Brocade delivers turnkey SDN solution for the New IP
By Digital News Asia July 1, 2015
- Flow Optimizer addresses real-time network performance challenges
- Delivers SDN enhancements to Brocade MLXe routers
BROCADE Inc has announced the Brocade Flow Optimizer application and new SDN (software-defined networking) capabilities in its MLX Series routers.
In the New IP, the Brocade Flow Optimizer enables the network to play a role in understanding anomalous traffic patterns and behaviours, and flags them or takes action in real time, the company said in a statement.
The Brocade Flow Optimizer is an SDN application that supports an OpenDaylight-based controller that provides real-time policy-based management for network traffic flows.
When coupled with Brocade MLXe routers, the Brocade Flow Optimizer enables service providers and enterprises to gain proactive insight into their network traffic, mitigate network attacks, and eliminate network congestion – with the ultimate goal of improving the end-user experience, Brocade said.
Organisations operating in today’s New IP environment face increasing demands for cloud-based applications and need to support social, mobile, and big data initiatives, the company said in its statement.
However, network performance combined with security-related attacks and breaches continue to impede delivery of services and create additional challenges to network and service reliability.
The Brocade Flow Optimizer application allows network managers to mitigate network flood attacks, throttle bandwidth intensive workloads, reprioritise rogue traffic, and redirect suspicious activity for further analysis.
“Service providers are facing threats to the sustainability of their businesses and must reconsider their business models and their approaches to network design,” said ACG Research chief executive officer and principal analyst Ray Mota.
“Network intelligence is crucial for successful IP-based services and architectures,” he added.
Brocade also announced the Brocade NetIron OS 5.9 software, building on the continued advancement of SDN capabilities in the Brocade MLXe routers.
Providing new OpenFlow features, this latest operating system release leverages the industry-leading Brocade VersaScale programmable forwarding architecture.
By using this architecture with SDN applications such as the Brocade Flow Optimizer, organisations can improve visibility over network traffic and simplify forwarding control, Brocade said.
“With the introduction of the Brocade Flow Optimizer, Brocade is taking a concrete step to help its customers maximise the value of software-driven networks and increase network performance by mitigating network attacks and enabling policy-based traffic engineering,” said Sean Ong (pic), country manager at Brocade Malaysia.
“Brocade is delivering on the merits of agile, New IP networks with a low-risk, highly innovative SDN solution,” he added.
Pricing and availability
The Brocade Flow Optimizer SDN application is generally available. Price is based on a perpetual software licence, depending on the network capacity supported, Brocade said.
Capacity for up to 20GB of traffic management is priced at US$4,995 and capacity for up to 200GB of traffic management is priced at US$12,995.
The Brocade NetIron OS 5.9 software will be available in the third quarter of 2015 at no additional cost to Brocade MLX customers with a current service contract, subject to change at Brocade's sole discretion.
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