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Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

Software-Defined Networking is new approach to networking that unbundles the traditional device-bound, vertically integrated network stack to give you greater network automation, architectural flexibility, and programmability for policy-driven control and self-service innovation.

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OpenFlow is an 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
  • Context-aware policy enforcement
  • Real-time security threat (DDoS) mitigation
  • Science DMZ
  • 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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SDN introduces new opportunities to centralize network services more rapidly, but also new forms of complexity. Brocade VCS Fabric technology provides unique automation capabilities and resilience in the physical fabric, as well as integration and hardware support for leading SDN solutions.


Dynamic orchestration and provisioning of campus network resources using Software-Defined Networking (SDN).