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Servers.com Leverages SDN for Faster, More Flexible Cloud

By Rory Lidstone February 12, 2016

While there’s a big push around the world to drive gigabit access to consumers, many businesses have moved well past gigabit speeds to 40 GbE, especially when it comes to cloud and server connectivity. Servers.com knows this and that’s why the company has completed the roll out of a new software-defined network (SDN) based on Brocade IP Fabric. Thanks to the power of SDN, this network connects four data centers across two continents with speeds of 40 GbE.

Servers.com’s new network can flexibly scale to meet the growing demand for cloud, content delivery and dedicated hosting services at competitive price points. In addition, the highly automated, open standards-based network has made Servers.com one of a few providers across the globe able to offer 40 GbE server connectivity for data-intensive applications like big data analytics.

In order to ensure that it would be able to provide the agility and scalability customers need, Servers.com has automated its data centers using its own OpenStack and SDN solutions. Using the Brocade IP Fabric as the foundation, Servers.com’s new network is built on Brocade VDX switches, providing the OpenStack support and programmable REST APIs needed to enable automation. These switches also feature 40 GbE ports that can be broken into four independent 10 GbE ports, for huge flexibility.

In fact, it would seem flexibility is as crucial to Servers.com’s network as speed. That’s because customers can order their server from a self-service portal and get exactly what they need ready to go within 40 minutes. From there, they can configure virtual connections anywhere, freeing switches from needing to be physically connected to specific servers.

"This was a strategic investment. We had to completely re-think our infrastructure," said Konstantin Bezruchenko, chief technical officer at Servers.com. "And although we wanted to deliver powerful capabilities, the network itself had to remain simple to scale and manage. The combination of our own version of OpenStack with the Brocade IP Fabric allows us to offer customers anything from bare-metal dedicated networking to multi-continent cloud. I'm looking forward to seeing what our customers create with the new systems."




Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Contributing Writer

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