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CERN Selects Brocade to Bolster Network Performance and Support its Growth Plans
Brocade MLXe Core Routers to help CERN share 15 petabytes of critical scientific data per year with 10,000 physicists across the globe
By: Colin Saldanha
To share these data with thousands of scientists around the world, tens of thousands of computers distributed worldwide are being harnessed in a distributed computing network called the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG). At CERN, the current non-blocking capacity of the core is in the region of 4.2 Terabits per second (Tbps), and has doubled in the last two years. CERN projects that its capacity will reach more than 10 Tbps in 2011.
The organization decided to tackle this capacity challenge head-on and, following a thorough review and evaluation process, selected the full range of Brocade MLXe-32, MLXe-16 and MLXe-8 routers. These offerings provide massive scalability, industry-leading 100 GbE price-point advantages and breakthrough performance, making them the world’s most powerful 100 GbE routers. These advanced capabilities enable next-generation virtualized data centres to support rising traffic demands and deliver cloud-based services using less infrastructure – vastly improving operational efficiency and reducing costs.
“Brocade’s MLXe solution met our stringent requirements (we test products to destruction)
In addition, the Brocade MLXe chassis delivers full, standard-based routing capabilities and supports all existing Brocade MLX and Brocade NetIron® XMR modules, providing extraordinary investment protection. For CERN, the Brocade MLXe chassis also provides a future migration path to higher densities of both 10 GbE and 100 GbE ports.
“The origins of the universe have intrigued mankind for generations, and CERN’s work is pivotal in furthering our understanding,”
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