Brocade ICX product family extends SDN support with new OpenFlow 1.3 switches
Brocade add new innovations to its campus Local Area Network (LAN) switch family to help organizations realize the vision of The Effortless Network and build the foundation for the New IP.
The new Brocade ICX 7250 switch delivers the industry’s highest 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) port density for any switch in its class to address the onslaught of user video and wireless traffic that is taxing campus networks.
Brocade also unveiled Switch Port Extender, a new HyperEdge Architecture technology, designed 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.
A leader in software defined networking (SDN), Brocade also extended OpenFlow 1.3 support to Brocade ICX 7450 and7750 switches to enable SDN solutions in LAN architectures. Combined with the Brocade Vyatta Controller, these switches give customers a way to begin realizing the possibilities of SDN automation.
“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.”
Campus networks at hospitals, for example, are evolving rapidly to integrate new clinical and emergency room applications, while supporting more mobile doctor-patient devices than ever before. As a result, these hospitals need a network that is adaptable and flexible.
“The Brocade ICX 7750 and 7450 network switches help us better support one million patient visits each year,” said Dan Brewer, senior manager for IT, CoxHealth in Springfield, MO. “We’re looking forward to the new Brocade ICX 7250 switch to provide access for other clinical applications, extend our connectivity options, and continue to run the region’s most efficient patient-first healthcare campus network.”
Brocade directly addresses these issues with its new campus switches and SDN enhancements. The complete family of hardware and software solutions is designed for flexible scalability, simplified management, and open standards-based interoperability in multivendor best-in-class networks.