Light Reading
The company outlines a vision of a single-layer data center that sounds an awful lot like what Juniper keeps promising

Brocade Preaches Data Center Nirvana

Craig Matsumoto
News Analysis
Craig Matsumoto
6/9/2010
50%
50%

Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) is making its play for the converged data center, announcing a set of technologies to collapse everything down to one layer and to make it easier to move virtualized resources around in the cloud.

If some of that sounds familiar, it's because Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) have been making similar plans for converged data centers. Juniper, in particular, expects to collapse the data center to one layer from three, with its Stratus fabric due out in 2011. (See Juniper Strikes at the Data Center and Juniper's Stratus: Wait 'Til Next Year.)

Brocade beat Juniper to the punch today, launching its own one-layer architecture called Brocade One, at an event in New York this morning.

Brocade claims it's the industry's first truly converged data-center fabric, and it represents the first joint technology development between Brocade's storage-networking folks and the routing people acquired with Foundry Networks. (See Brocade to Acquire Foundry and Brocade Takes Aim at Cisco (& Juniper).)

Brocade officials at the New York event said the goal was to treat the entire network as the data center. The implication is that Brocade's data-center goals are more ambitious than Cisco's or Juniper's; without mentioning those names, executives noted that the competition isn't doing much more than changing the wiring inside the data center.

At least one analyst was impressed: Zeus Kerravala of Yankee Group Research Inc. wrote on Twitter that Brocade "Strasburged" it -- meaning the company justified its own hype. (Stephen Strasburg is a major-league rookie pitcher who just killed it last night in his debut.)

As with Strasburg's game, Light Reading was only able to attend Brocade's event via the Web, but here's what we gleaned about Brocade One at first glance.

The technologies that accomplish the layer-collapsing are collectively called Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS), and they let the network treat a group of routers as a single network element.

VCS sits atop the new Brocade Network OS, another joint Brocade/Foundry creation that will run on all the company's new products. Those products will also work under a single management system, called Brocade Network Advisor, due to ship in the third quarter.

Brocade will also stick a new Virtual Access Layer (VAL) between the cloud's virtual machines and the first network hop. This will provide features such as quality of service (QoS) for each virtual machine.

More dramatically, VAL will let enterprises more freely move resources around. If a virtual machine gets moved to a different physical location, for instance, it might lose touch with the external firewall it was using. VAL would keep the connection alive by steering that virtual machine's traffic through the firewall anyway.

"You just move a virtual machine, and the network should configure itself automatically. That's the kind of data center we need to build," Brocade CTO Dave Stevens said at the New York event.

The first products armed with VCS are due to come out in the fourth quarter; they'll be small boxes with 24 or 60 10-Gbit/s Ethernet ports. A 48-port Gigabit Ethernet system is slated for early 2011. A VCS-based chassis-sized switch is in the works, too, but Stevens didn't give a timetable for it.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

(1)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Pete Baldwin
50%
50%
Pete Baldwin,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:32:53 PM
re: Brocade Preaches Data Center Nirvana


The phrase makes for a nice bumper sticker, as someone else noted on Twitter, but I don't know if I fully grasp what they're trying to say yet.  Certainly the data center becomes more amorphous -- more like a cloud, in the older sense of PowerPoint slides showing an abstract "cloud" to represent The Network. Maybe I'll understand more after a formal chat with Brocade. (Or maybe I'll just get a head full of marketing terms...)

Flash Poll
Light Reedy
Numbers Are In: LR's 2014 Salary Survey

7|24|14   |   1:25   |   (1) comment


Our fourth annual Salary Survey paints a picture of who's hiring, firing, earning, and yearning for a change in the telecom industry.
LRTV Custom TV
Driving the Network Transformation

7|23|14   |   4:29   |   (0) comments


Intel's Sandra Rivera discusses network transformation and how Intel technologies, programs, and standards body efforts have helped the industry migration to SDN and NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
Distributed NFV-Based Business Services by RAD

7|18|14   |   5:38   |   (0) comments


With the ETSI-approved Distributed NFV PoC running in the background, RAD's CEO, Dror Bin, talks about why D-NFV makes compelling sense for service providers, and about the dollars and cents RAD is putting behind D-NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
MRV Accelerating Packet Optical Convergence

7|15|14   |   6:06   |   (0) comments


Giving you network insight to make your network smarter.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV-Enabled Ethernet for Generating New Revenues

7|15|14   |   5:49   |   (0) comments


Cyan's Planet Orchestrate allows service providers and their end-customers to activate software-based capabilities such as firewalls and encryption on top of existing Ethernet services in just minutes.
LRTV Custom TV
Symkloud NVF-Ready Video Transcoding, Big Data

7|9|14   |   3:41   |   (0) comments


Kontron and ISV partner Vantrix demonstrate high-performance video transcoding and data analytic solutions on same 2U standard platform that is ready for SDN and NFV deployments made by mobile, cable and cloud operators.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Evolving Role of Hybrid Video for Competitive Success

7|4|14   |   4:09   |   (0) comments


At Huawei's Global Analysts Summit in Shenzhen, China, Steven C. Hawley from TV Strategies speaks to us about the evolving role of hybrid video for competitive success.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How CSPs Leverage Big Data in the Digital Economy

7|4|14   |   4:48   |   (2) comments


Justin van der Lande from Analysys Mason shares with us his views on how telecom operators can leverage customer asset monetization with big data. His discusses the current status of big data applications and the challenges and opportunities for telecom operators in the digital economy era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Accelerator for Digital Business Future Oriented BSS

7|4|14   |   3:08   |   (0) comments


Mobile and internet are becoming intertwined; IT and CT are integrating; and leading CSPs have begun to transform to information service and entertainment providers. How should the BSS system evolve to enable this transformation? Karl Whitelock, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan, shares his views.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Orange Tunisia Discusses Multi-Band Antenna With EasyRET Solution

7|4|14   |   2:45   |   (0) comments


As new site acquisition becomes more difficult, Orange Tunisia has requested multi-band antenna to support UMTS and LTE innovation. Some things considered include reducing the cost of antenna maintenance and having high reliability antenna and EasyRET solution.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How Telefonica Spain Considers Antenna Selection for LTE Network Deployment

7|4|14   |   2:19   |   (0) comments


Tony Conlan, Global CTO of RAN, Telefonica, shares his opinion on antennas in LTE network deployment: Tower space is the premier requirement on antennas; reliability is important to reduce OPEX; and EasyRET solution will be helpful for antenna maintenance.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
dtac Thailand: Multi-band Antenna & Capacity Solution for a Better MBB Experience

7|3|14   |   3:45   |   (0) comments


With the development of LTE, tower space and load are limited for new antenna, but users' capacity requirements are growing fast. To provide a better MBB experience, Panya Vechbanyongratana from dtac Thailand shared his experiences and antenna requirements.
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Allot's latest MobileTrends Charging Report shows that value-based pricing plans are up from 35% in 2011 to 85% in 2014.
Today's Cartoon
Hot Topics
Microsoft to Axe 12,500 Ex-Nokia Employees
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/17/2014
The Municipal Menace?
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 7/22/2014
GM: 10 Car Models on Road With AT&T's LTE
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 7/18/2014
Cisco Puts a Fog Over IoT
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/23/2014
Apple Earnings: Strong iPhone Sales, iPad Sales Slump, $7.8B Profit
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/22/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed