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January 31, 2013

Brocade Receives Certification for Rackspace Private Cloud

Brocade recently confirmed that it has been officially granted the prestigious quality assurance and certification for Rackspace (News - Alert) Private Cloud, making it the first major networking provider to achieve this certification.

A rigorous corroboration process for compatibility and interoperability was carried out by the Brocade (News - Alert) VDX switch with VCS Fabric technology. Customers utilizing Rackspace Private Cloud Software with OpenStack can now deploy a dependable and flexible private cloud offering in an extremely straight-forward manner.

The Rackspace Private Cloud Software, a unit of The Rackspace Open Cloud platform, was unveiled in August 2012. To date, thousands of enterprises in at least 125 countries across the globe have downloaded the product.

In a statement, Paul Rad, VP, Private Cloud at Rackspace said, "Brocade is a leading networking provider and I am very pleased that their solutions have achieved the certification status for Rackspace Private Cloud. Brocade has a long standing relationship with Rackspace and this certification is a natural next step."

Customers who will buy a Rackspace Private Cloud certified solution will be able to experience the instantaneous advantages of a flawless transition with the appropriate technologies. A versatile, supple and scalable offering will be made available due to the close association between Rackspace and Brocade.

The rising requirements of private cloud infrastructures will be tackled by this offering. Organizations with very important data networking or regulatory needs in developing vertical markets like education, healthcare and the public sector will find private cloud solutions suitable.

Jason Nolet (News - Alert), VP, Data Center Networking at Brocade said, "Ethernet fabric adoption has now reached critical mass and our enterprise and service provider customers are reaping the benefits of Brocade VCS Fabric technology as part of their cloud-based architectures. This certification from Rackspace is validation that the Brocade VDX switch family with VCS Fabric technology is perfectly designed to deliver the automation, reliability and agility expected by Rackspace and their customers."

The advantages of open and interoperable cloud architectures are offered by Brocade in association with OpenStack, established by Rackspace and NASA. Brocade is part of the OpenStack community from 2011, and has accepted OpenStack’s open source cloud platform as a components of its cloud architecture strategy.

The company is also in the process of optimizing its networking offerings for OpenStack.

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Edited by Braden Becker
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