Brocade is aiming to make managing campus LANs easier with HyperEdge, which will be released next year and be the foundation of the company’s Effortless Network push.
Brocade is looking to make deploying and managing campus
networks easier through its new Effortless Network initiative, which will be
based on the companys upcoming HyperEdge technology.
Brocade officials on March 6 also introduced two new campus
LAN switches, filling out what the company can offer businesses with campus
The goal of the Effortless Network strategy and HyperEdge
technology is to reduce the amount of network downtime caused by human error by
making the network more automated and easier to manage, according to company
According to Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK
Research, 37 percent of network downtime is caused by human errorthe largest
cause of downtimewhich, in turn, is the result of the growing number of manual
processes required in modern networks. HyperEdge, which will be available next
year, will ease that problem, according to Brocade.
Increasing automation in the switch will help businesses
handle the growing computing trends that are putting increasing pressure on
networks, from unified communications and video applications to virtual desktop
environments and bring-your-own-device
where more employees are looking to gain access to corporate networks and
applications through their personal mobile devices, such as smartphones and
tablets, officials said.
HyperEdge reportedly will unify a campus wired network and
give businesses a single point from which to manage the network. The technology
will let businesses manage all their switches as though they were a single
device, from initial deployment to software upgrades to monitoring. The aim is
to reduce the time and cost of managing the LAN.
In addition, businesses will be able to mix and match within
the switch stack, letting them run high-end and entry-level switches within the
same rack. By doing this, the lower-end switches will share many of the rich
features of the higher-end devices, which will enable businesses to build
switch racks at a lower cost than they can currently. It also will protect
businesses from having to rip and replace future switch stacks, saving money
and protecting the investment in the network, according to Brocade officials.
All that feeds into what Brocade envisions for the Effortless
Network initiative, which the company envisions will have three key aspects: a
more simplified and automated access layer network that reduces operational
costs and lets IT administrators be more responsive to business needs; networks
that can scale and are easy to upgrade to better handle new applications and
business trends; and products that offer enterprise-class capabilities at
Businesses will be able to quickly upgrade their Brocade ICX
and FCX switches when HyperEdge becomes available in 2013, according to the
In addition, Brocade officials also added two new switches to
the ICX lineup aimed at campus networks. The ICX 6430 and ICX 6450 both offer
Layer 2 and 3 functionality and can support Energy-Efficient Ethernet (EEE) and
MACsec encryption for greater data protection. They are available in 24- and
48-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet configurations, and offer optional 1/10GbE
uplink/stacking ports. Both switches can offer up to 384 ports.
The new switches follow Brocades newly released ICX 6610