March 23, 2011
Brocade Makes Software Enhancements to ServerIron ADX Application Delivery Switches
By Jayashree Adkoli
By January 2012, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (News - Alert) (ARIN) suggests that all Internet servers should be prepared to serve Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)-only clients. So, an increase in transition from IPv4 to IPv6 has been observed. Besides, IPv6 reduces address and enhances Internet security, Quality of Service (QoS), auto configuration, and more.
With an objective to facilitate IPv6 Internet transformation with cloud-optimized application delivery solution, networking solutions provider Brocade has released version 12.3 of its ServerIron ADX Series of application delivery switches featuring new software enhancements.
The latest version of Brocade (News - Alert) ServerIron ADX Series of application delivery switches not only facilitate in seamless adoption of IPv6, but also feature higher performance compared to previous versions and also optimize application visibility control at no added cost.
With the help of Brocade ServerIron ADX Series’ gateway functionality, Brocade customers can have a practical path to adopt IPv6 technology as well as support both IPv4 and IPv6 environments simultaneously, said officials with Brocade in a press release.
In general, the Brocade ServerIron ADX series application delivery switches deliver a broad range of application optimization functions that will facilitate in the reliable delivery of critical applications.
Designed for large-scale, low-latency environments, the ServerIron ADX Series switches act as a seamless gateway between existing IPv4 networks and new ones that are built on IPv6. In addition, it accelerates application performance as well as improves application availability even while using existing infrastructure.
Enabling a dual-protocol network through a feature-rich, standards-based IPv4-to-IPv6 translation technology, the 12.3 software release of ServerIron ADX series also provides investment protection, which is one of the key customer imperative of the Brocade One strategy. This will facilitate customers to double the performance of their Brocade ServerIron ADX platforms through a simple software upgrade.
In addition, the latest Brocade ServerIron features high-performance Layer 7 intelligence that is required for continued operations of real world applications and protocols. With this, service providers, enterprises, and government agencies can easily adopt IPv6 capabilities without the costly process of replacing their existing IPv4 application infrastructure.
Apart from enabling Brocade customers to take advantage of emerging IT initiatives, such as cloud computing, through high-performance, highly scalable and secure IP networks, the Brocade has also taken an innovative software-optimization approach, which will increase the performance of key application delivery metrics by two folds on existing ServerIron ADX application delivery switches.
This will help in providing three million HTTP connections per second, which in turn will provide massive performance capacity and efficiency to existing customers without additional cost or loss in productivity.
In addition, the company has also provided enhanced capabilities to its Brocade Application Resource Broker, which when used with Brocade ServerIron ADX create a more streamlined approach to application deployment and business efficiency.
Last year, TMCnet reported the release of Brocade carrier Ethernet switches, VDX 6720, for the Cloud. These switches feature wire-speed 10 GbE, low latency, LAN/SAN convergence and sixth-generation fabric ASIC and proven O/S technologyJayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Tammy Wolf