Brocade VDX 6720 Switch tops the list of most important Enterprise IT products for 2010

CTO Edge Recognises the New Brocade VDX 6720 Data Centre Switches as Heralding Fundamental Changes to Data Centre Networks

Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) was recently awarded the “Most Important Enterprise IT Product for 2010” for the Brocade® VDX™ 6720 Data Centre Switches by CTO Edge, a publication of IT Business Edge. The Brocade VDX 6720 is the industry’s first true Ethernet fabric switch that is purpose-built for highly virtualised and cloud-optimised data centres.

“From an enterprise IT perspective, the honour of having the most important enterprise IT product of 2010 goes to Brocade for its Brocade VDX 6720 Data Centre Switches. While the Brocade VDX 6720 may not be the most famous product of 2010, the Brocade One architecture signals a new era in data centre management,” said Mike Vizard, Contributing Editor at CTO Edge, in his online remarks. “Rather than requiring customers to standardise a particular set of servers, storage and networking gear from one vendor to lower operating costs, the Brocade VDX 6720 signals the embedding of management intelligence at Layer 2 of the network. And while most IT organisations have yet to appreciate the impact of this fundamental change to networking in the data centre, this offering heralds a change in the way we think about managing data centres for years to come.”

“This recognition is a tremendous honour and validation that the Brocade VDX 6720 switches with Brocade VCS™ technology are a game-changing innovation in the delivery of true cloud-optimised networking,” said John McHugh, Chief Marketing Officer at Brocade. “As Mr. Vizard notes, the Brocade VDX 6720 Data Centre Switches are a new family of 10 Gigabit Ethernet offerings that revolutionise Layer 2 Ethernet networking to provide virtual machines with a greater sphere of mobility, increase network utilisation, create more resilient networks and most importantly, simplify the management of data centre networks.”

Whether organisations want to enhance their classic hierarchical network architectures, deploy flatter scale-out fabrics for virtualised data centres, or converge networks, the Brocade VDX 6720 delivers the innovative technology to enhance and simplify their networks.

The Brocade VDX 6720 Data Centre Switches are available in one- or two-rack-unit (1U or 2U) form factors and provide the ability to scale from 16 to 60 ports with pay-as-you-grow Ports on Demand (PoD) licensing. The switches provide full 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) wire-speed performance from any port to any port, with latency of 600 nanoseconds (ns). The switches are based on low-latency, lossless, 10 Gbps Data Centre Bridging (DCB) technology and are capable of running all types of data and storage traffic—including traditional IP, iSCSI, CIFS, NFS and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). The Brocade VDX 6720 switches protect existing investments by supporting current server, hypervisor and storage solutions, and by seamlessly interfacing with existing network infrastructures.

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