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May 09, 2011

De Persgroep Deploys Europe's First Ethernet Fabric Switching Solution Using Brocade Solution

Brocade (News - Alert), a provider of fabric-based data center architectures, announced that Brussels-based media group, De Persgroep, deployed Europe's first Ethernet fabric switching solution leveraging the new Brocade network infrastructure.

The Brocade Ethernet Fabric is expected to assist the media company to deliver news to its 9.4 million daily readers and online visitors.

“Over the years, we have seen our print-media business perform well, but that has placed pressure on the network,” said Wim Vanhoof, ICT Infrastructure Manager at De Persgroep, in a statement. “If content cannot get through, we lose business. So the network is the heart and lungs of our operation.”

The new network infrastructure will also help De Persgroep manage out-of-control data growth. It utilized Brocade Ethernet Fabric as De Persgroep's operations have grown significantly. The media company reported a 650 percent increase in data traffic in four years. Currently the network supports more than 1,000 servers, 3,500 users and 325 terabytes of data.

“Through our Ethernet fabric solutions, we are delivering a platform that is unparalleled in today's market,” said Alberto Soto, vice president EMEA at Brocade. For De Persgroep, the imperative was to provide scalability and flexibility so that it had the opportunity to grow in whichever direction proved most valuable to it as a business.”

The media company utilized Brocade VCS technology. Brocade VDX 6720 Data Center Switches offer the foundation for data center Ethernet fabrics offering better Layer 2 networks designs and providing an intelligent base for cloud-optimized networking.

The Brocade VDX 6720 is designed to improve network utilization, maximize application availability, increase scalability and dramatically simplify network architectures in highly virtualized data centers, company officials said.

Brocade announced its OEM partners, including, Hitachi (News - Alert) Data Systems, HP and IBM have voiced their support of the company's new Fibre Channel technologies that will help their enterprise customers migrate smoothly to private cloud architectures.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin

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