Brocade guns for 100G Ethernet supremacy

By , Network World |  Data Center, Brocade

SAN JOSE -- Brocade this week will fill out its data center fabric vision with a long-awaited chassis core switch designed for high-density 100G Ethernet.

At the same time, Brocade will triple the 10G port density of its high-end router, and add multitenancy capabilities to its Layer 4-7 load balancing switch.

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The advancements, announced at the Brocade Technology Day here, are intended to support cloud environments with thousands of virtual machines running within and between data centers. The chassis switch complies with Brocade's VCS Ethernet fabric, which was developed to provide a lossless, low latency, deterministic multi-path Ethernet network based on the TRILL specification in the forwarding plane.

The new wares will undoubtedly heat up the fabric switching competition between Brocade and Cisco, HP and Juniper. But none of these players yet has introduced a high-density 100G Ethernet switches for the data center core -- Cisco's play is believed to be startup and potential spin-in Insieme Networks. And to date, Huawei is the only major vendor to have shown a high-density 100G Ethernet switch.

Brocade, the leader in FibreChannel storage-area network switching, is looking to maintain its hold on the data center as competitors -- and Brocade as well -- offer converged Ethernet LAN, storage and compute systems. In its effort on this front, Brocade acquired Ethernet switch vendor Foundry Networks in 2008 but maintains a less than 2% share of the overall market.


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