I have been at Brocade for over 10 years and in the industry for 23 years. Without doubt, the most exciting time in my career was in early 2000, explaining to customers what a Storage Area Network could do to radically improve utilization, management, and scalability of their server and storage environment. Higher availability was a great side benefit that everyone mentioned after the fact as well. It was incredibly fun because it was simple to explain, everyone had the same challenges, and the value proposition was incredibly obvious (and still is). I feel the same way about Brocade’s latest technology introduction know as Virtual Cluster Switching ( VCS).
VCS is the result of some very smart engineers who have figured out how to radically improve utilization, management and scalability in a virtualized data center. Sounds familiar. I have presented VCS to over 40 customers and the response I get is universal; deliver this and you solve some very real problems that are limiting my ability to fully leverage the power of virtualization. Everyone wants to scale their Layer 2 network. Everyone wants to get rid of spanning tree. Everyone wants to automate network provisioning and VM Mobility as much as possible. Everyone wants a solution to consolidate management of devices. And yes, everyone will take a more highly available environment; all day long. These are exciting times. I thought I was lucky to be part of one incredibly important change in the technology industry. Round two here we come, hold on tight, this should be fun.