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SD-WAN for Service Providers – Adopt or Co-opt?

by Andrew Coward on ‎11-01-2016 05:27 PM (1,241 Views)

At the Layer 123 SDN World Congress event in The Hague last week, it appeared that the topic of SD-WAN has finally rattled enough service provider cages to make it to the top of the agenda, and most (if not all) service providers have made plans to start reselling SD-WAN products as soon as possible.

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At the OpenStack Summit you will see demonstrations of solutions that are available in the market as well as have the opportunity to talk to experts who are driving innovations to manage and orchestrate cloud environments. 

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Brocade and Amdocs are working together to develop a joint solution that helps solves OSS/BSS and NFV in a simplified solution that will accelerate deployments and adoption of NFV...

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Why Businesses need a Network Fabric

by stpsmith ‎09-27-2016 02:00 PM - edited ‎09-30-2016 11:51 AM (1,277 Views)

The needs of any business change rapidly in today’s market. Information technology and the networks they are built on are critical to business process and communications...

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Brocade SDN Solutions Help Customers to Move to an Open, Reliable and Scalable Architecture

by shefali.chinni ‎09-27-2016 09:28 AM - edited ‎09-27-2016 09:38 AM (2,055 Views)

Brocade today announces the availability of the Brocade SDN Controller based on OpenDaylight’s Boron release that took place last week...

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Cruise Control Your Network with Brocade SDN Controller and Apps at OpenDaylight Summit

by shefali.chinni on ‎09-22-2016 01:59 PM - last edited on ‎09-22-2016 02:33 PM by Community Manager (2,163 Views)

future world iconBrocade’s Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions delivers the much needed centralized management of the network that is open, flexible, agile...
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Pursuit of the NFV ‘Killer App’ Begins at the Edge

by George_RIFT ‎09-21-2016 05:55 AM - edited ‎09-22-2016 08:31 AM (2,324 Views)

There are two major issues that both the vendor and the operator/carrier communities have to solve together in order to make NFV the de facto networking architecture for service provider networks and applications in this century...

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The technology media is full of news and discussion about DevOps, but what is DevOps and why is it relevant to your organisation?

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OpenStack Barcelona Voting is Open! Vote for the Brocade sessions you would love to see.

by Jeni Lloyd ‎07-26-2016 11:58 AM - edited ‎07-28-2016 01:07 PM (2,579 Views)

The OpenStack Summit travels to Barcelona this October. Now is the time to cast your votes for the sessions you would find most valuable. Remember that most sessions are recorded and posted for on demand viewing so even if you won’t be there in person, it is well worth voting for topics that interest you. The sessions listed below include insights into Brocade integrations and advances in OpenStack environments over the past few months. Voting closes August 8 2016.

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University networks have some unique requirements that make security and monitoring very difficult. Corporate networks can be controlled with binding policies for all employees relatively easily. But universities have a very diverse user base – administrative employees, temporary faculty, researchers, students – that has a lot of churn. This necessitates flexibility in provisioning, which means that these networks need to be relatively open.

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How to Keep Up with Change and Accelerate Your Way to a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)

by savitakini ‎05-12-2016 06:19 AM - edited ‎05-12-2016 02:13 PM (2,871 Views)

Traditional hardware-centric data centers are not able to keep pace with digital transformation. Provisioning is slow, expensive, and error-prone—hindering services delivery in the era of mobile, social, cloud, and big data.

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How to maximize Probe utilization with Brocade Packet Broker

by Jude Vedam ‎05-08-2016 08:18 PM - edited ‎05-12-2016 09:12 AM (1,218 Views)

Are you running probes on x86 server platform? Are you unhappy about not being able to utilize your hardware that runs probes to its fullest potential? Do you end up spending more CPU cycles when you attempt to increase the probe utilization by spraying traffic across your CPUs? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions and you have been searching for an answer, your quest is over. Brocade packet broker solution can help you maximize your probe utilization. Let me tell you how...

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Brocade Recognized for NFV Innovation in Network Visibility for Virtual Workloads

by Daniel.Williams ‎05-04-2016 05:00 AM - edited ‎05-04-2016 05:14 AM (1,199 Views)

Gain real time visibility into east-west traffic between Virtual Network Functions (VNF) with the industry’s first full-featured, virtualized network visibility solution for service providers and data center networks. 

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Brocade VNF Manager – Bringing end-to-end NFV/SDN Solutions to reality

by Nikhil Tambe on ‎04-22-2016 09:47 PM - last edited on ‎04-25-2016 04:12 PM by Community Manager (4,683 Views)

Today, Brocade is launching Brocade VNF Manager, a commercial pure play distribution of OpenStack Tacker...

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Brocade Packet Broker: Leveraging Power of Software

by Jude Vedam on ‎04-18-2016 12:16 AM (2,657 Views)

What is Brocade Session Director? Why has Brocade decided to implement some packet broker functionalities in software? What are the benefits of the design choices? Read on to find out…

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Simplifying Deployment of Packet Broker

by Jude Vedam on ‎02-29-2016 09:48 PM - last edited on ‎03-02-2016 02:08 PM by Community Manager (1,939 Views)

In this post, I would like to touch upon some typical operational challenges faced by implementation engineers and network operations staff when deploying and supporting network packet brokers...

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Making an Innovator, a Network Original

by jcall on ‎02-22-2016 11:57 AM - last edited on ‎03-02-2016 02:27 PM by Community Manager (1,842 Views)

Some of you may recognize the name Brocade. Yes, you may know Brocade as the leading supplier of data center networking products, and have heard of their IP connectivity and enterprise mobility solutions. But we’d like you to consider another side of Brocade -- a side deep-rooted in the enabling technologies currently shaping and redefining communication networks, namely Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

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Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in 5G networks

by kevin.shatzkamer on ‎02-21-2016 06:00 PM - last edited on ‎02-22-2016 05:10 AM by Community Manager (5,243 Views)

Every day there is a new announcement involving big data or real-time analytics for mobile carrier networks. These technologies, along with machine learning...

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Brocade joins the OpenPOWER Foundation

by blarsen on ‎02-19-2016 07:00 AM (1,639 Views)

Brocade Strengthens It’s Ecosystem with OpenPOWER

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Service-Aware Transport for Multi-site NFV Resiliency

by kevin.shatzkamer on ‎02-17-2016 01:22 PM - last edited on ‎02-17-2016 03:10 PM by Community Manager (2,191 Views)

Brocade, Creanord, and Intel have partnered together to develop an approach to Virtual Service Assurance Management (vSAM), enabling more open and deterministic service deployment and resource usage in a virtual environment...

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Brocade @ MWC Barcelona 2016

by scottlh on ‎02-12-2016 06:30 AM - last edited on ‎02-18-2016 08:55 AM by Community Manager (4,727 Views)

At MWC, Brocade will be there showing how we are ‘Your Open Network to 5G’.  Our mobile strategy is simple: to help mobile operators re-architect their networks to support 5G services and deliver higher agility and performance at a fraction of the cost of traditional networks.  We deliver this strategy by simplifying the network infrastructure and making it possible for operators to begin the transformation to 5G today.  Our SDN and NFV technology provide the foundation for mobile operators to re-define how they architect their networks to address the challenges and enable new services including IoT, M2M, high definition video and virtual mobile networking.

 

The demonstrations we are planning include...

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As the networking industry continues to embrace network function virtualization (NFV) as a long-term architectural target, mobile operators continue to analyze how and where it makes sense to incorporate NFV into their technology and operations plans. The promise of NFV is enormous – enabling service providers to scale flexibility in resources to fluctuations in demand, reducing time to market for new products and services, reducing capital and operating expenses through economies of scale, and encouraging open ecosystems to accelerate innovation.  While operators are anxious to realize these goals, the long-term architecture of NFV is difficult to deconstruct into practical short-term steps with quantifiable benefits. Thus, a major challenge facing mobile operators is how quickly to integrate, deploy, and operate NFV when it represents a significant CAPEX investment and operational paradigm shift.

 

Brocade and Openet have partnered together with exactly this goal: delivering solutions that providing quantifiable and recognizable benefits to specific operator challenges. Combining the expertise of Brocade in delivering virtual network functions and Openet’s expertise in policy management and lifecycle management for virtualized network functions, these pre-integrated solutions are specifically focused on Machine to Machine (M2M) and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) / Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNEs).

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NFV-in-a-box: Making NFV Deployments Easy

by kevin.shatzkamer on ‎02-05-2016 01:29 PM - last edited on ‎02-05-2016 03:55 PM by Community Manager (14,967 Views)

Despite industry claims that NFV will reduce overall CapEx, mobile service providers understand there is an initial upfront investment that must be weighed within current budget constraints. In addition, NFV represents a significant operational paradigm shift.  The move to NFV technologies transforms the network from a physical, proprietary hardware model with CLI configurations to software running on x86 compute equipment.  This is a massive transformation that requires additional skillsets and a different mindset.  Hardware skillsets become less important and software skillsets are needed, something many mobile service providers are early in the process of developing.  All of these challenges have mobile service providers facing some uncertainties how to proceed with NFV and therefore, are delaying NFV deployments.

 

Recognizing these challenges, Brocade and Metaswitch have teamed up to help mobile service providers accelerate the deployment of NFV by developing a ‘NFV-in-a-Box’ solution, specifically focused on allowing mobile operators to deploy NFV-based IMS VoLTE. Rather than NFV simply being a technology to implement without a clear path as to how, Brocade and Metaswitch have combined technologies to develop pre-integrated and validated solutions. Combined, these solutions represent an ‘Easy button’ approach to VoLTE NFV deployments. 

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Programmable Packet Brokers for On-Demand Network Visibility

by Jude Vedam ‎01-18-2016 12:21 AM - edited ‎01-19-2016 09:12 AM (3,530 Views)

A typical mobile operator today serves several million connections and a sizable share of these connections originate and terminate from machines. This phenomenon is expected to grow substantially and will in the not too distant future represent a larger share of the overall traffic.  

 

Frequently, a small part of the overall traffic requires deeper analysis than the remaining traffic. With the exploding growth of mobile data, identifying and selecting relevant traffic flows becoming challenging – like searching for needles in the haystack.  Some examples include:

  • VIP customer support: Operators would like to closely monitor VIP customers and identify issues proactively, before they are raised by the customer.
  • Identifying bad and malicious traffic: Operators might want to capture and analyze the packets offline within a flow-level based on bad URL, User Agent, Content Type or any of the payload characteristics and behavior. 
  • Isolating traffic of blacklisted customers: At times traffic from a set of IMSI, Device, APN or eNodeBs might need to be captured for later analysis. 

These scenarios call for a smart packet broker that is flexible and quick to respond to dynamic changes.Programmable Packet Brokers for On-Demand Network Visibility

 

Brocade Packet Brokers comes with a high-speed API gateway. A Probe or analytics system that wants to isolate a flow or subscriber session traffic, or replicate a session traffic to send to special purpose probe can call the API to insert traffic forwarding rules in real-time.

 

In the first and third use cases above, Brocade Packet Brokers feed ‘regular’ network probes that inspect the entire traffic. Whenever a subscriber IMSI is identified, the probe invokes an API requesting a Brocade Packet Broker to replicate and forward the entire subscriber session to a special purpose probe.

 

In the second use case, the probe invokes the API when anomalous signatures are detected in the traffic. Through the API, the probe instructs a Brocade Packet Broker to replicate the traffic of the flow and send it to a purpose-built analytics server for deeper analysis and storage.  

 

 

Benefits

 

As traffic patterns and threats evolve, operators are investing in purpose-built probes and analytics tools to mitigate them. Brocade’s flexible and programmable network packet brokers help optimize tool utilization and lower the total cost of ownership of network probes. 

Count down to Customer Catastrophe

by mbodding ‎11-10-2015 06:37 PM - edited ‎11-10-2015 06:37 PM (4,872 Views)

According to the Daily Telegraph, Black Friday was the busiest shopping day in the whole of the Christmas sales period last year. While another American born Purchasing phenomenon: “Cyber Monday” occupied the number 2 slot. Black Friday is relatively new to us in the UK, but has been an annual event in the US for a long time. Us Brits spent 1.5 billion pounds during that one weekend last year, and we’re predicted to spend around 2 billion this year.

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Smart Packet Broker: Cost Saver for Network Operators

by Jude Vedam on ‎10-21-2015 05:01 AM (3,052 Views)

As Mobile Network Operators (MNO) light up LTE services, they are witnessing a massive expansion in several dimensions, especially lured by the better quality of experience and increasing number of subscribers upgrading to LTE. In order to cater to the increasing influx of subscriber base, operators are adding higher bandwidth to their capacity, including Gi-. Newer LTE handsets are made with larger screen size, multi-core CPUs, higher capacity batteries and higher pixel density, features that offers greater user experience. Several newer mobile-only applications are taking advantage of this infrastructure, providing more value to subscribers. This has resulted in more subscribers switching to LTE and this is a cycle that will continue for a long time.

 

 

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When IP Packets Need Their Own Broker

by Andrew Coward on ‎10-20-2015 05:02 AM (3,584 Views)

Analyzing IP traffic on mobile networks to manage service quality, user experience and security has become rather challenging for mobile operators of late.  Put it down to the amount of traffic now being generated by consumers in 4G and LTE networks.  

 

It turns out that there’s Big Data and then Too Big Data. Mobile operators are trying to figure out how to scale their analytics tools without losing the clarity on - for example - how to improve data throughput in and around a ballpark during a baseball game, or why you can’t maintain a voice call driving through the mountains.

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Network visibility is imperative for mobile operators. Whether the motivation is to identify new revenue streams or reduce operational costs, mobile operators need ways to monitor and mine their networks specifically focusing on subscribers, applications, networks, and devices. To this end, they replicate traffic from the mobile packet core, funneling flows to network packet brokers which aggregate, replicate, filter, optimize and forward relevant traffic flows to network monitoring and analytics tools.

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ONOS and Linux Foundation: A Win for Open Source

by Tom Nadeau ‎10-13-2015 09:00 AM - edited ‎10-13-2015 01:21 PM (4,056 Views)

The Linux Foundation recently announced that the ONOS Project and its constituent staff will be joining as a new project under the Linux Foundation Umbrella.

 

Similar to the views of Neela Jacques, OpenDaylight’s Executive Director, we at Brocade think this is great news for developers and users alike. OpenDaylight (ODL) has been built with the support of most of the industry’s vendors and network operators to be a general-purpose SDN controller platform. As a founding member with a pure-play, supported commercial distribution of ODL, Brocade has a strong commitment to open networking, open source and ODL in particular.

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