Brocade 100 GbE enables 50% efficiency improvement at Howard Hughes Medical

Janelia Farm Research Campus, a research facility for the Howard Hughes Medical
Institute (HHMI), has selected Brocade to advance data analysis and transform
its network infrastructure to be up to 10 times faster than before.

With 56-ports of 100 Gigabit Ethernet in multiple Brocade MLXe routers powering
the network core, the Janelia Farm Research Campus is now the world’s largest
single site deployment of 100 GbE in a research institute, increasing
operational efficiency for more than 250 staff scientists.

HHMI invests approximately $770 million in biomedical research per year and has
an endowment of $14 billion.

“We have 200 Gigabits connections to each of our network wiring
closets,” said Spartaco Cicerchia, director of network infrastructure
systems for the Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, VA.

“Then we have 10 GbE connections going directly down to researchers’
systems in order to support the massive volumes of data they have collected.
This new infrastructure enables our research team to obtain results 10 times
faster than before. This performance advantage will allow us to set a new
standard for research process cycles,” Cicerchia added.

Due to a limited networking staff, the Janelia Farm Research Campus sought to
redesign its infrastructure to inherently remove obstacles and create a
simplified infrastructure that operates with high reliability.

Janelia Farm Research Campus installed multiple Brocade MLXe-32 and MLXe-16
routers connected using Brocade Multi-Chassis Trunk (MCT) to simplify its data
center network and increase resiliency. This advancement enables network-level
virtualization and enhanced network reliability while greatly reducing
management complexity.

From the core, Janelia Farm Research Campus link aggregates or bonds two-ports
of 100 GbE to create a single 200 gigabit logical connection allowing line rate
bandwidth in both directions. The aggregation routers are two fully populated
Brocade MLXe-32 routers with more than 2,400 GbE ports and a large subset of 10
GbE ports.

To ensure maximum performance and security on the research network, Janelia
Farm Research Campus partitioned its IP communications and wireless LAN (WLAN)
infrastructure using the Brocade FCX Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) stackable

“”Major medical and scientific advancements not only better our lives but
can have a direct impact on future generations,” said Ken Cheng, vice
president, Service Provider Products for Brocade.

“The work at Janelia Farm Research Campus is a critical element for
medical progress. With the addition of the Brocade MLXe routers and 100 GbE
connections, Janelia Farm Research Campus has taken a quantum leap in how
networking can help transform science and Brocade is pleased to be a part of
it,” Cheng added.

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