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.


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 (1,408 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.


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 (486 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...


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 (647 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. 


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 (2,272 Views)

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


Brocade Packet Broker: Leveraging Power of Software

by Jude Vedam on ‎04-18-2016 12:16 AM (1,612 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…


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 (1,495 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...


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 (1,426 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).


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 (3,538 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...


Brocade joins the OpenPOWER Foundation

by blarsen on ‎02-19-2016 07:00 AM (999 Views)

Brocade Strengthens It’s Ecosystem with OpenPOWER


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 (1,564 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...


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 (3,790 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...


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).


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 (4,421 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. 


Programmable Packet Brokers for On-Demand Network Visibility

by Jude Vedam ‎01-18-2016 12:21 AM - edited ‎01-19-2016 09:12 AM (3,053 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.  





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 (4,456 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.


Smart Packet Broker: Cost Saver for Network Operators

by Jude Vedam on ‎10-21-2015 05:01 AM (2,656 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.




When IP Packets Need Their Own Broker

by Andrew Coward on ‎10-20-2015 05:02 AM (2,926 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.


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.


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 (3,638 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.


Brocade SDN Controller 2.0: New Look and New Accessories

by lcaywood on ‎09-15-2015 09:00 AM (4,693 Views)

If you’ve been following what we at Brocade are doing with SDN, you know that we have a very strong affiliation with the OpenDaylight Project. All of our SDN engineering efforts are done within the Project, and our distribution is built directly from the Project, meaning that everything within our distribution is from OpenDaylight, with no proprietary extensions.


Since the original 1.0 release, based on Helium, we have done dot releases about every 6 weeks in order to incorporate ODL Service Releases and features which have been sufficiently matured to meet our testing requirements. Our 2.0 release is based on Lithium, and will follow a similar agile schedule of dot releases. 3.0 will be based on Beryllium.


The 2.0 release incorporates Lithium’s clustering enhancements for improved reliability and scalability. Lithium also formally deprecated the Application-Driven SAL and fully replaced it with the Model-Driven SAL. (A good description of the difference between the two Service Abstraction Layers can be found here.) This meant that the OVSDB southbound interface, which was based on the AD-SAL, needed to be rewritten. The teams also did significant enhancements on the northbound side on the OpenStack Neutron ML2 plug-in, which Brocade got certified with the Red Hat OpenStack Juno distribution on behalf of the OpenDaylight Project.


The new open-source stack for virtual networks now looks like this:




Speaking of looks, with this release we have created a new Brocade GUI, which provides both more flexibility and a much more intuitive interface for network operators. The GUI is technically separate from, but bundled with the controller. Our two new applications, Topology Manager and Flow Manager (below) both leverage the GUI.




Topology Manager is a free application that is bundled with the controller download. It provides an intuitive way of visualizing OpenFlows between controller-attached nodes. Flow Manager is a for-fee application that allows users to configure and manage flows with a few clicks on the relevant nodes. Pop-up screens within the app provide the desired details for each flow. These two apps join the Brocade Flow Optimizer app in the Brocade SDN portfolio.


For more information about the controller and new applications, visit the SDN Controller and Applications page on

Bringing NFV into OpenStack with Tacker

by Madhu Kashyap on ‎09-14-2015 05:01 AM (5,374 Views)

This time last year there was a lot of debate within the OpenStack community about whether NFV belonged in OpenStack. The debate has now been settled. OpenStack is very much part of the NFV conversation and as reflected in the iconic ETSI MANO conceptual architecture figure below, OpenStack is the primary actor for the Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (VIM) layer. OPNFV, a new open source project focused on accelerating NFV’s evolution through an integrated open platform is leveraging OpenStack and the OpenDaylight SDN Controller in its reference architecture.


For those less familiar with Tacker, it is a project incubated inside OpenStack. It plays the role of the VNF Manager, which is all about the lifecycle management of VNFs. Tacker takes care of configuring the VNF, monitoring it, and if needed, rebooting and/or scaling (auto healing) the VNF. This process completes the full lifecycle prescribed by ETSI MANO.


In order to do basic research, University researchers must compete for research grants. Similar to competing in sports, University researchers must have all the right infrastructure (e.g. data networks, science labs, research data, and analysis tools) in place to be awarded research grant funds. etc. If they don’t have the right infrastructure, then they are at a competitive disadvantage.


Internet2, CANARIE, PacificWave, WRN, ESnet, and GEANT are just a few of the dedicated global Science research data networks that connect university researchers to data sources such as CERN and NOAA, as well as other universities. These Research Education Networks (RENs) have standardized on high-speed 100GbE Ethernet connections for performance and SDN for network visibility and control to effectively manage bandwidth for thousands of data transfers each year. Today the bare minimum that is required to establish such connectivity is 100GbE and support for OpenFlow 1.3. This demand is driven by the large data that is being exchanged and transferred and things like network latency and performance are essential requirements that must be addressed.


VMworld 2015 Preview: Automation & Orchestration

by Jeni Lloyd ‎08-20-2015 09:00 AM - edited ‎10-07-2015 07:24 AM (8,895 Views)

The global criticality of the network was underscored in a Brocade CIO survey earlier this year where more than 75% of respondents felt the network was an issue in achieving their organizations goal. Finally, the network is getting the visibility it has long deserved as the lifeblood of every organization across the world. Now, we can go all out and become network experts in our "spare" time, or – as we would recommend – we can look to the network experts to automate and integrate into the SDDC, and keep the complexity under wraps.


As VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger recently pointed out, "The essence of SDDC is automation."


OpenStack Tokyo - Vote Now for Brocade Speakers

by Jeni Lloyd ‎07-24-2015 09:30 AM - edited ‎07-27-2015 10:24 AM (3,920 Views)

Voting is now open for OpenStack Tokyo (Oct 27 - 30). Brocade developers, OpenStack experts and our partners have submitted a number of thought-provoking sessions. If you're not already registered, sign up at and get voting. Voting closes on Monday July 30, 11:59PM Pacific Time. Make your votes count! 



The Brocade SDN Controller (formerly Brocade Vyatta Controller), including Helium stability release 3, is now available for download, with several new features.


Brocade at ONS 2015

by lcaywood ‎06-15-2015 10:35 AM - edited ‎06-15-2015 11:58 AM (2,719 Views)

This week Brocade will be busy at Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara. If you’re at the event, here’s where you can hear from our technical leaders:

Kelly Herrell, VP/GM of our Software Networking BU, talks on Wednesday at 11:00am about “SDN for Service Providers: Open Source Approaches”.

Colin Dixon, OpenDaylight Technical Steering Committee Chair and Brocade Principal Engineer is giving 3 talks:

  • Monday, 10:30 am: “YANG Modeling: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
  • Monday, 4:45 pm: "The Future and Focus of OpenDaylight"
  • Wednesday, 2:30pm: "Open Source SDN Track: Open Source II" 

Kevin Woods, Director of SDN Product Management, speaks on Thursday at 2:00pm on “Network Control and Orchestration for Virtual Functions.”


Sultan Dawood and I will be discussing "From Awareness to Automation: Augmenting Your Existing Networks with SDN" in the Visionary Theater at the following times:


  • Tuesday June 16  12:40pm – 1:00pm
  • Wednesday June 17  2:05pm – 2:25pm
  • Thursday June 18   1:05pm – 1:25pm

You can visit our booth (#400-402, right next to the Solutions Showcase area) to see demos of the Brocade SDN Controller with the Brocade Flow Optimizer application, running on the Brocade MLXe and ICX platforms. We will also be showing how to integrate OpenStack with the Brocade SDN Controller, using OVSDB southbound, as well as the Brocade vRouter.

In addition, visit the Tallac Networks booth to see a joint demo of its SDN LAN-as-a-service solution with the Brocade SDN Controller and Elbrys Networks SDN Application for K-12 Education environments.

I am happy to say that last week the OPNFV community officially unveiled the ARNO release.


As one of the founding members of the OPNFV effort and an active participant in the Technical Steering Committee (TSC), I’ve been proud to be part of the progress of the OPNFV community and organization made to reach its first project release. The Project itself started as a loose collection of a few service providers and vendors who were interested in producing a reference implementation of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) system, as well as the NFV Orchestrator. Presumably these would be built from open source components as the organization was built on and governed by canonical open source treaties and agreements. Along the way, the organization would modify any of the components such as OpenStack, OpenDaylight or both, and then push changes upstream – or even maintain its own (hopefully temporary) forks of those projects. As a means of guiding this work, many had a common interest in the ETSI NFV framework, and this is where we thought we would first find common ground - or at least a guide for what to build.


The network continues to be of significant importance when it comes to applications and hosting workloads. But Service Providers and Enterprise customers continue to face critical network performance challenges as it relates to Cloud services. With the demand for application centric and programmable networks, leveraging SDN technology, Brocade is introducing the new Brocade Flow Optimizer SDN application.


The Rise of Open Source Software Networking

by colindixon on ‎06-08-2015 08:15 AM (4,481 Views)

Since getting deeply involved in OpenDaylight, I find myself talking to many different types of individuals—from vendors and customers to developers—about what OpenDaylight is doing and why it matters. Perhaps most importantly, I talk to users about what OpenDaylight can do for them. For those who aren't familiar with it, OpenDaylight is a multi-company open source software project building a platform to further adoption and innovation in Software-Defined Networking (SDN).


In preparation for Brocade's Federal Forum I have distilled what I am seeing change in networking and why it is that I am excited to be working on it here—both in OpenDaylight and at Brocade. We are witnessing the rise of open source software networking as the way to deliver innovation and features that have eluded us in networking for so long.


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