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Solutions for Service Provider Data Centers

by asardell ‎02-21-2017 10:53 AM - edited ‎02-26-2017 05:20 PM (7,209 Views)

Last week I talked about some convergence trends in the service provider space, particularly for IXP's, collocation facilities, and cloud exchanges.  If you're in this space, you know what it is to deal with huge traffic growth and demanding customers that want high bandwidth and always-on connectivity with access to advanced cloud services.


Among these provider types, there is both collaboration and competition, and all need high scalability and a flexible networks.  Here, we'll examine how Brocade fills those needs. 


An Adaptable Infrastructure


Interface scale is paramount. SLX 9850 is unsurpassed here, with a modular chassis architecture and a 1.5RU interface module. This platform has inbuilt visibility along with other future proofing capabilities that include advanced thermal, cooling and power as discussed in this video.  It's suitable for spine and super spine locations, along with border leaf and WAN edge.


Of course, a chassis architecture may not be suitable for top of rack (TOR) or smaller locations, and a fixed platform is the way to go. Accordingly, the SLX 9540 fits the bill.


Both platforms support multiple architectures (Table 1). 


Table 1: Elements of Brocade's Adaptable Infrastructure

Adaptable Infrastructure


Higher scale application support with increased control plane performance and simplified operations


Traffic engineering, OAM, QoS – support  carrier-grade topologies by leveraging high performance MPLS stack

High Density 100GbE

Lower cost/bit to handle rapid, unpredictable traffic growth (SLX 9850 and new SLX9540)


Either VPLS or BGP-EVPN, when supplied with appropriate density, agility and visibility, is geared to hyperscale to increase service innovation according to evolving market needs.  We'll talk more about these architectures in a future posting.  


Pervasive Visibility


Visibility is of course more relevant in collocation and cloud exchange than in IX peering. We’ve recently blogged about how inbuilt visibility options (Table 2) are used in concert with automation to quickly debug a slow-performing application within your cloud hosting environment.


Table 2: Elements of Brocade's Pervasive Visibility

Pervasive Visibility


Faster troubleshooting, remediation (find link congestion problems)

Insight Architecture

Isolate problems by digging into specific packets on specific servers. Example: Wireshark

Visibility Services

Drill into specific service or application traffic to identify abnormalities, even deeper into the packet. Example: VXLAN


We've also recently illustrated the use of these tools with examples, highlighting the relationships between streaming, visibility services and the Insight architecture for debugging a distributed application and a container application.


Intelligent Automation


Our automation solutions (Table 3) are tightly integrated with our platforms, and one of our three automation suites is geared specifically to IXP applications, as shown in this example of adding a new customer.


Table 3: Elements of Brocade's Intelligent Automation

Intelligent Automation

Workflow Composer with Automation Suites

Automation, troubleshooting, remediation to increase operational efficiencies

Flow Optimizer

Balance flows and secure traffic against DDoS attacks


Of course, the other automation suites are also relevant in service provider data centers.  Network Essentials, for instance, automates configuration and validation of VLAN and ACL provisioning to scale with cloud growth and tenant capacity.  And Data Center Fabrics can be used to validate BGP settings and state, BGP neighbors, BGP EVPN peering, and switch reachability.


Call to Action


Find out more about how these integrated offerings provide:


  • Hyperscale architecture with dynamic scalability and proven performance in large network deployments
  • Faster innovation to drive market share and competitive advantage
  • CapEx and OpEx savings through industry-leading cost-efficiency, future-proofing and automation, and
  • Improved customer SLAs through differentiated visibility capabilities.

Follow the links herein or contact your Brocade representative.