Response: What’s in a Name? Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel Changes the Game

OK. I’m stumped. I’m having a full blown WTF moment here. It seems the storage industry gets it’s spiral into dumb and dumber by the day. Here is lustrous and full bodied marketing failure from Brocade: I would often start product launch training meetings with the following rules: The first rule of this launch is […]

Big Vendor Head Shuffles at the SDN Curling Rink

Curling is a sport that involves people tossing a rock down an ice rink and then using brooms to guide it’s path. That’s a pretty apt description for employer changes in the SDN/OpenFlow space in the last few months. David Ward was leading the SDN portfolio at Juniper. Rumour has it that John Chambers saw […]

Arista VTEP VXLAN termination

◎ Comparing Arista and Brocade VXLAN VTEP Hardware Termination

Arista has announced the 7150S device. It’s low latency, 10 Gigabit and VXLAN terminating. What’s interesting to me is that Brocade and Arista are solving the same problem in different ways. Ivan has determined that Arista have decided to use the Intel chipset (I’m guessing the SM6000?) and then enable the tunnel termination features in the software.

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◎ Brocade’s Data Centre Ethernet Strategy

I attended the Brocade Analyst and Tech Day last week as a guest of Brocade where I got to learn more about product, technology and strategy. In particular, the event was led by the launch of the Brocade VDX 8770.

TL:DR version: I have a better understanding of Brocade’s market strategy, insight into the technology and believe that Brocade has a a good product here. The proof will be in the delivery, and whether Brocade can let go of it’s storage legacy (FibreChannel) and properly commit to Ethernet. They will need to convince networking professionals that their product managers understand the market and requirements to get them to switch to Brocade. At this time, I think Brocade has a chance of making that happen based on the emphasis of VCS Fabric and Automation.

Where I’m less comfortable is that Brocade will rely on external parties to deliver the software automation – that’s a strategy that has NOT worked in the last 20 years. There is no reason to believe this anything has changed.

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The Cube Brocade Tech Day Greg Ferro and Jon Hudson - YouTube

Brocade Tech Day – Video on Networking

While I was at the Brocade Tech Day 2012, they forced me to sit in front of a camera with Jon Husdon from Brocade and talk about Networking and Virtualisation. Thanks to Stu Miniman as the host of the the SiliconAngle Cube. It was interesting discussion for about 20 mins. Topics (sort of) Open Source […]

Sponsored: Brocade Virtual Symposium – Storage Convergence

Continuing the series from the Brocade Virtual Symposium. In a special video session that was sponsored by Brocade, we got Chip Copper in the room with Stephen Foskett to talk about storage convergence.

Over the last few years, I’ve been very critical of Ethernet storage protocols like [FCoE](http://etherealmind.com/tag/fcoe/) and the fact that storage protocols are unlikely to work well. There are few times here where Chip was able to give me answers and a different viewpoint that gave me a different take on the solutions.

Brocade HyperEdge and “Effortless Network”

Today, Brocade has announced “Effortless Network” strategy[^1] which is their first solid move into the campus networking and replacing the tired FastIron products with the Brocade ICX64x0 switches. It’s a good start even if the strategy won’t really get going until next year.

PPP Show 38 – Comparing Data Centre Fabrics from Juniper, Brocade and Cisco

Kurt Bales has a customer who wants to buy a new Data Centre Network and the three main networking vendors (Juniper, Cisco & Brocade) have pitched at him and the customer. Kurt then contacted the Pushers and said “This would make a great podcast to talk about how it looks, works and the reality of the so-called “Data Centre Fabric networks, plus I’ve got some questions that I’d like to get some second opinions.”

So we rounded up Ivan from IOS Hints and Greg from EtherealMind to record a fast, furious and focussed look at the state of play with the three data centre fabrics today. Lots of speculation, wild guesses and deep diving followed. I learned heaps.

Packet Pushers – Show 13 – Turning To The Dark Side

What’s not to love. Packet Pushers get around the workbench, pool their resources and go voer the weeks events. Sponsored by Ascolta Training.

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