Alliance Between Brocade and Nutanix

To help enterprises deploy hyper-converged infrastructure with switch
This is a Press Release edited by on 2016.02.01

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Brocade Communication Systems, Inc. announced an alliance with Nutanix, Inc. to help enterprises deploy hyper-converged infrastructures.

Brocade VDX switches have received Nutanix Ready validation demonstrating solution compatibility and interoperability with Nutanix systems. Deploying the Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform (XCP) and Brocade VDX switches with Brocade VCS Fabric technology delivers capabilities that address customer requirements for virtualization and specific workloads such as VD and big data analytics.

Hyper-convergence tightly integrates compute, storage and virtualization using commodity hardware to bring simplified operation, HA and scalability to the data center. According to Gartner, "By 2018, converged infrastructure systems categorized as 'hyper-converged infrastructure' will represent 35% of total converged infrastructure shipments."

"The combination of Brocade VDX switches and Nutanix XCP has revolutionized our data centers," said Jim Root, CIO, Lake Emergency Medical Services, Inc.. "We now have advanced data center computing at a remarkably low TCO, with functionality we previously never dreamed of owning."

Nutanix XCP and Brocade VDX switches help customers deploy business-critical workloads as well as VDI deployments and big data analytics. In addition to realizing performance and efficiency gains, organizations using Brocade VCS Fabric technology can scale out their networks with a simple, flat fabric-based architecture that:

  • Forms and heals automatically, delivering simplicity and resiliency
  • Maximizes network resiliency with built-in redundancy
  • Supports automated, hypervisor-agnostic VM discovery and mobility
  • Delivers high-speed replication performance in and between data centers
  • Improves visibility for faster troubleshooting

"We're excited to partner with Nutanix to help the enterprise and mid-market deploy hyper-converged infrastructure that delivers simplicity and agility," said Jason Nolet, SVP, switching, routing and analytics group, Brocade. "Brocade fabrics are ideal for highly virtualized environments with high levels of automation that mirror the deployment and scale-out advantages of Nutanix. The Nutanix Ready validation will provide our joint customers with confidence as they deploy our combined technologies."

"Brocade fabrics deploy and scale out with ease complementing Nutanix solutions that make datacenter infrastructures invisible," said Venugopal Pai, VP of business development and alliances, Nutanix. "The Brocade-Nutanix alliance extends beyond technology to a holistic partnering approach, ensuring customer and channel success for the long term."

Brocade and Nutanix are also closely aligned on channel strategy and have common distribution partners including Avnet, Inc. and Arrow Electronics, Inc.. Both companies are committed to delivering ongoing enablement tools and programs to ensure continued customer and channel success.