Brocade upgrades ServerIron ADX software for IPv6

Software upgrade will allow companies to simultaneously support IPv4 and IPv6 application infrastructure

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Brocade upgrades ServerIron ADX software for IPv6 Organisations need the ability to adopt IPv6 as smoothly as possible, says Ahmar.
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 29, 2011

Brocade has released version 12.3 of its software for the Brocade ServerIron ADX Series application delivery switches, which will help companies to adopt and deploy IPv6 technology.

The software update will enable the application delivery switches to act as a seamless gateway between existing IPv4 networks and new ones built on IPv6, allowing companies to roll out IPv6 technology, while still being able to support IPv4.

"Adoption of new Internet-enabled devices is outpacing the residual capacity of IPv4 addresses, while at the same time the explosive growth in traffic requires far more scalability than today's application delivery solutions offer," said Ali Ahmar, regional sales manager, MENA for Brocade.

"Our new software enhancements to the Brocade ServerIron ADX application delivery switches provide organizations with greater choice to seamlessly adopt IPv6 while effectively doubling the performance of their existing ServerIron ADX switches immediately and at no cost. This provides a scalable, high-performance application delivery solution that increases business agility and operational efficiency, especially in today's highly virtualized and emerging cloud-based environments," he added.

The Brocade ServerIron ADX enables a dual-protocol network with simplified, standards-based IPv4-to-IPv6 translation technology. The solution also includes Layer 7 intelligence, which ensures continued operations of applications and protocols, which allows users to adopt IPv6 without the need to replace IPv4 application infrastructure. Users can also connect IPv6-only capable clients to existing IPv4 resources.

The update also includes expanded the capabilities for the Brocade Application Resource Broker, including simplified third-party integration through an application programming interface (API). This approach provides a simplified and more manageable network infrastructure with added capabilities to improve application optimization. The Brocade ServerIron ADX coupled with Brocade Application Resource Broker helps bridge traditional communication gaps between fragmented networking and application infrastructures, creating a more streamlined approach to application deployment and business efficiency.

Software version 12.3 is available this month, with version 12.3.1 due for wide availability in May.

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