U.S. Army overhauls Ethernet infrastructure

Brocade is working with the United States Army as part of the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) at Fort Carson, CO.

Brocade (NASDAQ:BRCD) announced that it is working with the United States Army as part of the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) at Fort Carson to create a highly resilient network to support advanced voice, video and critical military applications in an effort to modernize the base's core enterprise information infrastructure. This installation represents one of the largest core-to-edge deployments of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)-ready routers and 10 GbE aggregation and LAN switches.

Fort Carson, winner of the Network Enterprise Center (NEC) of the Year award, is a United States Army installation located in Colorado. Its 137,000-acre facility is home to critical members of the military, including the 4th Infantry Division, the 10th Special Forces Group, the 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), the 4th Engineer Battalion, the 759th Military Police Battalion, the 10th Combat Support Hospital, the 43rd Sustainment Brigade and the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron of the United States Air Force. Due to the sheer number of users requiring more bandwidth to support emerging forms of external and inter-base network communication, Fort Carson required an infrastructure refresh that would provide scalability for growth while simplifying the delivery of latency-sensitive voice, video and data.

According to a press release, this mission-critical imperative was successfully solved by deploying 100 GbE-ready Brocade NetIron XMR Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) IPv6-ready core routers as the backbone of the network. The MPLS capabilities provide superior efficiency, Quality of Service (QoS) and reduced latency times for critical online applications and services. As a result, Fort Carson's personnel can minimize network bottlenecks by prioritizing their delay-sensitive traffic over a path with minimal hops and lower congestion -- helping boost overall productivity and expedite response to urgent situations.

Brocade says its deployed network solution meets the stringent Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Joint Interoperability and Test Center (JITC) requirements. DISA JITC's mission is to support the war-fighter with direct technical assistance and to conduct performance and interoperability testing and certification for net-centric strategic voice, video and data networking systems integral to the Department of Defense (DoD) Global Information Grid.

"The selection of Brocade by the United States Army's I3MP program is a significant win for Brocade, highlighting our proven expertise in providing high-performance, non-stop networking solutions to government organizations worldwide," said John McHugh, chief marketing officer, Brocade. "By meeting the I3MP network and service requirements, Brocade is well-positioned to further extend its market presence within the government sector as a leading networking provider to support and optimize mission-critical applications."

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