Posted by: Greg Ness | October 24, 2007

Brocade, Cisco and Data Center Fabric Architectures

Recently I discussed the impact of virtualization on data center architecture and the network security industry.  Today I read about Brocade’s new fabric architecture in Computerworld and contrasts with Cisco’s recent fabric announcement at VMworld: 

October 23, 2007 (Computerworld)Brocade Communication Systems Inc. today announced that it is developing what it calls a Data Center Fabric architecture, a product strategy built around optimized server and storage virtualization, application services and policy-based automation that will materialize over the next six months with new products in five categories. At its annual end-user conference in Las Vegas, Brocade said its Data Center Fabric product road map will revolve around applications such as continuous data protection, disaster recovery, file and block data migration across heterogeneous environments, server and storage virtualization, and encryption for data in-flight and at-rest. 

Brocade’s vision is to put more network intelligence directly on the server.  Brocade’s VP Marketing also talked about their relationship with VMware. 

This is yet another shift that promises to define the new data center fabric architecture and force netsec vendors to embrace virtualization (virtsec) and develop “thin shield” blade server security architectures.

Thanks to Lucas Mearian at Computerworld.  You can read the entire story at the Computerworld link.


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