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New Innovations in Ethernet Fabrics are Revolutionising Virtualised Data Centres

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IT organisations are aggressively deploying server virtualisation in data centres to consolidate applications and improve resource utilisation. The cost savings of server virtualisation resulting from …

IT organisations are aggressively deploying server virtualisation in data centres to consolidate applications and improve resource utilisation. The cost savings of server virtualisation resulting from increased asset utilisation, higher availability, and on-demand application deployment have met the business mandate to “do more with less.” However, the underlying limitations in current network technologies have often prevented organisations from meeting the performance, availability, security, and mobility requirements of server virtualisation.

A recent innovation in networking, Ethernet fabrics are revolutionising the way highly virtualised data centre networks are architected and how they function. Compared to classic hierarchical Ethernet architectures, Ethernet fabrics provide higher levels of performance, utilisation, availability, and simplicity required to meet the business needs of data centres today and into the future. Brocade Vice President for Data Centre Products Doug Ingraham will examine the various approaches and technologies that comprise today’s Ethernet Fabric solutions. He will provide organisations with essential background to select the best approach to create a roadmap to optimise their virtualised infrastructures and accelerate their journey to the cloud.

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  • 1. Alan Murphy19th and 20th October 2011Innovations in Ethernet FabricsRevolutionise Virtualised Data Centres
  • 2. The IT World Is Changing10/31/2011 2 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 3. A change in the way we acquirethe technology…10/31/2011 3 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 4. Traditional Acquisition PatternNetwork Infrastructure Traditional Acquisition Pattern Time 10/31/2011 4 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 5. Traditional Buying PatternNetwork Infrastructure Traditional Buying Pattern Actual Demand Overcapacity Lost productivity Time 10/31/2011 5 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 6. Brocade Network SubscriptionNetwork Infrastructure Brocade Network Subscription Time 10/31/2011 6 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 7. INTRODUCING  Elastic network BROCADE acquisition and support model NETWORK  Aligns networkSUBSCRIPTION capacity to changing business needs  Only pay for what you use10/31/2011 7 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 8. What is driving this change inthinking?10/31/2011 8 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 9. Virtualisation growth is driving a change The Tipping Point 7.5M 5.0M Newly deployed virtual machines 2.5M Newly deployed physical hosts 2008 2009 2010Source: IDC10/31/2011 9 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 10. The Changing Nature of Applications App App Component Component Database Firewall Application Database DISTRIBUTED10/31/2011 10 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 11. “By 2014, 80% of networking traffic will be between servers.” –Gartner 10/31/2011 11 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 12. Networks need to work foryour applications, NOT theother way around.10/31/2011 12 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 13. Start delivering on Cloud Become Agile based Managed Service Services Cloud Cloud? DC BusinessIT Asset supporting business objectives: Top to Bottom Services At all levels Biz Costs Rev$ Biz Of the Business Apps Apps Automation Start the ? H.V H.V journey Mobility Server Server Net Net Ethernet Fabric Storage Agility? Storage Information
  • 14. ETHERNET FABRICS FOUNDATION FOR CLOUD-OPTIMISED NETWORKING10/31/2011 14 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 15. Core Aggregation Classic Ethernet HierarchicalEdge Scalability Fabric Ethernet ArchitectureAccess Architecture Servers with 1 or 10 Gbps Connections 10/31/2011 15 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 16. VCS Fabric:Auto-Healing and Improved Utilisation  Automatically reroutes traffic during failure  Active—active resiliency and load balancing VCS  Arbitrary topologies Fabric  Multi-path, deterministic  Low latency  Lossless, convergence capable NAS iSCSI FCoE10/31/2011 16 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 17. VCS Fabric:Operational Automation and Simplification  Self forming fabric  Managed as a single switch  Logically collapses network layers  Auto-discovery and propagation of device information  Automatic migration of port profiles10/31/2011 17 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 18. Services in Classic Architecture CHALLENGES L3 Core  Utilises expensive L3 aggregation ports  Bandwidth constraints at L3 Aggregation aggregation layer  Manual management of service policies in VM move scenarios Layer 2  Rigid network design forces services to be deployed at specific points in theServer Racks network, limiting elasticity Layer 2 and resource pooling 10/31/2011 18 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 19. VCS Fabric: Dynamic Services Insertion BENEFITS L3 Core  Fewer service appliance are needed  Enables virtual appliances  Eliminates bandwidth constraintsLayer 2/ Layer 3  Applications placed and moved anywhere in the fabric with instant access to necessary services  No need for utilising moreServer Racks expensive aggregation/ Layer 2 core ports for services 10/31/2011 19 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 20.  Finally, a network that just works so you can do moreBROCADE  Fabric technology chosen for the worlds most demanding networks VCS  A Fabric that adapts to meetFABRICS your needs  Industry’s first and most innovative Ethernet fabrics10/31/2011 20 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 21. ANNOUNCINGTHE NEXT WAVE OFETHERNET FABRICINNOVATION
  • 22. Manual VM Migration  Administration of today’s environments is time consuming; dampens adoption of cloud architectures  Elasticity is reduced; compute and storage assets restricted from forming pools of resources10/31/2011 22 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 23. VM Aware Network Automation  No need for manual configuration of MAC vCenter Brocade Network addresses and port Advisor profiles; Less error-prone  Minimises procedural delays between server and network IT teams  Eases configuration of multiple VCS fabrics  Protection against VM/MAC Spoofing via secure vCenter NAS iSCSI FCoE FC NAS iSCSI Communication10/31/2011 23 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 24. Brocade VDX Product Family NETWORKS THAT JUST WORK Brocade VDX  Ethernet switches upgradeable to 6710 Switch fabric architectures  Unmatched scalability for any sizeBrocade VDX data centre or cloud6720 Switch  Broadest array of connectivity options for servers and storage  Features superior size, weight, and Brocade VDX power characteristics critical for 6730 Switch today’s data center environments 10/31/2011 24 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 25. Brocade Brocade MLX DCX BROCADE FABRIC SAN ADAPTERS Physical Connections Logical Adapters Servers with 10 or 16 Gbps Connections© 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information 10/31/2011 25
  • 26. Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter SINGLE ADAPTER FOR ALL SERVER CONNECTIVITY NEEDS  Universal adapter for all FC (2/4/8/16) and Ethernet (10 GbE DCB) connectivityHBA CNA NIC  Reduces capital and operating costs for less than today’s 10 GbE NICs =  Simplifies server connectivity by consolidating I/O  Logically partitions each physical link into as many as eight vNICs/vHBAs today, up to 255 with SR-IOV adoption  Extends fabric services to VM and Single and Dual-port Models application level 10/31/2011 26 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 27. “If I could solve all the problems myself, I would.” –Thomas Edison 10/31/2011 27 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 28. Virtual Compute Blocks Hypervisor 150 CPU Core 128 CPU Core COMPUTE 10 GB RAM/Core 6 GB RAM/Core vBlock0 Redundant Complex Ethernet 10 GbE Fabric Hierarchy STORAGE 260 GB/Core 260 GB/Core (iSCSI) (iSCSI) • Lower Cost • Higher Performance • More Scalable10/31/2011 28 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 29. Scaling Virtual Compute Blocks10/31/2011 29 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 30. The IT World Is Changing10/31/2011 30 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 31. Networks need to work forBrocade is the only networkingyour applications, NOT thecompany with the capability toother way around.do this today.10/31/2011 31 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 32.  Technology Innovation: Automating virtualized data centers with Ethernet fabrics  Business Innovation: Revolutionizing cloud acquisition models with Brocade Network Subscription  Strong partner ecosystem making multi-vendor cloud infrastructures a reality10/31/2011 32 © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Proprietary Information
  • 33. Join us at Fabric 101:Essentials of Ethernet Fabrics9th & 30th November 2011, Bracknellhttp://www.ethernetfabric101.comVisit us at stand F64 for more information
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