Network overhaul prepares Russian ISP for IPv6

One of St. Petersburg’s leading Internet Service Providers has upgraded its network infrastructure and dramatically increased bandwidth by deploying a new multiprotocol label switching (MPLS)-enabled architecture...

 

One of St. Petersburg’s leading Internet Service Providers has upgraded its network infrastructure and dramatically increased bandwidth by deploying a new multiprotocol label switching (MPLS)-enabled architecture.

Brocade is providing the new infrastructure to TiERA to improve service quality across its network, providing 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) performance while paving the way for a smooth transition to the IPv6 addressing system. As a result, TiERA is one of the first ISPs in Russia to become IPv6-ready.

According to Gartner, the emergence of more online video and bandwidth-consuming mobile applications will cause Internet traffic to grow approximately five-fold in the next three to four years. In the last ten years, Internet penetration across Europe has grown more than 352%. In Russia, it has surged by a staggering 1,826%. Today, almost 43% of the country’s population is connected; TiERA has seen traffic more than triple in recent months.

“Over the years, we have seen bandwidth demand grow beyond all expectations,” said Valery Streltsov, general manager of TiERA. “Our old network had reached the point at which it could scale no more. The infrastructure would regularly fail at peak times, thereby leading to traffic bottlenecks and problems with clients receiving certain services. In addition, we had to look to the future and plan for IPv6 migration, so it was clear that we needed to upgrade our architecture.”

The new architecture gives TiERA the opportunity to aggregate as many as 32 ports of 10 GbE routing within a single Brocade MLX chassis, and benefit from rich IPv4, IPv6, Multi-VRF, MPLS and Carrier Ethernet capabilities without compromising performance.

Brocade recently introduced several comprehensive updates and new products designed for service providers, including significant software updates across its entire IP router portfolio to better support IPv6 interoperability with IPv4 networks. These updates included enhanced capabilities for the NetIron CER 2000 router to provide added scalability and accommodate future growth of IPv4 and IPv6 route tables.

Streltsov added: “From the moment [the platform was] implemented, we have not noticed any disruptions in operation. We are now able to offer a more reliable service to our clients that will continue to scale and meet growing demands, while reducing operational expenditure and providing a blueprint for the future.”

“Since Internet traffic is rapidly growing, ISPs find their networks under constant stress,” commented Nickolay Umnov, general manager of Brocade in Russia and CIS. ”They are forced to scale their IT infrastructure and compete for clients while maximising profitability. With products such as the Brocade MLX Series routers, we can deliver the headroom needed to remain competitive in today’s market, while delivering non-stop performance.”

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