Brocade solutions for Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) uniquely provide industry-leading density with wire-speed performance at low latency for any packet size, consuming less power and dissipating less heat than comparable solutions. The Brocade MLX Series is a powerful solution for IXPs, which explains why the largest Internet Exchanges utilize Brocade solutions to power their rapidly expanding businesses.
Accelerated growth of Internet traffic loads constantly places IXPs under heavy pressure. As the traffic carrier that interconnects ISPs and subscribers, an IXP's port and bandwidth capacity are crucial for maintaining and growing a customer base. Brocade offers IXPs a wide range of products with a variety of interface offerings, as well as scalable bandwidth. For IXP-ISP connectivity, 1 GbE and 10 GbE have proven to be cost-efficient connections that are in high demand by ISPs today.
Brocade MLX Series routers feature the industry's highest 10 GbE port density (256 10 GbE ports per system) with wire-speed performance, making them ideal for connecting a large number of ISPs. For end subscriber connectivity, Brocade offers interface speeds ranging from 10/100 Ethernet to 1 GbE combined with a variety of optics offering up to 150 km reach at 1 GbE. The Brocade NetIron CES 2000 Series switches are ideal for this connectivity scenario.
As Layer 2 transport providers, IXPs can gain significant benefits by deploying Brocade advanced Layer 2 solutions. Brocade products feature a rich and mature set of advanced Layer 2 features. This includes IEEE 802.1w, Metro Ring Protocol (MRP) for ring configurations, and Virtual Switch Redundancy Protocol (VSRP) for dual-homed configurations. This new class of rapid convergence protocols provides IXPs with sub-second convergence in case of a link or switch failure.
Using Brocade unique Layer 2 ACLs, IXPs can admit/filter traffic based on MAC address pattern matching and VLAN information to avoid leakage of undesirable packets into their networks in case of customer device misconfiguration.
The Brocade MLXe multiservice IP/MPLS routers, part of the Brocade One network architecture, reflect the Brocade imperative of unmatched simplicity, optimized applications, non-stop networking, and investment protection in delivering customer solutions.