Networking solutions provider, Brocade, has announced the Brocade Flow Optimizer application and new SDN capabilities in Brocade MLX Series routers.
In the New IP, the Brocade Flow Optimizer enables the network to play a role in understanding anomalous traffic patterns and behaviors, and flags them or takes action in real time. The Brocade Flow Optimizer is an SDN application that supports an OpenDaylight-based controller that provides real-time policy-based management for network traffic flows.
When coupled with Brocade MLXe routers, the Brocade Flow Optimizer enables service providers and enterprises to gain proactive insight into their network traffic, mitigate network attacks, and eliminate network congestion, with the ultimate goal of improving the end user experience. Organisations operating in today's New IP environment face increasing demands for cloud-based applications and need to support social, mobile, and Big Data initiatives. However, network performance combined with security-related attacks and breaches continue to impede delivery of services and create additional challenges to network and service reliability, according to Brocade.
The Brocade Flow Optimizer application allows network managers to mitigate network flood attacks, throttle bandwidth intensive workloads, reprioritize rogue traffic, and redirect suspicious activity for further analysis. "Service providers are facing threats to the sustainability of their businesses and must reconsider their business models and their approaches to network design. Network intelligence is crucial for successful IP-based services and architectures," ACG Research CEO and principal analyst, Ray Mota, said. "Brocade, a leading vendor enabling the New IP, is addressing this problem with its comprehensive and open SDN architecture." Brocade also announced Brocade NetIro OS 5.9 software, building on the continued advancement of SDN capabilities in the Brocade MLXe routers. Providing new OpenFlow features, this latest OS release leverages the industry-leading Brocade VersaScale programmable forwarding architecture. By using this architecture with SDN applications such as the Brocade Flow Optimizer, organizations can improve visibility over network traffic and simplify forwarding control. "With the introduction of the Brocade Flow Optimizer, Brocade is taking a concrete step to help its customers maximize the value of software-driven networks and increase network performance by mitigating network attacks and enabling policy-based traffic engineering," Brocade senior director A/NZ, Gary Denman, said. "Brocade is delivering on the merits of agile, New IP networks with a low-risk, highly innovative SDN solution." Brocade's open SDN architecture is a low-risk and modular solution that consists of the Brocade Flow Optimizer application, Brocade SDN Controller, Brocade MLXe routers, and Brocade ICX campus switches.