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Brocade and VMware Technology Alliance

Server virtualization and software-defined data centers demand high-performance, highly scalable, and resource-efficient networks. Brocade helps companies maximize the benefits of virtualization through centralized, VM-aware networks, unified SAN and IP network management, and network services. Brocade and VMware bridge the gaps between virtual and physical infrastructure with jointly developed solutions that transform the network for a seamless transition to the software-defined data center.

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Benefits of Joint Brocade and VMware Solutions

  • Greater simplicity, higher scalability, and more efficient resource utilization through unifying the best aspects of virtual and physical networking across a cloud orchestration framework
  • A virtualized network infrastructure that extends a virtualized server environment to support VM mobility, mixed workloads, and I/O and security SLAs for higher consolidation and lower risk
  • Proven interoperability through standards-based integration and certification testing

Brocade VCS Gateway and VMware NSX Unify Virtual and Physical Infrastructures
By unifying physical and virtual networking, VMware NSX and Brocade VCS Gateway enable the connection of physical devices to the virtual overlay network, providing a unified network operations model for all application types. By leveraging Brocade VCS Fabric technol¬ogy, VXLAN supports the creation of large numbers of virtual domains above existing networks. This enables organizations to efficiently use their current infrastructure while leveraging the benefits of VXLAN to support multitenancy and large-scale deployment of applications and VMs.

  • Enables workloads, including mission-critical and non-virtualized applications, to run on logical networks
  • Supports an overlay-based and native fabric-based solution for increased choice
  • Provides automation through Brocade VCS Fabric technology

To learn more:

  • Read the Brocade VCS Gateway for NSX solution brief
  • Read the latest press release on the Brocade VCS Gateway for NSX

Brocade IP Analytics Pack for VMware vRealize Operations
The Brocade IP Analytics Pack for vRealize Operations1 helps unite the best aspects of virtual and physical networking to enable SDDCs that deliver simplicity, scalability, and efficient resource utilization. At the core of the Brocade IP Analytics Pack for vRealize Operations is Brocade VCS Fabric technology, which delivers diagnostics information from Brocade VDX Ethernet fabric switches to vRealize Operations. Virtualization infrastructure teams can use these insights, in conjunction with information from VMware NSX, to proactively pinpoint network problems and increase automation, performance, and availability. To learn more, read the solutions brief.

1The Brocade IP Analytics Pack for VMware vRealize Operations is expected to be available for download from the VMware Solutions Exchange in December 2014.

Brocade IP Content Pack for VMware vRealize Log Insight
Initially leveraging Brocade VCS Fabric technology, the Brocade IP Content Pack provides thorough knowledge of the behavior and health of Brocade VCS fabrics over time in order to identify and remediate patterns impacting VM performance and application responsiveness. Events and alerts are delivered to vRealize Log Insight for classification to ensure that the most critical alerts are prioritized for troubleshooting.

The Brocade IP Content Pack provides:

  • Built-in best practices for faster problem resolution, increased availability, and optimized efficiency
  • Intelligently classified events within VMware vRealize Log Insight dashboards
  • Pre-defined queries, alerts, and fields for operational simplicity
  • Integration with Brocade VCS Fabric technology, increasing end-to-end network visibility and insight

1The Brocade IP Content Pack for vRealize Log Insight is expected to be available for download from the VMware Solutions Exchange on December 2014.

Brocade SAN Analytics Pack for VMware vRealize Operations
Brocade and VMware are collaborating on a solution that increases visibility into the infrastructure, improving management, preventing issues, and optimizing resources. The Brocade SAN Analytics Pack integrated into vRealize Operations enables IT organizations to obtain greater visibility and actionable intelligence to proactively ensure service levels, optimum resource usage, and configuration compliance in dynamic virtual and cloud environments. Brocade Fabric Vision technology is the foundation of the Brocade SAN Analytics Pack, delivering:

  • Maximized performance and reduced costs through innovative diagnostic, monitoring, and management capabilities
  • A health and performance dashboard, faster problem identification, and trend analysis
  • Reduced downtime risk through network health, reliability, and performance validation prior to and after deployment

To learn more, read the solution brief.

Brocade SAN Content Pack for VMware vRealize Log Insight
Brocade has worked closely with VMware to offer deeper investigation capabilities for root-cause analysis and remediation of SANs in virtualized environments. The Brocade SAN Content Pack eliminates noise from millions of events and amplifies critical SAN alerts to accelerate troubleshooting with actionable analytics. Faster troubleshooting provides time to proactively drive the value of IT resources. Leveraging Brocade Fabric Vision technology provides thorough knowledge of the behavior and health of Brocade SAN fabrics over time in order to identify and remediate patterns impacting VM performance and application responsiveness.

The Brocade SAN Content Pack provides:

  • 15 years of Brocade experience built-in for faster resolution of networking issues, reducing downtime and IT costs while improving operational efficiency
  • Intelligently classified events in-context within the VMware vCenter Log Insight dashboards
  • Pre-defined queries, alerts, and fields that can be customized to specific environments, offering both simplicity and flexibility
  • Increased visibility of issues across the SAN network and operational efficiency with Brocade Fabric Vision Technology integration

Brocade Network Advisor Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter enables proactive SAN and IP monitoring out of the box and delivers end-to-end network visibility. For more information, read the solution brief.

Brocade and VMware Joint Validated VDI Solution
A Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) offers numerous benefits to organizations of all sizes. The Brocade-VMware solution deploys VMware's innovative virtual end-user computing on the Brocade VDX family of data center switches and Ethernet fabrics, with Converged Network Adapters (CNA) on the servers. VMware View enhances the reliability, availability, and security of the virtual desktops being deployed. The security server includes a PCoIP secure gateway to enhance desktop security. The high-performance Ethernet fabric is critical to delivering the required response times when virtual desktops are started in the ESX servers and when the applications process and save data onto the storage arrays. Brocade VDX Switches use Brocade VCS Fabric technology to provide a flat, high-performance network that can scale horizontally and seamlessly on demand.

  • Read the VDI solution brief
  • Read the VDI reference architecture paper

Brocade and VMware Joint Business Continuity Solution
Today's businesses rely heavily on the digital infrastructure to perform day-to-day activities. The 24×7 availability of the infrastructure is paramount to ensure successful functionality. Brocade, EMC, and VMware have collaborated to build a solution that dynamically migrates applications live across data centers separated by a latency of 10 ms RTT (about 550 miles) without business interruption, and enhances the availability of the business applications within the data center. The live application mobility solution relies on the industry-proven VMware Metro vMotion and EMC VPLEX enabled by the Brocade end-to-end storage and IP networking infrastructure.

  • Read the joint Business Continuity solution brief
  • Read the Business Continuity reference architecture paper

Contact Us
For more information, please contact vmware_alliance@brocade.com.