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October 28, 2010
Brocade Internet Backbone Routers Selected for Highwinds' Global Content Delivery Network Expansion

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

Highwinds has selected the Brocade (News - Alert) NetIron XMR Series of Internet backbone routers to use for expanding its network infrastructure.

Highwinds made the selection because of Brocade’s reliability, performance and density, according to the companies.

“Since we started our network expansion in 2007, we’ve seen exponential traffic growth primarily due to the proliferation of online video and mobile applications,” said Steve Liddell, president of content delivery and network services for Highwinds (News - Alert). “It was clear we need to rapidly scale our network, to not only keep up with global bandwidth needs, but also to build in sufficient headroom to protect our investment. After evaluating all the major networking vendors, we chose Brocade because of its price/performance value, reliability and advanced routing capabilities.”

Currently, there are about 30 Brocade NetIron XMR Internet backbone routers in operation, connecting 10 of the 18 cities that make up the Highwinds RollingThunder network, which is the core of the company’s Content Delivery Network (CDN) infrastructure.

Additional Brocade routers are being deployed in line with Highwinds’ sustained network growth and global expansion.

Highwinds provides CDN services to media companies and content owners worldwide, delivering live and on-demand streaming video, and supports large-file downloads for millions of users daily.

Highwinds said it selected the Brocade NetIron XMR Series because of its support for high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 100 GbE connections, and its ability to scale greater link aggregation capacities through its terabit-scale architecture.

The NetIron XMR Series routers enable Highwinds to leverage the full capabilities of its Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)-based backbone with Quality of Service control mechanisms, allowing fast routing of traffic and fine-grained traffic control for multiple classes of content, the company said.

Ed Silverstein is a TMCnet contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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