Brocade Launches CloudPlex Stack

by Sean Michael Kerner

Brocade's new open cloud stack embraces OpenStack's open source cloud computing platform while also going after Cisco's vBlocks.

Brocade is expanding on its Brocade One networking strategy for converged networks with a new cloud stack.

Brocade CloudPlex is an architecture that includes Virtual Compute Blocks made of virtualization, storage, server and networking components

"CloudPlex defines the stages and components of a cloud solutions, which include fabric and our ADX load balancer product line," Ken Cheng, vice president of Service Provider Products at Brocade told InternetNews.com.

Brocade (NASDAQ:BRCD) recently enhanced its ADX platform with new IPv6 capabilities, including the NAT64 translation layer for dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 networks.

CloudPlex also includes Brocade's CloudID technology.

"CloudID enables enterprises and service to differentiate applications across different customers in a shared cloud data center environment," Cheng said.

Cheng added that CloudPlex is a solution that has the intention of simplifying the acquisition of cloud resources for customers with Virtual Compute Blocks. Cheng noted that the CloudPlex Virtual Compute Blocks are different than the vBlock solution offered by Cisco. The vBlock is a joint effort of Cisco, EMC and VMware.

"Unlike bundles from our competitor, ours will be open," Cheng said. "We will have multiple partners for each of the components, and we're not forcing customers to only choose storage from only one vendor."

Cheng noted that the Virtual Compute Block effort has not been finalized in terms of all the available partner solution, or in terms of how the solution will be sold.

"Virtual Compute Block is on the roadmap, we aren't discussing all the details right now, but watch for upcoming announcements," Cheng said.

Brocade is also embracing the open source OpenStack cloud platform as part of its cloud architecture. OpenStack was started in 2010 by Rackspace and NASA. It has since expanded to include more than 40 technology vendors. The OpenStack Cactus release came out in April, providing improved extensibility and authentication features.

Cheng noted that Brocade is now a contributing member to OpenStack.

"We're at the front end of the OpenStack effort," Cheng said. "Our key focus is helping OpenStack with the missing link in their existing stack, which is the networking component."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

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This article was originally published on Tuesday May 3rd 2011
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