Brocade Talks up New Fabric

Arthur Cole

Attendees at the Gartner conference in Las Vegas this week got new details of Brocade's upcoming Data Center Fabric (DCF) architecture, which the company says will kick virtual server and storage farms into high gear to better handle large application and data workloads.

 

The fabric is based on the DCX Backbone platform that is optimized for large-scale virtualization environments and multi-protocol networking that allows enterprises to accommodate Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet, iSCSI and other formats.

 

Brocade describes the DCF as a "policy-based, application-drive architecture" that can dynamically adjust to changing application and data requirements, allowing the network to apply tools like encryption, backup and replication only when needed, so as not to gum up network resources when not in use.

 

Other advantages include simplified connection between virtual servers and network storage and wide-ranging compatibility with third-party systems to allow seamless incorporation into existing data center environments.

 

Expect Brocade to formally launch the system early next year.



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