November 01, 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 1 — To support rapid growth and extremely high data ingestion rates, Nirvanix, the industry leader in multi-petabyte cloud storage deployments, has selected Brocade Ethernet and Fibre Channel fabric-based networking solutions as its core infrastructure across multiple globally dispersed data centers. With the Brocade data networking backbone supporting large-scale public, hybrid and private cloud storage deployments, Nirvanix customers will benefit from faster performance when they are moving and accessing data anywhere in the cloud.
Nirvanix is the leading provider of enterprise-class cloud storage services designed specifically for customers that demand extreme security, reliability and redundancy. Under its CloudComplete portfolio, the company offers variable cloud storage deployment options, including fully managed public, hybrid and private cloud storage services with usage-based pricing to meet the unique business needs of each customer. The company's patented Nirvanix Cloud File System is specifically architected for business-critical, enterprise data and is in use by leading corporations such as Fox Networks, National Geographic, Cerner Corp., Relativity Media and the USC Digital Repository, among other Fortune Global 500 companies.
The Nirvanix Cloud File System enables all files to be presented as one large global namespace, accessible from any location with immediate data consistency and replication based on policy. The system is designed for millions of users and billions of files – more than enough to store 200 million images and scanned records from a single healthcare provider, for example. Nirvanix cloud storage services are architected from the ground up for massive unstructured content files – terabyte-plus file sizes – that are prevalent in the healthcare, media and entertainment, finance, biotech and IT industries, among other verticals.
Nirvanix has integrated Brocade ICX 6610 Ethernet switches, Brocade NetIron CER 2000 Series routers and Brocade ADX Series application delivery switches to create a data networking backbone for its cloud storage services used by Fortune Global 500 enterprises. The company also uses Brocade 300 Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN) switches in its data centers to facilitate high-performance, high-availability connectivity for its fast-expanding storage environments.
"As demand for our cloud storage services continues to increase, we require a highly scalable data networking infrastructure across all of our cloud deployments," said Randy Hollis, Vice President of Engineering, Nirvanix. "Brocade's 10 Gigabit Ethernet [GbE] switching portfolio and 8 Gbps Fibre Channel switches have demonstrated extreme levels of resilience and scalability for us to deliver continuous data accessibility and elasticity across multiple geographical locations worldwide."
The Brocade ICX 6610 1 GbE switch redefines the economics of networking by providing unprecedented levels of performance, availability and flexibility in a fixed form factor -- delivering the capabilities of a chassis with the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of a fixed switch. Ideal for the most demanding data center deployments, the Brocade ICX 6610 delivers wire-speed, non-blocking performance across all ports to support latency-sensitive applications and workloads. Each switch can provide up to eight 10 GbE ports for high-speed connectivity to the aggregation layer.
"With a strong heritage in data center networking, Brocade uniquely delivers solutions that address the requirements of both storage and data networking," said Jason Nolet, vice president, Data Center Networking Group, at Brocade. "As exemplified by Nirvanix, our networking solutions are designed from the onset for large-scale cloud deployments, and are delivered in form factors that give the customer maximum deployment flexibility and value. We look forward to further partnering with Nirvanix to scale its cloud storage services as it continues its hyper-growth phase and expands worldwide."
Brocade networking solutions help the world's leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere.
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