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Brocade is at the forefront of vendors attempting to usher in the era of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) with the unveiling of the MLXe Core router, which can deliver performance of up to 15.36 Terabits per second. Using Brocades (NASDAQ: BRCD) so-called secret sauce, the MLXe core router promises increased density over Brocade's previous generation routers and can scale to 32 x 100 GbE ports, according to this report from Enterprise Networking Planet.
< p>This is a native 100 GbE port and on top of this we can also get to terabit rates by combining up to 16 ports into a single trunk, Ananda Rajagopal, senior director of service provider products at Brocade, told InternetNews.com.
The 100 GbE standard was ratified in June by the IEEE. The IEEE 802.3ba 100 GbE standard had been in development since at least July of 2007. Multiple vendors including Juniper, Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent have already announced their own respective 100 GbE offerings.
Rajagopal noted that Brocade has been working with its partners, including testing vendor Ixia, to ensure that 100 GbE modules are compliant with the new standards. He added that Brocade has been involved in interoperability plug fests to ensure compatibility.
From a technology perspective, Rajagopal said the ability to deliver the high-density MLXe platform involves some secret sauce from Brocade.
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