KACST selects Brocade's switches and application delivery solutions
Oct 05, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, or KACST, the national science agency and laboratory for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has selected Brocade's enterprise-class switches and application delivery solutions to deliver a network infrastructure comprised of high-performance campus networking and load balancing solutions.
The new Brocade campus network environment, deployed by Brocade's local partner Nesma Advanced Technology, spans 16 buildings including the KACST headquarters, which houses the institution's data center. Each building has a Brocade FCX Series switch at the edge connected to a Brocade FastIron SX Series switch with 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) uplinks to Brocade BigIron RX Series core switches in the data center.
KACST also deployed Brocade VDX 6720 Switches to provide reliability and performance, while paving the way for the institution to deploy Brocade VCS Fabric technology and private cloud services in the future. The benefits of the Brocade FastIron SX switches, with Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology, were realized.
As part of the wider network upgrade, the Brocade ADX Series of application delivery switches allowed KACST to achieve performance benefits from its Web portal. The Brocade ADX switches have also future-proofed the KACST for IPv6 support, enabling a migration to this technology as required.
Hasan Alhowimel, assistant of IT directory and network engineer at KACST, said, "Factors such as an increasing number of employees and deployment of bandwidth-intensive applications - like Oracle ERP, wireless applications as well as external services (to share data with international agencies) - led to tremendous strain on the underlying infrastructure."
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