April 30, 2013, 2:28 PM — Brocade this week extended its data center networking portfolio with hardware and software enhancements designed to better integrate and align physical and virtual resources.
For virtual networking, Brocade rolled out the vRouter virtual router, obtained from its recent acquisition of open source networking software company Vyatta; and the Virtual ADX Application Delivery Switch. For physical networking, the company unveiled new modules for its MLXe core router and NetIron Carrier Ethernet switch, as well as updated operating system software for that product.
Brocade also announced an OpenStack plug-in and an Application Resource Broker for data center orchestration and management.
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The Brocade Vyatta 5400 vRouter is software for highly virtualized data centers. It is designed to enable the configuration of multitier networks that can be deployed, configured or changed on demand. Brocade Vyatta vRouter is already deployed in Amazon Web Services, and supports VMware, Microsoft, Citrix and Red Hat hypervisors.
Release 6.6 of the vRouter includes support for multicast routing and dynamic multipoint VPN (DMVPN), for secure transmission of content to selected end-points.
Brocade Virtual ADX is designed to increase the speed of application resource and services deployment for cloud environments. The software controls application management and provisioning via the SOAP/XML API, enabling integration with third-party or homegrown orchestration and automation tools, Brocade says.
That API, along with support for OpenScript, allows for programmatic control of Layer 4-7 functions in a virtualized infrastructure, the company says. Virtual ADX is also intended to simplify orchestration of the application delivery network, and provide the ability to validate, test and replicate production or QA environments on demand.
For physical networking, Brocade rolled out 40G Ethernet interfaces for its MLXe core router, higher-performance modules for the NetIron CER Routers and expanded SDN capabilities in the NetIron OS.