Displaying articles for: 10-06-2013 - 10-12-2013
Next week is the OpenStack summit in San Diego, CA, and Brocade will be there with a pilot to show how we are integrating OpenStack into our management architecture. Brocade's endorsement of OpenStack goes back to a year ago, when during the Brocade Tech Day in May 2011, we announced our participation to the OpenStack alliance. Since that date, we, as a networking company, are working on enabling our product portfolio to be best optimized for OpenStack. The following is a summary of our direction.
This week, Brocade hosted Steve Foskett from Gestalt IT and his merry band for Networking Field Day #4. Jeff Rametta of the Strategic Solutions Lab (SSL) did a very nice demonstration of how VCS Fabric technology has been integrated with the OpenStack management platform. He shows how to completely automate provisioning of applications, virtual machines, storage, network and network polices using Brocade's VMware Automated Migration of Port Profiles AMPP, part of VCS Fabric technology, and the OpenStack API. In this example, an application familiar to all attendees, WordPress, is deployed in just a few minutes using VMware virtual switch policies to seamlessly create the same policies on all switches in the VCS Fabric.
Here is the link to Jeff's demonstration.
"Wow" was one of the comments, and deservedly so.
Jeff and the rest of the team at SSL also regularly contribute content to the Strategic Solutions Forum where you can get more information about reference architectures, design guides, deployment guides and validation tests. Drop by and take a look around. Feel free to make comments and ask questions.
There were other informative Brocade presentations at NFD4 and you can find them on this page. The updates included the innovative Brocade HyperEdge "mix and match" stacking technology used in the campus ICX platform, an update on the newest VDX switch, the VDX 8770 chassis switch with 10GbE and 40 GbE speed,
Note: One analyst called the Brocade VDX 8770 a "beast of a switch". Another said, "Compared with Cisco Nexus and Juniper QFabric, the VDX 8770 is a leader in latency, speed and densit...". And yet another said "Brocade delivers on the promise of delivering large-scale Ethernet fabric solutions."
and an in-depth discussion of where OpenFlow integration is going (our ADX application delivery switch) and why that's innovative (the long tail market opportunities).
At VMworld San Francisco back in August, we showcased the Brocade SAN Analytic Management Pack for vCenter Operations Manager (vCOps). This pack effectively fills in a longtime gap in the VMware management suite of virtual infrastructure. In this video, analyst Zeus Kerravala gives his thoughts on the solution.
VCenter Operations Manager provides a unified view into the health, risk, and efficiency of the virtual infrastructure and the health of applications to help improve quality of service and provide early detection of performance, capacity, and configuration issues. Visibility into infrastructure components such as server, storage, application, etc are provided through the vCOPs solution and corresponding vCOps management packs that brings monitoring of these components into vCOps fold. But the SAN was always a "black box" as there was no visibility when the virtualization administrator needed SAN monitoring, until now.
The Brocade SAN Analytic Management Pack provides SAN visibility within vCOps by leveraging not only the latter’s adaptive capabilities for amplifying signals and dampening noise, but also draws on two other pieces of Brocade SAN technology to provide actionable visibility of SAN-based performance inhibitors.
For example, a not-uncommon SAN problem which often evades troubleshooting is the "slow-draining device". A good description can be found in this blog, but effectively, multiple SAN zones may be passing traffic into a single port or link to a LUN, causing congestion and latency. The ripple effect of this condition can be disastrous. Indeed, all VMs that are connected through these zones to the slow-draining device can see their performance decreased to the point that the guest application becomes ineffective.
Brocade Fabric Vision technology, a feature of Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel, proactively monitors all ports within a fabric for performance degradation, congestion and bottlenecks and then synthesizes the information within a fabric-wide view. Information about growing hotspots is then fed to the Brocade SAN Analytic Management Pack to allow the VM administrator to understand how SAN issues may be affecting certain areas of their virtual infrastructure. If changes are warranted, they can be made in Brocade’s network management tool, Brocade Network Advisor, and then easily pushed out across the SAN for remediation.
We’ll have this solution on display again in the Brocade booth P202 at VMworld in Barcelona. The solution can also be found on the VMware Solution Exchange. In addition, Didier Stolpe will giving a deep dive session, Health, Risk and Efficiency Assessment of SAN Infrastructure with vCenter Operations Manager (vCOPS) (STO 6123), on Tuesday, 15. October at 17:00. Please stop by if you’re in Barcelona.
With our announcement of new and upcoming VCS releases on 9/18, we talked quite a bit about multitenancy and general fabric manageability and orchestration. One interesting new feature that didn't get a lot of attention at the time is AutoQoS for NAS. VCS fabrics have a strong following among storage administrators who like the familiar Brocade resilience, losslessness and automation for their storage networks--just as important for IP storage as for FC storage.
I invited my colleague Dave Phillips, Director of Product Management, to give you some further context on how and why VCS fabrics are used in IP storage environments, and why we introduced the AutoQoS feature.
Several important industry trends such as virtualization, cloud computing, hyper growth of unstructured data and business analytics are affecting existing data center enviornments.
As a result of this phenomenal growth in data, corporations are experiencing new requirements for their underlying Data Center infrastructure, primarily enhancements to their network and storage architectures. They need to...
So how do IT organizations keep up with the constant demand of the business and improve quality of service, while battling tighter operating budgets?
IBM and Brocade have partnered to deliver an open architecture based on the industry leading IBM’s Flex System combined with Brocade’s VCS Ethernet Fabric technology (the EN4023 10Gb Scalable Switch Module) and IBM NAS storage products…SONAS, Storewise v7000 Unified, and the N series (N3000, 6000, 7000).
The IBM Flex with its high density packaging, allows more servers and switching components into less space, sharing many common components, greatly reducing cabling and optic cost and provides integrated solutions that:
Now let us look at how the IBM EN4023 with Brocade VCS Fabric technology embedded in the IBM Flex Chassis can help you build a more efficient Data Center.
Compared to the traditional 3 tier networking architecture, VCS Fabrics increase network efficiency, simplify the network architecture, and reduce the time for adding network capacity.
The three-tier legacy architecture induces significant inefficiency in the network and hinders application performance due to increased latency between the multiple tiers. Another issue is that adding additional compute and network capacity on demand is not possible. You may have to re-architect your network for maintaining the same performance bandwidth (e.g. oversubscription ratio) between the network tiers. These changes require significant manual intervention to simply add additional switching capacity and trunk bandwidth.
IBM Flex with the Brocade VCS Fabric alleviates these issues.
Brocade VCS Fabric greatly simplifies the network architecture by collapsing multiple tiers into a flat architecture. All the switches are connected via active-active links and using intelligent multi-pathing capabilities. The end result is a network that is ideal for heavy East West server traffic and providing lower latency, predictable performance and very fast application response time. Net-Net VCS Fabrics increase the efficiency of your network by 2x compared to traditional networks.
VCS Fabrics also offer unprecedented automation in setting up and managing a highly virtualized scale out network. The VCS Fabric provides a single point of management for all the switches in the Fabric so that you can provision, monitor and troubleshoot your entire Ethernet fabric from a single point within the Fabric.
With VCS Fabrics, supporting VM’s on the network is seamless and automated using Automatic Migration of Port Profiles (AMPP) and integration with VM Ware vCenter offering zero-touch VM discovery, configuration, and mobility.
Another unique feature of VCS Fabrics is the self forming trunks which significantly reduces manual labor, planned downtime and human error by eliminating any CLI commands for configuring the trunks and adding switches in the network. This helps you to deploy additional network capacity 5x faster than the competition.
Figure 1 – VCS Fabric Optimized for Scale out deployments
VCS Fabrics offers the industry’s most advanced capability for adding capacity non-disruptively to the network. Innovations like Auto-QoS for NAS traffic, VM Aware network automation, auto configuration of ISL trunks and fabric formation truly offer unprecedented automation and flexibility for supporting scale out storage designs. Combined with the inherent scalability capabilities of IBM Flex System and NAS storage, the EN4023 10/40Gb Scalable Switch module and its VCS Fabric capabilities provide IT departments an elastic server, network, storage infrastructure that addresses the business challenges for on-demand capacity growth and fast application delivery.Existing VCS customers have realized over 50% TCO savings for network alone. Check out the TCO tool...
At VMworld Barcelona, Brocade will showcase cool solutions to help customers tap the benefits of new data center technologies. Brocade will use an innovative display approach where virtual individuals interactive with their live counterparts to demonstrate the benefits that can be realized when virtual and physical resources are utilized together.
One of the Brocade Booth Presentations – the Virtual Amanda in the Virtual/Physical Infinite Game
At the Brocade booth, you can also see how the Brocade VCS Gateway for NSX can help you move smoothly to the new Data Center by allowing workloads to utilize resources running on virtual and physical networks.
At this event, Cloud Management will be a big topic. Cloud Management allows organizations to drive greater automation and management leading to higher efficiency. Brocade has been collaborating with VMware on a SAN Analytics Management Pack for vCenter Operations Management and a Content Pack for Log Insight. Participants can see how to simplify SAN operations management with Brocade Management Pack at the Brocade booth.
For participants preferring a more hands-on experience, you can build your own Data Center network in 5 minutes. If you are longing to bust your application out of your private data center into a public cloud, check out how you can use the Vyatta vRouter to connect to public cloud services easily and securely.
Participants seeking to gain an in-depth knowledge of Brocade Data Center Networking for Data Transformation using NSX should join Jon Hudson’s breakout session #NET6091.
To learn how to perform Health, Risk and Efficiency Assessment of SAN Infrastructure with vCenter Operations Management Suite, Didier Stople’s session #STO6123 is a smart choice.
So, whether you feel optimal with physical or partial to virtual or simply game to learn more about software-defined networking (SDN) for the new data center - Booth P202 is the place to converge - to find the virtual / physical balance that is just right for your data center requirements.