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SoftBank deploys Brocade's switches to increase its business agility

Nurdianah Md Nur | Jan. 29, 2016
The move enables the Japanese telco to reduce the complexity and cost of network operations within its data centres.

Softbank is streamlining its data centre operations by deploying Brocade VDX switches to provide Ethernet fabrics as part of the company's group-wide common service infrastructure network.

The Japanese telecommunication service provider has been using data centre virtualisation solutions to efficiently and cost-effectively support its back-end systems that support the company's internal applications and external services. However, as these applications and services increase in number and scale, SoftBank began experiencing network operational issues stemming from the complexity of the existing infrastructure.

The new common service infrastructure network thus aims to reduce the complexity and cost of network operations within SoftBank's data centres. This will provide the company greater agility to pursue new growth opportunities in the Over-The-Top (OTT) services, said Takenobu Yamane, Manager of System Infrastructure and Service Platform, SoftBank Corp.

Deployed in three key SoftBank data centres, the Brocade VDX 6740 and 6740-T switches create an elastic, self-forming, and self-healing Ethernet fabric with Brocade VCS Logical Chassis functionality to enable the entire fabric to be managed as a single switch. The fabric-based architecture simplifies and automates virtual machine mobility and management within the data centres, which is ideal for supporting cloud data centre operations. This enables SoftBank to increase the flexibility and responsiveness of its data centre and makes it easy to scale the infrastructure to meet current demands as well as future requirements.

"Deployment of Brocade VDX switches as part of the new common service infrastructure network gives our data centres a more flexible and automated foundation, supporting a much more streamlined and cost-effective operational model that is capable of responding rapidly to new demands," said Yamane.

Having already deployed more than 70 Brocade VDX switches, SoftBank is now considering adding more of the Ethernet fabric devices to expand its common service infrastructure network. The telco is also exploring ways with Brocade's help to further automate its data centre operations, leveraging Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and other programmatic tools to enable a truly on-demand data centre.


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