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Press Release: Lumina Networks Enters SDN Market

 

For Release: Aug. 7, 2017, 8 a.m. EDTFor Release: Aug. 7, 2017, 8 a.m. EDT

Lumina Networks Enters SDN Market
Company Created to be the Catalyst for Open Software Networks to Eliminate Vendor Lock-in

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Aug. 7, 2017—Lumina Networks, Inc. launched today in the software-defined networking (SDN) market, through its acquisition of assets associated with the SDN Controller product family from Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.  Along with a leading SDN Controller solution, powered by OpenDaylight™, Lumina brings a talented team of network software engineers and existing customer engagements with some of the world’s largest service providers. Offering the Lumina SDN Controller, applications and Network Development (NetDev) Services, Lumina is the catalyst that brings open software networking out of the lab and into production networks.

Transitioning to software-based networks can dramatically lower capital and operational costs while transforming network functionality and customer experience. Yet, the complexity of the transition from hardware to software, along with the crucial requirement of independence from vendors, has made it difficult for service providers to move beyond lab trials and into production environments. This is where open source-based networking technology can help.

Using OpenDaylight as its preferred open source controller, Lumina enables service providers to directly control their SDN implementations while providing the flexibility to develop their own solutions through their choice of vendors thus eliminating lock-in. To ensure 100 percent compatibility with OpenDaylight’s code base, Lumina contributes enhancements made to its SDN Controller back to the open source community.

Lumina also offers NetDev Services to help organizations transform their network engineering and operations team. The NetDev Services team at Lumina works with customers to jointly develop production systems using agile methods to prototype and speed through proof-of-concept and pilot phases. Lumina NetDev Services builds solutions using Lumina, open source tools or competitive products.  The company’s methodologies enable customer teams to become self-sufficient in developing and managing their new open source platforms.

“Our job is to be the catalyst to help service providers bring open software networking out of the lab and into their live network,” said Andrew Coward, chief executive officer, Lumina Networks. “We started Lumina Networks to ensure providers can use open source in critical use cases. But just delivering technology is not enough. Our customers are doing the implementation with us, so they can learn and acquire the skills, tools and practices needed to develop and manage the platforms we jointly deploy.”

Lumina’s product portfolio includes:

  • Lumina SDN Controller: A fully tested, documented and quality-assured edition of OpenDaylight, that provides a common open platform to control the network and manage its nodes.
  • Lumina Flow Manager: A controller-based application that enables more simplified and sophisticated traffic engineering of the network with advanced algorithms such as path-computation for efficient traffic flows.
  • Lumina Zero Touch Installer: A controller-based application that provides initialization of devices, such as virtual CPE, with the correct software image and configuration automatically.

“By embracing openness and layering innovation, Lumina can claim a distinct differentiation in the SDN market,” said Ray Mota, chief executive officer and principal analyst, ACG Research.  “With a leading SDN Controller, an experienced team of software engineers and a roster of large service providers as customers, Lumina will help network operators expand their use of SDN so they can save time and money.”

About Lumina Networks
Lumina Networks believes the future is open software networks where service providers are in control of their development. Lumina is the catalyst that brings open software networking out of the lab and into the live network. We develop open source platforms and provide NetDev Services to jointly deliver production systems and to transfer know-how in Agile Software Development methods.

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Press Releases: Brocade Powers Arizona State University’s Research Initiatives

For Release: Aug. 22, 2016, 8 a.m. EDT

 Brocade Powers Arizona State University’s Research Initiatives

 Software-Defined Network is Key to Driving the University’s Innovative Research Projects

 SAN JOSE, Calif.—Aug. 22, 2016—Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD) today announced that Arizona State University (ASU) has deployed a software-defined network from Brocade.  ASU is one of the most innovative universities in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report, and it serves as home base to top researchers in areas ranging from physics and biology to global security initiatives.  ASU’s researchers collaborate to develop new approaches and make discoveries that advance science and positively influence the world.  To support these data-driven initiatives, ASU needed a stronger, more flexible network foundation that could maximize the impact of all types of research.  For that type of high- performance and future-proof network modernization, ASU turned to Brocade.

In particular, ASU needed a more powerful network with OpenFlow 1.3 capabilities to move forward as an industry-leading research hub.  To meet that requirement, ASU deployed a Brocade-powered network that enables various departments to conduct high-volume, data-driven research in their areas of focus.

“Brocade’s software-defined networking capabilities enable us to support global research that has purpose and impact,” said Jay Etchings, director of research computing at ASU.  “Now we can aggressively pursue funding opportunities that demand built-in, software-defined functionality.  Unlike competing institutions that are focused on papers and theoretical components, we’re actually doing these things.  Brocade is instrumental in helping ASU drive down cost while driving up innovation.”

In the past, network latency was less predictable and slowed down research processes.  But the high performance of the Brocade networking solution has enabled ASU to spend more time focusing on research and developing unique approaches to a variety of initiatives.  For example, before the new Brocade infrastructure, a climatology research scientist connected to peers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Yellowstone Cluster for climatology projects through switches, access control lists and a traditional firewall—which degraded performance.  The best performance that a researcher could expect was approximately 2 Gbps.  Now, the university connects this lab directly to the Internet through Brocade routers, automatically applying traffic encryption and delivering network performance that exceeds the 10 Gbps speeds offered by the scientist’s lab equipment.

Other benefits of the Brocade network include increasing the effectiveness of Global Security Initiative (GSI), a university-level group at ASU that supports national defense, development and diplomacy communities.  GSI empowers decision makers as they confront complex, interconnected global challenges such as the web of climate change, water security and national security. Researchers in this group have built cybersecurity solutions powered by software-defined networking (SDN) which helps to ensure a secure, agile network for Internet of Things smart grid technology.

The Brocade SDN Solution

The SDN solution is based on Brocade® MLXe routers that deliver powerful, high-performance network capabilities with seamless access to resources and workload flexibility for researchers.  The Brocade Flow Optimizer allows ASU to observe latency that may be introduced and remove certain traffic flows before they interfere with the rest of the network.  In addition, the Brocade SDN Controller makes managing the network easier, and in turn, has enabled further development of the university’s OpenFlow firewall and met the directive to create a distributed SDN firewall service.  ASU has also implemented the Brocade Topology Manager and the Brocade Flow Manager applications to help administrators manage network topology, devices and flows in an SDN environment through the Brocade SDN Controller interface.

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About Brocade

Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world’s leading organizations turn their networks into platforms for business innovation. With solutions spanning public and private data centers to the wireless network edge, Brocade is leading the industry in its transition to the New IP network infrastructures required for today’s era of digital business. (www.brocade.com)

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Press Release: Brocade Extends Leadership in Open Source Software-Defined Networking

FOR RELEASE: Sept. 15, 2015, 8 a.m. EDT

 

 

Brocade Extends Leadership in Open Source Software-Defined Networking

 

New Brocade SDN Controller 2.0 and Applications Ease Service Provider and Enterprise

Transitions to Modern, New IP Networks

 

 

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Sept. 15, 2015—Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced the Brocade SDN Controller 2.0, a commercial distribution of the OpenDaylight (ODL) controller based on the Lithium ODL release, and two new software-defined networking (SDN) applications—Brocade Topology Manager and Brocade Flow Manager.  These new solutions reinforce Brocade’s leadership in open source SDN, providing greater innovation, interoperability and choice while eliminating vendor lock-in for customers.

 

Brocade’s latest open source SDN controller distribution delivers enhancements to meet data center requirements for improved interoperability and orchestration including:

  • Enhancements to the Open vSwitch Database (OVSDB) interface and the OpenStack Modular Layer 2 plug-in (certified in Red Hat’s Juno distribution) enabling cloud providers to completely use an open software stack to manage their data center infrastructure
  • OpenDaylight clustering for improved scalability and stability
  • A new user interface for applications to provide a consistent and intuitive view of the network under control

 

New SDN applications complement this latest release of the Brocade SDN Controller.  The Brocade Topology Manager, a free SDN application, displays discovered network topology, allowing administrators to create a list of nodes and conduct simple searches for nodes.  The Brocade Flow Manager extends the capabilities of the Brocade Topology Manager by enabling users to view and interact with the network topology using near-real-time information to perform traffic engineering and network segmentation based on end-to-end flow views.  In addition, the new Brocade SDN Controller supports the recently-announced Brocade Flow Optimizer to intelligently manage traffic flow and proactively mitigate network attacks.

 

Ninety percent of respondents in a recent survey conducted by Heavy Reading said that a truly open SDN controller with support for multiple vendors is an essential or important factor in SDN deployment plans.  The same survey ranked the lack of in-house SDN expertise as the third biggest obstacle in implementing SDN.

 

“Brocade’s strategy is driven by the very close collaboration we have with our leading service provider and enterprise customers to deliver unique networking products and solutions that speed their transition to the New IP, and software is increasingly central to that pursuit,” said Kelly Herrell, senior vice president and general manager, Software Networking, Brocade.  “Delivering open solutions like the Brocade SDN Controller 2.0 and related applications, packaged with a full complement of education and services, will facilitate the smooth journey to SDN for customers worldwide.”

 

The Brocade SDN Controller is continuously built from OpenDaylight code, free of proprietary extensions.  Brocade provides multi-vendor compatibility testing and complete, single-source support for Brocade SDN Controller environments.  Brocade and its partners provide a range of support, education, and professional services options.  Brocade Professional Services provides consulting expertise to assist with SDN architectural planning, implementation and development efforts.  Brocade education courses, available in multiple formats, provide the conceptual foundation and skills that IT organizations need to adopt SDN successfully.  Through Brocade online communities, end users and developers can download the Brocade SDN Controller; access community forums, documentation and the Brocade Technical Assistance Center; share use cases, tutorials and code samples as well as learn about the latest developments in networking-related open source projects.

 

“Brocade’s approach to bringing open SDN solutions to its customers is unique,” said Paul Parker-Johnson, principal analyst for cloud and virtual system infrastructures at ACG Research.  “By basing its controller on OpenDaylight software, and adding its own validation, professional support and educational services to streamline adoption, Brocade is delivering a well-curated SDN platform to its customers.  The company is also adding visibility and intelligence to managing SDN deployments with value-added applications, like the Brocade Flow Manager, that are built using open software frameworks their customers are looking for.”

 

Price and Availability

The Brocade SDN Controller 2.0, Brocade Topology Manager and Brocade Flow Manager are available today.  A free download of the Brocade SDN Controller includes 60 days of technical support.  A production license for the Brocade SDN Controller is priced at $100 per attached node per year, including support.  The Brocade Topology Manager is a free application.  The Brocade Flow Manager is priced at $40 per attached node per year including support.

 

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About Brocade

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Press Release: Brocade and CERN openlab Collaborate on SDN Network Evolution

Brocade and CERN openlab Collaborate on SDN Network Evolution

 Brocade Joins CERN openlab to Develop SDN Solutions That Can Support Future Infrastructure Requirements

 BRACKNELL, United Kingdom and SAN JOSE, Calif.—July 27, 2015 – Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced a partnership with CERN openlab to help the world’s largest and most respected center for scientific research develop a long-term software-defined networking (SDN) strategy for the New IP. Brocade has been named an official networking contributor member to CERN openlab, building on its previous relationship as a technology supplier to CERN.

Created in 2001, CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership between CERN and leading ICT companies from across the world. Its mission is to accelerate the development of cutting-edge solutions to be used by the worldwide Large Hadron Collider (LHC) community.

Brocade will be collaborating with CERN openlab on a new solution designed to help the organization address the long-term challenges facing its network infrastructure. Due to the nature of the research carried out by CERN, the organization generates extremely large data volumes and therefore needs an efficient, scalable, and flexible network in order to handle traffic spikes. The project with Brocade is intended to create a future-proof network based on the New IP and featuring a framework of SDN applications to optimize the routing of data traffic entering and leaving the organization. Brocade will also create enhanced user interfaces for its solutions, giving collaborators at CERN the ability to view graphical charts and visualizations showing real-time and historical traffic information.

The open SDN solution will be based on OpenFlow and will utilize the Brocade® SDN Controller and Brocade Flow Optimizer application to increase network performance, proactively improve capacity planning and eliminate network congestion. The solution will also use OpenFlow-enabled Brocade MLXe routers and ICX switches.

Alberto Di Meglio, head of CERN openlab, commented, “As one of the most complex machines ever built, the Large Hadron Collider requires cutting-edge ICT solutions both to control its operations and to analyze the vast amounts of data produced by the experiments. This means that we are often at the very forefront of what is possible in terms of network and infrastructure management. We are pleased to be collaborating with Brocade to help develop a modern and agile network that will support CERN’s research in the years to come.”

Kelly Herrell, senior vice president and general manager, Software Networking at Brocade stated, “Research carried out by CERN is crucial to answering many of humankind’s questions about the origin of the universe and information technology plays a critical role in enabling these experiments. CERN openlab’s commitment to open source technology is a key part of what has made it an IT pioneer over the last 14 years. As a founding member of the OpenDaylight Project, Brocade has been leading the industry’s transition to open SDN. We are very excited to be a part of CERN openlab and look forward to working closely with CERN to help deliver efficient, scalable SDN solutions they need to continue their research.”

About CERN openlab CERN openlab has recently entered its fifth three-year phase (2015-2017), addressing new topics crucial to the CERN scientific programme. The topics have been defined over the past 18 months, through discussion and collaborative analysis of requirements between the companies collaborating in CERN openlab and representatives of both CERN and the LHC experiments.

 About Brocade

Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world’s leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. (www.brocade.com)

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Press Release: BROCADE VYATTA CONTROLLER ELIMINATES VENDOR LOCK-IN ENABLING CUSTOMERS TO DELIVER NETWORK INNOVATIONS FOR THE NEW IP

FINAL: For Release Jan. 20, 2015

BROCADE VYATTA CONTROLLER ELIMINATES VENDOR LOCK-IN ENABLING CUSTOMERS TO DELIVER NETWORK INNOVATIONS FOR THE NEW IP

Free SDN Controller License and New Services for Users and Developers Provide

Smooth Onramp to Agile, Software-Defined Networking

 

 SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015 – Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today reinforced its commitment to helping customers accelerate their journey to open and agile Software-Defined Networking (SDN) by offering a free one-year license for its recently released Brocade® Vyatta® Controller. Available as a free download starting today, the Brocade Vyatta Controller allows enterprises and service providers to explore and vet their SDN use cases without investing in expensive and time-consuming hardware acquisitions or software integrations. The free license provides management of up to five physical or virtual network nodes in a non-production environment and includes 60 days of free 24×7 worldwide access to the world-class Brocade Technical Assistance Center.

The industry’s transition to the New IP requires an open, software-driven strategy in order to maximize the benefits of Big Data, cloud, mobile and social initiatives. An open-source SDN solution provides greater innovation, interoperability and choice while eliminating costly vendor lock-in. However, adopting a new networking approach often requires unique expertise. According to GigaOm Research,[1] a majority of organizations interested in open-source SDN want to get the technology from a commercial provider to lower their adoption risks and ensure that they receive reliable support—a key part of the Brocade approach to open-source SDN.

To promote the development of innovative network applications, Brocade also announced the Brocade Vyatta Controller Developer Edition, which provides a comprehensive set of tools—including templates, libraries, and testing environments—to help developers quickly write and test SDN applications and easily deploy them into service. The Brocade Vyatta Controller is free of proprietary extensions, so developers can be assured that their applications will run on any other OpenDaylight-based controller. In addition, developers retain full intellectual property rights to the applications they build.

With SDN being a new frontier for both developers and users, new Brocade services will help organizations transition to SDN as seamlessly as possible. These services include the following:

  • Brocade Technical Support provides a single-source support team for ongoing maintenance, deployment guidance and problem resolution for the entire Brocade Vyatta Controller environment. Designated development experts are also available to help resolve issues, whether developers are writing simple automation scripts or creating complex services applications.
  • Brocade Certified Education provides the conceptual foundation and skills that IT organizations need to adopt SDN successfully, including instructor-led courses for network engineers who want to create custom applications that interact with the Brocade Vyatta Controller.
  • Brocade Professional Services provides consulting expertise to assist with SDN implementation and development efforts. Subject matter experts can work directly with users and developers to create the right environment ensuring applications perform as expected.
  • The online community provides an independent, community-based site dedicated to fostering practical exploration of the many facets of open-source networking for operators and developers. Through the community, customers can download the Brocade Vyatta Controller; access community forums, documentation and the Brocade Technical Assistance Center; share use cases, tutorials and code samples as well as learn about the latest developments in networking-related open-source projects.

“Today’s announcement further distinguishes Brocade in our deep commitment to helping customers accelerate their transition to the New IP by delivering a truly open SDN solution based on the Brocade Vyatta Controller,” said Kelly Herrell, senior vice president and general manager, Software Networking, Brocade. “Our free license model, new services that cater to both users and developers, as well as ongoing allegiance to OpenDaylight, not only remove significant barriers to implementing SDN solutions but also accelerate the time from proof-of-concept to production.”

The Brocade Vyatta Controller is a fully tested, documented and quality-assured edition of the OpenDaylight platform, a community-led, open framework for fostering innovation and creating a more transparent approach to SDN. Unlike other vendors, Brocade has committed to contributing any enhancements made to the Brocade Vyatta Controller back to the community to ensure interoperability with other OpenDaylight-based controllers on an ongoing basis. As a result, new features, functions and enhancements are incorporated on a frequent cadence, as opposed to traditional bi- or triennial management software updates. Additional unique features of the Brocade Vyatta Controller include:

  • Platform-independent, host OS- and hypervisor-agnostic design to allow management of physical and virtual networking platforms from multiple vendors
  • Easy-to-use GUI, installation tools and full support to reduce time-to-competence, time-to-deployment and ongoing administrative overhead

“We know organizations want programmable networks and Brocade is clearing a path for those who want SDN today,” said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. “From a health care provider who needs to customize network operations to a campus organization that wants faster provisioning, there are countless use cases for SDN and many we haven’t even thought of yet. With OpenDaylight at the core, Brocade can evolve its solution quickly to adapt to customer needs.”

Price and Availability

All products and services are available today. A production license for the Brocade Vyatta Controller is priced at $100 per attached node per year including support.

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Brocade Contacts

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Liza S. Goldberg                                                         Michael Iburg

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About Brocade

Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world’s leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. (www.brocade.com)

© 2015 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

ADX, Brocade, Brocade Assurance, the B-wing symbol, DCX, Fabric OS, HyperEdge, ICX, MLX, MyBrocade, OpenScript, The Effortless Network, VCS, VDX, Vplane, and Vyatta are registered trademarks, and Fabric Vision and vADX are trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries. Other brands, products, or service names mentioned may be trademarks of others.

 

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[1] GigaOm Research, “SDN, NFV and open source: the operators view,” March 19, 2014.

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