ServerCentral Builds a Better Network to Deliver Superior Managed Data Center Services
Aug 2, 2016
To keep up with customer demands, modern data centers must move beyond racking, stacking, and cabling. Customers want access to their data instantly, anywhere in the world. And that’s exactly what Juniper Networks helps our hosting customers deliver.
One of our hosting and colocation customers, ServerCentral partnered with us to leverage virtualization and automation for custom IT infrastructure configurations. The goal – bring comprehensive access to infrastructure management, administration and reporting right into the a customer-facing, self-service portal. This innovative approach, to build a next-generation data center network, and the use of network automation enables new levels of service that allow ServerCentral’s customers to thrive.
But, how did they really do it? Let’s take a closer look at the technology under the hood.
ServerCentral needed an easy way to deliver intelligent, high-performance Layer 2 connectivity for its eight global data centers to satisfy the demands of customers with high-performance, global connectivity requirements. ServerCentral has used Juniper solutions since the company’s inception in 1999, and when it needed to build a next-generation data center, it embraced the Juniper portfolio for routing, switching, and security.
ServerCentral uses Juniper Networks® MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers, ranging from the MX960 to the MX80, to deliver high-performance, highly available data center interconnect, core, and edge routing. ServerCentral uses Ethernet VPN (EVPN) for the Layer 2 overlay network to connect geographically dispersed sites. With EVPN, ServerCentral can build an intelligent data center interconnect network that’s optimized for virtualization, while preserving its investment in its existing WAN. EVPN is ideal for long-distance VM mobility.
With Juniper Networks Virtual Chassis Fabric (VCF), ServerCentral has a low-latency, high-performance datacenter fabric that can be managed as a single device. IT can interconnect multiple devices into a single logical device, inside of the fabric architecture. It uses the Juniper Networks QFX5100 line of L2/L3 data center switches as leaf and spine devices. With a flexible fabric architecture, ServerCentral can easily expand capacity to 80 Gbps and beyond as needs grow. ServerCentral also uses the QFX5100 as part of its managed switch service offering, and Juniper Networks SRX Series Services Gateways as part of its managed security services.
ServerCentral is an innovator in using network automation to deliver services faster and more efficiently to customers. It is using the automation capabilities in Juniper Networks Junos® operating system, including Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF) and the Ansible modules, to automate infrastructure configuration management. ServerCentral is also using virtual route reflector (VRR) for route reflection. ServerCentral can make network maintenance changes with certainty and ease. And,with the commit and rollback features in Junos OS, if something isn’t right, the operations center can roll back to the last known good state.
Working with the automation tools in Junos OS, ServerCentral was able to activate a self-provisioning network in a few days—a far cry from the two weeks it typically takes. ServerCentral has built a better network to deliver unmatched colocation, managed services, and cloud services to customers.