How can you most effectively consolidate your network to reduce the economic, environmental and physical footprint of your network infrastructure and simplify it at the same time?
We can deliver solutions that answer the challenge comprehensively through:
Eliminating layers of switching to flatten and collapse the network from today’s 3-tier architecture to 2 layers and, ultimately, to just 1.
Simplification; achieved by interconnecting multiple physical switches, creating a single, logical device that combines the performance and simplicity of a switch with the connectivity and resilience of a network.
Reduction of complexity and acceleration of performance by the creation of a single data centre-wide fabric that provides any-to-any connection.
Cost and emissions; you can expect to see up to a 40% reduction in power consumption, a 30% reduction in heat output and a 20% increase in mean time between failure (MTBF) of major network components.
Networking consolidation is about reducing the economic, environmental and physical footprint of network infrastructure and simplifying it.
So-called 3-tier networking (core, distribution and edge) is outdated. The development of "collapsed" topologies means that fewer physical switching devices are needed to deliver high-density high-speed networks. The convergence of fibre channel and other Storage Area Network technologies onto Ethernet also allows the physical and logical provision to be simplified and provided on a standard platform throughout the network estate.
What is the problem?
The relentless increase in the number of interconnections between networks, driven by applications without traditional boundaries, is making network administration, support and alerting more and more challenging.
As server and storage technology progresses, traditional network switching reference models do not provide adequate support for server consolidation and virtualisation.
What is the networking consolidation solution?
Advanced switching fabrics allow for the connection of many individual network switches to create a single virtual device. While proprietary backplane extension cables have been available for some time to stack switches, it is only the extension of the switching backplane over Ethernet and fibre that has allowed a breakthrough to the next level of consolidated networks.
As an example it is now possible to represent a 4000-port data centre network, comprised of over 100 physical switches, as a single logical switch, configured and managed as one entity. This technology also removes complexity at distribution and edge layers — allowing multiple switches to be managed as a single distribution or edge device.
Networking consolidation has delivered power reduction, heat reduction and increased mean time between failure (MTBF). Compared to installations just 5 years old, we would expect to be able to achieve:
The Data Integration approach
Network audit and modelling of TCO reductions
Network design, implementation and management
Network capacity planning and enterprise management and reporting
Network troubleshooting and root cause analysis (RCA)
How do we deliver this?
For more detailed information about our services and to obtain single or multi-year contract pricing, please contact your Data Integration account manager on +44(0)20 8875 6500 or use our contact page.