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Brocade MLX Series

Brocade MLX Series core routers deliver unprecedented scale and performance, high reliability, and operational efficiency for the most demanding service provider and enterprise networks. Built on a programmable architecture with high-density 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 40 GbE, and 10 GbE routing, these routers meet massive bandwidth demands, while maximizing ROI. Leading OpenFlow 1.3 scale in hybrid port mode provides a seamless transition to SDN for increased network agility and programmatic control.

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As almost every aspect of the world becomes digitalized and data, no matter what type, moves to the cloud, the interconnections between data centers, sites, and users are more critical than ever. The traffic patterns on those interconnections, within the data centers and on the campus network, are significantly different than they were 10 or 15 years ago. This means the requirements of the networking devices have been completely transformed and will continue to change at a rapid rate during this momentous sea change. As a result, network operators need solutions that can provide programmability, scale, and operational simplicity, enabling them to adapt and grow their network quickly. They will not only realize better TCO, but also unlock true ROI from the network for their business.

The Brocade MLX Series was designed to perform the pivotal routing function at and between cloud data centers and the end user. Built with a state-of-the-art, sixth-generation programmable architecture and terabit-scale switch fabrics; the Brocade MLX Series helps service providers and enterprises meet massive bandwidth demands, achieve greater virtualization, and provide high-value cloud-based services using less infrastructure—thereby simplifying operations and reducing costs in the data center. Carriers, Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), transit providers, and high-performance research networks also rely on these routers for their backbone networks to meet skyrocketing traffic requirements and reduce the cost per bit. Moreover, the Brocade MLX Series can reduce complexity in campus networks by collapsing core and aggregation layers, as well as providing connectivity between sites using MPLS/VPLS.

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) promises to provide an agile network for specialized service delivery. The Brocade MLX Series provides a seamless transition to real-world SDN with support for OpenFlow 1.3 in true hybrid port mode. This unique capability provides a pragmatic path for enabling network operators to integrate OpenFlow into existing networks, giving them the programmatic control offered by SDN for specific flows while the remaining traffic is routed as before.

Today’s organizations also face a wide range of data privacy challenges, from cyber attacks and third-party snooping on private networks, to compliance requirements and growing demand for premium, secure services. Ensuring data privacy throughout the network is therefore imperative as organizations seek to enable secure operations while increasing growth, productivity, and profitability. The Brocade MLX Series provides inline encryption capabilities at wire speed, ensuring data privacy without compromising performance or requiring complex deployments.

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This document contains the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Management Information Base (MIB) objects that are supported on devices.

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This document describes how to install RJ45 and mRJ21 cables into the cable cinch.

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i3D.net leverages Brocade technology to deliver an exceptional online gaming experience over high-capacity, low-latency, cloud-based networks.

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Nikhef upgrades network by deploying Brocade MLX Series routers and Brocade FCX Series switches, improving security, bandwidth, and scalability.

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Leading cloud services provider meets growing demand for increased network performance and capacity with Brocade Ethernet fabrics.

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Metro service provider SpringNet upgrades its Brocade network infrastructure to boost capacity, improve services delivery, and generate new revenue streams

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Veracity Networks leverages a highly scalable and reliable network from Brocade to increase its high-value commercial customer base while meeting voice, video, and data service demands of residential customers

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Service providers are looking for new ways to produce incremental revenue by providing Carrier-Grade Ethernet services, business VPNs, and Internet connectivity. Using a Layer 2 architecture at the very edge of a metro network provides a simple, low-cost solution. One such protocol that offers a solution is MRP. This document explains the operation and benefits of MRP

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Next-generation networks require an overall architecture evolving to accommodate new technologies that support the growing numbers of users, applications, and services. IPv6 is designed to be more robust, dramatically increase the pool of global IP addresses, simplify network administration, resolve security and mobility issues, and improve Quality of Service (QoS).

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Recently, there has been an increasing interest in deploying IPTV services among telecom operators who provide broadband access services to residential subscribers. This paper details the Brocade solution for delivering IPTV service in telco networks.

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An overview of Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) and Virtual Leased Line (VLL) and Brocade solutions for deploying them.

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Advanced routers and switches from Brocade enable highly scalable designs for the eventual convergence of voice and data infrastructure that can deliver new multimedia services.

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In order to truly align the enterprise infrastructure strategy with business requirements, organizations must be free to choose the solutions that best meet their unique needs and based upon open standards, not proprietary, closed systems.

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This paper provides an overview of SDN, its expected role in cloud-optimized networks, and how Brocade is implementing SDN vertically and across its portfolio to provide users with a truly open cloud-optimized network, built on a resilient, automated fabric foundation.

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As cloud-based services become more prevalent, scalable multitenant network environments become more imperative. The multitenant data center network architecture from Brocade provides a smooth and scalable cloud deployment that simplifies management and orchestration.

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The ability to transport Ethernet over different transport technologies raises the exciting proposition of Ethernet services not only in campus or metro networks but also at a global level.