Redstone selects Brocade for services platform

News Channel Pro Feb 19, 2013

VCS fabric offers a “dramatic increase in speed and reliability” says Fisher

Service provider Redstone has become a flagship customer for the Brocade Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS) technology to upgrade its network in support of its growing IaaS and SaaS business.

Redstone has deployed Brocade VDX 6000 series switches and VCS Fabric technology across two of its primary data centres to deliver a multitude of hosted cloud services such as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), network monitoring and hosted messaging and collaboration.

“Over the last few years, we have seen a huge increase in demand for hosted services,” says Fraser Fisher, managing director at Redstone.

“Our portfolio of offerings traditionally focused around co-location services, but more recently our customers have been looking for more sophisticated cloud-based solutions as data volumes skyrocket.  With customers looking to move core applications off-premise, and leverage the operational benefits of applications such as VDI and VoIP, the importance of a network that can keep pace with demand increases exponentially.”

Ethernet fabrics built on VCS Fabric are suited to highly virtualised environments to allow administrators to manage dozens of switches as a single logical device which the vendor claims offers a reduction in operational costs. Brocade says more than 700 customers are using its VCS fabric-enabled switch portfolio.

Redstone’s network based end-to-end managed services, technology and infrastructure solutions are served from seven locations across the UK, with peering connections across Europe linked to a core MPLS network.

Redstone has upgraded its primary data centres in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire with Brocade VCS technology and according to Fisher, “In the short time that the network has been live, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in speed and reliability. We are now able to better predict capacity requirements and utilisation, and have already scaled the network to support 4,000 virtual machines.” Redstone also also announced the successful migration of mission-critical servers for leading insurance company Towergate to its cloud platform. 

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