To maintain a competitive advantage, IT organizations are turning to virtualization solutions built around pools of flexible server and storage resources that can meet dynamic business requirements. However, to implement a holistic data center virtualization strategy, these organizations need a unified, end-to-end solution based on a powerful, reliable, and scalable IT infrastructure.
The Brocade Data Center Fabric (DCF) architecture provides a strategic foundation for implementing this type of holistic data center virtualization solution. It provides the "enabling" layer for server and storage virtualization with the built-in intelligence required for high-performance virtual environments—along with unique Adaptive Networking services and multiprotocol capabilities.
Key aspects of this holistic virtualization strategy include:
- Data center connectivity
- Server connectivity
- Storage fabric extension
- Centralized fabric management
- Professional services
- Best-in-class solutions
Brocade works closely with the leaders in storage and server virtualization to ensure the highest levels of integration and reliability in the virtual data center.
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Q&A: Preparing the Data Center for Virtualization and Cloud Computing
The first objective is to provide quality of service to virtual machines that is consistent with what we have been able to provide in manually configured, single-application environments. The second objective is to provide persistence of connectivity so that when a virtual machine moves between compute nodes, the connections and resources within the network will automatically follow the virtual machine to its new compute location. And the third objective is to provide tools for monitoring the performance levels being delivered and reporting back to end users so they can be sure they're actually receiving what they're paying for.
The State of Data Center and Network Infrastructure
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Best Practices for Virtual Infrastructure Management
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Facilitating a Holistic Virtualization Solution for the Data Center
An organization's ability to improve agility, reduce costs, and improve efficiencies hinges on building a powerful, flexible IT infrastructure that gives employees the tools and information they need to react quickly to changing market conditions. Brocade extraordinary networks provide a scalable, reliable, and high-performance foundation to save money and extend virtualization throughout the data center.