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Brocade stocks fabric and net virtualization arsenal to better battle Cisco

Jim Duffy | Sept. 19, 2013
Unveils new ToR switches, 100G blade for core, NFV router.

For telco network functions virtualization (NFV), Brocade rolled out a new Vyatta vRouter, the 5600. The Vyatta 5600 is designed to harness the packet processing capabilities of the most recent x86 network-centric server platforms, Brocade says, so telcos can address routing requirements through software rather than buying new routing hardware.

The 5600 is capable of 10Gbps throughput per x86 core, Brocade says. It is designed for BGP routing, ACL offload and Virtual BGP Route Reflection, among other use cases.

The 5600 is scheduled for general availability at the end of the year. Brocade also offers the lower-end Vyatta 5400 vRouter for cloud providers, which is used by Amazon, Rackspace and SoftLayer. The 5400 goes up against Cisco's CSR 1000v virtual router.


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