Data Center

Go Green and Save Green: Building a Sustainable Data Center

by devonhanklein ‎10-15-2015 08:00 AM - edited ‎10-15-2015 09:28 AM (3,574 Views)

From your home office to the Amazons of the world, there is always a way to be more environmentally conscious. Being more sustainable means using less energy, effort, time, and thus spending less money. Keep reading for ways companies of any size could go green while saving green:


Google took the ultimate steps in going green by building a data center from a converted paper mill in Hamina, Finland. The building utilizes a pre-existing tunnel system that pumps raw seawater from the Gulf of Finland into heat exchangers to cool the routers and switches. The system then re-cools the warm water so it can be returned to the gulf closer to its original temperature and minimize any adverse environmental effects. The cooling method uses no compressor or refrigerant based cooling, only natural resources. 


The Ethernet We Know Today is 35 Years Young

by Steve Day on ‎09-30-2015 08:00 AM (2,452 Views)

Although it was originally conceived in 1973 at Xerox Parc, it was the 1980 specification jointly issued by Digital, Intel and Xerox on September 30th that really got the ball rolling on the Ethernet we know today. Yes, it was “only” 10Mbps. Yes, it used “vampire” taps. But for its time it was progress. It was good enough and cheap enough to get people interested in using it rather than the alternatives of the day.


But it would have faded out had it not shown the ability to evolve several aspects when necessary: transmission medium, link connectivity, and speed. Critically, that evolution happened just in time for the early majority of the target markets, and there are workarounds for early adopters, e.g. link aggregation groups, or accept the risk of using pre-standard specifications.


The IT Relevance Gap: Treat the Cause, Not the Symptoms

by Alan Murphy on ‎09-23-2015 10:00 AM (4,060 Views)

You’re at the sharp end of IT in your organization, so you’re probably seeing the same fundamental shifts in behavio r impacting other enterprise IT departments.


There’s a rise in traffic volumes and a change in traffic patterns. That’s partly due to the sheer volumes of data unleashed by server virtualization. More comes from the emergence of new business apps and services.


And even greater amounts of data are forecast as the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes a reality.


More immediately, user expectations for speed and agility are on the rise and will only increase.


Protecting Network Investments with SDN Applications

by Sultan Dawood on ‎09-03-2015 11:00 AM (4,127 Views)

Using SDN and NFV technologies, the New IP helps customers transform existing networks making them more agile, programmable and intelligent. Focusing specifically on SDN applications, they allow customers to introduce SDN technology into their respective networks while addressing real world network challenges like performance. Among the top challenges facing IT and telecom managers during service roll-outs are:

  • Which applications are consuming the most bandwidth
  • Which servers are busiest and when
  • Real-time bandwidth availability and capacity planning
  • If the network has a congestion point can it continue to operate without disruption of services

The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) approach is gaining traction not only in the commercial space, but also in the public sector. The State of California Department of Water Resources (DWR), a California State Agency, has completely automated the provisioning of cloud-based services for its own internal use. As a result, the DWR has become a model for other agencies by achieving its goal to more efficiently use the funds entrusted to them in order to serve the taxpayers of California, and SDDC is helping them achieve success.


Building Highly Scalable SDDC Infrastructures with VMware NSX and Brocade VDX

by Anuj Dewangan ‎08-24-2015 11:30 AM - edited ‎10-07-2015 10:06 AM (6,168 Views)

As IT organizations evolve into service providers for internal customers, the supporting data center infrastructures require a rich set of highly scalable network services with high resiliency. As a result, the core requirements for these data centers now resemble that of public cloud service providers. In fact, many private clouds are now being built on the same guiding principles as large data centers. It is imperative for data center architects to design and build infrastructures that can scale while reliably providing the required services and meeting the tenant service level agreements (SLAs).  


VMworld Booth Preview: Partners and Enabling SDDC

by David Gorman ‎08-21-2015 09:00 AM - edited ‎10-07-2015 07:32 AM (4,923 Views)

The Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) is a conversation about business use cases, workflows, data accessibility and the overall simplification of applying technology to needs at the right time. It’s also an operational discussion about making it happen with the right infrastructure, integration, orchestration and ease of use for the customers - whether they’re located internally or externally. The SDDC isn’t a different kind of IT – it’s a much more integrated, automated and flexible IT; what’s been termed the New IP. It takes great technology and partnerships to make complexity “disappear” for users and operators.


VMworld Booth Preview: Are You Ready for Any?

by Marcus Thordal ‎08-19-2015 09:00 AM - edited ‎10-07-2015 07:28 AM (5,366 Views)

Summer is still lingering, school is starting and it’s that time of year we pack the Brocade booth (#412) with solution demos ready for VMworld. This year we’ll be taking you on a journey to the New IP by showing how to set direction with Software Defined Data Center, Hybrid Cloud, Converged Infrastructures and network management across virtual infrastructures on the path to agile, compatible and easy to use networks, enabling any application on any device, anywhere…


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.


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 (3,597 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 (3,394 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 (1,478 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 (4,873 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 (3,758 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 (2,097 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 Marcus Thordal on ‎10-27-2014 05:19 PM - last edited on ‎10-27-2014 07:44 PM by Brook Reams (2,082 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 Marcus Thordal on ‎10-23-2014 07:34 AM - last edited on ‎10-28-2014 09:47 AM by (4,106 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 (3,049 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 (4,311 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 (4,625 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 (2,561 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 (2,367 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 (4,270 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 (2,887 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 (4,298 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 (2,619 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...


Brocade Vyatta Controller 2.0 has been released!