Networking firm Brocade has announced its intention to challenge the dominance of Cisco and HP in the campus LAN market with new edge switching products aimed at mid-sized enterprises.
The firm said its products will meet the growing need among such firms to manage rising traffic volumes on their networks while making it as simple as possible for IT staff to manage the network and the technology underneath.
The two products are the ICX 6430 and 6450, with either 24 or 48 ports that can be stacked to create as many as 384 ports with 1Gb Ethernet connections, with both 1GB and 10GB uplink capabilities available too.
Marcus Jewell, Brocade's UK country manager, told V3 that the firm believes it can appeal to firms looking for a balance on cost and functionality, touting the products capabilities as more than enough for firm's requirements.
"We have launched the campus products so we can compete in this market by offering a combination of competitive pricing but also investment protection as devices can be stacked together and upgraded to take advantage of new features and functionalities," he said.
"The products have very good throughput and raw performance and are very easy to manage and install, and are already future-proofed for the new wireless technology speeds that are coming out."
He added that with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments becoming more common and mobile device use increasing too many firms are increasingly requiring the ability to increase the capability of their networks at short notice.
"The mass adoption of mobile devices across network, and the rise of video internally, for training or web cast is putting a strain on edge networks," he said.
Jewell said Brocade had designed the tools to be future-proofed, making it possible for one upgrade to be pushed to one device in stack but for this to then apply to all the switches being used.
Jewell added that the firm believes there is a gap in the market between the two established players of Cisco and HP that Brocade can exploit.
"We believe that Cisco and HP are coming at the market in two ways; either as a value player, as Cisco is, that can command a high price point, or with aggressive pricing but not as much functionality, as HP offers," he said.
"As such we are aiming to sit in the middle of this with highly functional products that will also prove good investment for firms too."
The Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 are available from Tuesday directly from both Brocade and channel partners with at a starting list price of $1,295.
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