Brocade beefs up data center blades for 10G Carrier Ethernet, 8G SAN Fibre Channel

June 2, 2010
The new blades for the the NetIron MLX and DCX Backbone series are faster and offer more density for heavily trafficked service provider networks and booming server virtualization adoption in data centers.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) has unveiled three new data center blades designed to integrate into its two flagship platforms, the NetIron MLX and DCX Backbone series. The company says the new blades, for 10G Carrier Ethernet and 8G SAN Fibre Channel, respectively, offer improved wire-speed performance and density to address increasing traffic in service provider networks and booming server virtualization adoption in data centers.

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The Brocade 8x10G-M Series Blade for Carrier Ethernet networks and 8x10G-D Series Blade for the data center each serve to double the wire-speed 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) density for the NetIron MLX to 256 ports on a single chassis.

Wire-speed performance is becoming more critical as traffic growth drives higher-capacity demands on Carrier Ethernet and data center networks. Designed for service providers, the new Brocade 8x10G-M Series blade for the NetIron MLX doubles the performance and capacity while providing full IPv4/IPv6 functionality, MPLS, VPLS and 512K forwarding information base (FIB) capacity.

Ideal for large data centers and high-performance computing environments, the new Brocade 8x10G-D Series blade for the NetIron MLX also delivers up to 256 ports of wire-speed 10 GbE switching and routing performance and supports IPv4/IPv6 functionality with a FIB capacity of up to 256K IPv4 routes. The new blades also help deliver a 45 percent reduction in power and cooling over Brocade's current offering.

"We're seeing demand for capacity from LINX members at least double every 24 months with massive growth in 10 GbE connectivity," said John Souter, chief executive officer for London Internet Exchange (LINX), one of the world's largest Internet Exchanges.

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Souter continued, "With events such as the 2010 World Cup driving consumer interest and expectations of Internet video, we needed to boost the capacity of our existing infrastructure while also reducing architectural complexity. Brocade was able to deliver the performance we required to remain ahead of the growth curve while also maintaining maximum service levels for our members."

Brocade also introduced its 64-port 8 Gigabits per second (Gbps) FC8-64 blade for the Brocade DCX Backbone family. The 8 Gbps Fibre Channel blade increases the platform's port density by more than 33 percent to 512 ports per chassis. This increased performance and capacity will allow customers to build next-generation SANs and support the growing demands of server virtualization, says the company.

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"Our virtualized data center is growing to support more servers and traffic," said Jeff Wilson, service delivery director for Denovo. "At the same time, we need to reduce our network complexity and infrastructure cost by maximizing the capabilities we get from our current equipment. Brocade's new FC8-64 blade for the Brocade DCX mirrors our need to reduce additional chassis within our storage area network, which can greatly reduce cost and management overhead."

"With our customer-driven focus, we are investing in existing flagship platforms, while accelerating development of advanced technologies such as 100 GbE," said Ken Cheng, vice president of service provider products for Brocade. "In fact, Brocade recently hosted a summit with key customers to discuss the deployment of 100 GbE technology for high-performance networking applications. Based on the success of this summit, Brocade has begun taking early orders for our 100 GbE-based products."

The Brocade NetIron MLX 8x10G Series blades are available in two versions to target the specific needs of customers. The 8x10G-M Series for Carrier Ethernet customers is available today starting at $39,995. The 8x10G-D Series for data center customers will be available in mid 2010 and will start at $27,995. The Brocade FC8-64 blade for SAN customers will be available through Brocade OEM and channel partners.

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