Managed telecom provider Excell deploys Brocade solutions to avoid network failure

Telecom Lead Europe: Brocade said its networking
solutions have enabled Excell Group, a U.K.-based provider of managed voice,
data and hosted services, to offer services without a single network failure
since deploying Brocade NetIron CER 2000 Series routers.


Leveraging Brocade NetIron CER 2000 Series routers
deployed at its data centers and points of presence (PoPs), Excell Group
provides its clients with cost-effective, low latency and scalable MPLS
networks with the resilience to withstand traffic growth of more than 100
percent over the last year.


The global VoIP services market is likely to grow at a
CAGR of more than seven percent over the next 3 years. The continued growth of
the market could be threatened by the complexity of deployment, highlighting
the need for service providers to invest in simplified, reliable and scalable
networks to meet these market demands.


Excell Group has seven regional offices.


Stan Jackson, Network Architect at Excell Group, said
since its three data centers were at full capacity in 2009, it opted to extend
the network, opening a new point of presence in 2009, and 11 more since then as
customer demand has grown.


Though it evaluated a number of networking providers
including Cisco and Juniper, Excell selected Brocade equipment. Excell deployed
15 Brocade NetIron CER routers across Excell’s three data centers and 12 PoPs.


Putting MLPS on a circuit enables connections to be used
for multiple purposes, so that services like Internet access, voice and QoS can
all be provided on a single circuit. Brocade NetIron routers, with 24
MLPS-enabled ports each, make this much more cost-effective.


Excel witnessed data traffic growth of more than 100
percent in the last year, but IT budgets are increasingly under threat.


At its fourth data center at Metropoint as well, Excell
deployed Brocade TurboIron 24X Switches at both ends of the two circuits
linking to Metropoint. Excell has deployed Brocade equipment to completely
replace the edge technology that previously connected its network to the


Recently, Brocade announced the introduction of The Effortless
Network, its new vision. Based on Brocade HyperEdge technology, it is
designed to deliver new levels of automation and simplification of the campus
LAN lifecycle.


The new vision offers significant cost savings and
investment protection to customers. Brocade has also introduced two additions
to the Brocade ICX switch family to support the company’s advancements in
campus LAN technology.


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