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Brocade guns for 100G Ethernet supremacy

Jim Duffy | Sept. 12, 2012
Brocade this week will fill out its data center fabric vision with a long-awaited chassis core switch designed for high-density 100G Ethernet.

Each 8770 switch also supports 384,000 MAC addresses and VMs, and provides VXLAN and NVGRE tunnel monitoring for visibility of VMs in software-defined networks, Brocade says.

The company says it has more than 700 VDX switch customers, and that VDX/VCS fabrics can support from 12 to 8,000 ports. The VDX 8770 will ship in the fourth quarter with prices starting at $65,000, and $833 per 10G port. The list price for 40G is $5,000 per port, not including optics.

With the MLX router, Brocade tripled its 10G density with new 24-port modules based on a fourth-generation ASIC. The MLX now supports up to 768 10G ports.

And in keeping with Brocade's software-defined networking strategy, the MLX also now supports OpenFlow 1.0, meaning it can share forwarding information with an OpenFlow controller and then fulfill configuration instructions from that controller through a GUI.

On the ADX load balancer, Brocade rolled out the 12.5 software release for the device, which features multitenancy capabilities for virtually isolating customers and applications using the same network, compute and storage resources. Release 12.5 is designed for cloud and hosting providers, and service-oriented enterprise IT looking to create consolidated, multitenant environments with the same SLAs as granular tiered-service offerings while reducing the number of network elements and the power and space they consume, Brocade says.



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