Brocade launches 'highest 10GbE port density switch'.
Network hardware vendor Brocade today announced three new Campus LAN offerings in a continuation of its New IP strategy.
The Brocade enterprise stackable ICX 7250 switch delivers
what the company claims is "the industry's highest 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)
port density for any switch in its class". It is aimed at accommodating escalating
user video and wireless traffic on campus networks. The switch is said to
deliver "50% greater stacking density than comparable switches".
Brocade's centrally managed Switch Port Extender joins its HyperEdge
Architecture portfolio, and is designed to allow Brocade ICX 7250 and 7450
switches to inherit advanced Brocade ICX 7750 features and capabilities.
The company also extended OpenFlow 1.3 support to Brocade
ICX 7450 and 7750 switches to enable SDN solutions in LAN architectures.
In March 2012 Brocade unveiled its 'Effortless Network' concept,
built around the company's HyperEdge architecture. The concept was geared
towards "[removing] the complexity of legacy campus architectures by collapsing
unnecessary network layers and removing legacy protocols such as spanning tree
with inactive links", according to a statement.
"Enterprise campus networks are expected to deliver services
thought impossible just a few years ago," said Yarob Sakhnini, regional
director, MEMA, Brocade. "Video conferencing, real-time collaboration, distance
learning, and patient monitoring are just a few of the applications that organisations
are deploying to enhance employee productivity, improve customer service, and
create a competitive advantage.
"Additionally, anytime, anywhere mobile access has become
ubiquitous with an explosion of wireless devices connected to the network,
along with rising user expectations. As a result, today's IT organisations need
to quickly and efficiently transform their campus networks to support
ever-changing business needs, all within constrained budgets. In short, they
need to do more with less."
General availability for the Brocade ICX 7250
begins this month with a list price starting at $2,000; the initial release of
Switch Port Extender is planned for late 2015; Brocade ICX 7450 and 7750
OpenFlow 1.3 implementations are available this month and will support
standalone mode initially, with full stacking support to follow in a future
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