Bangalore September 23: Ethernet fabrics and Software-defined Networks (SDN) , together offer a foundation for limitless global networking, feels K.P. Unnikrishnan, Singapore-based Asia-Pacific Marketing Director, for Brocade, the people who pioneered Ethernet fabric solutions and more recently offered enterprises the option of defining parts of their networking infrastructure in software to overcome rigidity and obsolescence. He was talking to IndiaTechOnline last week on a day when Brocade was announcing global availability of new gigabit ether net routers with the highest density – 10 GB – in the industry, as well as complimentary fabric switches.
The new 24-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) module for Brocade MLXe Series routers, have the ability to scale up to 768 ports of 10 GbE in a single chassis. They are optimized for large-scale service provider "Supercore" networks and Internet data centre core applications where high port density and deep buffering capabilities are called for, Unnikrishnan explained.
The Brocade VDX 8770 Switch, along with VCS( Virtual Cluster Switching) Fabric technology enhancements 0ffer data centre networks added simplicity, efficiency and resiliency he added., Brocade has been promoting a vision for transforming networking to support the next-generation cloud-optimized data centres using Ethernet fabric . Later that year, Brocade introduced VCS Fabric technology for the first time.
The new products introduced today build on Brocade's strategy for SDN launched earlier this year, promising to transform the network from a static, monolithic framework into a dynamic, agile and intelligent architecture. According to IDC, the SDN market is set to reach $2 billion by 2016.
Tech notes: What is Softwre Defined Networking : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_Defined_Networking
Brocade’s VCS Fabric Technology http://www.brocade.com/downloads/documents/white_papers/Introducing_Brocade_VCS_WP.pdf