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Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals deploy Brocade Storage Fabric

Zafirah Salim | May 21, 2015
The air cargo terminal operator will be adopting Brocade’s Fibre Channel storage networking switching solutions to support enhanced round-the-clock data centre operations over the next five years.

Networking solutions provider, Brocade, announced yesterday that Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) has deployed its Fibre Channel storage networking switching solutions to support enhanced round-the-clock data centre operations over the next five years.

The Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones - implemented by Brocade partner Hitachi Data Systems - have enabled Hactcl to re-architect its storage network, significantly reducing operating costs and providing a high-performance foundation to support more data-intensive applications.

Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones at Hactl's primary and secondary data centres allow storage resources in each data centre to be combined into virtual pools. The backbones also support fabric virtualisation, so Hactl's production, development, and disaster recovery environments each have their own storage fabrics running over the same switching infrastructure, maintaining the required levels of data and fault isolation without increasing cost and complexity.

"This [simplified storage environment] makes for better resource utilisation and has also had a dramatic impact on storage network operating costs, which are down 70 percent overall," said John Lee, Senior IT Operations Manager at Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. "At the moment, our SAN mostly runs at 4 and 8 Gigabits per second but, as Gen 5 Fibre Channel devices, the new switches support 16 Gigabits per second throughput, which will allow us to run more data-intensive systems, such as business intelligence and Big Data analytics, over the SAN."

Franklin Sze, Regional Director for Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau, Brocade, added that by leveraging advanced Brocade SAN fabric technology, Hactl's SuperTerminal 1 has gone from having essentially two separate multi-layered SANs that were complex to operate, to having a single-layer storage fabric that spans the whole terminal.

"This makes life much simpler for the system administrators and enables Hactl to use its storage resources far more efficiently, which increase its return on investment," he said.

With the new Brocade SAN fabric in place, Hactl plans to upgrade its tier 1 and tier 2 storage arrays to fully exploit Gen 5 Fibre Channel performance.

Lee said that Hactl is also looking at leveraging the Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones' integrated metro and global SAN extension capabilities to migrate from the company's existing tape-based backup system to backups in the cloud.

 

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