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Brocade beefs up network solutions portfolio as door to SDN opens

Brocade beefs up network solutions portfolio as door to SDN opens

“Today’s organisations require a high-performance, scalable campus LAN infrastructure to address the proliferation of mobile devices, rich media, and insatiable user expectations."

Brocade has today announced new innovations to its campus Local Area Network (LAN) switch family in a bid to help organisations realise the vision of The Effortless Network and build the foundation for the New IP.

The new Brocade ICX 7250 switch delivers the industry’s highest 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) port density for any switch in its class, a move the company hopes will address the “onslaught of user video and wireless traffic” that is taxing campus networks.

“Today’s organisations require a high-performance, scalable campus LAN infrastructure to address the proliferation of mobile devices, rich media, and insatiable user expectations,” says Andy Miller, Country Manager New Zealand, Brocade.

“In addition, customers are seeking networking solutions that will help to increase IT agility and lower operating expenses through automation and management consolidation.”

According to Miller, Brocade directly addresses these issues with its new campus switches and SDN enhancements.

The complete family of hardware and software solutions is designed for flexible scalability, simplified management, and open standards-based interoperability in multivendor best-in-class networks.

Brocade also unveiled Switch Port Extender, a new HyperEdge Architecture technology, which Miller says will “simplify network deployment and ongoing maintenance.”

Through added automation, Miller says this technology enables shared network services and management between Brocade ICX 7250, 7450, and 7750 switches distributed across the campus.

“As a Brocade Premium Partner, Origin IT has successfully enabled many campus networks to evolve with the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture mixed stacking technology,” adds Josh Farrelly, Network Lead, Origin IT.

“The Brocade switching solutions simplify, automate and future proof campus networks.

“The new Switch Port Extender for the ICX7000 switch family is another key component of the Brocade vision for scalability on multiple dimensions and we have confidence that New Zealand campus network owners will agree.”

As a leader in software defined networking (SDN), Brocade also extended OpenFlow 1.3 support to Brocade ICX 7450 and 7750 switches to enable SDN solutions in LAN architectures.

Combined with the Brocade Vyatta Controller, Miller believes these switches give customers a way to begin realising the possibilities of SDN automation.

“A recent IDC survey of enterprise networking professionals showed that network provisioning and operational agility was the most cited primary motivation for either considering or implementing SDN solutions in both the data centre and the campus,” adds Nolan Greene, research analyst, Network Infrastructure, IDC.

“Brocade's end-to-end delivery of software networking stack elements including OpenFlow 1.3 Hybrid Port Mode support on its ICX campus LAN portfolio demonstrates the growing traction of SDN across the network.”

General availability for the Brocade ICX 7250 begins this month with a list price starting at US$2,000, the initial release of Switch Port Extender is planned for late 2015 and will support Brocade ICX 7750 and 7450 mixed domains.

Future releases will include support for all Brocade ICX 7250, 7450, and 7750 switches.

Furthermore, the Brocade ICX 7450 and 7750 OpenFlow 1.3 implementations are available this month and will support standalone mode initially, with full stacking support to follow in a future software release.

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