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Brocade Elevates Application Delivery Performance for Enterprises and Service Providers

New Application Delivery Controllers Boost Data Center Load Balancing and Enterprise Application Integration

May 11, 2009 12:00 by

— Brocade® (Nasdaq: BRCD) today introduced the first application delivery controller (ADC) platform with the combined performance, scalability, and capabilities required to improve IP transport in both enterprise application delivery and service provider high-performance load-balancing environments.

Available in three fixed-configuration and chassis-based models, the new Brocade ServerIron® ADX Series is designed to help transform the application delivery market by providing the industry’s highest Layer 4-7 performance, flexibility, and scalability along with the application integration to improve business efficiency.

Introducing the Brocade ServerIron ADX Series Application Delivery Controllers

The Brocade ServerIron ADX Series is manufactured in three configurations:

· ServerIron ADX 1000 (1U fixed form factor)

· ServerIron ADX 4000 (4U chassis)

· ServerIron ADX 8000 (8U chassis)

Performance and Efficiency Leadership

— High-density 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10 GbE plus hardware assist for linear session distribution across multiple application cores

— Twice the density of the competition: 70 Gbps of Layer 4 and Layer 7 application throughput and twice the 10 GbE port density of any competitive offering

— Industry-leading transaction rate and concurrent session capacity to help improve scalability and performance for environments with growing amounts of application traffic

— Complete physical and logical isolation of application, data, and management planes to increase scalability and flexibility

Advanced Functionality and Application Integration

— Content Switching (CSW) framework capabilities: A powerful utility to create rules/policies/configurations to perform application switching and content transformation on a wide range of enterprise applications, including IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP applications

— Tested and proven to interoperate with universally deployed enterprise applications, resulting in reduced risk, lower implementation costs, and faster deployment

Future-Ready to Provide Superior Investment Protection

— Chassis models feature interchangeable modules with up to 16-ports of 10 Gbps fiber

— Multi-chip, multi-core, high-density application processing plane designed for high core density, performance upgradability, and core-based virtualization

— Field-upgradable hardware SSL, compression, and other future specialized functions


· Highest hardware-based Denial of Service (DoS) and SYN-cookie protection combined with four times the Layer 4 transaction rate to help prevent firewall meltdown and maintain maximum performance


  • Purewire, a leading Security as a Service (SaaS)-based secure Web gateway vendor, selected Brocade for an end-to-end networking solution for its internal and customer offering production networks.

“Using Brocade as the cornerstone of our IP network allows us to focus on protecting customer business and social interactions on the Web,” said Dr. Paul Judge, chief technology officer and co-founder, Purewire. “Efficient network utilization needs and security threats happen around the clock, making it crucial that our network infrastructure operate with maximum uptime and with the performance and flexibility to handle business needs. Brocade’s switching and application delivery solution was a perfect fit for our demanding requirements.”

  • “With more than a decade of experience, Brocade has a history of leadership in the application delivery controller market and was the first company to introduce an application delivery switch,” said Guru Pangal, vice president of product development for Brocade. “The Brocade ServerIron ADX Series is a future-ready platform for next-generation dynamic and adaptive data centers. It is designed to help both service providers and enterprises maximize the value of their IT investments and benefit from industry-leading performance per price, per rack unit, and per watt.”

  • “At a time when enterprises and service providers are focused on reducing CapEx and OpEx without sacrificing performance, flexibility and scalability, the ServerIron ADX application delivery controller exemplifies the value that Brocade brings to the data center by delivering twice the throughput at about one-third of the cost of its nearest competitor for chassis-based and fixed configuration platforms,” said Katie Trippet, analyst for Synergy Research Group. “Additionally, with its ability to manage multiple applications behind a single application delivery controller, IT administrators can benefit from the simplified operational environment it delivers.”

Pricing and Availability

The ServerIron ADX Series base pricing is $21,995 USD and the product will be generally available in CY Q3 2009.

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Detailed Product Information

· Brocade ServerIron ADX Series Product Details:


· Brocade ServerIron ADX Series: http:[email protected]/3501137605/

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