Post-production and visual effects company Rushes is using Brocade's VCS Fabric technology and VDX 6720 Data Center Switches to boost network capacity, in order to meet increasing bandwidth demand from high-definition CGI content and real-time digital workflows.

Rushes is best known for its work on films such as “Wuthering Heights” and “Slumdog Millionaire,” as well as a number of television series, music promos and commercials. On any given project, numerous departments are involved.

Brocade's 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) fabric will link seven data centres located across five buildings in the Soho area of London. For applications that require performance above 10 GbE, Rushes will use the VDX 6720 switches, because they provide the foundation for Ethernet fabrics, according to Brocade.

The company's senior systems administrator Jez Tucker said that the fabric would allow all the departments to work in a more efficient, joined-up fashion.

“Given we have a distributed data centre environment, if we had deployed traditional top-of-rack switches we would have created a huge mesh network resulting in vastly increased management overhead,” said Tucker. “In contrast, installing Brocade VDX switches in each computer room to create an Ethernet fabric is far simpler.

“Essentially VDX with VCS technology allows you to deploy a geographically distributed chassis switch, with each VDX being a blade in that chassis – all managed as one switch,” he added.

The Brocade VCS Fabric technology is also low-latency, which is particularly important for providing a seamless client experience, without stuttering and dropping frames.

Over the coming months, Rushes plans to install additional Brocade VDX switches in each of the seven machine rooms which will appear logically as one data centre. This phased rollout will provide an opportunity for the business to update end-of-life, legacy networking equipment, thereby saving on support costs, according to Brocade.

“The ease of management is the big win for customers choosing VCS Fabric technology and why Rushes purchased our switches over competitive products,” said Alberto Soto, vice president EMEA at Brocade.

“They’re moving away from dealing with complex network management issues to focus on supporting line-of-business applications and the main task of serving and delighting clients.”