The third largest mobile operator in Japan, SoftBank has selected Brocade VDX switches as Ethernet fabrics for its data centers as part of the company's group-wide common service infrastructure network. The new infrastructure is expected to greatly reduce complexity and the cost of network operations within SoftBank's data centers, giving the company greater agility to pursue new growth opportunities in Over-The-Top (OTT) services.
The Brocade VDX 6740 and 6740-T switches, deployed in three key SoftBank data centers are designed to create an elastic, self-forming, and self-healing Ethernet fabric with Brocade VCS Logical Chassis functionality enabling the entire fabric to be managed as a single switch. The fabric-based architecture simplifies and automates virtual machine mobility and management within the data centers, which is ideal for supporting cloud data center operations, said Brocade.
Softbank is also exploring ways to further automate its data center operations, leveraging Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and other programmatic tools to enable a truly on-demand data center.