Brocade in September launched updated versions of its VSX switches, Vyatta virtual router and VCS fabric software, in an effort to build out what the vendor called its broader "On-Demand Data Center" strategy.
At the heart of the launch was the updated VCS Fabric, which Brocade said includes a new capability called VCS Virtual Fabric, or a multitenancy solution that lets cloud service providers "slice up" their networking into different compartments or VLANS. Brocade said this allows service providers to host customer data in its own unique network container. The fabric supports hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of these containers, Brocade said.
Also new with Brocade's VCS fabric is a capability called AutoQoS, which extends VCS Fabric Intelligence to storage traffic. This, Brocade said, means VCS fabric can now automatically recognize and prioritize storage traffic, just as it's done with compute traffic for years.