Brocade delivers 100 Gigabit ethernet solution to CERN

Brocade has recently delivered its 100th two-port blade to renowned European particle physics laboratory CERN, one of the world’s largest centers for scientific studies, as a critical component to accelerate its research.

“We first selected the Brocade MLXe routers one year ago because they were a perfect fit for our stringent networking requirements in the near-and-long term (we test products to destruction). Now that we are ready for 100 GbE, it was a simple line card addition to multiply our network performance,” said Jean-Michel Jouanigot, Communication Systems Group Leader, IT Department, CERN.

“I do not see our appetite for data waning in the future, so with the addition of the Brocade MLXe with 100 GbE in our environment, I am confident we have a blueprint for success,” he added.

In addition to CERN, Brocade has had successful 100 GbE deployments with large Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), content delivery network (CDN) providers, and research organizations, such as the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), Limelight Networks and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

Brocade said exponential bandwidth growth and the need for faster connectivity has forced network operators to carefully plan for future capacity requirement.

This growth affects virtually all networks, including the public Internet where bandwidth is doubling every 18 to 24 months. CERN’s demanding environment exceeds 15 petabytes or 15 million gigabytes of data traffic per year.

"To put this number in perspective, 15 petabytes is equivalent to approximately 200 years of continuously running HD-quality video. Similar to other organizations with high volumes of variable traffic flows and continued bandwidth growth requirements in the coming years, it was necessary for CERN to select a cost-effective solution with dense 10 and 100 GbE routing capabilities today as well as the ability to deliver massive scalability for anticipated bandwidth spikes in the future," Brocade explained.

Zeus Kerravala, principal at ZK Research, affirmed that while some organizations will continue to grow incrementally by link-aggregating multiple ports of 10 GbE, there is a growing group of ultra high performance research institutes and service providers that will need to jump immediately to 100 GbE to remain competitive.

"Since these organizations’ bandwidth requirements are increasing exponentially, the use of a 100 GbE terabit trunk router will provide substantial scalability for future needs,” he said.