Brocade has launched its HyperEdge Architecture to help campus environments to better manage their mobilised workforce. The data centre fabric architecture of a simpler and flatter network extends their vision, 'The Effortless Network.'
The explosion of mobile devices and bandwidth-intensive applications and services has exerted tremendous strain on the traditional three-tier campus network, resulting in 'patch' technologies such as Rapid Spanning Tree and quality of service (QoS) as 'band-aid' fixes.
KP Unnikrishnan, marketing director of Brocade, said mobility has been flagged as a key issue in Asia Pacific, causing pressure points in campus networks. Although 'band-aid' fixes have been provided, they are often costly and incapable of adapting to an increasingly complex environment.
"We launched our HyperEdge Architecture last quarter and have seen about 1,200 global customers adopt the new products so far. A significant number of these customers were from APAC, more specifically, the education, healthcare, enterprise and media verticals, where we foresee product adoption to gain further momentum," he said.
Brocade will also be rolling out a series of strategic marketing initiatives across Asia Pacific for partners to better understand the value propositions of the HyperEdge Architecture. This includes a complimentary trial period, education and training.
The new HyperEdge Architecture differs from the traditional three-tier campus network as all three network layers are collapsed into a single stack. Such consolidated management offers agility and automation as users are able to manage the entire switching layer as a single device, thereby improving productivity while saving cost.
In addition, new features include centralised access point (AP) management, distributed AP forwarding, self-healing mobility APs and active-active links within individual and scaled HyperEdge domains.
Another leading-edge feature at the campus level is the self-healing aspect of APs which ensures continuous coverage in the event of an access point failure - an intelligence that Brocade claims to be pioneering.
The HyperEdge Architecture aims to provide a sustainable growth and investment for enterprises to mature their highly scalable campus networks with ease.
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