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Avnet Australia Deploys Brocade Ethernet Fabric

Solutions distributor designs roadmap for the cloud and software-defined networking

To capture cloud-based growth opportunities and support its reseller network, Avnet Technology Solutions, IT solutions distributor and an operating group of Avnet has deployed Brocade Ethernet fabric at its two Australian data centers.

The new network infrastructure, based on Brocade VDX switches and VCS Fabric technology, is a key building block in Avnet’s plan to fully virtualize and automate the data centers to support self-provisioning of cloud computing resources by its Australian resellers announced the press release.

“Avnet has a central goal to fully automate our Australian data centers and enable comprehensive network virtualization. This will enable our channel partners’ networks to self-provision their virtual machine capabilities, further reducing the costs of offering a cloud solution and providing better return on investment on networking,” said Darren Adams, vice president and general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, Australia and New Zealand.

To provide a strong foundation for its cloud data center operations, Avnet chose to implement an Ethernet fabric that, as a single large Ethernet domain, would deliver the agility and performance required to support virtualized data centers. Requirements included 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) server access ports, operating at wire speed and with very low port-to-port latency; self-configuration and self-management capabilities; and support for both VXLAN and NVGRE, two emerging Software-Defined Networking (SDN) protocols for virtual machine mobility.

“Avnet is one of the key members of the global Brocade Alliance Partner Network program and we are proud that not only do they believe in our solutions from a distribution perspective, they are totally committed to the benefits Brocade solutions bring to the table with their own business,” said Adam Judd, vice president for Asia Pacific, Brocade.

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