Brocade ties up with Fujitsu to offer switching for Australian University’s data center

Infotech Lead India: Brocade has tied up with Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand to provide network switching capabilities for High-Performance Supercomputer (HPC) at Australian National University’s National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) data center.


Graham Schultz, regional director Australia and New Zeland Brocade

NCI facilities combine a new data centre, which is due for completion in October 2012, and the Fujitsu supercomputer, due to be fully operational by January 2013.

“For the management network of the new NCI Supercomputer at ANU, we selected Brocade as we felt that its switching capability was proven in similar global HPC environments and its pricing configuration represented value that was well ahead of other offerings in the market,” said Phil McCormack, head of Strategy of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand.

Fujitsu will deploy Brocade FastIron SX Series switches as the low-latency core of the data centre management network with 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) fiber connections to the Fujitsu supercomputer and supporting servers. This configuration features 1 GbE connections to more than 100 Brocade FastIron WS Series switches.

“Brocade networking solutions are integral to the supporting infrastructure at some of the world’s leading supercomputer facilities, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world’s largest and most respected centers for scientific research in Switzerland, and the Argonne and Los Alamos National Laboratories in the U.S.,” said Graham Schultz, regional director Australia and New Zealand, Brocade.

“With Brocade now part of Australia’s high-performance computing future, researchers at the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO, ANU and other universities can be assured of dependable access to Fujitsu’s solution for high-end computational services to the Australian research community,” Schultz added.


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