Brocade Launches First 100GbE Router


5 Aug 2011
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Brocade recently launched the new 100GbE router Brocade MLXe, an extension to the existing MLX platform. With this launch, the storage and networking vendor has become the first vendor to launch a 100G product.

First showcased at the Technology Day, New York in June this year, MLXe chassis model comes with 32 100GbE ports and supports existing MLX and XMR modules. Brocade claims that the product would offer four times the 100GbE wire-speed density at one-eighth the cost of competing routers. The product is initially targeted at service providers to relieve them from network bottlenecks. The pricing of the product has not been announced yet.

“There is more than 900EB of data that is expected to be created by individuals in 2010, mobile internet is expected to grow by 1,500 percent by 2015 and there is similar increase in video data, putting immense pressure on the network. Scalable and resilient infrastructures are thus the key to ensure access to resources without interruption. The new MLXe routers offer that scalability with 15.36TB chassis backplane capacity, 32 100GbE wire-speed ports and 256 10GbE wire-speed ports,” said Gerald Penaflor, Senior Enterprise Director, Asia-Pacific Regional Head, South Asia-Pacific and Korea, Brocade.

Another product launched was the Brocade Network Advisor, obtained through Brocade’s Foundry Networks acquisition in 2008. It is touted as a marriage of two products, Brocade’s Data Center Fabric Manager for Fibre Channel SANs and Foundry’s IronView Network Manager (INM) for Ethernet-based storage networks.

“Brocade Network Advisor is industry’s only unified network manager across IP and SAN, which features powerful user management capabilities for fine grain control across administrative domains. With open standards-based architecture, it delivers seamless integration with storage resource management, server management, virtualization and orchestration frameworks,” Penaflor added.

Both these products form a part of Brocade’s overall One architecture. The company has already started an aggressive partner training program around the architecture across the country and according to Penaflor. There’ll be over 1500 demo units of Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS) available within a month’s time. VCS is Brocade’s answer to Cisco’s UCS solution. “While our competitors are still talking about their architectures, we’ve already launched products that would be available in large quantities by month,” Penaflor commented.

Brocade’s One architecture integrates its two divisions—IP and SAN. The company is trying to cross train its partners on the two platforms in order to penetrate deeper into the market and in order to develop an ecosystem around its One architecture. The company also announced the expansion of its India management team with the appointment of Rajesh Kaul as its Regional Sales Director for India. In order to boost its support infrastructure, Brocade would be setting up spares centers in three cities in India. The company is also recruiting VAR partners to deploy the newly launched solutions, and offer maintenance and support.

source : crn
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