Brocade continues NewIP push with launch of more SDN offerings

Network vendor ushers in Flow Optimizer application, NetIron OS 5.9 for MLX Series routers

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Brocade continues NewIP push with launch of more SDN offerings Sakhnini: The biggest challenges facing enterprises today are the ability to manage network performance and security.
By  Stephen McBride Published  June 11, 2015

Network hardware vendor Brocade today announced the release of its Flow Optimizer application and NetIron OS 5.9 software for MLX Series routers.

"In the New IP, the Brocade Flow Optimizer application allows enterprises to proactively increase network efficiency, improve resource utilisation, mitigate network attacks, and significantly reduce network congestion," the company said in a statement.

The Flow Optimizer is an open policy-based software defined networking (SDN) solution designed for optimisation of Layer 2 through Layer 4 traffic-flows in service provider and enterprise networks. According to Brocade, the optimiser solution can use policies to mitigate certain distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and take user-defined actions when particular traffic conditions hold.

Users also have the option of mirroring application traffic and sending it to a specific port connected to an analytics suite for study.

The Brocade Flow Optimizer application is supported on Brocade MLX Series Routers as well as Brocade ICX Switches for campus environments. The application comes with a Web-based graphical user interface (GUI).

"Between the growing shift to cloud-based workloads, exponential increase in network traffic due to big data, and increasing vulnerability to network attacks such as DDoS, arguably, two of the biggest challenges facing enterprises today are the ability to manage network performance and security. The Brocade Flow Optimizer, the latest in a long line of Brocade SDN solutions, can be seamlessly integrated into the network and provides customers extremely high levels of network management, visibility, programmability and automation," said Yarob Sakhnini, regional director, MEMA, Brocade.

Brocade also announced the rollout of a new OS for its line of MLXe routers. NetIron OS 5.9, when used in conjunction with Brocade's VersaScale programmable forwarding architecture and the Brocade Flow Optimizer, will allow enterprises "to improve visibility over network traffic and simplify forwarding control", the company said.

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