The Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter is a class of adapter that meets all the connectivity needs of cloud-enabled data centers while providing unmatched performance, application-aware services, unified management, and reduced cost and complexity. It is a simple, flexible, and powerful server connectivity adapter designed to extend fabric services to Virtual Machines (VMs) and applications in highly demanding virtualized environments.
To keep pace with dynamic and growing business demands, many organizations are transitioning their data centers to private cloud architectures in order to leverage the many benefits of virtualization. This approach enables them to consolidate, scale, simplify, and automate their IT resources to increase business agility while reducing capital and operational expenditures.
Today, server virtualization is a key technology for enabling private cloud architectures. Organizations worldwide are taking virtualization to the next level, increasing Virtual Machine (VM) densities and virtualizing mission-critical workloads. This trend is increasing demand for shared storage and flatter, more scalable Ethernet networks - as well as higher bandwidth and I/O capacity for client/server and storage networks.
To help address that demand, the Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter meets all connectivity needs of cloud-enabled data centers while providing unmatched performance, application-aware services, unified management, and reduced cost and complexity.
A single adapter for all connectivity needs
Available in single- and dual-port models, the Brocade 1860 features Brocade AnyIO technology, making it the industry's multiprotocol server connectivity product designed for highly virtualized, cloud-enabled data centers. The Brocade 1860 is a class of adapter that combines a 16 Gbps Fiber Channel Host Bus Adapter (HBA) and a 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Converged Network Adapter (CNA) and Network Interface Card (NIC), supporting native Fiber Channel, Data Center Bridging (DCB), Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) running simultaneously in a single product.
Designed for the private cloud
Virtualization is transforming the data center, essentially moving the access layer of the network into the server. In addition to virtualizing I/O devices to allow them to be shared by the VMs, hypervisors have become, by necessity, software-based Ethernet switches that provide networking services for VMs, using CPU cycles and hindering virtualization scalability and performance. Even with the most powerful processors, at 16 Gbps Fiber Channel and 10 GbE speeds, hypervisors simply cannot keep up with I/O and line-rate performance becomes impossible to achieve.
I/O Virtualization (IOV) and virtual switching
The Brocade 1860 supports Brocade virtual Fabric Link (vFLink) technology, which partitions a single adapter into as many as 8 virtual adapters that can be configured as virtual HBAs (vHBAs, for Fiber Channel or FCoE) or virtual NICs (vNICs, for Ethernet). This is done in hardware by using multiple Physical Functions (PFs) at the PCIe bus level, appearing as separate physical devices at the OS level. Bandwidth can be allocated to these virtual fabric links in 100 Mbps increments, up to the maximum of 16 Gbps for Fiber Channel or 10 Gbps for Ethernet. This helps overcome the proliferation of adapters in virtual environments while maintaining management isolation and fine-tuning for the different networks, including production, backup, management, or live migration.
Extend fabric services to the server and applications
The Brocade 1860 supports Brocade Server Application Optimization (SAO) technology to extend the intelligence and advanced fabric services of Brocade Fiber Channel fabrics into servers. N-port trunking extends the Brocade ISL trunking capability from the switches into the server to combine two 16 Gbps links in a dual-port adapter into a single logical 32 Gbps connection with frame-level load balancing for unmatched levels of performance and fault tolerance.
Operational simplicity and unified managementProduct Highlights
The Brocade 1860 provides a robust and holistic management stack, including a Command Line Interface (CLI), an element manager called Brocade Host Connectivity Manager (HCM), as well as unified management through Brocade network advisor and management and orchestration tools. Brocade network advisor centralizes and unifies the management of Brocade Storage Area Network (SAN), LAN, and server connectivity resources under a single pane of glass. It can monitor and manage multiple adapters across a data center, including performance monitoring across groups of adapters, diagnostics capture, event management, and group BIOS and driver upgrades.
- A class of adapter that meets all Fiber Channel and Ethernet connectivity needs in cloud-enabled data centers
- Simplifies and optimizes server I/O in highly virtualized environments
- Supports native 16 Gbps Fiber Channel and 10 GbE DCB connectivity for TCP/IP, iSCSI, and FCoE with Brocade AnyIO technology
- Extends Fiber Channel and Ethernet fabric services to the server and applications
- Consolidates I/O devices by partitioning physical adapters into virtual adapters through Brocade vFLink technology
- Simplifies the transition to private cloud by supporting current and emerging virtualization workloads and technologies
- Simplifies and unifies the management of adapter, SAN, and LAN resources with Brocade network advisor