Brocade champions VCS Fabric
Brocade India plans to alter its SAN technology specialist image to that of a performance and technology leader in data center (DC) and enterprise networks. It plans to go to town with its VCS Ethernet fabric technology, pitching it as the ideal solution for network backbones for highly virtualized workloads.
Though 70 percent of its business still comes from SAN, Brocade sees a larger role for channels for its network product line. Said Edgar Dias, Country Manager, Brocade India, “Our VCS fabric technology is targeted at DCs and cloud service providers which need to ensure low latency and at the same time assure high performance and simplify automation.”
VCS Fabric is meant to increase network automation by automatically detecting devices like servers and switches and providing a centralized system that lets users manage groups of switches as a single layer-2 switch.
Explained Dias, “With our VCS Fabric, for a DC manager, the entire network appears as a single layer-2 switch of up to 8,000 10G ports. In the age of virtualized loads, our virtualized network ensures latency which is as low as 500 nanoseconds while the competition is still struggling to offer sub-millisecond latency.”
Brocade currently has 40 partners in India, and is on the lookout for more partners especially from class A cities outside the top metros. According to Dias, many Cisco partners have become Brocade partners. “It is very easy for them to build solutions around Brocade as our management interface and command line interface is 98 percent compatible with Cisco technology,” he opined.
Brocade is also aggressively pushing its open source Vyatta network OS through a subscription model. The Vyatta NOS can be used to convert a virtual machine into a router, VPN server or firewall. While the NOS will be offered free, support and management features are paid for.