The network backbone operated by Hurricane Electric, a leader in next-generation Internet services using the emerging IPv6 standard, is underpinned by Brocade, the company announced. Network World reports that Brocade’s announcement is the latest sign of how the U.S. network industry is suddenly focused on IPv6. Hurricane Electric, a customer of Brocade’s IPv6-enabled routers since 2008, when Brocade purchased rival Foundry Networks, said it uses Brocade Netiron XMR Internet core routers as well as Brocade MLXe core routers in its backbone network and co-location facility.
“’Foundry offered us a serious router platform operating at Internet core capabilities, that could handle massive routing tables and had damn fast chips and all the bells and whistles we needed including software that supported both BGP and the other routing protocols that are fundamental to the core of the Internet,’ Levy said. ‘We had the old Foundry XMR platform, and now that’s being upgraded to the Brocade MLXe platform that is also capable of global routing and doing IPv6 that’s on par with IPv4.’”