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May 11, 2009

Brocade pushes IP data centre switches

Adds top-of-rack and stackable switches, and app controller

By CBR Staff Writer

Data centre networking supplier Brocade Communications Systems Inc has put out its first IP networking products since buying Foundry Networks last year, with new switching and application delivery products for data centres and campus networks.

It has produced a 10 Gigabit Ethernet top-of-rack switch, has added a high-throughput application switch for service providers, and come out with a switch it claims is the first to support the emerging Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) standard.

The company’s TurboIron 24X top-of-rack switch will sell at $12,000, when it launches next month. It provides 24-ports of 10 GbE/1 GbE wire-speed performance with ultra-low latency for server access and aggregation in a 1U form factor, the company said.

Its new FastIron CX Series is a stackable switch for campus networks which is said to provide the highest PoE+ port density in a stackable form factor with 24 or 48 10/100/1000 port density and an optional 10 GbE module for high-performance connectivity.

When power over Ethernet standards were ratified in 2003, its nominal power delivery at 12.95 W was more than adequate for applications such as VoIP phones, security cameras, and wireless access points. 

The POE+ standard will enable a whole new breed of power-hungry devices from full-featured video phones, video teleconferencing stations, and high-performance pan-tilt-zoom security cameras.

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Brocade said its new system would deliver 30 watts of power per port, approximately twice the current standard.

In the area of application delivery, Brocade’s new ServerIron ADX is designed to scale performance and density as data centres and content demands grow. 

It supports Layer 4 through 7 switching in a modular application delivery controller platform, and handles any TCP- or UDP-based application by providing acceleration, content caching, firewall load balancing, network optimisation, and host offload features for web services. It starts at $21,995.


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