and performance must be a part of the future of the virtualized desktops experience.


Data security and the role of the network

by anandar on ‎02-24-2014 07:10 AM (4,101 Views)

Insider attacks. Surveillance. Hackers wanting to break into a network. Today's ubiquitous and always-on connectivity has meant that IT administrators should take extra precautions to safeguard their information assets from snoopers. What can the network do to safeguard data privacy / data security?


Multi-pronged approach towards cloud architectures

by Sandeep.Singh.Kohli ‎02-18-2014 11:49 PM - edited ‎03-03-2014 01:18 PM (2,739 Views)

In my last blog I had discussed Brocade’s multi-pronged approach towards Open clouds, and today I want to dig deeper into the various networking architectures that support the approach. One of the top requirements that cloud has put on networking architectures is the requisite to provide multitenancy at scale


The Missing Link of Datacenter Agility

by on ‎02-11-2014 03:00 PM - last edited on ‎02-12-2014 10:21 AM by pmadduru (3,886 Views)

An adaptable and robust network fabric, combined with a sound automation strategy, can provides a solid foundation for datacenter agility in the cloud era.


Deploy Network Capacity 5x Faster

by mdetrick on ‎02-11-2014 08:00 AM (2,444 Views)

Imagine 5x faster to deploy data center network capacity using Brocade VDX and VCS vs. Cisco FabricPath.  Given the comparison outlined in this article, maybe this estimate is too conservative?  Here this CCIEs practical account of deployment in enterprise production environments...


Fabrics Increase Network Utilization by 200%

by AJ Casamento on ‎02-06-2014 08:50 AM - last edited on ‎02-19-2014 11:33 AM by (4,880 Views)

IT organizations also need the flexibility to scale out their networks on demand to respond to immediate business needs without hard-wired technical limitations.


Brocade Ethernet Fabrics Lower OpEx by 50%

by mdetrick on ‎02-04-2014 03:35 PM (5,350 Views)

Lower OpEx by 50%...  Is Brocade making outrageous claims?  Can such claims possibly be true?  How can it be possible?  Do enterprises truly want to lower OpEx?  Read the true story from this Routing & Switching CCIE...


Time Traveling via the Gartner Data Center Conference

by lcaywood on ‎12-16-2013 09:21 PM - last edited on ‎02-19-2014 11:39 AM by (10,176 Views)

I attended the Gartner Data Center conference in Las Vegas last week. I did the same in 2010 and 2011. Here’s a quick summary of what I observed then:


Last month I provided an overview of the Brocade SAN Analytic Management Pack for VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vCOps).  We also gave a talk on the solution at VMworld Barcelona to much interest. In a blog posted earlier this week, VMware’s Wayne Green also talks about why VMware is looking to ecosystem partners like Brocade to help round out the VMware cloud automation and operations offerings.


If you were unable to attend that session and would like to take a closer look at how Brocade is enabling SAN visibility for virtual infrastructure managers, you will want to attend an upcoming webinar hosted by VMware and Brocade on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 10:00 AM PST.  Please join us then.

Cloud Computing: Preparing For Hong Kong

by arnoldg on ‎11-01-2013 05:29 PM - last edited on ‎10-23-2014 04:27 PM by (4,729 Views)

It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon here in Silicon Valley. It’s been a good weekend for sports: Manchester United won (finally!), Sebastian Vettel claimed his fourth F1 Driver's Championship, and the Patriots came from behind to thrash Miami. And then there’s the Red Sox; oh well, three out of four isn’t bad. But all of those events are sitting on my DVR, because for the next week I’m focussed on one thing: preparing for the upcoming OpenStack Summit.


Brocade with OpenStack: Multi-pronged approach towards Open Clouds.

by Sandeep.Singh.Kohli ‎11-01-2013 03:28 PM - edited ‎11-12-2013 10:36 AM (7,112 Views)


As I prepare for the OpenStack Hong Kong summit at the heels of Brocade's OpenStack announcements, I ponder what would be a good topic to discuss here. I have been involved with open innovations for several years and one key topic of discussion that comes up is: What is the best way to deliver open technologies to end customers. Should vendors focus on just enabling their platforms to work with open technologies or should they focus on only working on community software and driving innovations there or should they focus on just enabling the partner ecosystem and getting their platforms certified by partners.





Cloud computing: Preparing for Hong Kong

by arnoldg on ‎10-28-2013 12:16 PM (687 Views)

We had a beautiful Sunday afternoon here in Silicon Valley. It’s been a good weekend for sports: Manchester United won (finally!), Sebastian Vettel claimed his fourth F1 Driver's Championship, and the Patriots came from behind to thrash Miam


Here in Vegas for the VMware Partner Exchange event taking place this week, Feb 12-16th, this quote from Curtis Sahakian could not be more fitting. Whether it’s your luck at the poker table, or all the exercise you get walking around the convention center, or the opportunity to network amongst partners at this event – hopefully this motto rings some truth for you.


So let’s work together to increase your profitability and differentiate the value you provide to customers by including Brocade networking solutions, the best networking products for virtualization and cloud. Visit us at Brocade Booth #208 to learn about our compelling joint solutions that have been tested and validated with VMware:


  • Virtual End User Computing (VDI): The Brocade/VMware solution deploys VMware’s innovative virtual end user computing on the Brocade VDX family of data center switches and Ethernet fabric.
  • vMotion and Load Balancing across data centers: Brocade, VMware, and EMC have a reference architecture to implement a stretched vSphere cluster across two sites within a metro area.

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