Brocade Demonstrates 100GB Ethernet

Brocade and Spirent Communications Work Together to Demonstrate and Test Australia's First Bi-Directional 100G Ethernet Networking with SDN for Service Providers and Enterprise Networks

Networking solutions provider, Brocade and networks, services and device testing solutions provider, Spirent Communications  today showcased a live demonstration of Australia's first bi-directional 100G Ethernet traffic with full functionality and full speed capabilities, in conjunction with OpenFlow enabled Software Defined Networking (SDN). Brocade interfaced its advanced router, the MLXe with Spirent TestCenter, providing a line rate connection of 100G Ethernet, in effect creating a 200Gbps bi-directional traffic flow.

As part of its support for OpenFlow, inherent to its Software Defined Networking strategy, the Brocade MLX Series delivers OpenFlow in hybrid mode, enabling customisation, scale and efficiency breakthroughs for demanding network environments. Additionally, Spirent recently added its support to the OpenFlow initiative with the introduction of the Spirent TestCenter OpenFlow solution

Today's live connection highlights Brocade’s industry leading openness and performance. Brocade demonstrated that the Brocade MLX Series advanced router was capable of 100G Ethernet data plane connections, whilst interfacing to the Spirent TestCenter via a 10G Ethernet port for the control-plane connections. Both connections provided full functionality and full speed, whilst also manipulating the flow of 100G Ethernet traffic, leveraging the traffic generation and OpenFlow Controller aspects of the Spirent TestCenter.

This initiative supports and highlights the industry trend towards Software Defined Networking and its relevance in large scale, high performance networks.

Note to Editors: Brocade’s principal systems engineer,  for Asia Pacific, David White will be presenting and available for discussion on the topic “Accelerate network transformation to deliver new services with Ethernet Fabric and Software-Defined Networking”.


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