Brocade, VMware collaborate to advance adoption of the software-defined data center and network virtualization

Brocade is collaborating with VMware to advance solutions that support the New IP by allowing enterprises to more easily transition to software-defined data centers (SDDCs) and adopt network virtualization.

Brocade Ethernet and Fibre Channel fabrics will be interoperable with VMware vRealize Operations  6.0 (formerly the VMware  vCenter Operations Management Suite).

Brocade also announced VMware is participating in Brocade Network Subscription, which enables organizations to acquire both network infrastructure and VMware platform solutions on a subscription basis with pay-as-you-go flexibility.

Building on the companies’ half-decade relationship creating innovative, interoperable SDDC solutions, Brocade and VMware will now deliver intelligent and powerful analytics capabilities for both Fibre Channel SAN and IP networks. Previous work on Fibre Channel integration into VMware vRealize Operations is now being leveraged by next-generation data centers.

The result of the collaboration is the Brocade IP Management Pack for VMware vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight, which are two key components of VMware vRealize Suite 6.

Available for download next month from the VMware Solutions Exchange, the new management tools provide end-to-end visibility across physical and virtual networks.

Diagnostics information from Brocade VDX Ethernet fabric switches can be used in conjunction with information from the VMware NSX network virtualization platform to quickly pinpoint network problems.

Once an issue is identified, the tools also suggest recommended actions that IT staff can take to avoid or fix the potential problem, before network performance is affected.

The Brocade IP Analytics Management Pack extends co-development efforts announced last year for the Brocade SAN Analytics Management Pack, which also will support proactive management and diagnostics of Fibre channel storage fabrics with VMware vRealize Operations 6.0. The latest release of the Brocade SAN Management Packs for vRealize Operations 6.0 and vRealize Log Insight (formerly vCenter Log Insight) will also be available for download next month from the VMware Solutions Exchange.

“Our collaboration with Brocade on vRealize Suite 6 has resulted in an interoperable solution that delivers an agile, scalable network infrastructure and enables a seamless migration to cloud architectures,” said Sanjay Katyal, Vice President, Strategic Alliances and OEM Partnerships at VMware. “Working with companies such as Brocade allows for the creation of better hybrid cloud architectures for the evolving software-defined data center. This includes delivering a more unified and comprehensive management experience, and helping customers integrate physical and virtual infrastructures that can be viewed and managed as a single unified infrastructure.”

“Leveraging both Ethernet and Fibre Channel fabric technologies to support The New IP, Brocade shares VMware’s vision for a simplified and automated data center environment that allows our mutual customers to say goodbye to the status quo of inflexible, legacy network and data center designs,” said Jason Nolet, vice president, Data Center and Campus Networking, at Brocade. “Our partnership continues to expand in uniting the best aspects of virtual and physical networking across a cloud orchestration framework to enable SDDCs that deliver greater simplicity, higher scalability and more efficient resource utilization.”