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China Pharmaceutical University adopts a cloud data centre

Adrian M. Reodique | May 12, 2016
The new data centre will enable the university to strengthen its pharmacological research and boost application delivery while reducing operating costs.

The China Pharmaceutical University (CPU) has leveraged New IP networking solution from Brocade to consolidate its multiple server farms into a single cloud date centre.

The new data centre will enable the university to strengthen its pharmacological research and boost application delivery while reducing operating costs.

According to Brocade, much of CPU's server infrastructure has been autonomously deployed by individual departments in order to meet their particular requirements. This resulted in the university having relatively under-developed central IT facilities to support administrative functions.

"It no longer makes sense to have decentralised server and data storage facilities -- with all the duplication and limitations -- especially as computer modelling has become such an important technique in pharmacological research," said Yuan Quan, Deputy Director of information technology centre of CPU.

"The New IP networking solution from Brocade provides the virtual network foundation for our new cloud data centre operations, enabling us to efficiently manage our resources as a single pool and easily scale without increasing operating costs," added Quan.

The university is also implementing the VCS Fabric technology from Brocade on its data centre to establish a seamless and automated Ethernet fabric, fully integrated with its virtualised server and storage infrastructure while using Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) to support Virtual Machine (VM) security and load balancing.

This enables CPU to cut operating costs while providing a capable platform to power its academic and administrative applications, said Brocade.

"Deployment of a New IP network infrastructure has been a critical element in CPU rapidly achieving its vision of a cloud data centre," said Eric Yu, Vice President of Greater China, Brocade. "In doing so, it has taken a massive stride to the forefront of universities in China that are leveraging cloud technologies to improve learning systems, accelerate research, and enhance institutional development. CPU is already enjoying a strong return on investment, and this will increase with the level of data centre automation as it leverages software-defined networking."

In addition, the university has deployed Brocade's VDX 8770 and VDX 6740 switches to form the nodes of the "spine and leaf" Ethernet fabric that deliver wire-speed 10 Gigabit ports with low-latency port-to-port performance. The fabric is also VM-aware and supports automated VM mobility between hypervisor hosts. 

The switches provide a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) which enables VM hosts to access the EMC VPLEX virtual storage of the university without the need for SAN interfaces.

Lastly, CPU deployed the Brocade vRouter within the data centre to provide VM security while the Brocade Virtual ADX application delivery controller handles server load balancing and security at the application level. 

 

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