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Brocade expands collaboration with NEC

Anuradha Shukla | May 25, 2012
Brings to market combined solutions around Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow switching.

Brocade and NEC are bringing to market combined solutions around Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow switching, including network virtualisation.

Both companies have announced an expanded collaboration to this end.

As per the agreement between the two companies, the partners will jointly market solutions for network virtualisation, large-scale data centre infrastructure management, traffic engineering and wide area network (WAN) flow management, with an open standards-based approach.

These high-value solutions are built around Brocade's OpenFlow-enabled products and NEC's award-winning Programmable Flow Controller.

This project also involves ongoing certification, interoperability and solution validation testing and joint solution labs in key regional offices will be established to test and demonstrate these solutions.

Interoperable solutions

Brocade and NEC OpenFlow-enabled products completed interoperability testing in 2011.

The companies are now teaming up on technology and implementation alignment, including OpenFlow standards, tunnel technology and application programming interfaces (APIs) to help ensure ongoing innovation and seamless deployment by joint customers.

"The combined NEC and Brocade SDN solutions will give customers the ability to design, deploy, monitor and manage secure, multi-tenant networks from a single point of control," said Mitsuhiro Murooka, vice president, NEC Enterprise Technologies IT. "Brocade and NEC customers will be able to achieve greater service agility, granular traffic control and significant productivity gains by adopting a software-defined network architecture."

Brocade and NEC have planned to demonstrate their technology and joint solutions for upcoming industry events, including Interop Tokyo (13 to 15 June 2012).


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