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Tata Sky boosts data centre capacity with Barcode networking system

MUMBAI: Faced with growth in demand for satellite broadcaster and interactive TV services, direct-to-home (DTH) platform Tata Sky has selected an advanced networking system from Brocade to boost data centre capacity.

Tata Sky has been using Brocade network switches for its call centre operations. Now, as part of a broader upgrade at its key data centre that also increases data storage system capacity from Brocade, the company is set to deploy an efficient and scalable Ethernet fabric based on Brocade VDX 6740 switches and Brocade VCS Fabric technology.

Compared to the conventional three-tier switching infrastructure it will replace, the Brocade network solution operates as a single-layer and single virtual device that delivers low-latency application performance and a much better user experience.

Ravishanker N“Tata Sky’s partnership with Brocade is strategic and long term. The core engineering talent and passion to deliver stands out at Brocade. We are planning to consolidate our data centres and Brocade will be our preferred networking partner. High throughput, no latency, and the highest level of automation are key features of Brocade technology that are directly relevant for our IT infrastructure,” said Tata Sky chief information officer Ravishanker N.

“The explosive demand for increasingly high-resolution video content across all platforms is making the media and entertainment industry one of the hottest areas in terms of adopting new network technology,” said Brocade India regional director Edgar Dias.

“Tata Sky will be moving straight to the leading edge with a data centre Ethernet fabric that will enable it to scale its network almost effortlessly. The intelligent foundation for the increased virtualisation of its data centre operations will also give it the agility to better deal with spikes in service demand.”

Brocade VDX 6740 switches support the VCS Fabric technology, which enables a high-performance switching cluster of interconnected switches that are manageable as a single device. By adding switches to the fabric, which is a simple matter of activating the 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) interconnects and powering up the devices, Tata Sky will be able to enjoy linear data centre scalability in cost-effective increments.

The Brocade VDX switches are designed to support the high-bandwidth demands of virtual machine hosts, delivering a high density of wire-speed 10 GbE ports in a top-of-rack configuration. The low-latency port-to-port performance across the VCS fabric enables it to manage efficiently the high level of ‘East–West’ traffic typical of cloud data centres.

The VCS fabric will also provide Tata Sky with a very high level of network automation and virtual machine awareness, helping to increase the agility of its data centre operations.