Brocade Demonstrates Industry’s First Service-Oriented Orchestration

Brocade announced that it has demonstrated the first service-oriented orchestration in the industry through a solutions approach using OpenStack software and Ethernet fabric technologies.

Specifically, Brocade is leveraging a customized plug-in for OpenStack Quantum to build a prototype that delivers cloud management capabilities for best-in-class Ethernet fabrics deployed in public and private cloud environments. According to the OpenStack Foundation, "Quantum is an OpenStack project to provide 'network connectivity as a service' between interface devices (e.g., vNICs) managed by other OpenStack services."

This prototype reflects an ongoing commitment by Brocade to offer industry-standard and flexible architectures as well as demonstrating how Brocade extensions enable OpenStack to orchestrate both physical and logical networking resources as part of a virtual machine (VM) deployment to support multitiered application topologies.

As a result of this experiment, Brocade ADX® and Brocade MLX® solutions will also support OpenStack, helping enterprises and service providers orchestrate cloud management within a single data center or across multiple data centers in the future.

OpenStack software, from the OpenStack Foundation, is an open solution and the enabling technology for the cloud management layer within software-defined networking (SDN). OpenStack software allows for cloud orchestration with a high level of abstraction, while focusing on service provisioning and multi-tenant policy management. Aligned with Brocade's vision for SDN, articulated at the company's Analyst and Technology Day, Brocade is a corporate sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation.