Brocade today unveiled its plan for migrating customers to distributed, virtualized, cloud-based data centers, along with products supporting that plan.
Brocade's new CloudPlex framework defines the components from Brocade and its partners that are required to get to what Brocade calls the "Virtual Enterprise." Last summer, the company introduced its Brocade One architecture that started Brocade down the road of virtualizing data centers. Brocade One was broader, however, encompassing the "anywhere access to anything" direction; CloudPlex attempts to show people how to get there.
All major switching vendors are pushing cloud computing visions and architectures. CloudPlex and its associated products will go up against Cisco's Nexus/FabricPath, Juniper's recently unveiled QFabric, Arista's 7000 series switches and Extensible Operating System, Avaya's VENA, Alcatel-Lucent's "Application Fluent" switches, and platforms and proposals from Enterasys, Extreme and Force10