Enterprises and service providers are migrating to highly virtualized, cloud-based service models to accelerate new service delivery and drive innovation while also reducing costs. While the business justification for moving to cloudstyle IT deployments is compelling, cloud computing imposes new requirements on the data center network infrastructure. Conventional hierarchical data center network topologies, originally designed to support client/server traffic, can’t meet the automation, efficiency, and scalability requirements necessary to realize the full benefits of a cloud environment.
To address these critical network requirements, Brocade pioneered Ethernet fabrics with the delivery of Brocade VCS Fabric technology in 2010. Brocade VCS fabrics are elastic, self-forming, and self-healing, allowing administrators to concentrate on service delivery rather than administration of the network while significantly reducing ongoing operating costs. VCS also delivers load-balanced, multipathing at layers 1 to 3 for a highly efficient and resilient infrastructure. VCS fabrics scale more easily and efficiently than a traditional LAN architecture by scaling-out, eliminating the need to scale-up devices at each layer of a traditional data center LAN.