The Brocade NetIron CES 2000 series of switches provides IP routing and advanced carrier Ethernet capabilities, including Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB), in a compact form factor. These 10 GbE-capable 1U switches offer deep buffers and are ideal for carrier Ethernet service delivery at the network edge and for data center top-of-rack server access.
Carrier-class resiliency with multi-service IronWare
The NetIron CES 2000 series is built on multi-service IronWare, the same operating system software that powers the widely deployed NetIron XMR and NetIron MLX series of routers, thereby allowing ease of integration with existing networks. These capabilities include support for robust routing protocols, advanced layer 2 protocols, industry-standard user interface, a broad range of OAM protocols, security and simplified management capabilities. With this foundation, the NetIron CES 2000 series can also be easily integrated with existing OSS systems that are already certified to interoperate with multi-service IronWare-based products.
Enabling true carrier-grade Ethernet services
Carrier grade Ethernet, or carrier Ethernet for short, is a ubiquitous, standardized service that is defined by five attributes: standardized services, scalability, service management, reliability and Quality of Service. A Carrier Ethernet service can be delivered over any transport technology as long as it satisfies the standards and attributes associated with the service.
Evolving carrier Ethernet services
Carrier-grade Ethernet service delivery has evolved significantly since the early days of metro build-outs. Many providers today deliver carrier Ethernet services over an MPLS core but rely on native Ethernet technologies at the edge of the network. These native Ethernet technologies have recently been the subject of considerable interest in the standards bodies.
Multicast transport is a key enabler of next-generation services like IPTV. It is also typically a major consumer of capacity in many multiservice networks. It is therefore critical for next-generation edge switches to efficiently handle multicast traffic. Multicast traffic within the NetIron CES 2000 series is handled with a very high degree of efficiency by avoiding unnecessary replications and conserving bandwidth within the system. By performing Egress interface based replication, switch performance and buffer usage are optimally used within the system thereby maximizing network performance when running multicast traffic.
The powerful feature set of the NetIron CES 2000 series makes it an ideal candidate for applications beyond carrier Ethernet service delivery. For example, data center networks and edge/aggregation routing within ISP networks often require a compact layer 3 switch with sufficient scalability in IPv4 routes. The comprehensive support for IPv4 routing protocols, when complemented with VRRP, and VRRP-E makes the NetIron CES 2000 series ideally suited for such applications.
Security capabilitiesProduct Highlights
Multi-service IronWare contains a broad range of proven security capabilities that are also available on the NetIron CES 2000 platform. These include support for both inbound and outbound ACLs, ACL logging, advanced layer 2 controls such as BPDU guard/root guard, limits for broadcast/unknown unicast/multicast and more. Receive ACLs assist in placing controls on unwanted traffic targeted toward the control plane. Additionally, using tools such as ACL-based traffic police, ACL-based sFlow and ACL-based mirroring, malicious traffic can be easily identified and preventive measures taken in the network.
- Compact 1 RU layer 3 switch that is purpose-built for advanced carrier Ethernet applications
- Comprehensive OAM capabilities based on IEEE 802.1ag-2007 and MEF service OAM framework provide rapid troubleshooting of layer 2 networks and carrier Ethernet services
- Innovative Ethernet Service Instance (ESI) framework provides complete flexibility in separating, combining and managing customer service instances
- MEF standard E-LINE, E-LAN and E-TREE services
- Full IPv4 unicast and multicast capabilities
- Powered by field-proven multi-service IronWare OS that also runs on NetIron XMR/MLX series routers
- Wire-speed, non-blocking performance in all configurations