First Look: Brocade’s new data centre switches & routers

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Brocade’s newest network gear is intended to support cloud environments with thousands of virtual machines running within and between data centers. The offerings will undoubtedly heat up the fabric switching competition between Brocade and Cisco, HP and Juniper.

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First Look: Brocade’s new data center switches & routers

Brocade’s newest network gear is intended to support cloud environments with thousands of virtual machines running within and between data centers. The offerings will undoubtedly heat up the fabric switching competition between Brocade and Cisco, HP and Juniper.

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Optimised for 100G Ethernet

The new VDX 8770 core chassis switch is optimised for dense 100G Ethernet. It features 4Tbps per slot, 3.5 microsecond port-to-port latency, 384,000 MAC addresses and VMs, VXLAN and NVGRE tunneling for network virtualization overlays, and three multipath trunking techniques. Pictured is the eight-slot version, which could theoretically support over 300 100G Ethernet ports.

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The VDX 8770

The four-slot configuration of the VDX 8770 could conceivably house up to 160 100G Ethernet ports, 1,600 10G and 400 40G ports. But at first customer ship, the switch will support 48-port Gigabit and 10G Ethernet modules, and 12-port 40G line cards.

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MLX server comes with OpenFlow 1.0

The MLX router, meanwhile, triples its 10G port density. With new 24-port 10G line cards, the Brocade MLX can now support up to 768 10G ports in a single chassis. The MLX also gets OpenFlow 1.0 so it can participate in OpenFlow-based software-defined networks.

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ADX Layer 4-7 load balancing switch

Brocade’s ADX Layer 4-7 load balancing switch attains multitenancy capabilities through a new software release. This allows cloud and hosting providers, and service-oriented enterprise IT to virtually isolate customers and applications using the same network, compute and storage resources. They create consolidated, multitenant environments with the same SLAs as granular tiered-service offerings while reducing the number of network elements and the power and space they consume, Brocade says.

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