Founded in 1995, Oncore IT has vast experience delivering and managing critical IT infrastructure for clients operating from the most secure data centers in
With Oncore IT successfully migrating more and more of its customers to a cloud model, it faced the subsequent challenges of data growth on its network, a greater number of virtualized and hosted solutions all requiring shared storage, along with 90 percent of its customers utilizing a virtualized server farm for online backup and disaster recovery solutions. To address these challenges, the company needed to upgrade its switch environment. Oncore IT had last done so four years prior, and the previous switch infrastructure was struggling to meet the service levels required for virtual machine performance, backup times and shared storage.
Following a thorough review of competitive products, Oncore IT selected Brocade VDX® 6710 and 6720 Data Centre Switches and Brocade VCS Fabric technology, which revolutionizes the design of Layer 2 networks inside data centers. The equipment was supplied by Brocade partner, NetSumo.
Brocade Ethernet fabrics are designed to improve network utilization, maximize application availability, increase scalability and dramatically simplify network architectures in highly virtualized data centers. In addition to simplifying the network environment, the new Ethernet fabric deployment will provide 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) performance to boost Oncore IT's network capacity to meet increasing bandwidth demands.
Oncore IT has created two 10 GbE fabrics -- one in
Caney said, "Brocade Ethernet fabric technology is allowing Oncore IT to begin the move away from spanning tree protocol, which can become difficult to manage as networks grow. These factors, combined with 'virtual chassis' technology and full support for next-generation network technologies, like Converged Enhanced Ethernet and Data Centre Bridging, were instrumental in Oncore IT's decision to go with the Brocade VDX platform."
The "virtual chassis" capability means Oncore IT can locate different individual switches throughout a building and aggregate them together so they function as one physical chassis. This increases flexibility in terms of how equipment is managed throughout the data center sites, given the fact that there are suites of switches on multiple floors.
While the primary goal of the project was an engineering one to enhance performance, there will also be commercial advantages. Cook explained, "For our established SME customers, most need only two or three ports for connectivity. An additional benefit of the Brocade upgrade is that clients can now take switch ports from us -- and pay per port -- with their servers then linked to our Ethernet fabric. It is a win-win for everyone. We benefit as our infrastructure is easier to manage, network performance is guaranteed and customers can save money by using our switch environment if they want to, rather than buying their own."
About Brocade Data Centre Networking and Ethernet Fabric Solutions
Network architects are looking for ways to build more powerful, flatter networks that can support higher traffic loads and increased east-to-west traffic in virtualized environments, all while avoiding network congestion. Collapsing network layers also reduces complexity, which lowers overhead costs and reduces risk. This type of design, however, requires high-density, high-bandwidth network components that deliver full wire-speed connectivity. With Ethernet fabric technology and the industry's most powerful routers for enterprise data centers, Brocade can help organizations build flatter, simpler networks today -- and at measurably lower cost than the competition.
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