Leading Australian data centre hosting provider deploys Brocade networking solutions to expand service quality and offerings

Brocade MLXe Routers Provide Basis for Micron21’s Network and Data Centre Expansion

Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD) today announced that Micron21 Pty Ltd, provider of geographically redundant, fault-tolerant IP networking services designed for the most mission-critical hosting environments, has dramatically expanded network capacity at its two Melbourne data centres to pave the way for a new generation of high-availability services.

Micron21’s goal for its network expansion project was to support the deployment of 160 additional data centre racks over18 months that would boost the hosting provider’s high-performance service offerings while improving security capabilities to further safeguard its customers’ most mission-critical data. The provider was also looking for a smoother migration path toward supporting higher levels of virtualisation and integration with its existing usage-based billing system.

After a careful evaluation process, Micron21 selected the new Brocade® MLXe Series core routers as the network foundation for its expansion project because the platforms met and exceeded the company’s performance requirements while seamlessly integrating with its existing IP networking infrastructure.

“Compared to the other solutions we evaluated, the Brocade MLXe stood out for its uncompromising design in terms of performance, availability, scalability and security, offering a very competitive total cost of ownership,” said James Braunegg, Infrastructure Manager of Micron21. “With our new core routing infrastructure in place we are capable of delivering 100 Gigabit Ethernet performance, which is beyond today’s customer requirements.”

At each Micron21 data centre, the company has deployed a pair of Brocade MLXe-4 core routers that are connected through point-to-point fibre. The high-performance routing mesh is the foundation for Micron21’s new state-of-the-art, high-availability, geographically redundant IP services, including High-Availability Co-Location Services, High-Availability Virtual Dedicated Servers Services and custom solutions designed to exceed the demands of today’s mission-critical hosting requirements for small to large companies, enterprises and government organisations.

While some vendors advocate rip-and-replace approaches, Brocade believes that any network transformation begins with a dramatically simplified architecture that provides both innovation and investment protection. The Brocade MLXe meets this need by enabling Micron21 to leverage its existing assets and establish new standards for uptime while introducing future-proof technologies that will support its transition to fully virtualised data centre operations.

“As an independent company in a very competitive field, Micron21 has built a very strong reputation for service excellence,” said Graham Schultz, regional director of Brocade Australia. “I’m very pleased that Brocade is now a proven part of that success story and I believe we have much more to contribute as Micron21 evolves its infrastructure to support its customers’ needs.”

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