Ethernet Fabric Networks

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Compared to classic hierarchical Ethernet architectures, Ethernet fabrics provide higher levels of performance, utilization, availability, and operational simplicity to meet the business needs of virtualized data centers today and into the future. A truly virtualized data center is the foundation for cloud-based architectures and IT models. In turn, virtualized data centers require agile service delivery vehicles, including the ability to add network capacity with appropriate services on demand, and new levels of operational simplicity in infrastructure deployment, administration, and monitoring.

However, the underlying limitations in existing virtualization and system management tools—as well as the design of current network architectures—have often prevented organizations from meeting the performance, availability, security, and mobility requirements of cloud computing.

In order to simplify the management layer and bring the promise of virtualization to fruition, the underlying infrastructure—especially the network—must evolve. It must move from management of physical ports to flows (virtual server to virtual server or virtual server to virtual storage communication). It must be simpler to set up, operate, and scale. And it must be more flexible, highly resilient, and much more VM-aware.

Brocade is leading the industry effort in this area through the development of new, flatter Ethernet networks that are specifically designed for virtualized data center environments. This new category of "Ethernet fabrics" combines the familiarity of Ethernet networks with the data center-hardened reliability and performance characteristics of fabric technologies such as Fibre Channel. As the global leader in data center fabric innovation and deployment, Brocade has the technical expertise and 15 years of experience to deliver Ethernet fabric solutions that increase IT agility and deliver a fast ROI.

Brocade VCS Fabric technology, the industry's first Ethernet fabric technology, provides advanced Ethernet fabric capabilities, including efficient multipathing at Layers 1-3, with multiple Layer 3 gateways, VM awareness, and network automation, enabling organizations to transition smoothly to elastic, cloudoptimized networks. As a Brocade Elite Partner, Mark III Systems has extensive experience enabling enterprises to achieve all the benefits of an Ethernet Fabric for today's virtualized world.