Brocade (News - Alert), a fabric-based data center architecture developer, has announced at VMworld that it has enhanced its Brocade CloudPlex architecture with new Multi-vendor Virtual Compute Blocks. The advancements which include integrated suite of server, virtualization, networking and storage resources duly tested and validated, have been made available through a wide network of alliance partners including Dell (News - Alert), EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems and VMware.
In a release, John McHugh, CMO of Brocade said, "Organizations are seeking to maximize the benefits of cloud computing through more efficient infrastructure procurement, pre-integrated components, faster support response, and greater choice in best-in-class products to meet specific business needs. Brocade Virtual Compute Blocks leverage our Ethernet fabrics and industry-leading Fiber Channel SAN fabrics to allow our partners to create integrated stacks that optimize cost effectiveness, flexibility and performance. Because these solutions are open, they allow our customers to scale components independently and better utilize legacy infrastructures."
Designed to provide customers with an open and flexible offering, the newly advanced Brocade CloudPlex architecture enables creation of distributed and virtualized data centers while allowing control over all aspects of the migration.
According to IDC (News - Alert) research, "As organizations move to create a dynamic data center enabled by virtualization, they are moving to architectures where server, storage, and network assets are in tighter alignment into converged infrastructures. IDC defines a converged infrastructure as one in which the server, storage, and network infrastructure resources are treated as pools to be assigned as needed to business services. The top benefits organizations achieve by implementing a converged infrastructure are cost savings, simplified management, better availability, increased flexibility, and higher utilization."
Brocade Virtual Compute Block Partner Solutions have been developed in close collaborations with technology from Dell, EMC, Fujitsu (News - Alert), Hitachi Data Systems and VMware and comprise of hypervisor software which has been integrated with servers, storage and Brocade fabric networking products.
Brocade and Dell jointly created a reference platform, housing Dell Compellent Fiber Channel storage and PowerEdge servers, Brocade data center and SAN switches and VMware hypervisor while EMC and Brocade collaborated with other partners to provide Virtual Compute Blocks, which include VMware virtualization software and management solutions, EMC and VNXe unified storage, servers and integrated Brocade Fiber Channel and Ethernet fabric networking technologies. The partnership between Fujitsu and Brocade produced solutions which complement framework of Fujitsu's Infrastructures to provide customers with improved business performance and reduction in IT costs.
Brocade has been providing Hitachi with networking solutions which include Ethernet switch, Fiber Channel fabric data center switches, and switch modules supporting the Hitachi Compute Blade family, for its converged data center solutions.
VMware and Brocade jointly created, VMware View, a cost-effective reference architecture solution capable of supporting a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment, which includes Brocade VDX data center switches and converged network adapters, rack servers from Intel x-86, iSCSI developed storage and TrendMicro security software while Avnet and Brocade jointly announced support for newly developed multi-vendor virtualization solutions for ready deployment.
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Edited by John Lahtinen