Global Hosting Provider RackCorp Selects Brocade Ethernet Fabric

Rackcorp, a global provider of dedicated servers, virtual servers and cloud hosting headquartered in Sydney, Australia, has started transitioning its data center operations to a new network foundation based on advanced Ethernet fabric infrastructure from Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD).

dedicated-serversThe 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.

With the help of Brocade architecture planning, initial fabric deployments have been made at RackCorp data centers in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, Australia as well as Hong Kong to support dedicated server, virtual server, and cloud hosting services. RackCorp will continue to deploy Brocade VDX switches throughout its global data center network.

Brocade VDX switches

“We have a renewed focus on the data network volume market and we need to scale up to cater for high volumes,” said RackCorp director and network operations manager, Stephen Dendtler. “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.”

“As it is basically plug-and-play, this is going to be a significant benefit for RackCorp going forward as we scale our networks and it will also provide us the ability to deliver more complex customer solutions in an automated manner,” added Dendtler.

brocade-switchesThe Brocade VDX 6710 switches on top of server racks each provide 48 ports for low-latency wire-speed 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) access, with six 10 GbE ports available for uplinks to support high-bandwidth virtual server hosts. The Brocade VDX 6740 switches provide 10 GbE connectivity between the rack-top switches, data center routers, and upstream Internet transits, with VCS Fabric technology combining all the Brocade devices into an automated, efficient, highly available, and VM-aware network fabric.

SDN capabilities

The SDN capabilities of the Brocade VDX switches were a 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.”