Brocade switch expands Ethernet fabric scalability

Brocade has announced a switching platform, the Brocade VDX 8770 Switch, along with VCS Fabric technology enhancements that “take data center network simplicity, efficiency and resiliency to a new scale.”

The Brocade VDX 8770 is designed for enterprises and service providers striving to both simplify and scale-out their data center infrastructure in order to accelerate new service introduction and drive innovation, while also lowering costs.

The newest family member of the Brocade VDX switches is built to support the largest data centers, delivering simplicity and automation along with massive scalability and performance—all while offering investment protection. 

Simplicity and Automation
The Brocade VDX 8770 and VCS Fabric technology deliver a simplified data center network. Designed specifically for highly virtualized environments, Ethernet fabrics built on VCS Fabric technology accelerate application deployment and enable faster virtual machine (VM) migrations through zero -touch VM discovery, VM mobility and VM port configuration migration. Using VCS fabrics, customers can manage dozens of switches as a single logical device, dramatically reducing operational costs. They can also save installation time as new switches self-provision when they are connected to the fabric. 

Scale and Performance

With today’s virtualized and cloud-centric data center architectures, application performance is highly dependent on the efficiency and utilization of the network infrastructure. VM density per server is also rapidly increasing as customers seek to maximize server utilization. To support these requirements, they need a high-performance network that can scale out on demand to address immediate business needs.

Brocade says the VDX 8770 provides fabric scalability, enabling customers to expand a single VCS fabric up to8000 switch ports with up to 384,000 VMs attached to the fabric—20 times the scalability of the leading competitor. Designed for today’s real-time applications, the Brocade VDX 8770 also delivers the industry’s lowest port-to-port latency at 3.5 microseconds across all 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 10 GbE and 40 GbE ports—half the latency of the nearest competitor.

Moreover, the Brocade VDX 8770 sets a new standard for network efficiency and fault-tolerance with improved scalability and load balancing of Layer 3 gateways in the fabric. Combining this Layer 3 innovation with VCS fabric trunking and TRILL-based Layer 2 ECMP, customers can realize significantly improved network resiliency and superior application performance by maximizing available network bandwidth.

State-of-the-Art Design for the Future

The Brocade VDX 8770 is specifically built to address the evolving needs of tomorrow’s data centers and to support the latest technologies. With an industry-leading 4 Tbps backplane, the Brocade VDX 8770 chassis is designed to support future technologies such as dense 100 GbE, providing ample performance capacity for years to come. The Brocade VDX 8770 is also engineered for emerging Software-Defined Networking (SDN) architectures; with flexible hardware support for network virtualization through technologies such as VXLAN overlay networking.