Ciena and Brocade partner to launch cloud solution

07 May 2014 | Sophie Donoghue


Network specialist Ciena has partnered with Brocade to jointly develop a network-sharing solution, allowing service providers to benefit from a more agile and automated cloud data centre infrastructure.

The two companies have combined their products to create a cloud orchestration solution that provides dynamic resource provisioning between data centres, which is set to launch next week.

“Organisations 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 centres, and data centres to the cloud, with open networking solutions that deliver greater agility and dynamic application performance,” said Steve Alexander, SVP and CTO at Ciena.

The solution enables businesses to access flexible and responsive bandwidth level allocations to operate at optimal levels at peak and off-peak use times.

"The demands placed on the network today are escalating at an astounding rate that requires organisations of all types to have a more agile and automated infrastructure,” said Ken Cheng, CTO and VP of corporate development and emerging business at Brocade.

“Brocade and Ciena have developed a joint multilayer solution that leverages the Brocade Application Resource Broker to dynamically automate resources between data centres in seconds, increasing flexibility and controlling capital costs."

In April, German cable operator Unitymedia Kabel announced a partnership with US-based network specialist Ciena for its 100G technology.