Why Organization Needs to Implement Ethernet Fabric ?

Network infrastructure have not kept pace with server virtualization, creating bottleneck.

Data center networks need to evolve to be more virtualized, flat, intelligent and automated. The network fabric must mirror the transformation in the computer architecture for organizations to fully realize the benefits of business agility, operational efficiencies and lower costs.

Key findings:
  • Server virtualization has crossed the inflection point with 67% of organizations adopting it. 46% of organizations that have virtualized are running production environments on virtual machines (VM).
  • 35% of organizations are using cloud in one form or the other. Private cloud is the most popular deployment model with 40% of cloud users using this delivery model.
  • Network virtualization, flattening the data center network architecture and simplifying network management are top priorities for IT decision makers.
  • Ethernet fabric architecture is becoming critical due to its scalability, flatness and efficiency.

Frost & Sullivan recommendations:

To better support their virtualization and cloud infrastructure, customers need to:

  • Virtualize the network layer for seamless creation of resource pools.
  • Optimize the network infrastructure through flat architecture, protocol enhancement and open frameworks.
  • Automate the network to be VM aware and enable elastic scaling with automated provisioning of resources.
  • Pro-actively monitor and manage the network to increase availability and reduce operational costs.
We all know that cloud computing is normally deployed into three flavours namely public, private, and hybrid clouds.

The adoption of private clouds has grown significantly in the last few months. This is due to the ability of private clouds to offer several benefits of public clouds while addressing the disadvantages associated with this kind of deployment.

Out of 35% of organizations who are using cloud, 14% are using private cloud, 9% are using hybrid cloud and 12% are using public cloud.

To implement private cloud effectively, Frost & Sullivan recommends four (4) steps.

1.) Consolidate

To consolidate infrastructure, virtualization of servers, storage, application and network infrastructure should be performed.

According to Frost & Sullivan, 67% of organizations in the APAC have performed some forms of virtualization.

While server virtualization can solve many challenges of traditional server computing, it poses new issues around the network and storage infrastructure. Existing data center network architectures that are reliant on spanning tree protocol (STP) with hierarchical three-tier architecture may not be well suited for virtual workloads and growing east-west traffic.

Therefore, the network fabric must be deployed which supports an environment that is simple, secure, flat and virtualized; virtualization ready.

2.) Optimize

Optimization needs to be performed towards network, storage and service management.

Three (3) things needed to be done. 1.) Protocol enhancement, 2.)Architecture redesign, 3.) Adoption of Open Frameworks.

3.) Automate

Cloud automation needs to be performed, four (4) key areas have been identified.

4.) Manage

Pro-active monitoring and analytics need to be implemented to activaly maintain and improve the infrastructure.

Brocade's Offerings to Enable Cloud Ready Network

1.) Brocade One

2.) Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS)


Network infrastructure needs to keep pace with the trend of adoption of virtualization and deployment of cloud computing infrastructure.

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