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Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

Traditional networks and data centers are being stretched to their limits. They were never designed for today's astronomical growth in bandwidth-intensive applications—and the ever-increasing demand for speed, scalability, and resilience. Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a powerful new network paradigm designed to address these issues. Brocade leads the way in SDN technologies to help unleash the power, intelligence, and analytics of networks with a flexible, end-to-end cloud-based solution.

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OpenFlow is an emerging, industry-standard SDN communications protocol that provides access between the forwarding plane of a network switch or router and a network controller, facilitating more sophisticated traffic management and engineering. OpenFlow provides greater programmatic control of the network, enabling new network applications to be developed for virtualized environments. Brocade delivers OpenFlow-enabled or OpenFlow-ready products across all of its flagship switching and routing product families, including Brocade MLX Series routers, Brocade ICX switches, and Brocade VDX switches. This comprehensive, end-to-end support of OpenFlow helps ensure that organizations can realize the benefits of SDN at all points within the data center, the WAN, and the campus network.

Brocade solutions support OpenFlow 1.3, allowing operators to address complex network behavior, optimize performance, and leverage a richer set of capabilities. Building on the OpenFlow 1.0, 1.1, and 1.2 releases, OpenFlow 1.3 enables a broader set of use cases for production in commercial networks. Use cases include

  • WAN virtualization and optimization
  • Services chaining
  • Data center network virtualization
  • Real-time security threat (DDoS) mitigation
  • Science DMZ
  • Wi-Fi access control
  • SDN packet-optical integration

Brocade is taking an innovative approach by implementing OpenFlow in the industry’s only true hybrid port mode. With hybrid port mode, OpenFlow is able to integrate and run on the same physical infrastructure as traditional routing and switching. This unique capability provides a pragmatic path to SDN by enabling network operators to maximize the value of their network, giving them the programmatic control offered by SDN for specific flows while the remaining traffic is routed as before, and scaling up the OpenFlow deployment as network demands change.

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