Brocade, NEC Expand Efforts To Drive SDN Adoption

Brocade and NEC Corporation of America have announced an expanded collaboration to bring to market combined solutions around Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow switching, including network virtualisation.

Brocade and NEC will jointly market solutions for network virtualisation, large-scale datacentre infrastructure management, traffic engineering and Wide Area Network (WAN) flow management, with an open standards-based approach. Brocade and NEC will market these high-value solutions built around Brocade’s OpenFlow-enabled products and NEC’s Programmable Flow Controller.

As part of the collaboration, Brocade and NEC are committing to ongoing certification, interoperability and solution validation testing. To this end, Brocade and NEC will establish joint solution labs in key regional offices to test and demonstrate their solutions. The current Brocade and NEC OpenFlow-enabled products successfully completed interoperability testing in 2011.

Brocade and NEC are collaborating on technology and implementation alignment, including OpenFlow standards, tunnel technology and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to help ensure ongoing innovation and seamless deployment by joint customers.

“The combined NEC and Brocade SDN solutions will give customers the ability to design, deploy, monitor and manage secure, multi-tenant networks from a single point of control,” said Mitsuhiro Murooka, Vice President, NEC Enterprise Technologies IT. “Brocade and NEC customers will be able to achieve greater service agility, granular traffic control and significant productivity gains by adopting a software-defined network architecture.”

“Through standards-based solutions like OpenFlow, the SDN and underlying network can be coupled to optimise service performance and cost. A key objective for Verizon is to virtualise the network and converge the orchestration of the virtualised networks with VMs in the datacentres to create a true cloud,” said Stuart Elby, Vice President, network architecture and technology, Verizon, and founding board member of Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

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Updated Date: Feb 02, 2017 23:37:05 IST