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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

The Brocade BYOD solution delivers a solid foundation for bring-your-own-device initiatives in global enterprise, education, and healthcare organizations of all sizes. The open and secure Brocade HyperEdge Architecture is known for providing an agile, automated, and affordable infrastructure, ensuring users a seamless, secure, and high-quality experience.

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Enabling Agile and Automated Mobility for Bring Your Own Device

With the broad adoption of sophisticated mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops, users expect seamless connectivity for their devices at work or across the university campus. IT has changed from resisting to accepting user devices with the anticipation of cost reduction and increased confidence in security solutions. Consequently, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) continues to be a top IT initiative.

The challenges of BYOD are clear: security and infrastructure capacity. With disparate devices, platforms, and operating systems, protecting critical resources from malicious attacks in the face of limited IT staffs is a tremendous burden. With the sophistication of these devices and their ability to access bandwidth-intensive applications such as video, the need for a flexible, automated, and affordable wireless and wired infrastructure is paramount.

Successful deployment of BYOD that delivers a high-quality user experience demands a wireless and wired network built and supported with the high level of experience and expertise Brocade is known for. Present in 90 percent of the world’s Internet Exchange Points (IXP), Brocade has a reputation for delivering secure, high-performance, and reliable networking solutions. This reputation is why more and more enterprise, education, and healthcare customers worldwide are switching from their incumbent networking vendor to Brocade for their campus networking needs.

Security: A Business Imperative

Security challenges now include two new factos: mobility and scalability. Just a few years ago, security only required a combination of user credentials and physical access control to a wired network port. But today, with the average user carrying three or more wireless devices with increasing levels of sophistication, protecting assets from malicious attacks can present significant challenges to IT. Fortunately, there is a broad range of security options available from Brocade “out of the box” or from our diverse eco-system of Brocade security partners that enables organizations to confidently meet their security policies and objectives.

Infrastructure: The Foundation for Successful BYOD Deployments

Today's enterprise campus networks (wired and wireless) must provide anytime, anywhere mobile BYOD access and scale to meet rising user expectations. These networks are also expected to deliver services thought impossible just a few years ago. High-Definition (HD) video conferencing, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and Unified Communication and Collaboration (UCC) are just a few of the applications that organizations are deploying to enhance employee, student, or staff productivity. To provide these services and drive business competitiveness, campus networks need to quickly and efficiently evolve with the ever-changing environment.

Unfortunately, BYOD deployments frequently encounter significant delays due to excessive focus on security and wireless coverage and not enough on infrastructure capacity planning and preparation. Additionally, legacy three-tier campus architectures, which have been commonly used for nearly 20 years, lack the flexibility and automation to easily deploy a BYOD solution.

The Brocade HyperEdge Architecture and Brocade campus networking solutions enable organizations to meet this challenge with a flexible, high-performance campus network that delivers unmatched simplicity and investment protection. The Brocade HyperEdge Architecture is an evolutionary campus network architecture that combines new innovations with existing technologies to radically simplify campus networks and eliminate legacy protocols such as spanning tree and controller-centric tunneled wireless traffic. As a result, campus networks can better support mobility, security, and rapid application deployment while reducing operating costs.


With more devices and their traffic passing through the campus wired network, it is imperative that organizations have adequate capacity to meet demands. The following examples of key features and innovations show how the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture and Brocade campus networking solutions can provide the capacity and performance needed at an affordable price.

  • Mixed stacking, Distributed Services: Advanced stacking technology from Brocade enables organizations to combine entry-level and premium switches in the same stack. Meanwhile, Distributed Services enables the premium services from the premium switches to extend to the entry-level switches in the stack. Important benefits from this unique innovation are:
    • Extremely low per-port costs: By enabling entry-level switches to inherit and deliver premium services, organizations no longer need to buy a complete stack of advanced and expensive switches. They only need to combine one Brocade premium switch with a stack of Brocade entry-level switches to deliver the equivalent services.
    • Investment protection: With the ability to add a premium switch to a stack of entry-level switches, organizations no longer need to purchase advanced and expensive switches with the expectation that they will grow into them. With Brocade, organizations need only entry-level switches. When a business warrants the need for advanced services, they simply add a premium switch to the stack, and advanced services are extended to the existing entry-level switches. No need for forklift upgrades.
  • Consolidated Management: With the HyperEdge Architecture, all devices in a HyperEdge Domain can be managed as a single logical unit. This reduces the time and chance for human error typically associated with maintaining individual devices.
  • Active-Active links: With the HyperEdge Architecture, Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) is eliminated, enabling all links within the HyperEdge Domain to be active. This eliminates the cost from idle links and complexity created by using STP.

Low TCO and Investment Protection: Another Business Imperative

All enterprise, school, or healthcare institutions are dealing with budget challenges, and the promise of savings from users buying and maintaining their own devices and increased user productivity is the driving interest behind BYOD. Regardless, the cost of acquiring and maintaining technology is a critical decision factor for everyone. Brocade solutions for BYOD address these challenges by presenting the best value:

  • Up to 50 percent lower TCO than leading wireless networking providers
  • Mixed stacking and Distributed Services protect investments and support a 10-year LAN
  • Consolidated management reduces operational costs and downtime due to human error

A successful BYOD or wireless solution means providing a secure, high-quality user experience. Achieving this goal requires research, solid planning, and a focus on both security and infrastructure. Brocade HyperEdge Architecture and Brocade campus network solutions provide the key ingredients for delivering a secure, high-quality user experience that fits both the business and the budget.

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