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Brocade launches module for MLXe Series routers

Anuradha Shukla | Sept. 14, 2012
Purpose-built for high-capacity, high-performance data centre core and service provider networks.

Brocade is delivering density and performance for software-defined networking (SDN) by launching the new 24-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) module for Brocade MLXe Series routers.

Projected to have the industry's highest core router density, the new release has the ability to scale up to 768 ports of 10 GbE in a single chassis.

The new module is based on Brocade MaxScale-160 Packet Processor technology with fourth-generation silicon innovation and is ideal for high-capacity, high-performance data centre core and service provider networks.

Equipped with the new 24-port 10 GbE module, the Brocade MLXe router will be used for large-scale service provider networks and Internet data centre core applications that require high port density, scalable MPLS, rich routing and deep buffering capabilities.

"Network operators are challenged to scale their networks and manage increasing complexity - with more routers, more subnets and massive dynamic flows," said Ken Cheng, vice president of Service Provider and Application Delivery Products at Brocade. "The Brocade MLXe Core Router with the new 24-port 10 GbE module and industry-leading SDN technology will enable them to significantly scale their core networks to do more while greatly reducing network complexity and cost."


Brocade has also enhanced the Brocade ADX Application DeliverySwitch. The company has introduced the 12.5 software release that has the ability to deliver a new multitenancy capability supported in hardware.

The new software release enables the creation of highly consolidated, multitenant environments while delivering the same SLAs and granular tiered-service offerings.

A carrier-grade multitenant architecture isolates customers or applications with dedicated hardware allocation of application delivery resources.

Also, a flexible design enables these resources to be cost-effectively scaled up or down as requirements change.

Brocade's new products support SDN, which is gaining broad support from network operators within enterprises and cloud service providers.

The release looks well timed because the SDN market is projected to reach US$2 billion by 2016, according to research firm IDC. SDN enables its customers to unleash the full potential of their networking infrastructure to realise increased business agility, additional revenue streams from new service models and better IT asset utilisation.

"We needed both high-performance 100G and the innovation capabilities of SDN and OpenFlow. Brocade has recognised those needs and made the investments to make that advanced production environment for innovation possible," said Rob Vietzke, vice president of Network Services, Internet2.


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