With the release of the ServerIron ADX 4000 ASM-4 bundle, Brocade introduces virtualization-optimized application delivery solutions for cost-conscious businesses.
Networking solutions specialist Brocade announced the availability
of application delivery hardware and software solutions specifically
designed for small and midsize businesses. The new extension to
the Brocade ServerIron ADX 4000, an entry-level chassis solution that
provides Layer 4-7 switching performance and helps enable midmarket
companies to increase their flexibility and scalability benefits
through a modular platform. The ServerIron ADX 4000 ASM-4 module will
be generally available on Sept. 23 via select Brocade value-added
resellers and directly from Brocade.
The license-activated, capacity on-demand scalability of the
ASM-4 module enables customers to adopt a "pay-as-you-grow" investment
approach, which Brocade claims allowes them to double their throughput
and future-proof their application delivery networks without adding
hardware or removing the switches from the network.
"Virtualization and cloud computing present highly compelling business
benefits for enterprise customers of all sizes, such that Brocade has
taken a proactive approach to developing a wide range of new solutions
designed to reduce network complexity resulting from the deployment of
virtual environments," said Jason Nolet, vice president of Brocade's
data center and enterprise networking group. "Building upon extensive
experience in the data center, where reliability and preservation of
data integrity are critical, Brocade is committed to creating
innovative networking technologies that help customers simplify the
implementation and management of virtualizing their applications."
The ServerIron ADX 4000 ASM-4 bundle provides eight ports of 1 Gbps
small form-factor pluggable (SFP) copper connectivity, with the option
to use fiber SFPs on all ports. It also offers enhanced performance via
a robust services platform with built-in extensibility and
interoperability across fabrics and networking protocols. In addition,
the Brocade Application Resource Broker software module that provides
visibility into application performance across the network and virtual
machine (VM) infrastructures.
Application Resource Broker helps ensure that application service level
agreements (SLAs) are met by allocating additional resources to address
increases in application load. The software module leverages the
position of the ServerIron ADX within the network to deliver a range of
capabilities that are built-in to the VMware vSphere interface,
including real-time monitoring, measurement, correlation and
application-centric reporting through the vSphere administrative
interface via a client plug-in
Other features include on-demand, automated, policy-based provisioning
and de-provisioning of resources based on application performance
metrics from the ServerIron ADX and the VMware vCenter Server and
historical tracking and trending of application performance metrics to
reveal changing requirements.
"The network plays a critical role in the process of virtual
application delivery and is of utmost importance as we look toward the
accelerated migration to cloud computing," said Parag Patel, vice
president of VMware's global strategic alliances. "Our partnership with
Brocade will help customers tightly integrate networking layers with
the VMware platform, thereby streamlining network management and taking
a significant step toward delivering IT as a service."
Brocade also recently unveiled Brocade One, a unifying network
strategy. To support this strategy, Brocade has also introduced Brocade
Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS), a technology that addresses the
requirements of virtualized data centers. Brocade VCS enables customers
to build and manage data center fabrics that can consolidate and manage
tens of thousands of VMs.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.