Telecom Lead America: Brocade and NEC Corporation of
America have expanded their collaboration to bring combined solutions around
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow switching, including network
virtualization to the market.
Both companies will jointly market solutions for network
virtualization, large-scale data center infrastructure management, traffic
engineering and Wide Area Network (WAN) flow management, with an open
“The combined NEC and Brocade SDN solutions will
give customers the ability to design, deploy, monitor and manage secure,
multi-tenant networks from a single point of control,” said Mitsuhiro
Murooka, vice president, NEC Enterprise Technologies IT.
With this extended collaboration, Brocade and NEC will
establish joint solution labs in key regional offices to test and demonstrate
their solutions. The current Brocade and NEC OpenFlow-enabled products
successfully completed interoperability testing in 2011.
Also, both companies are committing to ongoing
certification, interoperability and solution validation testing.
“Through standards-based solutions like OpenFlow,
Verizon said that the SDN and underlying network can be coupled to optimize
service performance and cost”.
“SDN enables network operators to rapidly deploy
innovative services and access powerful analytics through programmatic control,
unlocking the intelligence of their data center and wide area networks. Our
collaboration with NEC ensures we deliver high-value solutions that can be
seamlessly deployed in our customers’ networks to realize the benefit of
SDN,” said Ken Cheng, vice president and general manager, service provider
Brocade and NEC are collaborating on technology and
implementation alignment, including OpenFlow standards, tunnel technology and
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to help ensure ongoing innovation and
seamless deployment by joint customers.
Brocade provides networking solutions to three school districts
Recently, Brocade announced that three school
districts located in California, South Carolina and Missouri upgraded
their networks with Brocade networking solutions to meet their burgeoning