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Brocade Adds OpenFlow 1.3 Support Across Routers, Switches

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SAN JOSE -- Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced support for OpenFlow 1.3 across its IP portfolio of routing and switching products, extending the company’s leadership and evolutionary approach to Software-Defined Networking (SDN). A key component of the company’s comprehensive SDN strategy, the expansion of OpenFlow support from the Brocade® MLXe and CER/CES product families to the Brocade ICX and VDX switch families enables customers to achieve new agility and programmability across the network—from the data center to the campus to the wide area network (WAN).

While earlier versions of OpenFlow are widely deployed among Research and Education Networks (RENs) and other early adopters, OpenFlow 1.3 delivers a richer feature set required for commercial and enterprise networks to address complex network behavior and optimize performance for dynamic SDN applications. These features include Quality of Service (QoS), Q-in-Q, Group Tables, Active-Standby Controller, IPv6 and more. “OpenFlow 1.3 is a milestone release that delivers some of the core functionality today’s networking environments demand,” said Brad Casemore, research director of Datacenter Networks at IDC. “Brocade’s end-to-end support of OpenFlow 1.3, combined with its Hybrid Port Mode functionality, offers an OpenFlow migration path to organizations that will allow them to embrace SDN without affecting their current production traffic.”

Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD)

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