Providing Data Center Design Expertise and High Performance Border Routers for Colocation Facility

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Executive Summary

Southwest Data Centers in downtown Las Vegas provides affordable collocation solutions for companies of all types and sizes. The challenge faced by the Center was to offer connectivity to multiple carriers and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) in the new building, which was purchased as the new facility for the Centre. In support of the former tenants, the building had raised floors, multi-fiber circuits, extensive cabling, and redundant power supplies and cooling systems. They had also left a Layer-3 Cisco 3550 Series switch fronted by a Cisco Pix firewall. The switch was simply not capable of supplying the throughout needed by Spracklen. In addition, the legacy infrastructure only had a single feed from Time Warner Telecom. After researching the market, Vyatta, an open networking solution was chosen. The Centre engaged Vyatta Professional Services to help plan the system. The Vyatta solution enabled Spracklen to build an economical, reliable, high-performance network that met its immediate needs, plus the scalability to grow as the business grew. Vyatta also runs Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) for automatic failover between the two routers, internal Border Gateway Protocol (iBGP) to ensure traffic is directed to the best router, and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF). Deployed in February, another key benefit presented by Vyatta was the flexibility to offer everything Spracklen required in essentially one box.

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