Brocade increases lead on SDN market with OpenFlow 1.3 support for all routers and switches in portfolio
Amsterdam, 11 March 2014 - Brocade [Nasdaq: BRCD] supports OpenFlow 1.3 for all routers and switches. This increases the company's lead on the Software-Defined Networking market (SDN). An important part of Brocade's SDN strategy is an expansion of OpenFlow support. From the Brocade® MLXe and CER / CES product series to the Brocade ICX® and VDX® Switch series, Brocade enables customers to program their networks more flexibly and easily: from datacenter to Local Area Network (LAN) to Wide Area Network (WAN). A
Amsterdam, 11 March 2014 - Brocade [Nasdaq: BRCD] supports OpenFlow 1.3 for all routers and switches. This increases the company's lead on the Software-Defined Networking market (SDN). An important part of Brocade's SDN strategy is an expansion of OpenFlow support. From the Brocade® MLXe and CER / CES product series to the Brocade ICX® and VDX® Switch series, Brocade enables customers to program their networks more flexibly and easily: from datacenter to Local Area Network (LAN) to Wide Area Network (WAN).
Although earlier versions of OpenFlow are used for Research & Education Networks (RENs) and other early adopters, OpenFlow 1.3 provides a richer functionality. This is necessary for commercial and business networks to deal with complex network behavior and optimize performance for dynamic SDN applications. These features include Quality of Service (QoS), Q-in-Q, group tables, Active Standby Controller, IPv6 and many more.
"OpenFlow 1.3 is an important version that provides some of the core functionality required by today's network environments, " said Brad Case Meer, director of Data Center Networks at IDC. "Brocade's complete support for OpenFlow 1.3 combined with hybrid port mode functionality provides organizations with an OpenFlow migration path that allows them to embrace SDN without sacrificing their current production traffic."
Brocade has long been an advocate of the OpenFlow protocol. The company already shipped more than one million OpenFlow ports with its flagship routers, such as the Brocade MLXe Core Router, the compact carrier Ethernet routers and switches, and Brocade CER and CES products. By supporting the company's campus LAN and portfolios for data center switching - the Brocade ICX and VDX product families - Brocade also enables new SDN applications such as Real-Time Threat Mitigation and Service Chaining. With this, Brocade offers more efficient services and applications that at the same time continue to reduce costs.
"The importance that Brocade attaches to SDN is clearly visible in the technological contributions to the Open Networking Foundation and OpenFlow", says Curt Beckmann, chairman of the Forward Abstraction Working Group (FAWG) at ONF and Principal Architect at Brocade. "The real value of Brocade's standardization activities is to provide practical and attractive SDN solutions. The most recent example of this is the Flow-Aware Real-Time SDN Analytics OpenFlow application with which Brocade has reached the final of the SDN Idol competition during the Open Networking Summit. "
As service providers and companies orientate themselves towards SDN, they must remain faithful to their current operations for economic and operational reasons. With the one and only OpenFlow Hybrid Port Mode solution in the sector, Brocade offers customers a pragmatic and efficient transition option, enabling cooperation between SDN and non-SDN networks. Brocade products are suitable for OpenFlow Forwarding on the same physical infrastructure as traditional network protocols. OpenFlow products from Brocade enable customers to add new features to SDN while continuing to support existing network services. The result is an evolutionary rollout of SDN without large-scale replacement of expensive equipment.
"While a data center seems to be a logical place for deploying SDN technologies, there is a growing need for SDN in LAN and in WAN environments, " said Jason Nolet, vice president of Data Center Networking at Brocade. "By supporting OpenFlow within our complete IP routing and switching portfolios, Brocade offers its customers a wide range of appropriate solutions for their network."
Two new hardware modules for an SDN scaling make it possible to extend the programmable architecture of the Brocade MLXe routers. The Brocade MLXe 2 port 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) CFP2 and the Brocade MLXe 20 port 10 GbE modules increase network flexibility and scale to stimulate service innovation without sacrificing performance. These modules, built on Brocade VersaScale ™ Packet Processing technology, provide investment protection through their integrated OpenFlow support and the ability to upgrade to future SDN versions.
OpenFlow 1.3 support on the Brocade MLXe, CER and CES product series is scheduled for June 2014. Current customers can upgrade to OpenFlow 1.3 at no additional cost. The Brocade ICX and VDX products are already suitable for OpenFlow in terms of hardware and are ready for software support later this year.
OPEN NETWORKING SUMMIT
During the Open Networking Summit (ONS) from 3 to 5 March 2014, Brocade demonstrated a number of solutions suitable for OpenFlow, including the MLXe, ICX and VDX products.
OpenFlow 1.3 Campus Demo: Brocade demonstrated how OpenFlow 1.3 enables an open software-defined campus network and can support new requirements, such as BYOD. This demo included Brocade MLXe Core Routers and Brocade ICX Switches in an optimized campus environment with integrated, secure networks. These networks use SDN for dynamic traffic separation, load balancing and QoS.
Flow-Aware Real-Time SDN Analytics: Brocade showed an SDN application that optimizes the bandwidth usage of the network, can be used for real-time detection and can limit behavioral security risks, such as DDoS attacks. This demo used Brocade MLXe Core Routers in an OpenDaylight Project setting and showed automatic detection and speed limits of aggregated large data streams, such as SYN Flood Attacks.
On-Demand Data Center with OpenFlow: this demonstration showed the load of an On-Demand Data Center ™ Network based on real-time network usage and application needs. The demo did this with the help of OpenFlow on Brocade VDX Switches.
Brocade's network solutions (Nasdaq: BRCD) help the world's largest, leading organizations to switch smoothly to a world where applications and information are everywhere. (www.brocade.com)