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Brocade boosts network performance for Chinese university

Anuradha Shukla | July 23, 2015
Deploys a new 10 Gbps network backbone for Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Brocade has improved performance for Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) by deploying a new 10 Gbps network backbone to accommodate the continued growth of data traffic from academic and administrative systems.

The next-generation network backbone spans five campuses and it has halved the network management costs since deployment. Brocade's network run on powerful switching routers and has enabled the university to streamline management by migrating applications that previously ran over separate networks onto a single infrastructure.

SJTU operates a large and complex network that supports tens of thousands of wired and wireless devices across its campuses. "We've been using Brocade MLX Series routers in our backbone for the last nine years and they've proved to be very robust, so when it came time to select a new generation of infrastructure we looked at Brocade first," said Rui Xie, director of Network Information at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. "The Brocade MLXe routers we recently deployed have enabled us to cut network management costs by 50 percent while increasing core network performance 10 times. They provide us with a solid pathway, based on open standards, into the world of SDN."

High speed network
SJTU's new solution is based around Brocade MLXe Core Routers that are built with a state-of-the-art, sixth-generation network processor-based architecture and terabit-scale switch fabrics.

These routers enable the university to run the backbone at 10 Gbps and can support 40 and 100 Gbps wire-speed interfaces when required. The routers also provide Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) that enables SJTU to segment the backbone into virtual networks.

These virtual networks accommodate different application streams, including campus CCTV and the YiKaTong smart card access system that previously ran on physically separate networks.

"Shanghai Jiao Tong University is one of the pinnacles of higher education in China and is extremely strong in IT-related fields, so we're naturally proud that it has reaffirmed its confidence in Brocade's technology by deploying Brocade MLXe routers to support its next-generation backbone," said Eric Yu, vice president for Greater China, Brocade. "The university has a great deal of interest in SDN, both from an administrative and academic perspective, and we're expecting to see a lot of SDN-enabled innovation come out of there in the next few years."


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