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Brocade develops new enterprise solutions

Brocade ICX 6610 Switch, enhancements for the Brocade FastIron SX Series now available

Brocade develops new enterprise solutions
Brocade has launched a new range of enterprise networking solutions.

Brocade has launched new enterprise networking solutions that are designed to help organisations adapt to demanding new applications and ever-changing business requirements.

These new products include the Brocade ICX 6610 Switch, a high-performance Ethernet access switch that is designed to combine chassis-like reliability and performance with the flexibility and affordability of a stackable switch.

According to Brocade, the Brocade ICX 6610 delivers five times the stacking bandwidth of its leading competitor, provides 8×10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) uplink ports and the highest aggregation bandwidth in its class.

The Brocade ICX 6610 is designed to offer a 35% improvement in total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to competitive offerings as well as a longer functional product life for an improved return on investment.

"We are impressed with what we have seen so far in the Brocade ICX 6610.  The number of interfaces and layout of the switch allow for a great deal of flexibility in how we can deploy it.  For a small sized network staff we need simple, reliable technology that scales and fits our business and the ICX 6610 can meet that," said Roger Holtsmith, network supervisor, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

Brocade also announced new blades and significant performance and scalability enhancements for the Brocade FastIron SX Series of chassis-based aggregation and core switches. The new high-density 8×10 GbE blades are designed to enable the Brocade FastIron SX to scale up to 128 ports of 10 GbE, featuring hitless failover to provide the highest levels of availability. Additional new features include Multi-Chassis Trunking (MCT), plus MACsec and Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)-ready hardware.

"Brocade's uniqueness lies in its ability to execute with innovation within both the SAN Fibre Channel and Ethernet network infrastructure realms, and its adept execution. Brocade innovations, such as 100 GbE, Ethernet fabrics and the new Brocade ICX 6610 Switch, allow us to deliver solutions that scale to our customers' business requirements, while lowering their overall TCO within their data centre, wired and wireless LAN environments," said Rodney Turner, co-founder and president, Layer 3 Communications. "In today's budget-constrained world, the cost factor is top-of-mind with end customers. Working with Brocade enables us to drive our business forward, while staying competitive in an increasingly crowded marketplace."

The Brocade ICX 6610 will be available from Brocade and its channel partners with a starting price of $5,595 USD. The new Brocade FastIron SX Series modules will also be available in November 2011, with a starting price of $4,495 USD. Multi-Chassis Trunking (MCT) will be available in early 2012 for the Brocade FastIron SX Series. As an extension to these product introductions, Brocade is also announcing a price reduction for Brocade FCX Series stackable switches.

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