Massive increases in data traffic -- driven by video, mobile devices and the cloud -- have changed network traffic characteristics, creating the need for new network architectures from data centers to the service provider core. The Brocade MLXe router with the new 24-port 10 GbE module is optimized for large-scale service provider "Supercore" networks and Internet data center core applications where high port density, scalable MPLS, rich routing and deep buffering capabilities are required. The router's industry-leading 10 GbE density and performance, coupled with Brocade 100 GbE technology and massive MPLS capacity, enable dramatic simplification and capacity scalability of core networks.
Using the new 24-port 10 GbE module, carriers can create highly scalable BGP-free MPLS "Supercore" networks optimized for high-speed transport and fast convergence. By reducing the number of devices and eliminating IP routing from the core of the network, providers can greatly simplify their architectures and reduce both capital expenditure and operational costs. This approach is also a key enabler of SDN that leverages technologies such as OpenFlow to control individual traffic flows up to 100 Gbps using the Brocade MLXe router. As a result, Brocade customers can maximize network resource utilization and improve traffic control to deliver differentiated SLAs and significant business value to their own customers.
For network operators in large data centers, the 768-port density achieved with the new 24-port 10 GbE module provides significant advancements for consolidation at the core of the network. With advanced Layer 3 switching capabilities -- and full-feature support for access control, routing and forwarding with industry-leading 64-port Link Aggregation (LAG) capacity -- the Brocade MLXe router in the core of the data center seamlessly complements Brocade VCS® Fabric technology running on the family of Brocade VDX® switches in the access and aggregation layers.
"Network operators are challenged to scale their networks and manage increasing complexity -- with more routers, more subnets and massive dynamic flows," said
Today Brocade also introduced significant enhancements to the Brocade ADX Application Delivery Switch with the 12.5 software release, which delivers a new multitenancy capability supported in hardware. This feature combines the flexibility of application delivery resource virtualization with the performance of purpose-built hardware. It significantly advances application delivery deployment models for cloud and hosting providers and service-oriented enterprise IT organizations by enabling them to create highly consolidated, multitenant environments while delivering the same SLAs and granular tiered-service offerings.
This true carrier-grade multitenant architecture isolates customers or applications with dedicated hardware allocation of application delivery resources, and a flexible design enables these resources to be cost-effectively scaled up or down as requirements change. This flexibility, along with the Brocade Network Subscription capacity-on-demand subscription model that aligns infrastructure cost to business needs, gives providers a highly elastic infrastructure acquisition and deployment model that matches the way they deliver cloud services. By fully virtualizing their networks to simplify the provisioning of new services and maximize infrastructure utilization, they can achieve much higher network efficiency -- reducing the number of devices to deploy and manage from 32 to just one while lowering associated power and space costs by up to 70 percent.
Continued Commitment to Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
The new products introduced today support SDN, building on Brocade's strategy and vision for SDN announced earlier this year. SDN is gaining broad support from network operators within enterprises and cloud service providers, as it enables new levels of control over the network, transforming the network from a static, monolithic framework into a dynamic, agile and intelligent architecture. According to IDC, the SDN market is set to reach
With support for OpenFlow in Hybrid Mode, the 10 GbE and 100 GbE Brocade MLXe solutions seamlessly integrate with existing networks to enable SDN in conjunction with traditional networking capabilities, providing the flexible flow control to respond to dynamic traffic patterns and address business needs. Brocade ADX platforms are also optimized for SDN, providing an application services fabric with a unified control plane and an API for resource assignment, enabling customized orchestration and provisioning of both physical and logical resources.
Brocade continues to drive innovation around various aspects of SDN through its close collaboration with key technology partners, industry regulatory bodies and early adopter customers.
"Internet2 is a consortium made up of research and higher education facilities from around the country, supplying the world's leading research facilities with advanced networks and services to support high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities," said
"Many of the products that member companies are announcing are instrumental in helping advance the adoption of SDN and OpenFlow," said
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