Sunday, April 25, 2010

Brocade Tunes its Application Broker for Virtualized Data Centers

Brocade released new software for its Application Resource Broker that provides visibility into application performance across a data center and related network and virtual machine (VM) infrastructures. The goal it to help ensure application service level agreements (SLA) are met by dynamically allocating additional resources to service increases in application load. The Brocade Application Resource Broker offers monitoring, decision-making and application-centric reporting features delivered as a plug-in for the VMware vSphere administrative interface. This VMware plug-in can determine in real-time if application resources are meeting user demand. Using its policy-based decision engine, the Application Resource Broker can log events and alert administrators to potentially inadequate application resources. Using those same policies, it can automatically provision additional application VM instances and application delivery controller resources to service user demand, and de-provision the VM instances and resources when demand subsides.

Brocade also unveiled a new ServerIron ADX 1008-1 model, adding an entry-level platform to the ServerIron ADX 1000 Series. The Brocade ServerIron ADX 1000 Series features software-enabled capacity on-demand that doubles or quadruples device performance without hardware upgrades. Brocade also introduced a software release that enables IPv6-to-IPv4 gateway functionality for application delivery to IPv6 clients, Layer 7 switching and application delivery services for the Financial Information eXchange (FIX) protocol, and predictive load balancing functionality based on real-time application performance measurements.