Brocade hones app delivery controllers for IPv6, net management

New software release for ServerIron ADX doubles IPv6 performance from earlier version

Brocade this week released new software for its application delivery controllers that gives users greater visibility into performance, and enhances IPv6 communications.

Version 12.4 of Brocade's ServerIron ADX software features a so-called OpenScript engine, a deterministic scripting language designed to allow network operators to customize the capabilities of their network to match specific needs. OpenScript is based on the PERL programming language and allows operators to develop customized traffic management capabilities and estimate the performance impact of scripts before they are implemented, Brocade says.

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Brocade ADX 12.4 also doubles the IPv6 performance of previous ADX releases. Brocade last year announced the ability of the ADX switches to perform IPv4-to-IPv6 translation, so users can migrate to IPv6 while maintaining service consistency across both IPv4 and IPv6 clients, the company says.

Brocade ADX 12.4 is also designed to automate on-demand resource provisioning of virtual machines within heterogeneous hypervisor environments, including VMware, Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V. It also now includes a new web interface with a real-time dashboard for application and system performance information; and extensions to its XML/SOAP API for easier application integration, and support for enhanced server load balancing, security, health check, and system management capabilities.

Brocade ADX 12.4 is generally available now as a no-cost software upgrade for customers with valid service contracts.

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