Brocade Adds OpenFlow 1.3 Support

By CIOReview | Thursday, March 6, 2014

SAN JOSE,CA: Brocade, global provider of networking products, has announced that it now supports OpenFlow 1.3 across its Intellectual Property portfolio of routing and switching products, increasing its backing of the open protocol for Software Defined Networking.

This is not the first time the company has turned to OpenFlow; previous versions of the open standard were widely deployed among Research and Education Networks, and early adopters. But, the version 1.3 of OpenFlow has features that can also be leveraged by commercial and enterprise networks to address complex network behavior and optimize performance. “OpenFlow 1.3 is a milestone release that delivers some of the core functionality today's networking environments demand,” says Brad Casemore, Research Director of Datacenter Networks at International Data Corporation. The new features include, Quality of Service, Q-in-Q, Group Tables, Active-Standby Controller, IPv6 and more.

According to the company, it has shipped more than one million OpenFlow enabled ports on their flagship and compact carrier Ethernet routers and switches. By expanding the support to LAN and Data Center switching portfolios–the Brocade ICX and VDX product families–they are enabling new SDN use cases to deliver services and applications faster, while reducing costs.

While, Juniper and Cisco also have products with OpenFlow supports, they do not include the open protocol but instead revolve around a different approach, reports Yevgeniy Sverdlik of DatacenterDynamics.