Brocade to provide OpenFlow 1.3 support

Support for OpenFlow 1.3 planned for June 2014

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Brocade to provide OpenFlow 1.3 support Sakhnini: Our hybrid port mode offering will help organisations seamlessly migrate to SDN
By  Tom Paye Published  March 6, 2014

Brocade this week announced that its IP portfolio of routing and switching products are now compatible with the latest OpenFlow 1.3 protocol.

Brocade considers itself to be an early adopter of OpenFlow, and so a number of its routers and switches already supported an earlier version of the software-defined networking (SDN) protocol. So far, the vendor claims that over one million OpenFlow-enabled ports have been shipped.

Support for OpenFlow 1.3 on Brocade's MLXe Core Router and its carrier Ethernet routers and switches is planned for June 2014. The vendor said that customers can upgrade at no added cost.

"The comprehensive, end-to-end support of OpenFlow across Brocade's products will help ensure that organisations in the Middle East region can realise the benefits of SDN at all points within the data centre, the WAN, and the campus network," said Yarob Sakhnini, Brocade's new regional director for the MEMA region.

"Constant innovations like our hybrid port mode offering will help organisations seamlessly migrate to SDN and transform their networking infrastructures into platforms for innovation, enabling delivery of new services and applications faster and at greater scale."

Brocade is banking on the adoption of the OpenFlow standard going mainstream as SDN becomes more widely accepted. The protocol provides access between the forwarding plane of a network switch or router and a network controller, allowing for more sophisticated traffic management and engineering.

The OpenFlow 1.3 protocol builds on OpenFlow 1.2, providing a more robust feature set and broader use cases for production in commercial and enterprise networks, Brocade said.

"OpenFlow 1.3 is a milestone release that delivers some of the core functionality today's networking environments demand," said Brad Casemore, research director of data centre Networks at IDC.

"Brocade's end-to-end support of OpenFlow 1.3, combined with its Hybrid Port Mode functionality, offers an OpenFlow migration path to organisations that will allow them to embrace SDN without affecting their current production traffic."

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