brocade communications sys (BRCD) Key Developments
Brocade and CERN openlab Collaborate on SDN Network Evolution
Jul 27 15
Brocade announced a partnership with CERN openlab to help the large and most respected centre for scientific research develop a long-term software-defined networking (SDN) strategy for the New IP. Brocade will be collaborating with CERN openlab on a new solution designed to help the organization address the long-term challenges facing its network infrastructure. The project with Brocade is intended to create a future-proof network based on the New IP and featuring a framework of SDN applications to optimize the routing of data traffic entering and leaving the organization. Brocade will also create enhanced user interfaces for its solutions, giving collaborators at CERN the ability to view graphical charts and visualizations showing real-time and historical traffic information. The open SDN solution will be based on OpenFlow and will utilize the Brocade® SDN Controller and Brocade Flow Optimizer application to increase network performance, proactively improve capacity planning, and eliminate network congestion. The solution will also use OpenFlow-enabled Brocade MLXe routers and ICX® switches.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Selects Brocade for Next Generation Network Backbone
Jul 20 15
Shanghai Jiao Tong University has deployed a new 10 Gbps network backbone spanning its five campuses to accommodate the continued growth of data traffic from academic and administrative systems. The new backbone, which runs on powerful switching routers from Brocade, has enabled the university to reduce costs and streamline management by migrating applications that previously ran over separate networks onto a single infrastructure. The Brocade solution also paves the way for SJTU to pursue its interests in Software-Defined Networking, both at an academic level and as a way to support digital campus service innovation. Brocade network engineers worked with SJTU to devise a solution that meet its needs, based around Brocader MLXe Core Routers. The routers are built with a sixth-generation network processor-based architecture and terabit-scale switch fabrics that enable the university to run the backbone at 10 Gbps, with the capability to support 40 and 100 Gbps wire-speed interfaces if and when they are needed. The routers also provide a rich set of high-performance Layer 2/3, IPv4, IPv6, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), wire-speed encryption, and SDN features. MPLS is being used by SJTU to segment the backbone into virtual networks that accommodate different application streams, including campus CCTV and the YiKaTong smart card access system that previously ran on physically separate networks. The Brocade MLX(r) Series enables SDN by supporting the OpenFlow 1.3 protocol that allows communication between an OpenFlow-enabled router and an OpenFlow SDN controller such as the Brocade SDN Controller, which is based on the Linux Foundation's OpenDaylight project. The Brocade devices support OpenFlow Hybrid Port Mode, which allows SJTU to simultaneously deploy traditional routing with OpenFlow on the same port. This unique capability provides a pragmatic path to SDN by supporting the integration of OpenFlow into existing networks, enabling programmatic control offered by SDN for specific flows while the remaining traffic is routed as before.
Masergy Deploys Carrier-Class from Overture, Brocade, Fortinet and Intel
Jun 25 15
Overture announced that Masergy is the first service provider to deploy carrier-class, pure-play network functions virtualization (NFV) at the edge of the network. Masergy leverages NFV solutions from Overture, Brocade, Fortinet and Intel in a distributed model as part of its ongoing network evolution to gain greater service agility and provide customers with the services they want in real-time. Improved agility leads toward significant revenue upside, as Masergy is now be able to deliver new and advanced premium services quickly and easily.
Brocade Announces New OEM Partnership with Dawning Information Industry Co Ltd
Jun 24 15
Brocade announced a new OEM partnership with Dawning Information Industry Co Ltd. (Sugon). The partnership is focused on incorporating Brocade(r) VCS(r) Fabric technology with Sugon's data center solutions, specifically for the Chinese market. Sugon will integrate Brocade VDX(r) 6740 Switches, featuring VCS Fabric technology, with its blade server product line - TC6600, as a 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)/16 Gbps Fibre Channel converged network switch module. The embedded switch module in the TC6600 will be named VDX 2741, and is capable of supporting 10 and 40 GbE requirements for cloud computing, big data analysis, and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), as well as supporting 16 Gbps fibre channel requirements for the deployment of high-performance data center networking solutions. To build data center networks with resiliency, efficiency, and simplicity, the VDX 2741 embedded Ethernet fabric switch is a critical component of the Sugon TC6600 blade system in building a radically simplified data center network. Designed specifically for highly virtualized environments, Brocade VCS Fabric technology accelerates application deployment and enables faster Virtual Machine (VM) migrations through zero-touch VM discovery, VM mobility, and VM port configuration migration. Using VCS fabrics, Sugon TC6600 customers can manage dozens of switches as a single logical device, dramatically reducing operational costs. They can also save installation time as new switches provision themselves when they are connected to the fabric. Sugon customers in China will benefit from deploying the integrated solutions that enable innovation-centric, software-enabled networking, providing the agility to scale their infrastructure up, down, and across to support demanding compute models. In particular, the partnership will help customers in the banking and finance, telecommunications and service provider, education, and public sectors, all of whom need to deliver capacity and resources that scale with flexible and open network infrastructures.
Marist College selects Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. and International Business Machines Corporation for Training on Networking Technologies
Jun 10 15
Marist College has selected Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. and International Business Machines Corporation, or IBM, to help prepare its students for careers in computer networking by providing them training on networking technologies ideally suited to cloud computing. Through the collaboration Marist will introduce software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies in the Marist College SDN Lab, two cutting-edge networking architectures optimal for cloud computing that virtualize different networking functions to lower costs and enable new features. Under the terms of the agreement, IBM is supplying IBM Cloud Orchestrator to teach students how to coordinate tasks in the cloud across teams, tools and environments. Students will learn to accelerate IT and network service delivery by automating deployment and lifecycle management of various workloads with an easy-to-use interface. The Brocade Vyatta 5400 vRouter helps students to build sophisticated, multi-tier networks within virtualized environments by adding, configuring, and moving network services on demand. Students using IBM Cloud Orchestrator and the Brocade Vyatta vRouter will graduate with the expertise necessary to solve complex IT and network cloud issues.