Brocade's demo of a 100 GbE offering is the latest in the company's recent aggressive networking efforts, while Emulex will showcase its Emulex Connect Architecture.
will be demonstrating a 100 Gigabit Ethernet-capable networking offering at the
Interop 2011 show this week that is designed to help service providers become
more optimized for cloud computing.
officials announced the demo-done in partnership with Ixia-May 9, saying it
will help service providers as demand pushes them from being simply data
delivery services to become the key to delivering cloud-based services.
2011 is running this week in Las Vegas.
announcement comes a week after the company unveiled a host of networking
technologies May 3 aimed at enabling businesses to build data center fabrics
for cloud computing environments. Those moves mirror what rival Emulex did the
same day when officials announced their vision of a converged data center
networking fabric dubbed the Emulex Connect Architecture.
latest introductions feed into a larger trend toward network fabrics that
service all data center resources, including servers and storage devices. The
demand is driven in large part by the rapid adoption of such technologies as
cloud computing and virtualization. Ken Cheng, vice president of service
provider products for Brocade, said in an interview with eWEEK that cloud
computing is the business model of the future, and organizations from
businesses to service providers need to play a role.
service providers want to provide cloud services," Cheng said.
an event May 3, Brocade executives talked about their vision of the "Virtual
Enterprise," and backed that up with a range of new and enhanced product
offerings, including a cloud-optimized SAN
(storage-area network) platform, new 16G bps Fibre Channel products, new
routers and an Ethernet fabric that the company first announced last year and
began shipping at the beginning of 2011.
among the announcements was Brocade's CloudPlex architecture, an open framework
that will enable businesses and service providers to build cloud computing
environments within their data centers. It will help organizations scale to the
point where they will go from managing hundreds of virtual machines to managing
tens of thousands, all of which will be distributed throughout the enterprise
and across the cloud.
also will enable Brocade to differentiate from the likes of Cisco
Systems in that it will help businesses create cloud environments that can
be built using best-of-breed components, according to Brocade's Cheng.
Kerravala, an analyst with The Yankee Group, said in a blog post that with
its proposed Virtual Compute Blocks-which enable partners and integrators to
build offerings that offer pre-integrated solutions that offer compute,
storage, networking and virtualization technology-Brocade's CloudPlex most
resembles Cisco's UCS (Unified Computing System).
primary difference, Kerravala said, is that "UCS is a vertically integrated
solution where all the components are build and integrated by Cisco, which is
consistent with Cisco strategy. With CloudPlex, Brocade provides all of the
network infrastructure and services and then relies on mainstream computing
partners to deliver the server infrastructure that sits on top of the network.
CloudPlex can be thought of as an open, multivendor version of Cisco UCS."
said that the "vertically integrated nature of Cisco's UCS does provide some
short-term advantages in that Cisco controls everything from end to end, making
it easier to deliver on the vision of unified computing. Long term though,
customers will likely want to use best-of-breed computing partners providing an
edge to the Brocade strategy. Cisco's challenge will be to build a multivendor
solution to compliment its current vertically integrated solution."
Cheng said the open nature of the company's solution-which includes the
endorsement of the OpenFlow and OpenStack initiatives-will help businesses as
they pursue a strategy that embraces not only private and public clouds, but
also hybrids of the two.
its part, Emulex officials will be showcasing their Emulex Connect Architecture
at Interop. The architecture includes the XE201 I/O controller, which officials
said is the first converged fabric controller capable of offering OEMs the
choice of 16G bps Fibre Channel or 10 Gigabit Ethernet with protocol support
for RDMA over Converged Enhanced Ethernet, Fibre Channel over Ethernet and
iSCSI, and 40 GbE connectivity.
XE201 I/O Controller changes the game for our customers, with the ability to
run concurrent native Fibre Channel and Ethernet simultaneously, for the first
time," Shaun Walsh, vice president of marketing at Emulex, said in a
statement. "It is also [provides] a path forward from today's discrete
networking model into full network convergence on a single platform."
his blog, Yankee Group's Kerravala said that he expects vendors to continue to
push their visions of a compute fabric.
fabric wars are clearly underway," he wrote. "Last year we saw most of the
network vendors outline their vision and strategy. I'm expecting 2011 to be a
year where the solution providers demonstrate how their solution differentiates
themselves from the rest of the field."