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Brocade looks to simplify campus LAN

Brocade has rounded out its campus local area networking line-up with new switches and software to simplify management.
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Written by Larry Dignan, Contributing Editor on

Brocade has rounded out its campus local area networking line-up with new switches and software to simplify management.

Jason Nolet, vice president of datacentre and enterprise networking, said in an interview that Brocade is looking to simplify campus wired networks so they can be managed as a single entity. "Today these networks are managed switch by switch, we're looking to simplify management so you can download new policies with a single command," said Nolet.

What Brocade calls an "effortless network" breaks down like this:

  • Technology called HyperEdge that aims to enhance LAN applications such as unified communications and security with the ability to add new software such as virtual desktops
  • HyperEdge allows for single point management, which treats the switching layer as if it were a single device. The aim is to deliver software upgrades and monitoring more easily
  • The ability to mix and match premium and entry-level edge switches enables firms to save money.

According to Brocade, the HyperEdge technology will be embedded on its ICX switches. These switches fill out Brocade's campus networking line-up. Specifically, Brocade launched the ICX 6430 Switch and ICX 6450 Switch. The switches are available in 24- and 48-port 1GB Ethernet models.

Brocade previously rolled out the ICX6610 Switch. Now Brocade has entry-level, mid-tier and premium switches. HyperEdge software will be available in the first half of 2013.

Via ZDNet US

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