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Brocade VCS Fabric Technology

Brocade VCS Fabric technology helps organizations create efficient data center networks that just work. Ethernet fabrics built on Brocade VCS Fabric technology provide unmatched automation, efficiency, and VM awareness compared to traditional network architectures and competitive fabric offerings. In addition, they increase flexibility and IT agility, enabling organizations to transition smoothly to elastic, mission-critical networks in highly virtualized cloud data centers.

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As the trend toward server virtualization and cloud computing continues to grow, IT organizations must be able to support more–often much more, in terms of data and network traffic–with less, and do so faster. In addition, a number of regulations have forced a stronger focus on data security and control. These business realities, along with improvements in WAN/LAN performance, have contributed to a retrenchment of IT operations and investments back into the data center.

But there are important differences in how the "new" data center must be architected, since server-to-server transactions now exceed data center-client exchanges. Modern, distributed mission-critical applications must be resilient, scalable, and highly efficient, placing profound new pressures on the networks that serve them. With today's application architectures, performance is now highly dependent on the efficiency and utilization of the network. At the same time, organizations need the ability to scale out their networks on demand—without adding complexity—to respond to immediate business challenges.

In addition, the rise of cloud computing has created the need for more infrastructure agility–meaning elasticity, architectural flexibility, manageability, and simplified coordination across IT domains–as a building block for service automation.

To address these challenges, Brocade has leveraged its 15-year heritage in data center fabrics to transform Ethernet networks in virtualized data centers. In December 2010, Brocade released its VCS Fabric technology, the first Ethernet fabric technology in the industry.

Brocade VCS Fabric technology is built upon three core data center design principles:

  • It should "just work," with minimal human intervention.
  • It must efficiently support non-stop networking in a modern, highly virtualized environment.
  • It is built for the needs of cloud environments, with support for a variety of approaches to multi-tenancy, policy customization, and cloud orchestration.

Brocade VCS Fabric technology is embedded in the Brocade VDX switch family, which enables IT organizations to build Ethernet fabrics that support cloud-optimized networking and greater enterprise agility.

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Brocade Network Advisor maximizes Brocade VCS Fabric technology investments by providing advanced management of Brocade VCS Fabrics and Brocade VDX switches.

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Brocade VDX switches allow VCS fabric deployments to start small and scale up or down with additional switches and PoD licensing. Both fixed-configuration and modular switches enable automated, reliable, and evolutionary VCS fabrics that meet organizations’ most challenging application requirements.

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This document describes a Red hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0 configured to use the Brocade VCS plugin.

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VCS Fabric Design Guide

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This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing of the EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure with Brocade networking for supporting 100 virtual machines (VMs). The report is focused on ease of use, performance, and high-availability networking.

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This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing of an EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure with Brocade networking for supporting 500 virtual desktops.

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Lippis Reports highlights Brocade VCS Fabric value proposition and cloud performance test on the VDX 8770

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Brocade and Trend Micro enable high-performance, improved data protection, and simplified management with a virtualized networking infrastructure and deep security solution.

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The Brocade IP Analytics Pack for vRealize Operations helps unite the best aspects of virtual and physical networking to enable SDDCs that deliver simplicity, scalability, and efficient resource utilization

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Brocade VCS Fabric Technology, the Plug-n-Play Cloud Computing Network for Isilon Scale-out NAS

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Brocade and VMware's unified network provides seamless transition between the physical and virtual architecture.

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The Brocade SSR program is a comprehensive testing and configuration initiative that verifies Fibre Channel and Ethernet fabric network interoperability with all-flash and hybrid storage arrays with Brocade expertise, tools, and proven testing methodologies.

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A growing service provider gains the flexibility to deliver network capacity on-demand while controlling costs with Ethernet fabrics

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Cloud provider supports rapid business growth with a highly scalable Lync solution built on Brocade VCS Fabric technology.

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Government Employee’s Health Association (GEHA) redesigns network with Brocade Ethernet Fabric technology, simplifying management and increasing network scalability and flexibility.

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i3D.net leverages Brocade technology to deliver an exceptional online gaming experience over high-capacity, low-latency, cloud-based networks.

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A leading North American bank was operating its storage network over its general-purpose Ethernet data network. This success stories describes the issues they were experiencing and details the Brocade VDX 6720 solution put in place over a new IP storage network and the benefits that resulted.

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Leading cloud managed service provider improves network performance and helps clients save money with Brocade VCS Fabric technology.

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Leading cloud services provider meets growing demand for increased network performance and capacity with Brocade Ethernet fabrics.

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Singing River Hospital improves network bandwidth, business continuity, and response times by deploying with Brocade VCS Fabric technology through Brocade VDX switches.

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With a Brocade network in place, SIPCOM can offer high-capacity, scalable hosted UC services to its growing user base.

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Brocade enables leading solar provider to simplify its network infrastructure, improve uptime, reduce power consumption, and better utilize IT staff.

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This document is intended for data center networking and server architects. It describes the technical architecture of Brocade® Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS™), also referred to as VCS technology in this document, and explains how the control, data, and management planes function, and how a VCS Ethernet fabric operates. It also provides a comparison of the VCS Ethernet Fabric with the emerging IEEE Transparent Interconnect of Lots of Links, or TRILL standard.

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Brocade Network Advisor logs events and alerts generated by managed devices and the management server and presents them through the master log and various other views. Event action policies and actions, combined with other monitoring tools in Brocade Network Advisor, help you provide proactive monitoring and effective diagnostics for the managed network.

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Ethernet fabric architectures built on Brocade VCS Fabric technology simplifies network architecture and management and features for supporting future “software-defined” networks, as well as a cost-effective point of entry that enables the transition to mission-critical networks in cloud data centers.

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Brocade VCS Logical Chassis provides a single point of management for fabric-wide configuration, software maintenance, and troubleshooting. Network services become even faster to deploy and simpler to manage, even as the network is scaled out.

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SDN introduces new opportunities to centralize network services more rapidly, but also new forms of complexity. Brocade VCS Fabric technology provides unique automation capabilities and resilience in the physical fabric, as well as integration and hardware support for leading SDN solutions.

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Brocade VCS Fabric technology radically simplifies the configuration, management, and ongoing operation of network infrastructures. Administrators can deploy and expand highly automated, reliable, efficient Brocade VCS fabrics at least five times faster than other fabrics in the market.

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As cloud environments become the norm, network segmentation is a critical consideration. Brocade VCS Fabric technology provides a variety of means for supporting multitenancy in cloud environments, including hypervisor-based Layer 3 approaches and an innovative native Layer 2 solution.

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Brocade VDX switches with Brocade VCS Fabric technology provide an automated, efficient, scale-out network architecture optimized for today’s scale-out storage and compute environments.

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Setting a New Standard for Network Efficiency with VCS Fabric Multilayer, Multipathing Capabilities.

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As cloud-based services become more prevalent, scalable multitenant network environments become more imperative. The multitenant data center network architecture from Brocade provides a smooth and scalable cloud deployment that simplifies management and orchestration.