Brocade has announced the launch of a new network management platform designed to help enterprises better manage the growing demand on their networks from wired and wireless devices.
The new HyperEdge platform brings in a number of capabilities designed to help enterprises meet this convergence as the firm seeks to challenge the likes of HP and Cisco the wireless management market.
Chief among the new update is the ability for all switches in a stack to be run from the latest software update as part of the launch. This is designed to make it easier for enterprises to deploy large switching portfolios in their networks.
“This means you can mix and match different switches and the high-end switch in the stack will pass on the capabilities to the others. This makes it a lower cost per switch,” European Campus product manager Simon Pollard told V3.
"This capability will come to both new switches we make available but also existing one through a free software update."
Another new capability is called Distributed Access Point Forwarding (DAFP). This is designed to remove the need to differentiate between wired and wireless capabilities and treat all access as the same.
“This allows access points to have the intelligence to manage traffic themselves, rather than sending it into the main network controller, so the network becomes more resilient and scalable,” said Pollard.
“It also means that as traffic increases the network is already set up to deal with this rise.”
Furthermore, on the hardware side, the firm has introduced three new wireless access points. The first two are the Brocade Mobility 1220 and Brocade Mobility 1240 (pictured below) that are designed to offer improved resilience and performance for widespread deployments.
The third, the 1250, will be launched later this year and support speeds of 1Gbit/s on the 802.11a/c standard.
The firm has also launched a new smaller form factor switch, the ICX6430-C12 (pictured below), that’s designed for use in smaller enterprise environments.
“This is a 12 port version of our existing switch, the ICX 6430, but with the same software and capabilities. It’s a fanless device, so ideal for use in place like classrooms, hospitals, retail and so forth where you don’t want a lot of noise,” added Pollard.
The device will be available from June and cost $1,095 from resellers.
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