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Brocade has announced its support for Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 server operating system (OS) across all product lines, including the company’s fibre channel storage area network (SAN) and Ethernet fabric solutions.

 

Together with Windows Server 2012, Brocade networks simplify operations and management for highly virtualized cloud data centers, which serve as the infrastructure for enterprises and service providers in supporting their key data center initiatives such as scale-out server virtualization, private cloud deployments and software-defined networking (SDN). To ensure compatibility and enable new networking functionality with Windows Server 2012, Brocade has implemented enhancements across its SAN and Ethernet fabric switching and adapter products that help enable new features such as:

  • Virtual Fibre Channel: Simplifies and enables direct access to ultra-reliable, high-performance Fibre Channel SAN storage by multiple-guest virtual machine (VM) partitions in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V environments. This enables distributed workload clustering and dynamic live migration of high-availability applications such as Microsoft Exchange or SQL Server across VMs without impacting workflows or requiring SAN reconfiguration.

 

  • Dynamic Circuit Network (DCN): Enables Quality of Service (QoS) configuration from a Data Center Bridging (DCB) network. This allows users to initiate ad-hoc dedicated allocation of network bandwidth for high-demand, real-time applications and network services. DCN support has been added to the Brocade adapter family, with DCB enabled in all products.

 

  • Network Virtualization Using Generic Routing Encapsulation (NVGRE): As a component of Brocade’s network virtualization strategy, the company is reaffirming its commitment to provide future support for NVGRE in Brocade Ethernet fabric switches. NVGRE is the Microsoft-recommended virtualization mechanism for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Network Virtualization deployments.


The new capabilities offer enterprise IT and cloud providers new storage and networking options that help ensure non-stop operations, increase business agility and optimize application performance. Brocade also now supports interoperability and integration with Microsoft System Center 2012. “Windows Server 2012 was built from the cloud up and introduces software-defined networking and NVGRE for network virtualization and isolation to help enable cloud deployments,” says Mike Schutz, general manager, Windows server marketing, Microsoft. “From the early design stages of Windows Server 2012, Microsoft worked closely with Brocade to give customers new networking technologies such as software-defined networking via NVGRE and virtual Fibre Channel for more dynamic connectivity to storage resources.”

Brocade says in order to support next-generation cloud environments, many new networking technologies require support in the OS to help organizations realize the full benefit of highly virtualized IT architectures.“By working closely with the Microsoft engineering team in the early stages of the new OS’s development, we have ensured that Brocade Ethernet and Fibre Channel fabric solutions work seamlessly with Windows Server 2012 as well as deliver  new networking functionality for virtualized, cloud-based data centers,” says  Jason Nolet, vice president, data center networking group, at Brocade.


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