Brocade IPv6 Innovation and Solutions
Brocade has implemented IPv6 based on industry open standards to guarantee interoperability. In addition to offering similar features as IPv4, Brocade continues to develop new features, technologies, and capabilities—all of which bring innovation to the IPv6 world.
High-Performance IPv6 Traffic Forwarding
The Brocade NetIron and MLX products deliver IPv6 traffic and services at wire speed without oversubscription. Both the Brocade MLX Series and Brocade NetIron XMR Series platforms are based on a distributed, high-performance, ultra-low latency, and network-processor-based architecture.
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Carrier Ethernet Services with IPv6 Enabled
As an early and active member of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), Brocade has incorporated requirements from MEF specifications in its new generation of products. The Brocade MLX and NetIron XMR product lines are certified for both MEF 9 and MEF 14. All the Carrier Ethernet services—such as VPLS and VLL—are IPv6 ready.
Increased Resilience and Performance with MCT and 64-Port Carrier Trunk
With Brocade Multi-Chassis Trunking (MCT), customers can achieve enhanced system availability through redundant systems, loop management without the use of Spanning Tree Protocol, full system bandwidth high availability, rapid link-failure recovery, and link aggregation to an IEEE 802.3ad-capable edge device. Carrier trunks allow 64x10G link aggregation groups (LAGs) to be deployed using an advanced load-sharing algorithm, which operates on IPv6 headers in addition to IPv4, Layer 2, MPLS Layer 2 VPN, and MPLS Layer 3 VPN headers.
IPv6 Traffic Monitoring with sFlow
Brocade understood the power of sFlow early and was one of the first to implement it. Brocade switches and routers support sFlow version 5. With extensive experience in building high-density routers and switches with a large number of high-speed interfaces, Brocade has pushed the envelope with a scalable and mature implementation of sFlow technology. IPv6 is natively supported with sFlow technology on both Brocade XMR and MLX/MLXe product lines.
IPv6-Ready with 40/100-GbE Technology and Platform
The Brocade next-generation MLXe core router integrates multiport 100-GbE, multi-Terabit trunks and comprehensive 100-GbE packet processors to ensure wire-speed performance. The router provides one platform, one software, and five times the throughput, with features that significantly reduce network complexity and ready-to-deliver IPv6 services from the service provider core through to the data center network.
Brocade 6PE: IPv6 over MPLS
Most service providers around the world today run MPLS-based IP backbones. For this reason, Brocade developed an IPv6 Provider Edge (6PE) router over MPLS to help service providers integrate IPv6 into their MPLS network. Brocade 6PE-enabled backbones allow IPv6 domains to communicate with each other over an MPLS IPv4 core network. This implementation requires no backbone infrastructure upgrades and no reconfiguration of core routers and represents a very cost-effective strategy for IPv6 deployment for service providers.
Router Redundancy with VRRPv3
Virtual Redundancy Router Protocol (VRRP) is an election protocol that provides redundancy to routers within a VLAN. VRRP allows alternate router paths for a host without changing the IP address or MAC address by which the host knows its gateway. Both the Brocade MLX and NetIron XMR Series routers support the standard VRRPv3, which supports both IPv4 and IPv6 environments.