Data Center

Changing face of data breaches

by Ed O'Connell on ‎02-25-2015 04:23 PM (792 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 (3,730 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 (3,084 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 (1,591 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 Community Manager (1,638 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 (3,223 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 (2,600 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 (3,410 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 (3,809 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 (2,152 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 (2,045 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 (3,848 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 (2,528 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 (3,561 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 (2,246 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 (4,532 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 (5,013 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 (9,644 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 (4,526 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 (6,753 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 (534 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.

The New Business Continuity: Moving Live Applications Across Data Centers (aka Clouds) Without Interruption

by nsomayaj on ‎10-26-2013 08:05 AM - last edited on ‎10-23-2014 04:53 PM by (2,547 Views)

In a recent VMware press release, CEO of VMware Paul Maritz says “Cloud computing represents the next major era of computing – and it offers major opportunities to simplify and enhance IT. Now is the time to harness the benefits of cloud computing to enhance IT’s ability to support mission goals and enable government to do more with less. And by beginning the cloud journey with virtualization, agencies can drive significant cost, agility and security benefits." Although Mr. Maritz is evangelizing the benefits of Cloud Computing (Private, Public and Hybrid Clouds) in the context of Government customers, IMHO, the benefits apply to other Businesses and Enterprises as well.  Virtualization as a core technology enabling Cloud Computing is a disruptive technology and has brought down cost of solving problems of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.


VCS Fabrics and NAS Storage – A Match Made in Heaven

by Community Manager on ‎10-26-2013 07:18 AM - last edited on ‎10-23-2014 04:55 PM by (2,221 Views)


Brocade is the acknowledged leader in Fibre Channel SAN storage networks for block storage. But, much of the growth in storage today is in file storage, or what is commonly known as NAS (Network Attached Storage). NAS storage offers a robust, scale-out, high performance storage layer that simplifies storage management. However, the underlying network infrastructure for NAS storage has to be designed with the highest levels of resiliency, availability and performance.


1100 Customers Can't Be Wrong

by lcaywood on ‎10-26-2013 05:11 AM (1,844 Views)

It’s been a bit quiet on the fabric front lately, what with all the hoopla around SDN. But there are different kinds of quiet. There’s “nothing going on” quiet. There’s “lots of secret stuff going on” quiet. And there’s “just busy getting stuff done” quiet. With ourannouncement today, it should be pretty clear that as far as our customers are concerned, it’s the last one.


This isn’t dramatic “I’ve redone my entire data center!” stuff. That’s kind of the point, in fact. Fabrics don’t represent a grand departure from current norms in terms of skill sets, org charts, or other exciting and scary career-changing things. They just make life for operators a lot easier, and their networks a lot more flexible...


Bridging Virtual World to Physical World...

by nsomayaj on ‎10-13-2013 10:10 PM - last edited on ‎10-23-2014 04:56 PM by (1,176 Views)


Nowadays, a main topic in the area of data center is Network Virtualization, and VMworld 2013 is no exception.  Enterprise businesses and Service Providers having tasted the benefits of virtualizing server and to some extent storage are looking for leveraging virtualizing network to make their data center operations cost less and resource utilization more efficient.


Brocade Vyatta Controller Release 1.2 is Available in DevNet