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Brocade Boosts Transformation of Network Infrastructure


December 12, 2016

There's a lot of room for change in the network today, and much of that change will be required in a bid to truly transform network infrastructure. Recently, Brocade stepped up its own line of systems geared toward this purpose and brought out not only new switches in the Brocade SLX line, but also the new Brocade Workflow Composer Automation Suites system for automation that's almost as easy to set up as it is to run.

Several new switches built around the earlier release of the Brocade SLX 9850 routing system recently emerged from Brocade, including the SLX 9140, SLX 9240 and the SLX 9540 switches. Geared largely toward data center operations, flexible connectivity is the hallmark of all three new switches while also calling on the Brocade SLX Insight Architecture. Each switch comes with a certain level of network visibility, which makes it not only easier to find problems, but also to address these as such occur. The 9140 and 9240, meanwhile, also offer a programmable application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that adds visibility to the entire system from physical wire to network workload.

That's good by itself, but Brocade keeps it coming. The Brocade Workflow Composer system has added new automation suites ranging from Data Center Fabrics to Network Essentials and beyond. With such tools in place, businesses are better able to add automation options to the network and by doing so help improve service quality without adding a lot of expenses. Some can even be reduced accordingly.

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With transforming network infrastructure front-of-mind for many groups—two out of three CEOs at Global 2000 companies plan to make digital transformation the centerpiece of corporate strategy by the end of 2017—having the proper tools on hand to make sure such moves go off smoothly is vital toward continuing, long-term operation. The new switches and automation tools that Brocade is bringing to the fore, meanwhile, should help make these efforts a little smoother with a combination of hardware and software that makes for the best outcomes.

Transforming network infrastructure is seldom an easy task; it's a task that affects all parts of an operation, and not always evenly. The rewards of a new infrastructure, however, can be too great to pass up readily, and failing to make the upgrades could leave a company victim to its competitors who did make the move to step up systems. Brocade is in an excellent position to help here, however, and that should make it a welcome sight for current and new customers.



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