Brocade Leads OpenFlow Adoption to Accelerate Network Virtualization and Cloud Application Development

Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:01am EDT

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  SAN JOSE, CA, Mar 22 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
Brocade(R) (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced it is taking a leadership
position to help define standards to enable scalability and manageability
in hyper-scale cloud infrastructures. Brocade has become an initial
member of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization
dedicated to promoting a new approach to networking called
Software-Defined Networking (SDN). 

    SDN involves several components, one of the most important being
standard-based OpenFlow, an emerging standard delivering service
providers granular control of their network infrastructures. Brocade will
leverage its work in developing OpenFlow across its high-performance
service provider portfolio to enable customers to build high-value
applications across their networks with greater efficiency and
unparalleled simplicity.

    Today's service providers and network operators face a number of
challenges that require multiple solutions in order to ensure highly
efficient and profitable operation. Brocade's goal in working with the
Open Networking Foundation is to alleviate the burden of operational
complexity for service providers by leveraging OpenFlow to manage and
operate their networks. 

    Brocade has developed an OpenFlow enabled IP/MPLS router as part of its
service provider product portfolio for application verification and
interoperability testing with its partners and customers. Brocade plans
to make additional OpenFlow strategy and product announcements later this
year. Brocade will initially focus its efforts on delivering solutions
that enable the scalability and manageability required in hyper-scale
cloud infrastructures.

    "Stronger definition of network behavior in software is a growing trend,
and open interfaces are going to lead to faster innovation," said Nick
McKeown, ONF board member and professor at Stanford University.

    "In June 2010, Brocade was one of the first major networking vendors to
publicly endorse OpenFlow," said Ken Cheng, vice president, Service
Provider Products, Brocade. "Our goal is to leverage OpenFlow to build
compelling cloud networking solutions for service providers and network
operators worldwide, while lowering the cost associated with operating
their networks."

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    About Brocade 
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