Brocade claims high-end performance for software-based routers


Brocade (NASDAQ:BRCD) and European/Latin American carrier Telefonica state Brocade's Vyatta 5600 software-based router delivered 80Gbps transfer speeds in lab tests carried out on a commodity Intel-based server.

Telefonica: "In less than two hours, we deployed the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter from a memory stick ... These results are allowing us ... to aggressively change our perspective regarding what is possible with software-driven networking."

Brocade asserts the 5600's performance soundly exceeds that of most virtual (software-based) networking gear. "It's been less than one gig -- sometimes more like a couple hundred megs. For carrier-type applications, it became really important to have a much better performance."

The 5600, like some other software-based networking products, is aimed at network functions virtualization (NFV) deployments, through which carriers aim to replace proprietary systems with ones running on commodity servers.

Brocade's FQ3 report arrives on Thursday.

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