China Pharmaceutical University (CPU) has used Brocade’s new IP networking solution to consolidate multiple server farms into a single cloud center, announces the networking solutions provider Brocade. The new arrangement will assist the University to bolster its pharmacological research and application delivery at a reduced operating cost.
Unlike the earlier existed decentralized server infrastructure, now CPU uses data center virtualization by which all academic and administrative requirements are supported by a unified data center. Commenting on the new arrangement, Yuan Quan, deputy director of information technology center of China Pharmaceutical University said, “It no longer makes sense to have decentralized server and data storage facilities — with all the duplication and limitations — especially as computer modeling has become such an important technique in pharmacological research.”
“The New IP networking solution from Brocade provides the virtual network foundation for our new cloud data center operations, enabling us to efficiently manage our resources as a single pool and easily scale without increasing operating costs. When it came to making the network choice, Brocade’s proposal was clearly superior in terms of value, performance, and capabilities — with a strong SDN roadmap,” Quan elucidated.
Technically, CPU is using Brocade’s VCS Fabric Technology within the data center to establish an automated Ethernet fabric, integrated with its virtualized server, and storage infrastructure, while using Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to support Virtual Machine (VM) security and load balancing.
“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 center automation as it leverages software-defined networking,” said Eric Yu, Vice President of Greater China, Brocade.
Brocade VDX 8770 and VDX 6740 switches form the nodes of the “spine and leaf” Ethernet fabric in the infrastructure. This is suitable for cloud computing operations as it delivers wire-speed 10 Gigabit ports with low-latency port-to-port performance. The Brocade VDX switches also provide a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) gateway, enabling VM hosts to access the university’s EMC VPLEX virtual storage cluster without the need for SAN interfaces.
The server load balancing and security at the application level will be taken care by Brocade Virtual ADX application delivery controller. Brocade VRouter has been deployed within the data center to provide VM security. Both these Brocade NFV software offerings run on the same standardized virtual server infrastructure as CPU’s applications. Hence, the scaling is seamless as well.