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Surgient Ramps Up Its Virtual Data Center to 10 Gigabit Ethernet With Fabric Switch From Woven Systems
Woven Systems™ Inc., the leading innovator of Ethernet fabric switching solutions based on its patented vSCALE™ technology for data centers and high-performance computing clusters, today announced that Surgient, the leading provider of self-service virtualization automation and lab management, has upgraded its data center to 10 Gigabit Ethernet with Woven’s EFX 1000 Ethernet Fabric Switch. A single EFX 1000 switch now interconnects all virtualized servers and the storage area network in Surgient’s Austin, Texas data center. Woven was selected for its scalable, non-blocking Ethernet fabric capable of delivering lossless throughput with a low latency.

“We looked at Ethernet switches from multiple providers, and Woven’s Ethernet fabric provided the most impressive performance,” says Evan Watkins, director, operations at Surgient. “With a single Woven switch we have ramped up our entire data center to 10 Gig Ethernet, and now deliver congestion-free throughput for thousands of virtual machines and the storage area network. Woven’s unique Dynamic Congestion Avoidance feature enables the Ethernet fabric to balance the traffic load in a way that minimizes latency and eliminates packet loss.”

The Surgient Virtual Automation Platform™ is a sophisticated software automation and management platform that enables enterprise IT organizations to deliver self-service computing resources to users while maintaining full administrative control, effectively supporting critical business initiatives while also reducing overall IT costs. The virtual data center makes Surgient’s platform available as part of a hosted service that enables businesses to save considerable resources and slash time-to-market for new software products with a hosted data center for testing, training, or demonstrating their software.

Surgient’s virtual data center is itself virtualized using VMware and Microsoft Virtualization technologies. Because the unpredictable traffic flows in a virtualized environment can cause high levels of packet loss and latency in most Ethernet switches, Surgient is taking full advantage of Woven’s vSCALE packet processing ASIC that applies Dynamic Congestion Avoidance. This unique technology dynamically monitors traffic flows across the fabric and intelligently directs traffic onto less congested alternate paths, without dropping or re-ordering packets, and with a latency of less than 2 microseconds. The load-balanced, multi-path fabric can also be partitioned to dedicate resources for a particular application, enabling Surgient to successfully enforce service level agreements for its hosted services.

“Surgient’s deployment proves it is now possible to build an all-Ethernet data center that scales without compromising performance,” says Joseph Ammirato, VP of marketing at Woven. “They’ve amassed an impressive and growing list of customers that demand the mission-critical reliability afforded by Woven’s Ethernet fabric.”

Published Tuesday, January 20, 2009 6:45 AM by David Marshall
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