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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 (9,820 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.


Well, one of the ways to answer this is to change the context and look it from a customer’s point of view. What does a customer need to get to a deployable solution? Is execution on only one of the planes sufficient for the customer? Probably not. The customer views this is as multi-dimensional and to truly deliver these open innovations to customers you have to execute on all these dimensions concurrently.




This multi-pronged approach is exactly how Brocade is executing when it comes to providing our customers Open Cloud solutions using OpenStack. Let’s dive deeper on each of these dimensions and learn specifically what Brocade is delivering.


Community: On the community front, Brocade is driving innovations within both Data Center IP Networking and Data Center Storage Networking.


On the IP Networking front, Brocade is proposing a Blueprint for Dynamic Network Resource Manager (DNRM) that provides dynamic instantiation of network services for physical and virtual network infrastructure based on policy; it supports multivendor environments and NFV use cases within OpenStack. Watch this video to learn 




On Data Center Storage Networking, Brocade is leading industry efforts to champion OpenStack support of Fibre Channel SANs. The working code for the SAN Fibre Channel zone management blueprint, which was approved at the last summit, will be demonstrated at the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong. Watch this video to get an overview of the Zone management blueprint:




Platform Integration: Integrating Brocade platforms with OpenStack through APIs is the second dimension that we have shown progress. The VCS plugin which was integrated into the Grizzly release is now enhanced in Havana such that OpenStack now has a single logical interface to the entire Brocade Ethernet Fabric instead of interfacing with individual switches. Brocade is planning to integrate its entire data center portfolio with OpenStack. Demos for Brocade SAN Fibre Channel, Brocade ADX® Load Balancing as a Service (LBaaS) and OpenStack solution with Brocade Vyatta® vRouter plugins will be showcased at the OpenStack Conference in Hong Kong. Learn more at the “Cloud Innovations” tab here:


Ecosystem Partners: Finally, customers seek certified solutions that provide them the assurance that the Open Technologies have undergone stringent testing. The Brocade VCS Fabric Plugin solution was certified by Red Hat with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. With the Red Hat certification and support, customers can be assured that these open technologies are enterprise ready. Brocade works with a best-in-class partner ecosystem and has solutions with Rackspace and Piston Cloud as well, embracing customer choice and flexibility.


As you can see, Brocade is taking a multi-pronged approach that aligns with customers in their journey towards Open Cloud architectures. It would be great to hear what you think about this approach or if you have thoughts on other approaches. Please comment below.


Meanwhile, to learn more, please visit the "Cloud Innovations" tab at and if you are planning to be at the OpenStack Hong Kong, please visit us at our booth C43 and the various breakout sessions.