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Brocade boosts VCS Fabric capabilities for datacentres

Brocade has enhanced its VCS Fabric technology and VDX switch portfolio for datacentres.

The networking vendor's new VCS fabric capabilities include native multitenancy, storage-aware networking and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) performance.

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Brocade A/NZ country manager, Greig Guy, said the enhancements are a response to the growing needs of datacentres.

"Organisations want an agile and efficient network, as well as the ability to automate it," he said.

"They want a plug-and-play type of capability in their network so they can grow, and we provide that with these products."

As for what key trends in the market are driving a need for further network innovation, Guy points to Cloud, virtualisation, and BYOD.

"Organisations face challenges around networking capacity and utilisation," he said.

In support of this observation, Guy refers to a document that Brocade prepared in the US, which said the Federal Government is not ready for deploying Cloud technologies.

"The bandwidth and capabilities of their networks is not scaled for it, and I'm sure the same is true for A/NZ," he said.

Capacity shortage

Brocade announced its Ethernet fabric strategy just over two years ago, and Guy said that is "really resonating" today.

"The technology we had in the past around storage, which we call fabrics, is something we now need to take into the future," he said.

Brocade currently has over 14,000 customers around the world in production with Ethernet fabrics, and Guy said in Australia the vendor has 30 customers in production.

When speaking to local partners about the challenges they face, Guy said they revolve around hosting and the Cloud.

"These partners can't build enough infrastructure to satisfy the customers that are coming to them that want to outsource or use some form of Cloud capability," he said.

With some datacentres finding that 18 months of capability gets maxed out in a third of that time, Guy said another challenge is getting maintenance people to build out datacentres for added capability.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.


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