Brocade announces hardware-based OpenFlow support

MLX Series of routers, Brocade NetIron platforms now support the communications protocol

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Brocade announces hardware-based OpenFlow support Sufian Dweik says that SDN will transform networking infrastructure into a platform for innovation, enabling customers to deliver new services and applications faster and at greater scale.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  May 23, 2012

Brocade has announced that it has integrated hardware based OpenFlow support in the Brocade MLX Series of routers and related Brocade NetIron platforms. This is designed to enable customers to deploy SDN at wire-speed 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) performance. OpenFlow is a standardised protocol which is a key component of SDN.

"SDN will transform networking infrastructure into a platform for innovation, enabling customers to deliver new services and applications faster and at greater scale," said Sufian Dweik, regional manager MENA at Brocade. "Brocade is already a pioneer in defining SDN standards and, by executing on our SDN strategy we believe we will be going further than any networking vendor by broadly embedding SDN technologies into our solutions."

Brocade and NEC Corporation of America have announced that they will jointly market combined solutions around Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow switching, including network virtualisation. The two companies will establish joint solution labs for ongoing certification, interoperability and solution validation testing and demonstration of these solutions.

The strategy Brocade introduced today is designed to guide the company's SDN investments, marketing and partner relationships to deliver flexible, end-to-end networking solutions. The focus of these solutions will be on network virtualisation, automation and simplification in large-scale data centres, along with traffic engineering and flow management on high-speed networks.

According to Brocade, the strategy is designed to provide a clear upgrade path to SDN, leveraging existing network investments and enabling network operators to start now with a low level of risk as they begin to provide services in a highly predictable, non-disruptive manner.

The Brocade SDN strategy includes technologies such as auto-forming Ethernet fabrics to enhance SDN and network virtualisation via overlay technologies which offer flexibility to networks enabling on-demand infrastructure in highly scalable multi-tenancy environments.

In this first phase of its SDN roadmap, Brocade is delivering an SDN-ready product family that enables customers to build a network infrastructure today that will serve as the foundation for their SDN architecture in the future. These products include the Brocade VDX family of data centre switches, Brocade ADX Series application delivery switches, Brocade MLX Series of 100 GbE routers, Brocade NetIron CER Series routers and Brocade NetIron CES Series switches.

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