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August 28, 2012
Brocade and VMware Develop ADX Series Application Delivery Services to Support VXLAN Gateway Services
By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor
Brocade (News - Alert) recently announced that it had collaborated with VMware to create the Brocade ADX Series application delivery switches, designed to deliver highly scalable VXLAN (Virtual eXtensible Local Area Network) gateway services for virtualized cloud networks.
"As a leader in data center networking innovation, Brocade recognizes the need to bridge emerging technologies such as VXLAN with existing data center investments,” said Jason Nolet (News - Alert), vice president of data center networking, Brocade. “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.”
Customers of Brocade VMware will be able to virtualize their networks at the enterprise and service provider level and enhance its hardware-based performance using the ADX VXLAN gateway solution.
Brocade ADX switches enable connectivity of VXLAN environments with legacy Internet and support running of applications over VXLAN, as well as existing non-VXLAN networks, so organizations can continue using their current infrastructure and benefit from VXLAN during deployment of applications and virtual machines (VM).
VXLAN is essentially a network virtualization technology which addresses various cloud data center-based issues. And because it is Ethernet technology-based, VXLAN supports creation of virtual domains above existing networks.
The Brocade ADX switch VXLAN gateway has been designed to support improved network and compute utilization without interrupting access to traditionally connected resources. The solution also offers scalable and secure multitenant network virtualization covering for large Layer 3 networking domains, as well as increased VM placement and mobility flexibility, thereby cutting down on both operational and management complexities and a number of costs.
Additionally, the Brocade ADX switch VXLAN gateway supports the delivery of load balancing services spanning physical and virtual resources as it effectively joins physical servers and VXLAN-connected virtual machines within a data center.
The integration of Brocade networking capabilities with VMware vCenter Server, facilitated through the Brocade Network Advisor, provides improved management visibility of Brocade storage network products for users of vCenter. Furthermore, the integration of Brocade ADX switch and Brocade Application Resource Broker with VMware vCenter Server makes it possible for organizations to scale their workload resources based on real-time end-user application experience.
Edited by Braden Becker
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