Networking specialist Brocade is helping Australian mortage broker Stargate Group take the first step to a software-defined networking future.
The group has deployed Brocade's NetIron CER 2000 Ethernet/MPLS routers, which have been implemented by Brocade partner, Mycom,
The new routers are the foundation of a network that handles all traffic to and from more than 2,000 mortgage brokers across the country, enabling Stargate to boost service resiliency, delivery capacity and overall network performance by 40 percent while reducing operational costs, according to a company statement.
The solution includes multiple routers deployed at Stargate's two datacentre sites and headquarters.
The sites are linked over a Gigabit Ethernet mesh and also connected to two different ISPs, giving Stargate Internet route redundancy.
It is running Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) across its router mesh to increase network resiliency, load-balance its datacentres and also mirror transactions between the sites. At each datacentre two routers form a high-availability cluster using the Brocade Multi-Chassis Trunking (MCT) feature to create a single logical device that dynamically load-balances traffic.
Each router is connected to both datacentre firewalls, eliminating any single point of failure.
The routers themselves are built to carrier-grade specifications with redundant hot-swappable power supplies and redundant fans. Brocade A/NZ country manager, Greig Guy, said it was critical to Stargate that its online service were available at all times.
"Our partner, Mycom, designed a very elegant solution that simplifies the Stargate routing infrastructure while increasing network resiliency to make it virtually failsafe," he said.
"We are also now engaging with Stargate on how to move ahead with SDN, which will bring major datacentre operational benefits."
Stargate general manager, Unal Altay, said the new network had been designed to better manage mobile apps, and the company's CRM, in a bid to move to a true Cloud model.
"This can be described as a critical upgrade as we were looking for much more increased network functionality to capture more data in real time and interact with our third parties in a manner that better suits their business models," he said.
"After a highly competitive tender, we decided on the Brocade NetIron CER 2000 Series for a number of reasons.
"Our previous experience with the solutions had been very good--they never seem to fail -- and they were 20 percent less expensive than the solution offered by another vendor.
""Perhaps most significant, however, was the support from Mycom, the system integrator, who really understood our need for high service resiliency and could strategize on how we can move forward with software defined networking,"