Photo - Sean Ong, Country Manager, Malaysia, Brocade Communications.
According to non-governmental organisation World Vision International, it has cut network operating costs by 40 percent with the rollout of Brocade's Ethernet fabric-based network and Brocade VDX switches at its new hosted global data centre, which is based in Malaysia.
World Vision's global ICT director of service centres Nick Goh said the change at its shared services, infrastructure services and services centre, which supports 45,000 staff running more than 2,500 projects throughout 100 countries, will clear the path to software-defined networking (SDN) with networking firm Brocade's open standard platform.
Goh said, "World Vision is heavily dependent on IT as an enabler of activity, bringing transparency, accountability and transformation in the work that we do while reducing the 'distance' between the donor/sponsor, and the sponsored child."
"Lowering the total cost of infrastructure ownership, while increasing its capability, enables us to free up more funds for World Vision's ministry work and, at the same time, increase our operational effectiveness," he said.
The existing data centre network infrastructure was coming to the end of its life and its hosting contract was due for renewal so World Vision took the decision to upgrade, he said.
"It was important for World Vision International, as the IT centre for the organisation, to evaluate the impact of technology change on cost reduction and the possibility of pay-as-you-grow scalability - in terms of a lower cost of technology acquisition, lowered maintenance costs and infrastructure that is operationally more efficient," said Goh.
Photo - Nick Goh, Director of Service Centers - Global ICT, World Vision International
Designed for growth
Goh said the NGO (non-governmental organisation) also decided to upgrade to enhance the use of server virtualisation with open standards, which is delivered by Brocade VCS Fabric technology, which offered a "high level of virtual machine awareness and automation" compared to the proprietary protocols offered by other network vendors.
"We went through a round of different proposals and made an evaluation from the top three network vendors," he said. "We selected Brocade Ethernet fabric technology for several reasons. It is designed for growth with the ability to interconnect up to 24 switches into a unified network fabric while their ports-on-demand licence means we don't have to pay for the full system capacity upfront. It also meets our goal of having a flatter, more economical and manageable network based on open standards, which gives us investment security and also provides an onramp to software-defined networking."
About 80 percent of the organisation's application servers have now been virtualised, said Goh. The new data centre includes Brocade VDX 6710 switches and VDX 6720 switches running VCS Fabric technology to form a single, low-latency Ethernet fabric that supports more than 300 physical and virtual servers with 70 terabytes of data storage capacity.
Brocade Malaysia country manager Sean Ong said the embedded intelligence and flexibility of the VCS Fabric technology helps to support dynamic machine mobility without network reconfiguration.
"Working closely with World Vision International has once again validated our foremost capacity in delivering a purpose-built network infrastructure for highly virtualised and cloud computing environments," said Ong. "We are excited to be working closely with World Vision International to not just address its network challenges today, but also to transform its network for decades ahead."
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