Feeds

Brocade flicks out trio of denser blades

Bigger blades, bigger networks

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Networking company Brocade has three denser blades for its big iron data centre and carrier switches, meaning they can sit at the centre of even bigger networks than before.

The FC8-64 is a 64-port blade for the DCX backbone switch that looks after Fibre Channel SAN and data centre networking. Each port has a bandwidth of 8Gbit/s and the DCX can now support up to 512 ports per chassis, 33 per cent more than before.

There are two blades for the NetIron MLX switch. The 8X10G-M Series provides 10Gbit/E for carrier Ethernet networks, and enables a doubled wire-speed 10Gbit/E density of 256 ports on a single MLX chassis. It provides full IPv4/IPv6 functionality, MPLS, VPLS and 512K forwarding information base (FIB) capacity. The 8X10G-D blade is the equivalent product for the data centre and provides IPv4/IPv6 functionality with a FIB capacity of up to 256K IPv4 routes.

The new blades deliver a 45 per cent reduction in power and cooling over Brocade’s current offering.

Brocade reckons networking needs are continuing to grow and that it's better to add capabilities to switches rather than multiply the number of switches. It quotes Jeff Wilson, Denovo's service delivery director, as saying: "We need to reduce our network complexity and infrastructure cost by maximizing the capabilities we get from our current equipment." The new DCX blade "mirrors our need to reduce additional chassis within our storage area network, which can greatly reduce cost and management overhead".

On the carrier Ethernet front it has John Souter, the CEO of the London Internet Exchange (LINX), saying: "We're seeing demand for capacity from LINX members at least double every 24 months with massive growth in 10 GbE connectivity."

But networking customers always want more. Unfortunately Brocade fell behind its Ethernet-supplying competitors in its latest reported quarter, with Cisco, HP/ProCurve and Juniper (EX-series) reporting better results and Brocade losing market share in enterprise networking and experiencing declines in service provider Ethernet switching. It's working to get this product area back on track and the new blades should help.

The 8×10G-M Series is available today starting at $39,995, while the 8×10G-D Series will be available this summer, starting at $27,995. The FC8-64 blade for SAN customers will be available through Brocade's OEM and channel partners. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Flash could be CHEAPER than SAS DISK? Come off it, NetApp
Stats analysis reckons we'll hit that point in just three years
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead
Bring your own disks to its object appliances
Nimble's latest mutants GORGE themselves on unlucky forerunners
Crossing Sandy Bridges without stopping for breath
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.