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Abraxas Takes Cloud Computing to New Heights

2/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

Background

As the largest ICT integrator and Cloud Service Provider (CSP) in Switzerland’s Zurich and St. Gallen states, Abraxas has a strong presence in the country. Offering network interconnection and data center cloud services, as well as network solution consulting and deployment services, Abraxas principally serves government, education, and financial sectors. Adapting to the fast-paced development of the global cloud technologies market, Abraxas has drafted a future-oriented blueprint that suits its business needs and highlights its unique strengths.

Challenges

Abraxas integrates infrastructure, computing, storage, and network resources, and delivers these resources in the form of “services.” Customers are able to utilize these resources on demand. Abraxas has been delivering continuous and effective cloud services to its customers for many years. However, recent business growth, increasing data traffic, and the ever-changing business needs of its customers have presented a series of challenges to Abraxas’ cloud computing data center network:
  • A virtual pool of integrated computing, storage, and network resources to provision on-demand services. The data center network must be upgraded to allow flexible migrations and deployments of Virtual Machines (VMs) and other resources to ensure efficient VM migrations and rapid service deployments.
  • Reliable connections between Zurich, St. Gallen, and a planned data center for rapid service deployments and implementation of disaster recovery across the three data centers.
  • Building data centers with sufficient service processing capabilities, handling heavy future data traffic loads, and planned device capabilities to sustain business development over the coming 10 years.

Solution

After evaluating proposals from several different vendors, Abraxas selected Huawei to tailor a cloud computing data center network solution to meet Abraxas’ unique business characteristics and strengths. To match demands for large capacity, high performance, high reliability, and feature-rich data center equipment, Huawei recommended that Abraxas purchase the CloudEngine series data center switches.
Huawei’s CE12800 series data center core switches deliver a large switching capacity and support high-density 40 GE/100 GE cards, In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU), and hot-swappable key components. As a result, the CE12800 is ideally suited for Abraxas’ data center scenario and fully meets Abraxas’ requirements for data center network plans and capacity expansion for the next 10 years. In addition, through deployments of the Cluster Switch System (CSS), Virtual System (VS), and Virtual Private Network (VPN) features, the CE12800 strengthens network reliability and elasticity, implementing data isolation and access control. The CE12800 also offers the “VS + CSS” physical device virtualization capability, reducing customers’ Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and network maintenance costs.
Huawei is building a Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) network within Abraxas’ data centers and implementing Ethernet Virtual Network (EVN)-based cross-DC interconnections. A large Layer 2 network that will span three places and three data centers is being constructed, allowing different applications and VMs to be flexibly deployed and migrated among the three data centers. These network virtualization technologies support multi-tenant (4K tenants, which can evolve to 16M tenants) virtualization solutions, and achieve seamless connection to mainstream controllers and cloud platforms in the industry.
Huawei’s network solution also covers detailed designs and optimization of the network-wide Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and backbone network Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS). Via joint efforts with Huawei, construction of the Abraxas cloud computing data center is near completion.

Benefits

  • Due to building an interconnecting large Layer 2 network, VMs and applications will have the flexibility for migration within and between data centers.
  • High security will be achieved with traffic isolation and effective access control in Abraxas’ cloud computing data centers.
  • Unique disaster recovery advantages are provided with the three-city data center solution, including deployment of active-active services and, in the event of a disaster, the remote disaster recovery center will promptly start data and service recovery, ensuring that Abraxas customers have 24/7 non-stop services.

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