Service providers are rapidly adopting Carrier Ethernet services around the globe thanks to compelling capabilities such as standardized service definitions as well as improved scalability, reliability, QoS, and manageability. Brocade carrier-grade infrastructure allows providers to build highly scalable networks to deliver residential and business services, while helping them maintain price-performance leadership and investment protection in the face of increased bandwidth requirements.
Brocade Metro Ethernet solutions offer flexibility for service providers that want technology choice as they design their networks. From simple Layer 2 to advanced MPLS capabilities, Brocade products enable the creation of high-capacity Metro Ethernet networks that can support voice, video, and data services.
Because all Brocade Carrier Ethernet products are MEF 9, MEF 14, and MEF 21 certified, providers can offer standardized servicessuch as E-LINE, E-LAN, and E-TREE. In addition, advanced Layer 2 resiliency features—such as IEEE 802.1w, Metro Ring Protocol (MRP), Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (G.8032), and Virtual Switch Redundancy Protocol (VSRP)—enable providers to design an always-on network, thus maximizing the customer experience.
Brocade offerings for Metro Ethernet deployments include the compact Brocade NetIron CES 2000 Series and the Brocade MLX Series of routers. The NetIron CES 2000 Series features advanced Layer 2 technologies for the metro rings while the high-capacity Brocade MLX Series aggregates multiple metro rings. In, addition these Brocade products support advanced MPLS capabilities that offer providers the flexibility to design an advanced routed Metro Ethernet architecture that can meet future scalability demands.
Leading-edge services such as High-Definition (HD) video streaming, cloud services, and mobile broadband have significantly altered network traffic behavior. Instead of localized flows with occasional bursts, traffic flows are more collaborative over geographical distances, and the traffic flows last longer.
These new traffic patterns not only consume enormous amounts of network capacity, but also deflate the revenue per bit. Brocade high end routers such as the Brocade MLX Series and the NetIron XMR Series provide massive routing capacity and industry-leading wire-speed 10 and 100 GbE port densities—enabling the right mix of scalability and economic value for some of the world's largest transit and wholesale IP networks.
Broadband to Business
As today's organizations become increasingly global and build remote offices, the ability to share information becomes even more critical. The ability to offer high-speed connectivity services for these highly distributed enterprises is essential for service provider profitability.
With Brocade Carrier Ethernet routers, service providers can offer high-bandwidth Ethernet connectivity with fast downloads and uploads, along with distributed enterprise connectivity services through a transparent service such as Layer 2 Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). They can provide even more control through Layer 3 VPN services.
All Brocade routers, including the compact NetIron CER 2000 Series and the modular Brocade MLX Series and NetIron XMR Series support advanced QoS mechanisms that enable providers to offer a range of time-critical to best-effort services, thereby maximizing their revenue opportunities.
A variety of Operations, Administration, and Management (OAM) protocols and tools have been developed recently for MPLS, IP, and Ethernet networks, which provide the unparalleled power to proactively manage networks and customer SLAs. This paper reviews the OAM tools available at various layers and describes best practices for choosing the right OAM tool to use for particular network deployments.
Describes a joint Brocade-Occam Networks solution for lowering costs in provider networks while providing turn-key services to generate new revenue opportunities with a Brocade multiplay solution.
Metro service provider SpringNet upgrades its Brocade network infrastructure to boost capacity, improve services delivery, and generate new revenue streams
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
Many services, such as mobile Internet and mobile TV, require high bandwidth, and current backhaul infrastructures are not optimized to handle this traffic. 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.
The Provider Backbone Bridges standard, IEEE 802.1ah, was developed to address the limitations of the Provider Bridges standard, IEEE 802.1ad, and to add additional capabilities sought by service providers.
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.