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Brocade powers MaximumASP

MaximumASP is building on its deployment of Brocade IP and SAN networking solutions with the development of a third data centre to support its network traffic growth and expanding customer base.

MaximumASP has traditionally used Brocade BigIron Series switches at the core of its network. However, for its new data centre the company will deploy Brocade NetIron XMR routers at the core with NetIron MLX routers at the access layer, and a variety of FastIron Models.

One of the things we like about the ServerIron is that it uses the same interface as our other Brocade switches, so we are able to use our existing knowledge across platforms.

Matt Griffin, MaximumASP
The company will also take advantage of the Brocade ServerIron switches for application delivery and load balancing between multiple data centres.

“We have a lot of customers in different segments, so it’s everything from shared hosting to virtual dedicated and co-lo. So there are a lot of different needs,” said Dominic Foster, CTO, MaximumASP. “With Brocade, we can use them for anything from fibre, to iSCSI implementations, to 10Gbps network gear. We’ve used them for a long time, and they’ve never let us down. Also, they are constantly innovating, so it’s not stagnant.”

“Our data centre traffic is fairly linear,” added Foster. “However, one of the great spikes that we are seeing is internal – server to server, server to SQL Server, server to SAN – so for that reason, 10 Gbps and 10 Gbps density is hugely important to us. We want to leverage that network pipe as much as we can.”

“The ServerIron platform is something we use both for customers when they need a private load balancing solution, and it’s something we’ve implemented in one of our products, MaxESP, to load-balance the front end and make it highly available from top to bottom,” said Matt Griffin, storage architect and product manager, MaximumASP. “One of the things we like about the ServerIron is that it uses the same interface as our other Brocade switches, so we are able to use our existing knowledge across platforms.”

MaximumASP also has a new product, MaxV, that uses HyperV on top of R2 in Windows. It needed a fast, reliable network to provide live migration and instant scalability, with virtualiaation, to all of its customers.

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