Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Brocade Fills Out its Campus Switching Portfolio

Brocade introduced a new campus LAN switch boasting the industry's highest 10 GbE port density for any switch in its class.  The Brocade ICX 7250 delivers 50 percent greater stacking density than comparable switches, consolidating up to 576 1 GbE ports into a virtual chassis and single management touchpoint.

Brocade also unveiled Switch Port Extender, a new "HyperEdge" Architecture technology to simplify network deployment and ongoing maintenance. Through added automation, this technology enables shared network services and management between Brocade ICX 7250, 7450, and 7750 switches distributed across the campus.

Brocade is also extending OpenFlow 1.3 support to its ICX 7450 and 7750 switches. The Brocade ICX switch family is certified with the OpenDaylight-based Brocade Vyatta Controller and will support other OpenDaylight-compliant controllers.

"Today's organizations require a high-performance, scalable campus LAN infrastructure to address the proliferation of mobile devices, rich media, and insatiable user expectations," said Jason Nolet, senior vice president of the Switching, Routing, and Analytics Products Group at Brocade. "In addition, customers are seeking networking solutions that will help to increase IT agility and lower operating expenses through automation and management consolidation."