Taiwan education institution Academia Sinica selects Extreme Networks’ data center switches

Infotech Lead Asia: Academia Sinica, an education institution in Taiwan, has selected Extreme Networks’ data center switches.

As part of a network upgrade, these data center switches will be used to support the demands of its high performance computing (HPC) and cloud network.

Academia Sinica used Extreme Networks’ switches to gain a robust and reliable 10 Gigabit network that is capable of continuously transferring huge volumes of data in continuous periods and would ultimately scale to 100 Gigabit Ethernet.

Extreme Networks supports global universities and research institutions such as the Wellcome Sanger Trust Institute, Johns Hopkins University and CEA Saclay.

To support the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s most powerful particle accelerator that is part of a global LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) project, as well as other research initiatives, Academia Sinica Grids implemented more than 2,500 blade servers from Extreme Networks in its computer facility.

“We were already using Extreme Networks technology, but when we evaluated vendors’ switching gear capable of expanding the network to accommodate HPC architecture, we sought great price-performance backed by fast delivery. Extreme Networks offering ticked all the boxes, and we had experienced excellent service from them in the past,” said Wen-Shui Chen, network manager for ASG.

ASG is Extreme Networks largest blade server customer in Taiwan, with 52 racks in 135m^2. It has more than 5.4petabytes of storage capacity including disk and tape. ASGC is using Extreme Networks BlackDiamond 8900 series fabric switches, comprising a BlackDiamond 8810 chassis fully loaded with BlackDiamond 8900 module cards.

“Scientific and research facilities such as Academia Sinica need to be able to analyze immense amounts of real-time data from myriad sources in order to make real-time decisions. Having a flexible, high-performance core network and data center is critical to HPC applications,” said Huy Nguyen, director of product management for Extreme Networks.

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