Brocade's first fabric switch will be the VDX 6720, available in 24 or 60 10Gbit/s Ethernet ports and due to ship around the end of the year.
Why this matters
The collapsing of the data center -- removing layers of aggregation, at least from the network management standpoint -- has been a strong theme with Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR). Brocade's announcement is along similar lines, but Brocade might have a more flexible offering, because the vendor says its Ethernet fabric can work with someone else's network cores. Cisco's Universal Computing System (UCS) is a single-vendor data-center architecture. Juniper's Stratus fabric appears to be one as well, but Juniper isn't releasing details until next year.
Here's some further reading on the vendors' grand plans for next-generation data centers.
- Brocade Preaches Data Center Nirvana
- Brocade Takes Aim at Nexus
- Juniper's Stratus: Wait 'Til Next Year
- Juniper Gets 'New' With Data Centers
- Juniper's Ready for Stratus
- Cisco Preps for Olympics Trial
- Cisco: HP, IBM Had Their Chance
- Juniper Takes Over the Network
- IBM, Juniper Become BFFs
- Cisco Dreams of Data Center Unity
- Juniper Strikes at the Data Center
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading