Brocade upgrades its cloud architecture
Dubai, September 8, 2011
Brocade, a leader in fabric-based data center architectures, has announced upgrades to its CloudPlex architecture with new Brocade virtual compute blocks.
These bundled solutions consist of integrated, tested and validated multivendor server, virtualization, networking and storage resources, a company statement said.
The new solutions are delivered and supported in collaboration with a wide range of alliance partners, including Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems and VMware, it added.
This open approach is an underlying tenet of the Brocade CloudPlex architecture announced in May.
The open, extensible framework is designed to help customers build the next generation of distributed and virtualized data centers in a simple, evolutionary way that preserves their ability to dictate all aspects of the migration.
It is the foundation for integrated compute blocks and it supports existing multivendor infrastructure to unify customers’ assets into a single compute and storage domain, the statement 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,” said John McHugh, chief marketing officer at Brocade.
“Brocade virtual compute blocks leverage our Ethernet fabrics and industry-leading Fibre 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.”
An IDC research report said: “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.”
According to research conducted by IDC, 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 solutions include hypervisor software integrated with servers, storage and brocade fabric networking products in bundled, pre-racked and pre-tested configurations enriched by technology from Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems and VMware. – TradeArabia News Service
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