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The cloud's the limit for new Arista, Brocade and HP switches

Jim Duffy | May 7, 2013
Arista, HP and Brocade add scale, virtualization hooks to take platforms beyond the data center and raise the bar for forthcoming Cisco/ Insieme products.

For physical networking, Brocade rolled out 40G Ethernet interfaces for its MLXe core router, higher-performance modules for the NetIron CER Routers and expanded SDN capabilities in the NetIron OS.

The new four-port 40G Ethernet module for the MLXe features wire-speed performance for connecting with Brocade VDX/VCS fabric switches to construct an end-to-end, multitenant 40G data center. It also allows the router to support 128 40G ports per chassis.The 40G-enabled MLXe will go up against Ciscos Nexus 7000 and 6000 switches, and Catalyst 6500 with 40G interfaces;  Junipers EX9200 and QFabric switches; HPs new 12900 and 11900 switches; and those from Dell, Extreme, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent and other Ethernet switching combatants. It may also soon face core 40G competition from Arista Networks.

For smaller data centers that are integrated into Carrier Ethernet networks, Brocades new four-port 10G modules for the NetIron switches are designed to extend the reach of Carrier Ethernet and enable rapid deployment of new services at the network edge.The updated operating system software for the NetIron switches enhance high-performance routing and SDN capabilities, Brocade says. The new release supports OpenFlow Hybrid Port Mode technology, to help customers simultaneously deploy OpenFlow and traditional routing on the same port for a migration path to SDN.


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