For those readers that will be at VMWorld 2012 next week in San Francisco, be sure to check out the Brocade VXLAN Gateway demonstration by Brocade and VMware. In the announcement, Brocade details how using the Brocade ADX VXLAN gateway solution, Brocade and VMware customers can virtualize their networks at enterprise and service provider scale using VXLAN by using the Brocade ADX switches to connect VXLAN environments to the traditional Internet as well as run applications that span VXLAN and existing non-VXLAN networks.
While it remains to be seen how quickly and broadly VXLAN will be adopted — Brocade’s announcement is a step in the right direction to show cloud service providers and enterprises that there’s a path to connect their existing non-VXLAN workloads into VXLAN environments.
It’s clear that vendors see SDN + VXLAN as much more than a Layer 2-3 play — between the Arista, Isilon, F5 and VMware announcement at VMWorld 2012 (see SDNCentral Coverage) and the Brocade / VMware announcement — the market can see how VXLAN is expected to be a lead technology for SDN in the next generation of Layer 4 – 7 Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) and virtualization use cases.
Original press release from Brocade is below…
Brocade ADX Series to Unveil VXLAN Gateway and Application Delivery Services
Brocade Advances Software-Defined Networking and Enables Scalable Virtual Networking Services
San Francisco, Calif. (VMworld)– August 27, 2012 –Brocade (NASDAQ:BRCD) today announced significant progress in its software-defined networking (SDN) vision, strategy and innovation roadmap by unveiling the Brocade® ADX® Series application delivery switches, capable of delivering highly scalable VXLAN (Virtual eXtensible Local Area Network) gateway services for virtualized cloud networks developed in partnership with VMware.
Using the Brocade ADX VXLAN gateway solution, Brocade and VMware customers can virtualize their networks at enterprise and service provider scale, and with hardware-based performance, using VXLAN. Customers can use the Brocade ADX switches to connect VXLAN environments to the traditional Internet as well as run applications that span VXLAN and existing non-VXLAN networks. This enables organizations to use their current infrastructure while leveraging the benefits of VXLAN to support multitenancy and large-scale deployment of applications and virtual machines (VMs).
Network virtualization is a core element of Brocade’s SDN vision, and VXLAN enables cloud service providers to build virtual networks on top of their existing infrastructure. VXLAN is a network virtualization technology that addresses the emerging challenges in the cloud data center. VXLAN enables multitenancy, scale for large numbers of applications and flexible provisioning with minimal interruption of infrastructure services. By leveraging Ethernet technology, VXLAN enables large numbers of virtual domains to be created above existing networks.
The Brocade ADX switch VXLAN gateway offers benefits such as:
- Efficient network and compute utilization while retaining access to traditionally connected resources;
- Scalable and secure multitenant network virtualization across large Layer 3 networking domains;
- More flexible VM placement and mobility, reducing operational and management complexities and cost;
- Delivery of load balancing services across both physical and virtual resources, combining physical servers and VXLAN- connected virtual machines at any location in the data center.
Brocade will demonstrate this VXLAN gateway capability in the Brocade booth (#901) at VMWorld® 2012 this week.
“As a leader in data center networking innovation, Brocade recognizes the need to bridge emerging technologies such as VXLAN with existing data center investments. By working closely with VMware, and leveraging the Brocade ADX application delivery switch, we are excited to be demonstrating VXLAN gateway functionality. This innovation will be essential to enabling real-world deployments of VXLAN and other overlay networking technologies,” said Jason Nolet, vice president of data center networking, Brocade.
“Networking is a key resource of today’s software-defined data center and its integration and alignment with other virtualized services is important. We are pleased Brocade is demonstrating the Brocade VXLAN gateway, which will enable customers to use VXLAN’s scalability with applications and databases running in non-VXLAN networks,” said Allwyn Sequeira, CTO & vice president, Networking and Security, VMware.
Brocade networking capabilities are integrated with VMware vCenter™ Server today via Brocade Network Advisor, giving vCenter users clear management visibility to Brocade storage network products. In addition, the Brocade ADX switch and Brocade Application Resource Broker integrate with VMware vCenter Server to elastically scale up and down workload resources in response to real-time end-user application experience.
Brocade at VMworld 2012
Brocade is a leading network provider whose solutions are utilized by the world’s leading enterprises and service providers. Brocade is a trusted data center partner in 90 percent of the Fortune 1000 data centers due to the company’s focus on helping customers optimize their use of their existing data center infrastructure while providing a smooth transition to the cloud.
Brocade sessions at VMworld 2012 will focus on the latest requirements and options for building an optimized data center for cloud computing.
Demonstrations at the booth (#901)
- Cloud-optimized networking with Brocade and VXLAN
- Large-scale virtual end-user computing across data centers
- Disaster avoidance for critical applications
Building the Next-Generation Data Center for the Cloud
- Date: Wednesday, August 29
- Time: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
- Location: Moscone South, Lower Level: Gateway 104
This session will focus on how to combine best practices with new options for building next-generation data centers, including Ethernet fabrics, network virtualization with VXLAN and other innovations in software-defined networking. #BRCDVMworld
Deploying Large-Scale Virtual End-User Computing Across Data Centers
- Date: Monday, August 27
- Time: 12:30-1:30 PM
- Location: Moscone South, Level 3, Room 307
This session examines a proven reference architecture consisting of EUC/VDI deployment across multiple data centers with end-to-end network flow monitoring and VMware SRM to provide business continuity. #BRCDVMworld
Disaster Avoidance for SAP-Critical Applications
- Date: Wednesday, August 29
- Time: 9:30-10:10 AM
- Moscone West, Level 2, Room 2002
This session will describe a solution that increases the availability of SAP applications by eliminating single points of failure at all layers in the environment. #BRCDVMworld
Sessions will be led by Brocade speakers Chip Copper, PhD. Global Solutions Architect, and Jonathan Hudson, Global Solutions Architect.
San Francisco Moscone Convention Center, Booth #901 and selected room locations as indicated for speaker sessions.
Register here: www.vmworld.com/community/conference/us
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