Brocade and CERN openlab Collaborate on SDN Network Evolution

Jul 29, 2015:

Brocade has announced a partnership with CERN openlab to help the world’s largest and most respected centre for scientific research develop a long-term software-defined networking (SDN) strategy for the New IP. Research carried out by CERN is crucial to answering many of humankind’s questions about the origin of the universe and IT plays a critical role in enabling CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments. Brocade was named an official networking contributor member to CERN openlab, building on its previous relationship as a technology supplier to CERN.

Created in 2001, CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership between CERN and leading ICT companies. Its mission is to accelerate the development of cutting-edge solutions to be used by the worldwide Large Hadron Collider (LHC) community. CERN openlab’s commitment to open source technology is a key part of what has made it an IT pioneer over the last 14 years, and as a founding member of the OpenDaylight Project, Brocade has been leading the industry’s transition to open SDN.

CERN generates extremely large data volumes and therefore needs an efficient, scalable, and flexible network in order to handle traffic spikes. The project with Brocade is intended to create a future-proof network based on the New IP, featuring a framework of SDN applications to optimise the routing of data traffic entering and leaving the organisation. Brocade will also create enhanced user interfaces for its solutions, giving collaborators at CERN the ability to view graphical charts and visualizations showing real-time and historical traffic information. The open SDN solution will be based on OpenFlow and will utilize the Brocade® SDN Controller and Brocade Flow Optimizer application to increase network performance, proactively improve capacity planning and eliminate network congestion. The solution will also use OpenFlow-enabled Brocade MLXe routers and ICX switches.