Networking solutions provider Brocade has been positioned in Gartner’s (News - Alert) Visionaries quadrant in the 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Network Infrastructure report, for adopting a unique and differentiated approach in their offerings to the data center infrastructure market.
According to Gartner, requirements of data center networking equipment have evolved rapidly during the past four years. While speed, density and scale increased during this period, the underlying, oversubscribed three-tier hierarchical approach was largely unchanged. Vendors are now required to address these requirements.
"We believe our placement high in the Visionaries quadrant confirms the innovation and value Brocade Ethernet fabrics have delivered to nearly 1,000 customers since we pioneered this technology category two years ago," said Jason Nolet (News - Alert), vice president of the Data Center Networking Group at Brocade, in a statement.
Brocade’s solutions for the data center infrastructure market are based on the Brocade (News - Alert) VDX switch family and VCS Fabric technology. They empower a new generation of on-demand data centers by delivering the world's most automated, efficient and agile networks, Nolet added.
Innovations in data center infrastructure are largely driven by a shift in application architectures and application requirements. The emerging requirements to efficiently deal with the surge in traffic has resulted in new approaches.
Data centers now rely on higher performance and low-latency switches. Other emerging trends include the emergence of one- or two-tier architectures, flexible fabric architectures, and more intelligence and traffic forwarding at the server edge of the data center network.
Additionally, the move to simplify network operations is also driving innovations, including single-tier data center switching solutions, auto-configuring network fabrics and increasing integration of network operations with application provisioning tools.
Brocade’s VCS Fabric technology provides unmatched automation, enabling customers to deploy network capacity five times more quickly than with legacy network architectures and competitive fabric offerings, enabling IT organizations and cloud providers to deploy new applications and services quickly.
Further, Brocade VCS Fabric technology features a unique combination of multi-pathing and load balancing capabilities at all layers of the fabric. With this capability, it delivers twice the network efficiency and utilization of legacy network architectures.
Edited by Brooke Neuman