Brocade lets companies embed network visibility on every router and switch

Brocade has expanded its Brocade SLX family with newwitches that feature network visibility and the addition of Brocade Workflow Composer Automation Suites for turnkey automation.  

Building on the Brocade SLX 9850 routing solution that Brocade introduced in September, the new Brocade SLX 9140, SLX 9240 and SLX 9540 data center switches let organizations embednetwork visibility on every router and switch.

Brocade explains that with the feature organizations can achieve pervasive visibility throughout the network to quickly identify problems, accelerate mean-time-to-remediation and improve overall service levels. The Brocade SLX 9140 and 9240 extend these capabilities with a programmable ASIC that provides Visibility Services from the physical wire to virtual networks and workloads.

New automation suites, including Network Essentials, Data Center Fabrics and Internet Exchange Points for the Brocade Workflow Composer platform, powered by StackStorm, provide automated network provisioning, validation, troubleshooting and remediation workflows. These automation suites are ideal for customers who want to jumpstart their automation journey with pre-built workflows to accelerate time-to-value.  Introduced earlier this year, Brocade Workflow Composer is a server-based, DevOps-style network automation platform that integrates across IT domains for end-to-end workflow automation. 

According to IDC, two-thirds of CEOs at Global 2000 companies will place digital transformation at the center of their corporate strategies by the end of 2017.  CEOs recognize they must become a digital organization to accelerate the pace of innovation and drive competitive advantage or risk being displaced by more nimble competitors.  Fast innovation can only happen with an agile IT foundation where automation works seamlessly with network visibility while digitally connecting all IT domains and functions together to eliminate silos and deliver end-to-end automation.

“Organizations that are going through digital transformation need networks that are extremely agile, extensively automated and highly visible,” said Jason Nolet, senior vice president, Switching, Routing and Analytics Products Group, Brocade.  “Brocade is delivering the breadth and depth of flexibility and agility that sets us apart from other network providers. We do so vertically across the data center stack, and horizontally across domains within the data center—while being open at every layer.”

Brocade SLX Family Advancements

The new Brocade SLX 9140 leaf switch provides native 48×25 GbE server-facing ports and 6×100 GbE ports in a 1U fixed form factor. It also features flexible 1/10/25/40/100 GbE configuration options.

The new Brocade SLX 9240 spine switch delivers high density 32×100 GbE ports in a 1U fixed form factor.

Both the Brocade SLX 9140 and SLX 9240 switches feature the first programmable ASIC in their class of switch enabling Brocade to rapidly deliver new capabilities via software.  This eliminates expensive forklift upgrades for customers when new technologies and protocols are introduced into the environment.