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Brocade and Mirantis partnership

Brocade and Mirantis partnership

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Brocade has entered into a strategic technical partnership with pure-play OpenStack company, Mirantis, making the networking vendor a certified Mirantis Technology Partner. This follows a recent announcement by Brocade that it has received the OpenStack stamp of approval on its VDX and SAN product families.

“Through 2014, we witnessed growing interest in cloud services in the Middle East. But to capitalise on this growing market, cloud service providers must overcome the challenges of budget and resource limitations. The solution that Brocade, in partnership with Mirantis, now delivers will allow these customers to build software-driven, automated, and scalable networks that can be deployed in a matter of days rather than months,” said Yarob Sakhnini, Regional Director, MEMA at Brocade Communications.

OpenStack is a set of software tools for building and managing cloud computing platforms for public and private clouds and it is growing in prominence. According to 451 Research, OpenStack revenue will hit $3.3 billion in 2018, up from about $883 million this year. This represents a 40 percent compound annual growth rate over the next four years. Further indication that OpenStack is set to play a significant role in IT is the fact that Mirantis, a 2012 start-up, has managed to raise $120 million in funding till date.

Brocade is building on the Mirantis OpenStack platform and the Fuel open source deployment tool to enable multi-tenant network orchestration across the data centre. The company’s OpenStack plugin for Brocade VDX Switches is now certified for Mirantis OpenStack, while the Brocade Virtual ADX and Brocade Vyatta vRouter offerings are expected to be certified with Mirantis OpenStack 5.x in the near future.

Mirantis sees a tremendous demand for advanced networking from OpenStack users and believes its partnership with Brocade will help deliver new value to customers. “By becoming a Mirantis Technology Partner, Brocade enriches the OpenStack ecosystem with robust cloud networking for service providers and enterprises building private clouds,” said Adrian Ionel, CEO, Mirantis.

According to the two organisations, the key benefits of the partnership, and the resultant validated solution, include:

Seamless automation and protection: Plugins for the Brocade VDX switch, Brocade Virtual ADX, and Brocade Vyatta vRouter enable seamless network orchestration through the Fuel interface.

Proven, future-proof design: The Mirantis and Brocade solution architecture eliminates the complexities of using OpenStack and is fully updatable with new releases of Mirantis OpenStack, keyed to OpenStack releases.

Lower operational cost: An on-demand data center with a network acquired through Brocade Network Subscription reduces upfront capital requirements and deployment complexities while providing pay-as-you-go flexibility.

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