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Extreme, Brocade bring fabrics to the enterprise edge

Jim Duffy | April 11, 2013
Extreme Networks and Brocade this week separately announced products and strategies to tightly integrate IT resources in the enterprise campus.

Products that adhere to Brocade's HyperEdge Architecture include the new ICX 6430-C compact switch and the ICX 6650 switch. The ICX 6430-C is a 12-port version of the existing Brocade ICX 6430 in a workspace form factor but with all of the 6430 features, Brocade says.

The 6650 is a high-end switch with 10G and 40G Ethernet port configuration options. It's designed for campus aggregation or non-fabric data center top-of-rack deployments, and includes "Ports on Demand" licensing for up to 64 10G and four 40G ports in a single rack unit.

Other HyperEdge products include three new WLAN access points: the Brocade Mobility 1220, 1240 and 1250. The 1240 supports throughputs up to 450Mbps, and the 1250 adds 802.11ac support, offering speeds up to 1Gbps for wireless users. Brocade also announced the availability of the Brocade Mobility RFS9510 Controller, which the company says supports up to 10,240 access points and 200,000 devices.

New hardware options for some of Brocade's existing switches are also available for the HyperEdge Architecture. The company rolled out a management module for its FastIron SX switches that offers up to eight times the performance of the current modules and support for Virtual Routing and Forwarding. Brocade also rolled out a new uplink module for its FCX switch as well as new direct current power supplies for the Brocade ICX 6610 switch to boost availability.

The Brocade ICX 6430-C will be available June with a starting list price of $1,095. The Brocade ICX 6650 is available now with a starting list price of $19,200.

The Mobility 1220 and 1240 Access Points will be available in May at starting list prices of $625 and $1,245, respectively. The Brocade RFS9510 controller will be available in June with a list price of $39,995.

The FastIron SX management module, shipping in June, will be available at a starting list price of $3,995. The ICX 6610 DC power supply and Brocade FCX uplink modules are available now at list prices of $1,100 and $1,795, respectively.


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