Brocade Plans for Future With New Data Center Routers
In the SLX 9850 family, company officials include features for greater network visibility, automation, capacity and analytics.Brocade officials are keeping an eye on the not-so-distant future with the introduction of the company's latest lineup of data center routers. The scalable and dense SLX 9850 family, unveiled this week, is designed not only to better manage the fast-growing amount of traffic coming onto corporate networks, but also to give enterprises greater visibility into the data and applications running on them. Cisco Systems is predicting IP network traffic will triple over the next five years, reaching 2.3 zettabytes by 2020. It hit 870 exabytes in 2015. Much of that is being driven by the proliferation of smart, connected devices that make up the growing internet of things (IoT) and the rise of video traffic. Gartner analysts are predicting that 20.8 billion connected devices, systems and sensors will be in use by 2020; Cisco is putting that figure at 50 billion. By 2021, video will account for 70 percent of mobile data traffic. According to Jason Nolet, senior vice president of Brocade's Switching, Routing and Analytics Products Group, enterprises understand what this means in terms of the demand for greater reliability, performance and scalability on their networks, though they're still trying to figure out the best way to address them. At the same time, they also have new concerns, including how to better understand the needs of applications on the network, proactively plan for capacity, quickly address failures and pinpoint security problems in the network.
"These aren't small issues; they can be major challenges for network designers and operators," Nolet wrote in a post on the company blog. "The good news is that greater network visibility can help address many of these concerns, and with today's silicon and software technology, enhanced visibility can be embedded natively within the network itself."