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FleetCor Selects Brocade to Provide Cloud-Optimized Network Services for 500,000 Commercial Accounts
Leading Fuel Card Provider Values Brocade Market Leadership, Reliability and Network Security
SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/19/11 -- Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced that FleetCor, a leading independent global provider of specialized payment products and services to businesses, commercial fleets, major oil companies, petroleum marketers and government fleets, has selected Brocade as the vendor to build its cloud-optimized network. This new network enhances FleetCor's ability to securely process millions of transactions monthly and ultimately better serve its commercial accounts in 18 countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Millions of commercial payment cards are in the hands of FleetCor cardholders worldwide, and they are used to purchase billions of gallons of fuel per year. Given this volume of network-based transactions, network reliability, scalability and security were critical factors for FleetCor to consider in its selection process to maintain superior customer satisfaction.
In addition, FleetCor selected Brocade as its networking expert to help evolve its data center and IT operations into a more agile private cloud infrastructure. Brocade® cloud-optimized networks are designed to reduce network complexity while increasing performance and reliability. Brocade solutions for private cloud networking are purpose-built to support highly virtualized data centers.
"When we evaluated networking vendors to build our private cloud, we looked at market leadership and non-stop access to critical data," said Waddaah Keirbeck, senior vice president global IT, FleetCor. "Brocade cloud-optimized networking solutions are perfect for our data centers because they allow us to optimize applications faster, virtually eliminate downtime and help us meet service level agreements for our customers. Moving to a cloud-based model also provides us the flexibility to make adjustments on the fly and access secure information virtually anywhere and anytime."
FleetCor installed a Brocade MLXe router for each of its three data centers, citing scalability as a major driver for the purchase. This approach enables FleetCor to virtualize its geographically distributed data centers and leverage the equipment it already has, at the highest level, to achieve maximum return on investment. The Brocade MLXe provides additional benefits for FleetCor by using less power and has a smaller footprint than competitive routers; critical in power-and space-constrained locations in order to allow for growth. The Brocade MLXe also enables continuous business operation for FleetCor based on Multi-Chassis Trunking, massive scalability supporting highest 100 GbE density in the industry with no performance degradation for advanced features like IPv6 and flexible chassis options to meet network and business requirements.
The Brocade ServerIron ADX Series of high-performance application delivery switches provides FleetCor with a broad range of application optimization functions to help ensure the reliable delivery of critical applications. Purpose-built for large-scale, low-latency environments, these switches accelerate application performance, load-balance high volumes of data and improve application availability while making the most efficient use of the company's existing infrastructure. It also delivers dynamic application provisioning and de-provisioning for FleetCor's highly virtualized data center, enables seamless migration and translation to IPv6 with unmatched performance.
As an added benefit for its bottom line, through the use of Brocade ADX Series switches and Brocade MLX™ Series routers FleetCor has eliminated thousands of costly networking cables, saving it hundreds of thousands of dollars and allowing the company to segment, streamline and secure its network. FleetCor has also been able to easily integrate Brocade network technology with third-party offerings already installed in the network, for complete investment protection. FleetCor anticipates moving to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) solutions for its backbone switch in the near future.
"We wanted a dependable, secure, redundant, 24 by 7 backbone switch in each of our data centers to help us leverage the benefits of cloud computing and the Brocade MLXe delivered on all fronts," said Keirbeck. "By virtualizing our data center, Brocade allows for non-stop access to the mission-critical data that FleetCor and its customers rely on every day. We chose the Brocade MLXe because of the tremendous results we already saw from our existing Brocade solutions and the exceptional support and service."
According to a report from analyst firm Gartner, "Although 'economic affordability' is an immediate, attractive benefit, the biggest advantages (of cloud services) result from characteristics such as built-in elasticity and scalability, reduced barriers to entry, flexibility in service provisioning and agility in contracting."(1)
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(1)Gartner " Cloud-Computing Service Trends: Business Value Opportunities and Management Challenges, Part 1" February 23, 2010
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AndyGroth 060000C0EQ Tags:  smartcloud paas vmware kvm cloud ibm_workload_deployer red_hat 5,664 Views
Note: This is a (slightly updated) re-post from a personal blog - just my view in the context of IBM's drive to foster open choice and collaboration.
Please bear in mind that this is based on my personal thoughts (not an official IBM position) and read the article as it is intended to be - thought provoking ... enjoy!
Having returned from the European Red Hat Partner summit and the VMware vForum where I presented on behalf of IBM, it took me a while to digest the “openness” of it all …so let me share my thoughts retrospectively.
Being proprietary rocks…! (?)
Public cloud can only exist on open source … ?
There was a bold statement by a speaker at the Red Hat summit: “Public cloud can only live on open source!”
In the meanwhile keep your eyes peeled and expect the industry to increase focus on enabling hybrid connectors - I obviously can't make any specific forward-looking statements from an IBM perspective. But just take Red Hat as an example, it made clear that CloudForms (their IaaS platform) can indeed manage VMware though their DeltaCloud driver and – while currently positioning CloudForms for private and hybrid – their vision (of course) is for DeltaCloud to be the top-level public layer linking into private (or public) VMware clouds.
Red Hat recently announced their hosted “OpenShift” PaaS platform which essentially allows developing and running Java, Ruby, PHP and Python applications and comes in 3 different editions. From 1) “Express” (free) which provides a runtime environment for simple Ruby, PHP and Python apps over 2) “Flex” for multi-tiered Java and PHP apps with more options (like mySQL DBs and JBoss middleware) to full control with the “Power” edition supporting “any application or programming language that can compile on RHEL 4, 5, or 6″ and enables to deploy apps directly on EC2 and (in the near future) to IBM’s SmartCloud.
VMware had before announced their own open “Cloud Foundry” PaaS project, it has incarnations as fully hosted service (currently in beta), as open source project (CloudFoundry.org) or a free single PaaS instance for local development use.
So what's IBM doing in this space? IBM has recently announced the IBM Workload Deployer - an evolution of the WebSphere CloudBurst hardware appliance. It essentially stores and secures "WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition images" and more importantly workload patterns which can be published into a cloud. These workload patterns (think of them as customizable templates that capture settings, dependencies and configuration required to deploy applications) enable you to focus on what essentially differentiates PaaS from IaaS ... the application rather than the infrastructure. Dustin Amrhein explains this much better than me in this little blog.
So, yes, I honestly believe that KVM has a good chance to become hypervisor of choice for public cloud. However … that is unlikely to be the control point… . So which management platform(s) will take that all important crown …? Will it be an OSS based one? I don’t want to hazard a guess, there are many …and that is part of the problem, many argue that the open source “communities” will have to overcome a challenge and become a COMMUNITY if they want to succeed. ESX could not be beaten with 7 or 8 different (but weak) flavours of Xen and that was just a single OSS project splintered by commercial offerings … in the same way the sea of OSS based cloud controllers with eucalyptus, openstack, cloudstack, deltacloud, opennebula faces focussed (more proprietary) heavy-weights like Microsoft, Google and Amazon.
The increasing number of OSS management solutions and “open bodies” will also make e.g. VMware less nervous than intended as long as they indirectly compete with each other …
BUT (and it’s a big “but”) I would argue that anyone not strategically looking at these open solutions is at best ignorant or – e.g. if you are a service provider yourself – more likely long-term professionally suicidal … yes, in an ideal world everyone wants ‘today’s best of breed' but more critically you have to maintain your negotiation potential through the ability to switch and if only for that reason alone you need to keep your options open!
It will be of the utmost importance to partner with solution providers who share this mind-set and have the capability and strategy to support such a long-term goal and yes, IBM is clearly uniquely positioned to fulfill this role.
And while I spoke to many completely different clients at both events, that was a common concern raised by most of them.
Industry endorsement like the recent OVA announcement - with IBM being a major driving force and supporter - will help to give KVM the needed credibility and weight … I am looking forward to seeing these visions translated into tangible solutions.
- Test Drive the IBM SmartCloud with this simulator...
- CloudForms (IaaS) is in beta with availability planned for fall 2011
JeffHebert 060001UEQ2 Tags:  storage scalable secure emerging paas technolgy networking iaas servers cloud available reliable saas 3,659 Views
Great Video. There are a great many folks that have already started making the journey into the clouds and are not fully aware; If you consider that most of all large Enterprise Data centers are consolidating and visualizing servers, storage and networking today, and after all, when you get all 3 of those areas consolidating and visualizing you are transforming business processes and will eventually reach a point when infrastructure/information on demand will be the next logical step.
Cloud Service Provider Platform (CSP2)
Till now we have seen through the earlier posts – what are
the essentials to go about creating a cloud environment – that consists of the management
platform as well as the managed environment. We have seen the critical
roles and organizations involved as well as the importance of Cloud
Service Strategy and Cloud
Service Design. We also saw the criticality of the need for a Cloud
Computing Reference Architecture (CCRA) to tie all the solution elements
together. We also saw how IBM
Service Delivery Manager (ISDM) which is an enterprise cloud solution based
Service Automation Manager (TSAM) can be deployed as a set of virtual
images that automate IT service deployment and provide resource monitoring,
cost management, and provisioning of services in the cloud.
The IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform is specifically tailored to the needs of CSPs and is designed to help them successfully:
Figure 1 IBM Integrated Service Management Solution for Cloud Service Providers
IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform is an integrated Service Management for Cloud Service Providers is built upon around a core Service Automation and Management component provided by ISDM. Beyond the core, IBM’s Integrated Service Management for Cloud Service Providers makes available four extensions—network management, security management, storage management, and advanced monitoring and service level management—that enables a comprehensive management offering.
Communications service providers (CSPs) around the world are looking for smarter ways of doing business. They are being challenged to transform the way services are created, managed, and delivered. CSP2 neatly integrates and extends the SPDE (Service Provider Delivery Environment) for Communication Service Providers to build the ecosystem to become a cloud service provider. For a cloud based business strategy - check out the video from Scott on the value of CSP2 for CSPs.
In this article learn how to:
Set up a 64-bit Linux instance (a Bronze-level offering) with the Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM).
Capture a private image and provision it as a new Platinum instance.
Grow the LVM volume and file system to accommodate the new physical volumes.
Configure LVM across physical volumes using Linux LVM-type partitions.
Background on LVM and the test scenario
First, a description of LVM concepts and the test scenario for those who may not be familiar with LVM.
Note: You are about to configure Linux LVM: Here be Dragons. Mind the gap.
The Linux LVM is organized into physical volumes (PVs), volume groups (VGs), and logical volumes (LVs)
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Capacity Planning for the Management Platform
The management platform sizing means sizing for the following components that provides the functional capabilities
Further the sizing will be affected based on the non-functional consideration that needs to be addressed by each of these components of the management platform. One should review the performance reports and workload pattern/handling capabilities of each of the products selected to validate the sizing considered can meet the non-functional requested by the solution.
The size of the management platform depends on the size of the managed environment. It is
preferred to keep a centralized management environment and scale it as needed
when the managed environment grows. This is often not an easy calculation or simple process. Need to apply pure engineering to plan the capacity for each capabilities. Apart from the capabilities discussed above, the following key areas also needs to be covered
Tivoli Service Automation Manager Version 7: Capacity Planning Cookbook is an excellent document covering the various aspects in detail as well as provide some samples.
This book also gives links to some of the other whitepapers that provides for interesting further reading material on the subject.
JeffHebert 060001UEQ2 Tags:  virtual paas enterprise elastic secure cloud iaas saas scalable ibm reliable 5,272 Views
JeffHebert 060001UEQ2 Tags:  iaas server ibm analytics virtualize cloud saas software paas storage 4,625 Views
JeffHebert 060001UEQ2 Tags:  brocade switching iaas networking paas ibm cloud saas 3,699 Views
In Collaboration With Ixia, Brocade Will Demonstrate the Performance, Reliability and Advanced Feature-Set of the Industry's First 100 GbE Terabit-Trunk Router
LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/09/11 -- - INTEROP 2011 -- Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced that it will work with Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA) to replicate mission-critical service provider environments and test high-capacity Brocade® Ethernet network solutions designed to help service providers become cloud-optimized. The demonstration creates a true-to-life service provider infrastructure scenario for increasing IPv4/IPv6 routing scalability within the core Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network while retaining high service levels for end customers. The demonstration will be held in the Brocade booth (# 833) during Interop Las Vegas 2011, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
As service providers evolve to become destinations offering cloud-based services, rather than just basic data delivery, the performance and scalability demands on their networks have increased significantly. The Brocade MLXe Core Router is a 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)-ready solution that enables service providers and virtualized data centers to support these demands by efficiently delivering cloud-based services that use less infrastructure and help reduce expenditures.
In this specific demonstration, Brocade and Ixia will test the IPv4/IPv6 traffic flows, MPLS and throughput capabilities of the Brocade MLXe multiservice router over 10 and 100 GbE connections. By leveraging Ixia's leading test solutions, attendees will be able to view the following:
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