Brocade Expands 'Effortless Network' Strategy With New Product Launch

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Brocade Communications launched a new enterprise stackable switch and new HyperEdge architecture technology on Tuesday to continue the San Jose, Calif.-based company's efforts to push partners toward software-defined networking solutions.

Brocade's Effortless Network vision, enabled by the company's HyperEdge architecture, integrates innovation with legacy technologies to improve network flexibility and reduce management complexity, application deployment time and operational costs, according to Siva Valliappan, vice president of product management for campus products at Brocade.

"This launch showcases where we are going so our partners are prepared, plus to reassure them that the hardware they're buying today is capable of all of this future innovation and that all of the Brocade ICX 7000 [switching] family is ready to support such product standards," Valliappan told CRN. "We want to create this environment in networking where your solution doesn’t necessarily have to come from the vendor. It could be an application riding on top of this SDN-enabled network that could come from a partner, another company or could come from a vendor -- that's really what we want to get to, where we can solve different problems in a kind of [application]-centric way for the network."

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The new enterprise stackable ICX 7250 switch delivers the industry's highest 10GbE port density for any switching in its class to address increasing campus bandwidth demands, according to Valliappan.

Brocade also unveiled a new centrally managed switch port extender for its HyperEdge architecture technology that is designed to simplify network deployment and maintenance, as well as reduce operational expenditures. The port extender enables shared network services and management between Brocade's ICX switching line.

The vendor also extended its OpenFlow 1.3 support to its ICX 7450 and 7750 switches in order to enable SDN solutions in local area network architectures, said Valliappan.

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