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Data Center Fabrics are Now Magical

by UliPlechschmidt on ‎02-26-2013 08:03 AM (102 Views)

Just as DNA represents the magical building blocks of life, fabrics have become the magical foundation for enterprise data centers, both for today and into the future.

Gartner, as published in their recent Magic Quadrant for Data Center Network Infrastructure report, states that “requirements for data center networking equipment have evolved rapidly, with emerging technologies increasingly focused on supporting more automation and simplified operations within a virtualized data center…. The data center network market has been transformed with new architectures, new technologies and vendors specifically targeting solutions to address the changing size and density of the data center, shifts in traffic patterns, and the increasing requirement to simplify network operations.”1

The direction is clear. A decisive shift to fabric-based architectures has been realized and data centers will be better off as a result.

Since our founding, data center fabrics have been Brocade’s DNA and are the lifeblood behind our vision for the On Demand Data Center. In fabrics, we have led industry innovation for both Ethernet and Fibre Channel.

Our vision for the On Demand Data Center is characterized by the ability to flexibly deploy data center capacity – compute, networking, storage and other services - in real-time, whenever and wherever you need it.

Our goal is to deliver:

  • New levels of network automation that enable network capacity to be deployed far more quickly than with legacy networking technologies

  • Dramatic improvements in network efficiency, utilization and performance to ensure networks are performing optimally today, and with the headroom to massively grow network capacity over time, without having to rip-and-replace infrastructure

  • The agility to deploy network services in both virtual and physical form factors, and to leverage network virtualization and programmatic control to influence network behavior in ways never before possible.

  • Empowerment of these properties across all types of data centers - private, public or hybrid.

Brocade was recognized in the Gartner Magic Quadrant report for its DNA for data center Ethernet fabrics. We believe our placement high in the Visionaries quadrant confirms the innovation and value we have delivered to nearly 1,000 customers over the past two years with our VDX family of switches. Our solutions are empowering a new generation of on-demand data centers by delivering the world’s most automated, efficient and agile networks.”

Of equal importance behind Brocade’s DNA for data center fabrics is for storage. As you may know, Brocade has led the Fibre Channel SAN market for the last 10+ years. Our technology powers the majority of global 1000 data centers, including both enterprises and service providers, and our customers consistently achieve “six 9s” of availability, which is less than one minute per year of downtime.

Contrary to some industry pundits, Fibre Channel continues to grow within enterprise data centers. In our last quarter, Brocade SAN products and services grew 3% year-over-year and 6% sequentially to a record $416 million. Of the total, our Gen 5 (16 Gbps) Fibre Channel products represent more than 40 percent of director and switch revenues.

Looking ahead, the DNA established for our Ethernet and Fibre Channel fabric networks will continue to drive innovation for several initiatives, including network virtualization, service-oriented fabrics, dynamic service insertion, multi-tenancy, cloud orchestration and interoperability. All of these are designed to support our customers’ efforts to reduce ongoing operational data center costs by simplifying architectures, eliminating complexity and reducing the number of components and layers wherever possible.

Our formula is not magical, just the results.

1 Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Data Center Network Infrastructure,” Mark Fabbi and Tim Zimmerman, February 11, 2013, pg. 1

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