Over the past year, there has been a lot of buzz in the industry over Cisco with its UCS and Nexus 7000 products providing a converged fabric for virtualization, consolidation, and cloud computing needs. However, the problem with the Cisco party is that you're stuck with their framework and products. And while UCS is impressive, it doesn't address the need for 4-8 way socket servers, high performance I/O, or traditional I/O needs beyond networking and storage. And you may say, what kind of server would need that? How about a Netbackup media server, payment processing server with crypto cards, or a data warehouse? UCS is really targeted for general purpose usage. Many companies are finding that while blade servers have their place, rackmount servers have greater flexibility and less vendor lock-in. To help aid companies in this effort and still get the benefits of converged networks, Brocade and Juniper have jumped into the ring with their own converged networking products. Both products have different architectures, protocols, and features that will change the way networks are designed and used. Brocade seems to have a really innovative solution with its VCS architecture, TRILL protocol, QoS capabilities, and VM profiling.
These types of products will be the foundation of cloud computing by enabling low latency, scalable, and agile infrastructure for virtual machines, storage, and networking services. Would definitely like to test out these products with LDoms, Containers, and of course VMware.