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TiERA Leverages Brocade's Technology to Upgrade Network Infrastructure, Becomes IPv6-Ready

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June 08, 2011

TiERA Leverages Brocade's Technology to Upgrade Network Infrastructure, Becomes IPv6-Ready

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

Internet penetration across Europe has grown over 352 percent in the last decade, due to a surge in the use of online video and bandwidth-consuming mobile applications. This growth has been particularly strong in Russia, where it has increased by 1,826 percent, according to a source. As a result, Internet traffic has grown enormously and many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are planning to migrate to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

In an effort to meet the growing demand for bandwidth and pave the way for IPv6 transition, St. Petersburg's ISP, TiERA, has deployed Brocade’s routers that support multiprotocol label switching (MPLS)-enabled architecture. These routers will upgrade TiERA’s network infrastructure and will make the company IPv6-ready.

As a provider of a wide range of popular services such as torrent trackers, electronic libraries, Jabber, gaming servers, peering, photoport and more, TiERA observed that its traffic volume had tripled in recent months. In order to cope with the surging appetite for bandwidth and facilitate a smooth transition to IPv6, TiERA picked Brocade’s (News - Alert) routers as part of its new MPLS topology.

"Over the years, we have seen bandwidth demand grow beyond all expectations," said Valery Streltsov, general manager of TiERA, in a statement. "Our old network had reached the point at which it could scale no more. The infrastructure would regularly fail at peak times, thereby leading to traffic bottlenecks and problems with clients receiving certain services. In addition, we had to look to the future and plan for IPv6 migration, so it was clear that we needed to upgrade our architecture."

According to a press release, TiERA’s upgraded network was built using Brocade MLX Series and Brocade NetIron CER 2000 Series routers. These devices will improve service quality across the company’s network, thereby delivering 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) performance while paving the way for IPv6 migration.

Brocade’s new architecture involving MLX Series and NetIron CER 2000 Series routers facilitates TiERA to aggregate as many as 32 ports of 10 GbE routing within a single Brocade MLX chassis, and also provides the company with benefits from rich IPv4, IPv6, Multi-VRF, MPLS and Carrier Ethernet capabilities without compromising performance.

In addition, Brocade NetIron CER 2000 Series routers are purpose-built to help service providers save on space, power and cooling while extending wire-speed IP and MPLS services to the network edge without compromising performance.

This feature of Brocade NetIron CER 2000 Series routers helps ISPs such as TiERA to reduce network operational costs while increasing new revenue streams via over-the-top services.

As one of the first ISPs to become IPv6-ready in Russia, TiERA also received other valuable advantages via Brocade technology such as the opportunity to increase its corporate client base by offering an infrastructure that connects remote offices.

Recently, Brocade introduced several comprehensive updates and new products designed for service providers, executing on the Brocade One strategy. One of the updates included enhanced capabilities for the NetIron CER 2000 router to provide added scalability and accommodate future growth of IPv4 and IPv6 route tables. Another update included general availability of the two-port 100 GbE and eight-port 10 GbE (8×10G-X) blades for the Brocade MLX Series.

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

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