Brocade Partners Telefonica

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (21 August 2014) – Telefónica (NYSE: TEF) and Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) have partnered to establish benchmarks for the deployment and performance of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solutions. The consistent results from testing have provided clear evidence that will fundamentally alter the performance range service providers can expect from virtualized, software-based networking infrastructure. The establishment of NFV benchmarks is part of a joint effort by both companies within the Telefónica NFV Reference Lab framework.

In the tests performed by Telefónica, the Brocade vRouter 5600 achieved 80Gb/s on a Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) x86 server. Deployed within a Red Hat KVM environment, the Brocade vRouter 5600 was deployed as a single virtual machine (VM) and supported all of the server’s available ports at line rate.

“The promise of NFV is rapid service creation and highly elastic scalability. While virtualization is significant to achieving this agility, it has historically been the fundamental limiter to the kind of performance required for scalability,” said Enrique Algaba, Network Innovation and Virtualization Director at Telefónica.

“In less than two hours, we deployed the Brocade vRouter 5600 from a memory stick and completed our performance tests in our NFV Reference Lab. These results are allowing us, as network operators, to aggressively change our perspective regarding what is possible with software-driven networking in order to accelerate the adoption and deployment of these revolutionary technologies.” said Francisco-Javier Ramón, Head of Telefónica NFV Reference Lab.

Released in early 2014, the Brocade vRouter 5600 is the first, purpose-built NFV solution to address the demands of the world’s largest service providers. Featuring advanced routing, firewall and VPN functionality, the Brocade vRouter 5600 is a core component at the Network Services Layer of the Brocade Vyatta Platform.

“The Brocade vRouter 5600 has removed the performance barrier from the NFV adoption conversation and our focus is now on expanding its capabilities for broadest possible leverage across the service provider network,” said Kelly Herrell, VP and GM of Software Networking at Brocade. “We continue to accelerate our aggressive investment in modern software to bring high-value technology disruptions across a wide range of networking capabilities.”

Furthering Brocade’s commitment to NFV and accelerating its rollout within carrier networks, an upcoming coming update to the Brocade vRouter 5600 will further advance the NFV solution’s capabilities. Among the range of new features are:

  • · Layer 3 MPLS
  • · L2TPv3
  • · High Availability (HA) enhancements to support IPv6
  • · Open Daylight integration through NETCONF/YANG

“With these capabilities, the Brocade vRouter 5600 is capable of extending to and becoming the provider edge for carrier networks,” Herrell said. “These improvements will enable service providers to deploy NFV to existing and new customers quicker and more efficiently.”

The update to the Brocade vRouter 5600 will be available in late 2014. A separate license will be required for the MPLS functionality; other unicast routing features will be delivered as a standard software update. For more information on Brocade SDN and NFV products, visit


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