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Brocade enhances its fabric networking and network virtualisation portfolio

Nurdianah Md Nur | Sept. 30, 2013
New products include the improved VCS Virtual Fabric, VCS AutoQoS, top-of-rack switches, and Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter.

Brocade recently enhanced its fabric networking and network virtualisation products to further support on-demand data centres.

KP Unnikrishnan, Asia Pacific marketing director of Brocade, said: "Brocade is empowering the on-demand data centre by interconnecting all resources within and between data centres with automated and agile fabric-based networks."

The improved VCS Virtual Fabric provides multitenancy that minimises disruption to current operational and organisational models, said Unnikrishnan. Since it uses standard-based network segmentation techniques, incorporating it into the network is easy. It is also hypervisor-agnostic and supports cloud orchestration frameworks through open APIs.

To help organisations reduce capital and operational costs, Brocade has released VCS AutoQoS, which eliminates QoS configuration complexity or the need to overprovision the network. VCS AutoQoS does this by automatically recognising and prioritising storage traffic, said Unnikrishnan

Brocade also announced new top-of-rack switches, 6740 and 6740 -T, which make up the VDX 6740 line. The new family of 10/40 GbE top-of-rack switches provides flexibility and investment protection with its 32 Flex Ports, which can be configured as Ethernet, Fibre Channel or Fibre Channel-over Ethernet. The switches also offer ASIC to support the OpenFlow 1.3 SDN protocol, and 24 MB deep buffers to handle increases in traffic.

Unnikrishnan said the new Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter will enable telcos and large service providers to support the increasing use of 10GbE Network Interface Cards. Leveraging on Brocade vPlane technology that is capable of 10Gbps throughput per x86 core, Brocade Vyatta 5600 is designed for BGP routing, ACL offload and Virtual BGP Route Reflection, and other use cases. It is scheduled for general availability at the end of 2013, said Unnikrishnan.


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