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Rackcorp to deploy Data Center Network

RackCorp
has started transitioning its data center operations to a new network
foundation based on advanced Ethernet fabric infrastructure from
Brocade. The Sydney-based company, which operates from 21 data
centers across nine countries, has embraced the Software-Defined
Networking (SDN) capable family of Brocade VDX switches and VCS
Fabric technology to meet the high-availability and increasingly
high-bandwidth requirements of its global client base.

RackCorp
has started transitioning its data center operations to a new network
foundation based on advanced Ethernet fabric infrastructure from
Brocade. The Sydney-based company, which operates from 21 data
centers across nine countries, has embraced the Software-Defined
Networking (SDN) capable family of Brocade VDX switches and VCS
Fabric technology to meet the high-availability and increasingly
high-bandwidth requirements of its global client base.

The
primary driver for a new network was the ability to plan for more
bandwidth. Whilst the RackCorp network is not currently experiencing
large loads that impact performance, we could see that our previous
capacity would be under stress within the next two to three years.
This is a purely strategic deployment now to move to Brocade
solutions that offer valid features and provide a roadmap for the
future,” said RackCorp director and network operations manager,
Stephen Dendtler.

We
have a renewed focus on the data network volume market and we need to
scale up to cater for high volumes. This means moving to a 10 GbE
footing, with the Brocade Ethernet fabric solution. We probably
underestimated the significant benefits of Brocade fabric technology
and now have a greater appreciation of how much easier it is to add
more switching capacity and cloud-centric capabilities,” he added.

Dendtler
said that the Brocade solution was selected because it provides the
highest performance in its price range, which allows the company to
sell at a better price point resulting in better outcomes on both
sides. “It also provides a greater incentive to grow our content
delivery network and high-volume network services,” he said.

The
SDN capabilities of the Brocade VDX switches were another key
consideration in RackCorp’s decision. The company has been running
an internally developed SDN system since 2004 to automate its network
operations in Australia. Dendtler said that, since the new Brocade
switches were integrated into the existing network, the time to
propagate configuration changes has fallen from seconds to
milliseconds.

There’s
a lot of talk in the market about SDN but a lot less productive use
of the technology thus far,” said Gary Denman, Senior Director for
Australia and New Zealand, Brocade. “RackCorp’s deployment of the
Brocade VCS fabric shows Brocade’s SDN implementation is mature
enough to support dynamic 24×7software-as-a-service capabilities,
with millions of dollars per hour being transacted by financial
service clients.”

 

 


 

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