Brocade non-stop networking for campus environments provides a comprehensive suite of end-to-end high-availability capabilities and best practices that enable campus networks to support today’s business-critical enterprise campus applications.
Today's campus networks are expected to deliver services thought impossible just a few years ago. Video conferencing, real-time collaboration, distance learning, patient monitoring, and financial trading are just a few of the applications that organizations expect to run reliably 24×7 on wired and wireless campus networks. In such environments, any downtime can prove catastrophic, resulting in significant productivity and financial losses.
Brocade campus network infrastructure products offer a comprehensive suite of end-to-end high-availability capabilities. These features are designed to address a broad range of network issues that, if undetected, can result in potential interruption of network connectivity services.
Enterprises can rely on Brocade non-stop networking technology to support today's business-critical enterprise applications.
Many variables can cause network service interruptions, relatively minor issues can grow into major problems resulting in network availability issues. These problems can be divided into three categories:
The primary function of a network infrastructure is to deliver connectivity services to applications. However, supporting the level of availability needed by today's enterprise campus applications requires a different approach–one that views the network as a suite of connectivity services, rather than a collection of interconnected devices.
Brocade non-stop networking for campus environments takes an end-to-end approach to network availability, protecting against failures at the device and network levels while helping to ensure the availability of network connectivity services through real-time service-level monitoring and protection against common security threats.
At the device level, the redundancy of essential components such as power supplies and fan assemblies is essential to address common causes of failure. For a chassis, redundant management modules and fabric modules are also necessary to address common causes of failure. Several features–including advanced protection capabilities within the operating system's robust kernel, fault-tolerant capabilities, and redundant hardware components–protect against faults in individual network nodes, helping to ensure non-stop operation in higher-layer applications.
Brocade non-stop networking protects against faults in individual network devices as well as network-related faults and protocol-related issues. Protection against faults in the network is accomplished by incorporating redundant links/paths in the network architecture, providing intelligent redundancy of devices across the network, and using appropriate protocols to detect and handle network faults.
Organizations often overlook network services when evaluating high-availability networking solutions, yet they are key to ensuring the high availability of the network. Addressing device- and network-level high-availability issues is necessary but not sufficient. Other issues can also affect network availability. Most notably, the network might be under attack, or experiencing a security threat, or it might be saturated due to excessive traffic and poor traffic prioritization. Brocade offers network security, network management, and network monitoring solutions that guarantee end-to-end network availability.
Brocade sets the industry standard for resiliency and high availability by enabling non-stop networking in data center and campus environments. This enables organizations to achieve a competitive advantage in their network infrastructures.
Brocade FastIron® SX Series switches support continuous uptime in campus core/aggregation and campus edge networks through hitless failover and hitless in-service software upgrades—High Availability (HA) technologies that address the demand for increased network availability by reducing device downtime.
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