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Internet Exchange Points and Service Providers

IXPs and ISPs require highly scalable and flexible networks that enable complexity and cost reduction without compromising performance, reliability, or customer experience. Brocade solutions deliver by combining industry-leading density with wire-speed performance for L2, IPv4, IPv6, MPLS, and OpenFlow forwarding. With comprehensive routing protocols and support for native Hybrid Port OpenFlow, IXPs and ISPs can deploy efficient architectures for their routing applications and services.

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IXPs face heavy pressure from the rapid and evolving growth of Internet traffic. The rise of bandwidth-intensive content and applications, such as streaming video, is straining network capacity while traffic patterns continue to become more complex and unpredictable. Legacy network architectures based on VLANs and Layer 2 protocols are not able to scale the number or size of their connections or offer new advanced services, threatening to leave IXPs unable to keep up with massive bandwidth and application needs.

As the peering fabric that interconnects ISPs, an IXP's port and bandwidth capacity, specifically for high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 100 GbE with scalable LAG, are crucial for maintaining and increasing their customer base. With their customers demanding more cost-effective 10 GbE and, increasingly, 100 GbE connections, IXPs require a highly flexible and scalable network to support them. Additionally, their ISP customers seek more high-value services. With an advanced MPLS/VPLS feature set, IXPs can deliver such services, including SLAs, private network interconnects (PNI), and remote peering. To meet today’s demands, IXPs need a solution with industry-leading scalability, performance, and an advanced feature set while reducing cost and complexity in the network.

IXPs worldwide are building their next-generation networks with the Brocade MLXe Series routers, which feature flexible interfaces, scalable bandwidth capacity, and software features designed specifically for their needs. To realize the simplicity and agility that next generation networks require, many IXPs are looking to Software-Defined Networking (SDN). With Brocade, they are able to make a seamless migration to SDN with Hybrid Port OpenFlow, enabling them to deploy a mature set of advanced Layer 2 and MPLS/VPLS features and full wire-speed OpenFlow capabilities simultaneously on the same port. Native OpenFlow at wire speed and for up to 64,000 flows running concurrently with traditionally forwarded traffic enables IXPs to cost-effectively introduce and deploy SDN for new services while supporting existing methods.

IXPs gain significant benefits from deploying Brocade solutions for interconnection services, including:

  • Troubleshooting and monitoring through powerful network-wide visibility with sFlow technology
  • Efficient and flexible resource utilization through even traffic distribution and scale with leading LAG capacity and advanced LAG hashing
  • Complete ISP connectivity capabilities with comprehensive interface speeds, including 1 GbE, 10 GbE, 40 GbE, and 100 GbE combined with the widest choice of optics
  • Maintaining network integrity through security and resiliency with unique port-filtering policies

With Hybrid Port OpenFlow and feature-rich routing protocols on one router, Brocade has provided the world’s largest IXPs with industry-leading density and performance.

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