SNAP is powered by Brocade’s Ethernet switching solution, enabling OpenFlow and Software Defined Networking (SDN) which promises to deliver new levels of control, virtualization, and simplicity in enterprise and cloud service provider networks.
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a powerful new network paradigm designed for the world’s most demanding networking environments and promises breakthrough levels of customization, scale, and efficiency. The Brocade MLX Series enables SDN by supporting the OpenFlow protocol, which allows communication between an OpenFlow controller and an OpenFlow-enabled router. Using this approach, organizations can control their networks programmatically, transforming the network into a platform for innovation through new network applications and services.
The Brocade MLX Series delivers OpenFlow in hybrid mode. With Brocade hybrid mode, organizations can simultaneously deploy traditional Layer 2/3 forwarding with OpenFlow. This unique capability enables network operators to integrate OpenFlow into existing networks, giving them the programmatic control offered by SDN for specific flows while the remaining traffic is handled as before. The Brocade hardware support for OpenFlow enables organizations to apply these capabilities at line rate in 10 GbE and 100 GbE networks.
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