Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) has deployed a new 10 Gbps network backbone connecting its five campuses – running switching routers from Brocade.
Switching routers from Brocade will enable the Chinese university to reduce costs and streamline management by migrating applications that previously ran over separate networks onto a single infrastructure.
The Brocade solution also paves the way for SJTU, which has 40,000 students and 1,900 professors and associate, to pursue its interests in Software-Defined Networking (SDN), both at an academic level and as a way to support digital campus service innovation.
Rui Xie, director of Network Information at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, said: “We’ve been using Brocade MLX Series routers in our backbone for the last nine years and they’ve proved to be very robust, so when it came time to select a new generation of infrastructure we looked at Brocade first.”
The Brocade MLXe routers have already enabled SJTU to cut network management costs by 50 percent while increasing core network performance 10 times.
Brocade MLXe routers built with sixth-generation network processor-based architecture and terabit-scale switch fabrics enable the university to run the backbone at 10 Gbps — with the capability to support 40 and 100 Gbps wire-speed interfaces.
This apart, the routers provide Layer 2/3, IPv4, IPv6, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), wire-speed encryption, and SDN features. MPLS will segment the backbone into virtual networks that accommodate different application streams, including campus CCTV and the YiKaTong smart card access system that previously ran on physically separate networks.
Eric Yu, vice president for Greater China, Brocade, said: “The university has a great deal of interest in SDN, both from an administrative and academic perspective, and we’re expecting to see a lot of SDN-enabled innovation come out of there in the next few years.”