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
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.
Brocade supports Network Functions Virtualization with a comprehensive portfolio of software-based networking solutions that enable service providers to support diverse deployment models and network services at scale.
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.
Software-based networking is the most effective way to deploy critical networking tasks while meeting the fundamental business requirements of a cloud.
This paper provides an overview of SDN, its expected role in cloud-optimized networks, and how Brocade is implementing SDN vertically and across its portfolio to provide users with a truly open cloud-optimized network, built on a resilient, automated fabric foundation.
Software-based networking solutions that are optimized for virtual environments promise sophisticated, multitiered networks within and between virtual environments. This white paper examines the use of network segmentation in highly virtualized environments.
Dynamic orchestration and provisioning of campus network resources using Software-Defined Networking (SDN).
Brocade software-based networking and security solutions enable programmable networking without changes to network or security configurations, ensuring a smooth transition to the flexible, agile SDN networks of the future, so that enterprises can build toward an SDN environment today.
In the rush to implement virtualization, many IT managers are leaving their network vulnerable to attack, needlessly complicating their disaster recovery plan, and double-spending on network infrastructure.