Brocade debuts HyperEdge Architecture

New architecture is designed to support mobility and cloud-enabled services

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Brocade debuts HyperEdge Architecture Brocade HyperEdge Architecture Distributed Services, Consolidated Management and Distributed AP Forwarding features are available now with the latest releases of Brocade FastIron 8.0 and WiNG 5.4.2.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  April 9, 2013

Networking solutions vendor Brocade, has unveiled the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture, designed to enable organisations to build the wired and wireless infrastructures needed to support mobility and the new applications available through cloud-enabled services.

The new architecture will include Centralised Access Point (AP) management, Distributed AP Forwarding, Self-healing Brocade Mobility APs and Active-Active links within individual and scaled HyperEdge Domains. The company has also announced the general availability of HyperEdge features announced in 2012 including Distributed Services and Consolidated Management, along with additions and enhancements to the Brocade wired and wireless campus product portfolio.

New features of the HyperEdge Architecture include:

Distributed Services: The advanced features and services of premium campus switches are extended to entry-level switches within a single HyperEdge Domain, designed to deliver intelligence to all user and device ports at a reduced cost per port. Premium Brocade ICX campus switches can be added to existing Brocade ICX stacks in a HyperEdge Domain to upgrade the service level of network infrastructure, providing unmatched investment protection.

Consolidated Management: As a single logical unit comprised of multiple devices within each HyperEdge Domain, configuration network management and maintenance updates become faster and simpler through dynamic sharing of software images and network policies with fewer management touch points. The wired Brocade ICX infrastructure is designed to support powerful collapsed aggregation and access domains, and the Brocade Mobility products allow centralised wireless APs or controller-based management options.

Distributed Access Point (AP) Forwarding: Mobile traffic is secured and directed at the network edge, not tunneled back to a central controller, thereby preventing controller bottlenecks to deliver higher performance and reliability along with seamless mobile connectivity. Moreover, the self-healing capabilities of Brocade Mobility APs help ensure non-stop high-performance connectivity.

Brocade has also facilitated centralised management of all its wired and wireless products though the Brocade Network Advisor, a unified management interface, that includes support for wireless APs and controllers. The interface lets network administrators choose out-of-box views or customize views to display all critical information on one screen thereby simplifying management and enabling proactive monitoring and troubleshooting.

Brocade HyperEdge Architecture Distributed Services, Consolidated Management and Distributed AP Forwarding features are available now with the latest releases of Brocade FastIron 8.0 and WiNG 5.4.2. No additional licenses are required to enable these services. The Brocade ICX 6430-C will be available June, 2013 with a starting list price of $1,095 USD. The Brocade ICX 6650 is available now with a starting list price of $19,200 USD. The Brocade Mobility 1220 and 1240 Access Points will be available in May, 2013 at starting list prices of $625 and $1,245, respectively.

The Brocade RFS9510 controller will be available in June with a list price of $39,995 USD. The new Brocade FastIron SX management module, shipping in June 2013, will be available at a starting list price of $3,995. The new Brocade ICX 6610 DC power supply and Brocade FCX uplink modules are available now at list prices of $1,100 USD and $1,795 USD, respectively.

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