Brocade Delivers First On-Demand Fabric Orchestration Solution for OpenStack

Brocade Delivers First On-Demand Fabric Orchestration Solution for OpenStack 
Seamless OpenStack Integration Now Available for Brocade VCS Fabrics 
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/30/13 --   Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD)
today announced its continued support for the OpenStack initiative
and its ongoing commitment to bringing open network solutions to
enterprise and service provider customers through the introduction of
a new Brocade(R) VCS(R) fabric plugin that delivers powerful
on-demand fabric provisioning capabilities in OpenStack-based cloud
Available as a component of the OpenStack Grizzly release, the
Brocade VCS plugin expands the native attributes of Brocade VCS
Fabric technology -- unsurpassed network automation, efficiency and
elasticity -- by coupling these benefits with the ease of
provisioning provided by OpenStack. This will allow customers to
deploy network capacity and services in their cloud-based data
centers far more quickly than with legacy network architectures and
provisioning tools. This solution is an essential component of the
Brocade "On-Demand Data Center(TM)" strategy, a comprehensive
approach that depends upon highly automated and scalable network
"The benefit of deploying a private or public cloud built on
OpenStack is that it gives the customer the utmost level of
flexibility and control when provisioning essential components within
an open cloud architecture. The inclusion of Brocade as a part of the
Rackspace Private Cloud reference architecture addresses the desire
of our customers to have choice in their distributions," said John
Igoe, vice president of Rackspace Private Cloud. "Innovative
companies like Brocade, who are committed to supporting open
initiatives, enable customers to fully capitalize on their IT
investments without risk of vendor or technology lock-in associated
with proprietary platforms." 
In addition to delivering the Brocade VCS fabric plugin, Brocade is
also taking a leadership role in the OpenStack development community
with the delivery of a Fibre Channel blueprint for storage
networking. With the delivery of a framework for Fibre Channel zone
management, Brocade is further enabling customers to adopt OpenStack
by ensuring investments in mission-critica
l Fibre Channel Storage
Area Networks (SANs) are protected as they move to cloud
"Brocade is currently the only networking vendor offering
OpenStack-compatible solutions with advanced fabric-enabled
capabilities that support cloud-based, scale-out data center
infrastructures," said Jason Nolet, vice president of the Data Center
Networking Group at Brocade. "In addition to delivering OpenStack
support for Brocade products that accelerate the adoption of cloud
technologies and deliver on the promise of The On-Demand Data Center,
Brocade is an active contributor to the OpenStack development
community, taking an active leadership role in driving innovation in
important areas of the framework, such as the addition of Fibre
channel SAN provisioning into OpenStack." 
Earlier this month, Red Hat announced that Brocade is a member of the
Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network, which is
aimed at the continued innovation and development of the OpenStack
"The Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network and its
commercial support is an important step as we establish a robust
ecosystem aimed at accelerating customer adoption of the Red Hat
OpenStack distribution," said Mike Werner, senior director of the
OpenStack ecosystem at Red Hat. "The expertise and networking
innovation Brocade brings to the program is a welcome addition as we
see great alignment in our respective visions."  
These announcements demonstrate Brocade's continued commitment to the
OpenStack community and the company's keen focus on ensuring that
Brocade data center technologies are fully orchestrated within an
OpenStack framework. In addition to Red Hat, Brocade has partnered
with other leading distribution vendors, such as Rackspace and Piston
Cloud, to bring commercial-grade versions of OpenStack with full
support and services elements to market.  
The plugin for the Brocade VCS is available today in OpenStack
Grizzly and is undergoing certification for the Rackspace Private
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