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Sydney-based high-end hosted services provider RackCorp has started transitioning its data centre operations to a new network foundation based on advanced Ethernet fabric infrastructure from Brocade.

The deployment of Brocade solutions by RackCorp coincides with Brocade’s announcement that Linktech Solutions has joined the Brocade Alliance Partner Network (APN) Program with Premier Partner status, to meet growing demand for network convergence and further extend its footprint across Australia.

Rackcorp – which operates 21 data centres across nine countries - says it has embraced the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) capable family of Brocade VDX switches and VCS Fabrice technology to meet the high-availability and increasingly high-bandwidth requirements of its global client base.

“The primary driver for a new network was the ability to plan for more bandwidth. Whilst the RackCorp network is not currently experiencing large loads that impact performance, we could see that our previous capacity would be under stress within the next two to three years. This is a purely strategic deployment now to move to Brocade solutions that offer valid features and provide a roadmap for the future,” said RackCorp director and network operations manager, Stephen Dendtler.

“We have a renewed focus on the data network volume market and we need to scale up to cater for high volumes. This means moving to a 10 GbE footing, with the Brocade Ethernet fabric solution. We probably underestimated the significant benefits of Brocade fabric technology and now have a greater appreciation of how much easier it is to add more switching capacity and cloud-centric capabilities. As it is basically plug-and-play, this is going to be a significant benefit for RackCorp going forward as we scale our networks and it will also provide us the ability to deliver more complex customer solutions in an automated manner.”

Dendtler said that the Brocade solution was selected because it provides the “highest performance in its price range”, which allows the company to sell at a better price point resulting in better outcomes on both sides. “It also provides a greater incentive to grow our content delivery network and high-volume network services.”

“There’s a lot of talk in the market about SDN but a lot less productive use of the technology thus far,” said Gary Denman, Senior Director for Australia and New Zealand, Brocade.

“RackCorp’s deployment of the Brocade VCS fabric shows Brocade’s SDN implementation is mature enough to support dynamic 24×7 software-as-a-service capabilities, with millions of dollars per hour being transacted by financial service clients.”

Under partnership with Brocade, Linktech Solutions will gain access to a range of development and sales incentives to support the shift toward open, more flexible and efficient network infrastructure.

Founded in 2012, Linktech provides IT consulting and implementation services from its offices in Sydney and Melbourne, with strong expertise in enterprise mobility, unified collaboration, data centre, cloud computing and infrastructure solutions for a broad range of industries, including health, education, corporate, government and enterprise.

“As the market for network convergence continues to grow rapidly across Australia, we are constantly looking for new partners that offer extensive industry and vertical expertise,” Denman said.

“Linktech Solutions has a skilled team of consultants and engineers experienced in developing strategies that transform the delivery of IT services, which will enrich and extend our range of networking solutions in Australia.”

Denman said the Brocade APN Program rewards partners that invest in developing knowledge-rich practices to address new technology trends, and offers a full set of intelligent, customisable tools that will assist partners in selling Brocade solutions and supports the needs of partners as they help customers make the transition towards network convergence.

Linktech Managing Director Ahmed Latif said, “By combining our market knowledge with Brocade's leading networking solutions, we now have a compelling world-class offering for customers seeking to drive more efficient and flexible IT operations, through initiatives such as virtualisation, data centre transformation and cloud computing."

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