SOURCE: Brocade


October 10, 2012 08:00 ET

Brocade Advances OpenStack-Based Private Cloud Adoption With Piston Cloud

Joint Customers Can Easily Create Scalable, Reliable Cloud Environments Without Vendor Lock-In

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 10, 2012) - Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD), the industry leader in fabric networking solutions, today announced that it is working with Piston Cloud, the enterprise OpenStack® company, to help ensure that joint customers can orchestrate and manage Brocade® VCS® fabric-based network infrastructure using Piston Enterprise OpenStack™ software.

This collaboration is designed to deliver a flexible, resilient and scalable solution that will address the growing demands of private cloud infrastructures. With this partnership, Brocade will deliver pre-tested, and Piston Cloud certified, OpenStack-based solutions for private cloud, for maximum ease of deployment among customers.

Brocade VCS Fabric technology has the ability to transform OpenStack scalability by providing efficient service-level abstractions, powered by distributed fabric intelligence. This offloads the orchestration platform from managing individual network elements, resulting in simplified operations of large-scale, complex infrastructures. Brocade recently announced a successful demonstration of the industry's first service-oriented orchestration using OpenStack software and Ethernet fabrics built on Brocade VCS Fabric technology.

Additional benefits of this joint development include the ability to:

  • Scale and rapidly deploy private Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud environments

  • Seamlessly and dynamically allocate compute, storage and networking services

  • Maximize use of the entire network while improving resilience with a self-healing fabric design

  • Offload the orchestration of individual network elements from the cloud management platform to achieve fabric-level, large-scale, yet less-complex deployments

"The networking layer is an integral component to any cloud deployment and our work with Brocade highlights our joint commitment to an open standards-based approach," said Joshua McKenty, CEO and co-founder at Piston Cloud. "Our ongoing joint development activities with Brocade will result in additional integrated solutions that will deliver compelling business value to customers."

Piston Enterprise OpenStack is software that delivers a complete cloud management platform that comprises 100 percent of the core OpenStack services and gives enterprise IT professionals an easier way to deliver resources. A hands-free scale-out and live migration capability allows customers to increase capacity and upgrade services without downtime or reconfiguration.

"Brocade has supported OpenStack since 2011, and we continue to maintain our commitment to an open framework for management and orchestration of cloud environments," said Ken Ross, director of product management, Brocade. "This partnership with Piston Cloud will benefit organizations that are transitioning to private clouds by minimizing integration effort and risk."

Piston Enterprise OpenStack automatically detects new hardware and installs itself onto each server. This intelligence allows the seamless and dynamic allocation of compute, storage and networking resources across all server nodes in the cluster to optimize performance. Every software license includes best-in-class 24/7 support and a subscription update service for security updates.

As an active member of the OpenStack Foundation, Brocade embraces an open framework for the management, provisioning and integration of cloud environments, enabling customers to simplify the operation of network infrastructures for cloud-optimized applications. Brocade partners with companies of all sizes to deliver innovative solutions that help organizations maximize the value of their most critical information. To learn more, visit

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