Brocade announces new IPsec encryption module and pricing

Enterprise networking vendor Brocade today announced native port-based encryption functionality for modular routers.

Brocade will be targeting campus, data center, and wide area networks of enterprises, service providers, and the public sector to ensure comprehensive privacy for data.

This offering delivers encryption embedded in-line with the I/O ports, enabling customers to avoid the significant performance loss, operational complexity, and prohibitive cost associated with services blades or external appliances used for encryption, said Brocade.

The new IPsec encryption module for the Brocade MLXe, MACsec-capable modules, and supporting software are shipping now.


Price of the hardware modules that support up to 200 Gbps of wire-speed MACsec encryption is $90,000.

Brocade said the price of a module that supports both IPsec and MACsec at up to 44 Gbps wire-speed is $120,000.

The Brocade NetIronOS 5.8 software that enables encryption functionality on these modules is available at no additional cost to customers with a Brocade service contract.

Brocade added IPsec Suite B algorithms with support for AES 256-bit keys to BrocadeMLXe routers via a purpose-built line module and operating system enhancements. The updates eliminate the need for specialized switch/router encryption services blades or third-party security appliances.

“By utilizing I/O-based encryption in Brocade MLXe routers, organizations can deploy up to 44 Gbps of wire-speed IPsec encryption per trunk and over 1 Tbps per router, achieving five times the performance at a third of the cost — and without the operational complexity — of comparable solutions,” said Jason Nolet, senior vice president Switching, Routing, and Analytics Products, at Brocade.

Baburajan K
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