Brocade leads journey to 5G networks with new IP and expansion of open mobile networking partner ecosystem

Press release
Published February 18th, 2016 - 06:10 GMT
Kevin Shatzkamer, chief technology officer of mobile networking, Brocade
Kevin Shatzkamer, chief technology officer of mobile networking, Brocade

Brocade today announced new technology partnerships in its open mobile networking ecosystem that will accelerate the development of New IP solutions and prepare mobile operators with an open network for the demands of 5G. Brocade’s new partnerships enable solutions that leverage software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and mobile edge computing (MEC) to help mobile network operators (MNOs) and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) innovate faster, improve service agility, and identify new revenue streams.  

“As part of the Brocade® Partner Network, the open mobile partner ecosystem provides access to best-in-class networking solutions that enable choice, reduce vendor lock-in, and increase network flexibility. Not only does this help MNOs and MVNOs accelerate their rate of service innovation, it can also significantly reduce the cost of service delivery,” said Kevin Shatzkamer, chief technology officer of mobile networking, Brocade. “Brocade is committed to working with partners in our open mobile networking ecosystem, in order to bring new innovations that put mobile operators on the path to delivering 5G services enabled by New IP infrastructures.”

New SDN and NFV Partners

Brocade and Coriant are working together to deliver virtualized mobile networking-as-a service for enterprise bandwidth-on-demand provisioning as well as multidomain programmability and control via a web-based service portal. This collaboration enables capabilities such as mobile network slicing.

Brocade and are also working together on network-intelligent and proximity-aware orchestration to help mobile operators deploy virtual network function (VNF) capabilities in data centers and in the right virtual location within the mobile network.

In addition, Brocade is collaborating with Metaswitch and Openet to deliver pre-integrated NFV solutions that can be deployed immediately. These validated solutions provide MNOs and MVNOs an easier way to implement NFV without requiring forklift infrastructure upgrades. Specifically, Brocade and MetaSwitch are building a complete virtual IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) Voice over LTE (VoLTE) solution. Brocade and Openet are collaborating to provide MVNOs and mobile virtual network enablers (MVNEs) with machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

New Mobile Edge Computing Partners

MEC provides the infrastructure to deliver applications, network services, and content from the edge of the mobile network. Based on the industry-leading Brocade vRouter, Brocade offers mobile edge virtual infrastructure capabilities that integrate routing, IPsec termination, and network firewall functions with the virtualization infrastructure in the host operating system. 

Applications from PeerApp, Saguna, and Vasona enhance the Brocade mobile edge virtual infrastructure capabilities in the areas of video serving and optimization; video caching; network visualization and analytics; network optimization; and VoLTE local routing. By leveraging Brocade mobile edge virtual infrastructure capabilities, MNOs and MVNOs can capture new revenue by extending the cloud to the edge of the mobile network.

Network Visibility and Wireless Networking

The Brocade open mobile networking ecosystem also includes partners that extend the company’s solutions for network visibility and wireless networking. Network visibility partners include Avvasi, EMC, Guavus, and Viavi. Wireless networking partners include Aerohive, Aruba, and Ruckus.

Brocade also continues to work with its existing global alliance, channel, and systems integrator partners to bring mobile solutions to market. Brocade and its open mobile networking partners will demonstrate joint solutions at Mobile World Congress, February 22 to 25, 2016 in the Brocade booth located in Hall 2 of the Fira, 2G29.

Supporting Quotes

“Coriant is committed to helping our customers successfully transition to a more efficient and agile operating model by realizing the full potential of SDN and NFV technologies. We are pleased to join the Brocade open mobile networking partner ecosystem and extend our collaboration to validate the real-world benefits of fast service activation and application-aware traffic management in multilayer, multivendor infrastructure.” – Uwe Fischer, chief technology officer, Coriant.

“Metaswitch is pleased to partner with Brocade on developing mobile networking solutions. Metaswitch’s Clearwater Core Virtualized IMS and Perimeta Virtualized SBC, along with the Brocade Virtual Core for Mobile solution and the Brocade vRouter offer carriers an alternative to a complete end-to-end pre-integrated VoLTE solution.” – Brandon Harper, senior vice president of business development and channels, Metaswitch Networks.

“The movement of NFV from trials and proof of concepts to production environments demands pre-integrated NFV solutions. Openet views Brocade as a key partner with its highly complementary technology. Together with Brocade, Openet’s integrated solutions deliver on the promises of NFV—faster time to market, innovative new services, and the ability to quickly monetize and generate new revenue streams.” – Joe Hogan, chief technology officer, Openet.

"Edge-based content delivery and traffic optimization is key to realizing the true potential of next-gen mobile networks and services. Partnering with Brocade will allow PeerApp to leverage strong Brocade IP and network capabilities, and deploy our caching and CDN mobile edge product over pre-integrated MEC platform, shortening our time to market. We are excited to join forces with Brocade to enable management, monetization and acceleration of content at mobile edge." – Alan Arolovitch, chief technology officer, PeerApp.

" is pleased to partner with Brocade to deliver multivendor, pre-integrated, tested, and interoperable SDN and NFV solutions. Brocade is a key partner for enabling 5G services and next-generation mobile networks. The combination of Brocade and technologies is a natural fit and will accelerate SDN/NFV adoption by mobile operators.” – Vincent Spinelli, senior vice president of global sales and marketing,

“Saguna is pleased to partner with Brocade and integrate the Saguna Open-RAN with Brocade’s mobile edge virtual infrastructure capabilities. We are confident that our joint offering will help simplify, accelerate, and monetize mobile edge computing deployments for mobile operators.” – Lior Fite, chief executive officer, Saguna.

“Some of the most exciting innovations in wireless are happening at the mobile edge, a part of the network where Vasona Networks has been focused since day one. We are proud to partner with Brocade to provide detailed information and software functionality about the cell's real-time traffic flows and user behaviors, which will help create intelligent networks that can address opportunities and challenges in the moment with unprecedented flexibility.” – John Reister, vice president of product, Vasona. 

Background Information


Broadcom Inc. is a global infrastructure technology leader built on 50 years of innovation, collaboration and engineering excellence. With roots based in the rich technical heritage of AT&T/Bell Labs, Lucent and Hewlett-Packard/Agilent, Broadcom focuses on technologies that connect our world. Through the combination of industry leaders Avago Technologies, LSI, Broadcom Corporation, Brocade and CA Technologies, the company has the size, scope and engineering talent to lead the industry into the future.

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