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Brocade's Metro Ethernet Solutions Provide the Lowest of the Low TCO

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December 28, 2010

Brocade's Metro Ethernet Solutions Provide the Lowest of the Low TCO

By Juliana Kenny, TMCnet Managing Editor


A recent study from Network Strategy Partners revealed some interesting statistics about the Total Cost of Ownership levels when it comes to metro network solutions. Discovering that the TCO of the Brocade (News - Alert) Ethernet/IP is 40 to 56 percent lower over five years than the solutions of the three leading vendors, the study attributes the stats to lower prices for 10 GbE ports and lower power consumption overall.


Michael Kennedy, president of Network Strategy Partners, stated, “Wireline and wireless customers expect a full range of multimedia services (voice, Internet, and video) and are not tolerant of network outages or service degradation. Capital and operational expenditure burn rates, however, are a major concern -- service providers must find a solution that meets customer expectations at a minimum TCO to ensure on-going profitability of their businesses."

The study analyzed the business case for the Brocade Carrier Ethernet IP Solution in a Metro Network, and was developed for a representative metro area. Including service models for broadband Internet, IPTV (News - Alert), and VoIP for residential homes, Brocade provides cost advantages that include the lowest price per port for 1 Gbe and 10 Gbe ports. It also bring the highest 10 Gbe port density to a single platform, in addition to the lowest power consumption reducing operational expenses. The study revealed that Brocade has the lowest cost of spares because the same cards are used in aggregation and core routers.

As a management consultant firm in the networking industry, Network Strategy Partners help worldwide equipment vendors, service providers, and enterprises make vital decisions for their businesses. As thought leaders in the networking industry, Network Strategy Partners conduct research to assist organizations in making the best decision possible when it comes to analyzing business processes and operations.


Juliana Kenny graduated from the University of Connecticut with a double degree in English and French. After managing a small company for two years, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web Editor for TMCnet. Juliana currently focuses on the call center and CRM industries, but she also writes about cloud telephony and network gear including softswitches.

Edited by Erin Monda








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