Traditional networks and data centers are being stretched to their limits. They were never designed for today's astronomical growth in bandwidth-intensive applications—and the ever-increasing demand for speed, scalability, and resilience. Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a powerful new network paradigm designed to address these issues. Brocade leads the way in SDN technologies to help unleash the power, intelligence, and analytics of networks with a flexible, end-to-end cloud-based solution.
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is an emerging concept that proposes to disaggregate traditional vertically integrated networking stacks to improve network feature velocity or customize network operation for specialized environments. This initiative has broad implications across the data, control, and management planes of the network.
SDN comprises multiple technologies that open the planes of the network, enabling them to participate in broader orchestration frameworks to solve cloud-related challenges. OpenFlow is one of the leading SDN-enabling technologies and is gaining increased support from the world's most demanding network operators.
An early supporter of SDN initiatives, such as OpenFlow and OpenStack, Brocade is helping organizations realize the promise of SDN through innovative technologies and solutions. The Brocade approach will enable organizations to control their networks programmatically, transforming the network into a platform for innovation through new applications and services. In addition, they can significantly increase the flexibility of network infrastructure in order to deliver new services faster and more easily.
Brocade introduces a portfolio of products ready for OpenStack cloud orchestration, with the benefits of open and interoperable cloud architectures. With OpenStack, customers can now more easily implement a reliable and flexible public, private, or hybrid cloud solution.
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.
Software-based networking is the most effective way to deploy critical networking tasks while meeting the fundamental business requirements of a cloud.
Brocade networking solutions offer unmatched automation and are built to support scale-out infrastructure, making them ideal for cloud infrastructures that must scale outward rather than upward. Brocade, along with OpenStack, delivers the benefits of open and interoperable cloud architectures.
This paper provides an overview of SDN, its expected role in cloud-optimized networks, and how Brocade is implementing SDN vertically and across its portfolio to provide users with a truly open cloud-optimized network, built on a resilient, automated fabric foundation.