Brocade and Oracle Collaborate to Optimize Virtual Machine Performance Over Data Center Networks


Companies to Demonstrate Oracle VM Capabilities Enhanced through Brocade Adaptive Networking Services

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23 / -- At Oracle OpenWorld 2008, Brocade(R) (Nasdaq: BRCD) is announcing continued collaboration with Oracle to help optimize Oracle applications and databases running Oracle(R) Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM with advanced capabilities delivered through Brocade's Data Center Fabric (DCF) architecture and its broad portfolio of data center networking products.

Specifically, Brocade will demonstrate how to simplify work load mobility by combining Brocade's Adaptive Networking services with Fibre Channel N_Port virtualization to cost-effectively consolidate, virtualize and automate the storage infrastructure supporting the Oracle VM server virtualization software. These capabilities are designed to simplify management and lower costs by reducing the number of dedicated and discrete networks needed for individual applications. Brocade will also show how Oracle customers can use these technologies to more easily migrate applications and databases between virtual servers without compromising quality of service (QoS).

"Today's virtualized environments present unique opportunities as well as significant challenges from the initial deployment to ongoing management of the data center," said Harry Petty, director of Marketing for the Brocade Server Division. "Working closely with Oracle, we are very pleased to be among the first in the data center networking industry to be able to help optimize Oracle applications and database workloads. Brocade Adaptive Networking services can help customers maximize performance and significantly improve reliability in virtualized environments."

Adaptive Networking services are advanced data center fabric technologies and an integral component of the Brocade DCF architecture. This strategic framework provides a robust foundation for evolving data centers as more IT organizations merge server-to-storage, server-to-server, and storage-to- storage connectivity onto a common network connecting virtualized devices. Adaptive Networking uses deep network intelligence to anticipate congestion and to dynamically make adjustments in the fabric so that application traffic continues to flow as needed. Adaptive Networking introduces new networking services such as fabric-based QoS, Traffic Management, Fabric Dynamic Profiling, and, in the future, Resource Recovery.

"Data center networks are a key asset for customers, helping them leverage shared resources more efficiently while improving data mobility, protection, and backups," said Monica Kumar, senior director, Linux and Open Source Product Marketing, Oracle. "These requirements become even more important in virtual environments. Teaming with Brocade enables Oracle customers to leverage the advanced, end-to-end data center networking concepts and features that Brocade offers."

Brocade, also a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork, will be at the Oracle Solutions Pavilion in the Moscone South Exhibition Hall at Oracle OpenWorld 2008, billed as the world's largest gathering of Oracle customers, partners, developers, and technology enthusiasts. The event is taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from Sept. 21 through 25.

About the Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork is a global business network of more than 20,000 companies who deliver innovative software solutions based on Oracle software. Through access to Oracle's premier products, education, technical services, marketing and sales support, the Oracle PartnerNetwork program provides partners with the resources they need to be successful in today's global economy. Oracle partners are able to offer their customers leading-edge solutions backed by Oracle's position as the world's largest enterprise software company. Partners who are able to demonstrate superior product knowledge, technical expertise and a commitment to doing business with Oracle qualify for the Certified Partner levels. http://oraclepartnernetwork.oracle.com

About Brocade

Brocade is a leading provider of data center networking solutions that help organizations connect, share, and manage their information in the most efficient manner. Organizations that use Brocade products and services are better able to optimize their IT infrastructures and ensure compliant data management. For more information, visit the Brocade Web site at http://www.brocade.com or contact the company at info@brocade.com.

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Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates.

SOURCE Brocade - 09/23/2008

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