Brocade Technology Day is kicking off this morning, and a few big product updates already crossed the wire. The networking equipment maker is debuting a number of new products that tout more capacity and less latency than previous generations.
The latest addition to Brocade’s data center fabric line-up is the VDX 8770 chassis switch. It’s available in two different editions, one with eight slots and one with four – each one of these offers with 4Tbps. This means that the 8870, can support upwards of 40 100G Ethernet ports per slot, and even more, depending on the configuration. The 100 gigabyte modules for the switch will be available within 12 months to a year and a half, according to the company.
VDX 8770 touts a few other things as well, including port-to-port latency clocking in at 3.5 microsecond. Lag is a huge factor, as Stu Miniman and Luke Norris of Peak Colo pointed out in a recent Peer Insight report. Norris will be one of the guests making an appearance in theCube later today during Brocade’s event.
“With the introduction of the VDX 8770, Brocade delivers on the promise of delivering large scale Ethernet Fabric solutions.” says Wikibon Sr Analyst Stu Miniman. “Brocade’s VCS technology built on TRILL provides flexibility and simplicity in growing Ethernet networks. Now with larger configurations and support of overlay networks (VXLAN and NVGRE), Brocade’s Ethernet portfolio is well positioned for highly virtualized environments.”
Also new is the MLX router, which features tripled 10G density and 24-port modules. It can scale up to as much as 768 10G ports, and on top of that else the MLX also supports OpenFlow – the de facto industry standard for software-defined networks.