Brocade Unveils Vision for the Virtual Enterprise

Brocade introduced a new technology architecture that outlines the company's vision and the technology investments it will make to help its customers evolve their data centers and IT resources and migrate them to the "Virtual Enterprise."

Brocade intends to deliver on this vision through the Brocade CloudPlex™ architecture, an open, extensible framework intended to enable customers to 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. What is unique about the Brocade Cloudplex architecture is that it is both the foundation for integrated compute blocks, but it also embraces a customer's existing multi-vendor infrastructure to unify all of their assets into a single compute and storage domain.

Brocade CloudPlex meets the goal of the Brocade One™ strategy, designed to help companies transition smoothly to a world where information and applications can reside anywhere by delivering solutions that deliver unmatched simplicity, non-stop performance, application optimization and investment protection.

Through the CloudPlex architecture, Brocade will help its customers scale their IT environments from managing hundreds of virtual machines (VMs) in certain classes of servers to tens of thousands of VMs that are distributed and mobilized across their entire enterprise and throughout the cloud. According to Gartner, the expansion of VMs not only improves automation and reduces operational expenses, it is the primary requirement for IT organizations to migrate to cloud architectures.(1)
Gartner advises that, "IT organizations pursuing virtualization should have an overall strategic plan for cloud computing and a roadmap for the future, and should plan proactively. Further, these organizations must focus on management and process change to manage virtual resources, and to manage the speed that virtualization enables, to avoid virtualization sprawl."

CloudPlex Components

The Brocade Cloudplex architecture will define the stages and the components from Brocade and its partners that are required to get to the Virtual Enterprise. The stages comprise three main categories -- fabrics, globalization and open technologies -- with some of these components being available today while others are in development or on the roadmap of Brocade's engineering priorities.

The currently available components are:
  • Networks comprised of Ethernet fabrics and Fibre Channel fabrics as the flat, fast and simple foundation designed to scale to highly virtualized IT environments;
  • Multiprotocol fabric adapters for simplified server I/O consolidation;
  • High-performance application delivery products necessary for load balancing network traffic across distributed data centers;
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