Brocade Communications Systems Inc. announced Monday that its Ethernet fabric switching solutions that are purpose-built for highly virtualized and cloud-optimized data centers. As a provider of data center fabric innovation and deployment, Brocade now leads the development and delivery of Ethernet fabrics.
The Brocade VDX 6720 Data Center Switches are a new line of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) offerings that revolutionize Layer 2 Ethernet networking to create Ethernet fabrics. The switches eliminate the need for Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), collapsing the access and aggregation networking layers to create a flat, multipath, deterministic network that is ideal for virtualized environments. This approach provides virtual machines (VMs) a sphere of mobility, increases network utilization, creates more resilient networks and simplifies the management of data center networks.
“Over half of all IT workloads will run on virtual machines by the end of this year, with that number climbing to beyond 70 percent by the end of 2013. Brocade has architected a flat, high-performance and highly scalable data center network solution that promises to help their customers scale their virtual environments,” said Cindy Borovick, vice president, enterprise communications infrastructure and data center Networks at IDC. “The new Brocade VDX 6720 switches, powered by VCS technology, are a natural evolution of Brocade’s trusted status in the data center – taking the best attributes from Fibre Channel and applying that knowledge to form a comprehensive Ethernet fabric.”
“Today more and more customers are moving toward virtualized cloud infrastructures to significantly reduce IT cost and complexity, increase efficiency and improve agility,” said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. “Brocade’s new VCS technology and the innovative VDX product line present customers with a tremendous opportunity to simplify, scale and easily manage their virtualized data center network, offering a next step for customers implementing the IT-as-a-Service model.”
The Brocade VDX 6720 Data Center Switches are available in one- or two-rack-unit (1U or 2U) form factors and provide the ability to scale from 16 to 60 ports with pay-as-you-grow Ports on Demand (POD) licensing. The switches provide full 10 gigabits per second (Gb/s) wire-speed performance from any port to any port, with latency of 600 nanoseconds (ns). The switches are based on low-latency, lossless, 10 Gb/s Data Center Bridging (DCB) technology and are capable of running all types of data and storage traffic, including traditional IP, iSCSI, CIFS, NFS and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). The Brocade VDX 6720 switches protect customers’ existing investments by supporting their current server, hypervisor and storage choices, and by seamlessly interfacing with existing network infrastructures.
The Brocade VDX 6720 switches are initial products to deliver Brocade VCS technology, announced in June this year. This technology, which includes virtual cluster switching capabilities, transforms data center networks through innovations that are optimized for highly virtualized and cloud environments.
The Brocade VCS technology enables organizations to build the industry’s first true Ethernet fabrics. These fabrics are inherently multi-pathing and resilient, utilizing the IETF industry standard Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) and eliminating the need for inefficient Spanning Tree Protocol (STP). It also provides a fully distributed control plane so that every switch is aware of the entire network topology. The VM network characteristics and configuration automatically migrate with the VM by using Automatic Migration of Port Profiles (AMPP) technology. The Brocade VDX 6720 switching cluster initially supports a mobility sphere of 600 10 GbE ports and 8,000 VMs. IT also simplifies configuration management by treating the cluster as a single logical switch. This management approach reduces the number of elements being managed in the fabric to reduce operating cost and complexity.
“Today’s infrastructure is not sufficient to handle new applications, and not flexible enough for a world where applications are mobile. It’s clear that data center networks need to be upgraded to increase performance, reduce latency and eliminate downtime. They also need to be designed specifically to support highly virtualized and cloud-optimized data centers,” said Dave Stevens, Brocade CTO. “We are delivering upon our Brocade One unified network strategy and vision by dramatically simplifying networks and increasing scalability without adding complexity. Today, the Brocade VDX 6720 switches, featuring Brocade VCS technology, deliver true cloud-optimized networking for the first time.”
Brocade understands that every network is unique and requires a different level of technical support to meet critical business requirements. Brocade Global Services offers different levels of technical support to meet each customer’s specific needs. To help customers simplify virtualization deployments in large environments and maximize the value of their networks, Brocade has invested in enhancements to the Premier and Premier-Plus Support levels to provide more personalized, preferential, and proactive experience.
The new enhancements to the Premier levels include proactive identification of potential network issues with remote monitoring, response to network problems before they affect the network through fault management, and provide priority access to Brocade 24x7 and accelerated escalation management designed to reduce time to resolution.
In addition, to support customers in building end-to-end solutions for their virtualized data center and transition to Ethernet fabrics, Brocade Global Services has developed a Virtualized Data Center Practice. This practice offers assessment, design and implementation services for cloud-optimized networks.
The Brocade VDX 6720 Data Center switches are available now, starting at $10,700 USD.