Ciena and Brocade have integrated their respective products to create a system that allows service providers and enterprises to rapidly change network topology and computing resources for cloud bursting, disaster recovery and capacity-on-demand.
Available today, the Ciena-Brocade solution enables elastic compute and transport network resource allocation. The approach, which the two companies are calling cloud orchestration, combines the Brocade Application Resource Broker (ARB), which automates resources between data centers, and Ciena’s V-WAN application, which provides dynamic network transport.
The pair say that customers will be able to dynamically change network topology and computing resources in a matter of seconds, in any location.
This could be useful for enabling business services customers to dynamically adjust their service levels based on need. For example, the companies said, retailers during holiday shopping or promotions must manage unpredictable peak workloads. Retailer customers can maintain quality of service, while effectively handling peak workloads and online activity, by automatically flexing to adjust processing and bandwidth levels.
The system supports the integration of virtual machine (VM) creation with network services, helping to ensure adherence to service level agreements (SLAs), the companies said.
In addition, the solution allows separate polices of each application to be maintained allowing tuning of thresholds and actions, and the ability to expand or contract resources to align with changing conditions, under policy and with security.
Ciena’s V-WAN solution and MyAdapter applications. Ciena’s OPⁿ architecture is specifically structured to facilitate network integration with the data center to transform connect, compute and store into a programmable platform for a variety of new services.
“Organizations are just starting to embrace the cloud for mission critical applications. To ensure success, they need to automate the deployment of compute, storage and networking resources between data centers, and data centers to the cloud, with open networking solutions that deliver greater agility and dynamic application performance. Our work with Brocade complements the cost and operational benefits of our OPⁿ architecture approach,” said Steve Alexander, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Ciena.