ESG Labs Achieves Impressive Testing Results for EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure Solutions with Brocade Networking

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Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD), the leader in data center networking solutions, today announced impressive testing results performed by ESG Lab for EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure solutions enabled with the award-winning Brocade VDX Ethernet fabric data center network switches for cloud-optimized configurations of 100 virtual machines (VMs) and 500 virtual desktop instances. The testing performed typical workloads for each configuration that small and mid-sized businesses commonly deploy to support rapid data growth and ever changing business requirements.

Additionally, these solutions will also be demonstrated live to customers in the Brocade booth (#225) at EMC World, to be held in Las Vegas May 6 – 9.

ESG Lab test results showed that the EMC VSPEX configurations with Brocade networking were able to easily scale from 100 to 500 virtual desktops while maintaining high performance and quick responsiveness to applications. The network for the 100-VM configuration was found to provide a highly reliable and resilient foundation with full redundancy, including automated failover and failback. Tests with both configurations validated ease-of-deployment and automated VM mobility with VMware hypervisors. Test workloads for the VDI solution included document access and log-in, with the 100-VM solution running on-line transaction processing, Microsoft Exchange, web server and backup applications.

EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure, available only through the EMC’s Velocity™ Program channel partners, uses Brocade cloud-optimized networking technologies with EMC unified storage and next generation backup architecture, while enabling customers to leverage their server and hypervisor of choice. EMC VSPEX offers customers a simple, efficient and flexible means of deploying virtualization and cloud technologies, without added layers of IT complexity or risk. These solutions are designed for organizations that do not have the in-house technical expertise and resources typically found in large enterprises.

“Integrated computing platforms can mean the difference between success and failure, offering relief from having to acquire and integrate individual components. Integrated platforms can not only ease the burden of deploying virtualization-focused infrastructures, but also ensure a successful implementation,” said Brian Garrett, vice president, ESG Lab. “From our tests, we found that EMC VSPEX solutions with Brocade networking to be rock-solid in delivering performance and agility with intuitive management interfaces. The solutions are highly redundant across all domains, ensuring high availability of server, storage, and network resources, which is especially essential for virtual desktop implementations, as this it directly impacts the user experience. In addition, the ability of the solutions to move virtual machines between physical hosts is a critical function that enables IT to be delivered as a service.”

The EMC VSPEX configurations tested by ESG Lab included Brocade VDX switches serving as the foundation of an architecture linking EMC VNXe storage and Windows x86 servers hosting VMware virtualization software. Brocade Network Advisor management software was used to manage the VDS switches and for providing automated movement of network port profiles through vMotion, along with EMC Unisphere for storage management.

“ESG Lab validation of the EMC VSPEX solutions with Brocade networking helps our channel partners better communicate the value we bring to small and mid-sized businesses to help them achieve greater business agility and cost efficiencies by transforming the way applications and the supporting infrastructure — including compute, storage and networking — are deployed in the data center,” said Regan McGrath, vice president, Global Channel Sales and Marketing, at Brocade. “Integrating Brocade networking into VSPEX solutions is a key element of our 15-year relationship with EMC and has also enhanced our relationship with the channel.”

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