Show 133 – What Makes Brocade VCS Fabrics Different – Sponsored

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Brocade’s Jon Hudson joins Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks for a introduction to Brocade VCS fabrics. VCS is the software that runs on Brocade VDX hardware, and Jon explains the basic implementation and use cases for the VCS approach.

What We Discuss

  • What Brocade is going after with VCS: automation & intelligence.
  • The ability to make hitless changes to a production VCS fabric.
  • AMPP: automatic migration of port profiles.
  • VCS integration with vCenter.
  • Brocade’s custom silicon – they make their own ASICs.
  • Brocade’s strong storage history makes for a strong storage over Ethernet fabric story today.
  • Use case #1: cloud services provider.
  • Use case #2: private clouds in the enterprise.
  • Use case #3: VDI in a health care environment.


Ethan Banks
Ethan Banks, CCIE #20655, has been managing networks for higher ed, government, financials and high tech since 1995. Ethan co-hosts the Packet Pushers Podcast, which has seen over 3M downloads and reaches over 10K listeners. With whatever time is left, Ethan writes for fun & profit, studies for certifications, and enjoys science fiction. @ecbanks
Ethan Banks
Ethan Banks
  • Duaneo

    The ampp talk reminded me of vmps, which has been around for quite awhile.

    • returnofthemus

      How on earth did you manage to contrast the two?????????????????????????????????

      • Duaneo

        How did I manage to contrast the two? At about 11:45 into the show, they talk about vlans following Mac addresses. This is EXACTLY what vmps does.

        From cisco website: With VLAN Membership Policy Server (VMPS), you can assign switch ports to VLANs dynamically, based on the source MAC address of the device connected to the port. When you move a host from a port on one switch in the network to a port on another switch in the network, the switch dynamically assigns the new port to the proper VLAN for that host

        I’m just pointing out, or at least attempting to point out that some of this ampp magic is old news. I’m sure that they do some cool stuff on top of that but the example they gave I could do ten years ago with a 2900 and a pc.