Brocade MLX Series routers deliver 10 Gigabit Ethernet performance and ‘dual stack’ capabilities, claims company
Data networking company Brocade has enhanced its Bunker’s Brocade MLX Series routers to provide future-proofing for clients during the IPv4 to IPv6 transition.
Customers who have hosted their data centre facilities at The Bunker are set to benefit from a major network upgrade to its existing Brocade environment, said the company.
The enhanced routers will deliver 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) performance and enable the company to stay ahead of increasingly bandwidth-intense applications, such as high-definition streaming media, said Brocade.
It added that The Bunker provides military grade hosting within nuclear bunkers in Kent and Berkshire. Both locations are among the most secure data centres in the UK, claimed the company.
The company noted that London is "one of the highest-risk cities in the world" and, without the proper safeguards, represents "a huge single point of failure to the availability of the UK Internet and all those that rely upon it."
Head of Core Network and Solutions for The Bunker Mark Hemsley said the increase in bandwidth requirements caused by live streaming, HD content and mobile working applications (bandwidth-greedy applications) shows no sign of slowing down and has led to networks becoming clogged up with data.
"We have noticed this growing demand with many of our customers and, as such, it became necessary to upgrade our network if we were to maintain the high standards we have set over the last seven years. In addition, there is the issue of IPv6 transition looming large on the horizon. Companies should seriously consider the migration to IPv6. An architecture that allows them to start integrating IPv6 with their existing IPv4 systems is pivotal to their, and our, success. And with the majority of our clients based in the financial sector, the demand for reliability and minimum network downtime during this transition is paramount," Hemsley said.
Hemsley added, "A further motivation for the upgrade was the fact that, by running the platform in ‘dual stack’ mode, we could migrate between IPv4 and IPv6 effectively at the flick of a switch."
Helmsley continued, "The Bunker now also offers cloud solutions to our customers [services started in 2010] and, while the upgrade was not driven by this, the Brocade solution is important in reliably underpinning this service given it provides IP transit connectivity."
Brocade UK and Ireland country manager Marcus Jewell said with the Brocade MLX Series router upgrade, the company is delivering a network infrastructure that can cope with spikes and surges in bandwidth, as well as provide the ability to jump between IPv4 and IPv6 when needed.
"As its location and client base (predominantly from the financial sector) would suggest, the imperative for The Bunker is to provide reliability and security so that it can manage the increasing demands for bandwidth and the impending IPv6 transition. Thanks to our networking solutions, it now has a network infrastructure that will enable it to meet both challenges," Jewell said.