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Brocade updates MLX Series routers

New hardware modules and software designed to accommodate 'the new IP'

Brocade updates MLX Series routers
The upgrades include software enhancements to the MLXe carrier-class routing platform, including support for OpenFlow 1.3

Brocade has announced new hardware modules and software for its MLX Series routers, which the vendor said would now provide enterprises the ability to move towards software-driven, programmable networks.

When announcing the upgrades, Brocade said that organisations are facing challenges in scaling existing network bandwidth, as well as in supporting increasing numbers of users and devices. To address this, then, Brocade said that its MLX Series updates will help to transition to a more agile, software-driven infrastructure.

“Networks today have much more demand put on them than ever before. In support of The New IP, we strive to help our customers modernize their networks with the most robust scalable, flexible, and open solutions possible,” said Jason Nolet, vice president of switching, routing and analytics at Brocade.

The upgrades include software enhancements to the MLXe carrier-class routing platform, including support for OpenFlow 1.3. This would help organisations to deploy new application- and user-specific services securely, Brocade said. The vendor added that MLXe is the first carrier-class platform to support networking between traditional routed networks and software-defined networks via a Hybrid Port Mode.

“The Brocade MLXe also provides a seamless transition to real-world SDN with support for OpenFlow 1.3 in the first implementation that provides interworking between legacy forwarding and new software-defined forwarding,” said Nolet.

“This capability provides a logical path for network operators to integrate OpenFlow into existing networks.”

The new hardware modules, meanwhile, combine high port density, wire-speed scale-out single-chassis performance and scale for support of both IPv4 and IPv6, Brocade said. The modules are built with the vendor’s VersaScale processor, a sixth-generation programmable silicon component.

The new upgrades have already been implemented by a number of Brocade customers, including AMS-IX, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange.

“Platform scalability is always high on our agenda. To deal with this scalability we are constantly looking for the newest and most powerful equipment. Brocade has been our trusted supplier of innovative hardware and software solutions for many years now and we are pleased to also select their newest feature for our platform,” said Henk Steenman, CTO at AMS-IX.

“The Brocade MLXe fits very nicely into the rest of our infrastructure, which features a multi-vendor network. It easily supports the bandwidth we need as the demands on our own network are evolving.” 

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