DDNS taps data center switches from Brocade

Internet services group Discount Domain Names Service (DDNS) has tapped data center switches from Brocade.

DDNS plans to launch a range of online background check services to complement its existing portfolio of Internet registrar, hosting, site development, and business-to-business marketing services.

While planning for Information Brokers, DDNS Group’s new business intelligence portal, concerns arose about the impact of potentially much higher traffic demand on the existing DDNS data center switching infrastructure. DDNS operates a Xen-based virtualized server environment with iSCSI storage, which impacted network performance.


“We had 10 Gig Ethernet switches in place but were experiencing packet loss across the network, which was causing storage timeouts. After discussions with MYCOM, we made the decision to investigate the migration to a high-performance, low-latency platform,” said DDNS Group CEO Rod Keys.

DDNS deployed the Brocade VDX 6740 switches that form a highly resilient and automated Ethernet fabric using Brocade VCS Fabric technology. All 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch ports operate at wire speed and deliver very low-latency performance across the fabric, completely eliminating the previous packet loss and storage delay issues.

“If we need more server ports, we can simply add another switch to the fabric and get a linear increase in performance, so we have future-proofed our network thanks to Brocade,” said Keys.

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