Brocade launches ‘highest 10GbE port density switch’

Switch is part of series of product launches in New IP strategy

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Brocade launches ‘highest 10GbE port density switch’ Sakhnini: Enterprise campus networks are expected to deliver services thought impossible just a few years ago.
By  Stephen McBride Published  April 8, 2015

Network hardware vendor Brocade today announced three new Campus LAN offerings in a continuation of its New IP strategy.

The Brocade enterprise stackable ICX 7250 switch delivers what the company claims is "the industry's highest 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) port density for any switch in its class". It is aimed at accommodating escalating user video and wireless traffic on campus networks. The switch is said to deliver "50% greater stacking density than comparable switches".

Brocade's centrally managed Switch Port Extender joins its HyperEdge Architecture portfolio, and is designed to allow Brocade ICX 7250 and 7450 switches to inherit advanced Brocade ICX 7750 features and capabilities.

The company also extended OpenFlow 1.3 support to Brocade ICX 7450 and 7750 switches to enable SDN solutions in LAN architectures.

In March 2012 Brocade unveiled its 'Effortless Network' concept, built around the company's HyperEdge architecture. The concept was geared towards "[removing] the complexity of legacy campus architectures by collapsing unnecessary network layers and removing legacy protocols such as spanning tree with inactive links", according to a statement.

"Enterprise campus networks are expected to deliver services thought impossible just a few years ago," said Yarob Sakhnini, regional director, MEMA, Brocade. "Video conferencing, real-time collaboration, distance learning, and patient monitoring are just a few of the applications that organisations are deploying to enhance employee productivity, improve customer service, and create a competitive advantage.

"Additionally, anytime, anywhere mobile access has become ubiquitous with an explosion of wireless devices connected to the network, along with rising user expectations. As a result, today's IT organisations need to quickly and efficiently transform their campus networks to support ever-changing business needs, all within constrained budgets. In short, they need to do more with less."

General availability for the Brocade ICX 7250 begins this month with a list price starting at $2,000; the initial release of Switch Port Extender is planned for late 2015; 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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