The new four-port 40G Ethernet module for the MLXe features wire-speed performance for connecting with Brocade VDX/VCS fabric switches to construct an end-to-end, multitenant 40G data center. It also allows the router to support 128 40G ports per chassis.
The 40G-enabled MLXe will go up against Cisco's Nexus 7000 and 6000 switches, and Catalyst 6500 with 40G interfaces; Juniper's EX9200 and QFabric switches; HP's new 12900 and 11900 switches; and those from Dell, Extreme, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent and other Ethernet switching combatants. It may also soon face core 40G competition from Arista Networks.
For smaller data centers that are integrated into Carrier Ethernet networks, Brocade's new four-port 10G modules for the NetIron switches are designed to extend the reach of Carrier Ethernet and enable rapid deployment of new services at the network edge.
The updated operating system software for the NetIron switches enhance high-performance routing and SDN capabilities, Brocade says. The new release supports OpenFlow Hybrid Port Mode technology, to help customers simultaneously deploy OpenFlow and traditional routing on the same port for a migration path to SDN.
Hybrid Port Mode is designed to enable customers to optimize specific data flows using OpenFlow without disrupting the existing production traffic. The new software also features support for multitenant data center environments to improve cloud service delivery and enforce tighter service level agreements between customers sharing the same cloud infrastructure.
For orchestration of the physical/virtual data center and cloud, Brocade released the first in a series of OpenStack plugins for its products. The initial release, for its VDX fabric switches, enables customers to include the Brocade fabric technology in an OpenStack-managed data center/cloud environment where administrators can provision and decommission pools of compute, networking and storage resources on-demand.
OpenStack plugins for Brocade's ADX, Virtual ADX, Gen 5 FibreChannel and Vyatta vRouter will be available in the second half of this year.
Also for provisioning, the updated Brocade Application Resource Broker is designed to automate the rollout of new services and adapt to changing business conditions. The update enables hybrid cloud services, as well as business continuity across globally distributed data centers for disaster avoidance, Brocade says.