As the broadcast industry faces up to the challenge of delivering multiplatform content and high definition (HD) video to consumers, United – part of the Euro Media Group (EMG) and a full-service company providing facilities, technical and creative support for multimedia audiovisual productions – has turned to Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD) to deliver an end-to-end data center networking solution based on Ethernet fabric technology and its 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) core routing platform.
The new deployment will provide the performance, elasticity and resilience needed to support higher traffic volumes and daily data volumes in its video production environment that are approaching 16 terabytes. The Brocade® network will also reduce operational cost and complexity for United Broadcast Facilities’ IT department while providing a seamless, cost-effective path for high-density deployment of 100 GbE technology.
United provides onsite broadcast facilities for large sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup. It also manages more than 45 percent of all Dutch TV productions and works with international broadcasters such as NBC, Warner and ESPN by providing post-production services that include audio-visual rendering and trans-coding for multiplatform delivery (such as video on demand).
Confronted with the challenge of managing multiple data feeds for various clients – all demanding secure access/delivery of content – United looked to significantly update and simplify its networking architecture to improve service levels to its customers.
“In our line of work, managing huge data volumes is nothing new. However, over the past two years it had become all too apparent that our disparate IT environment was no longer fit for our constantly evolving business needs. Coming at the same time as a planned move to a new facility by consolidating four buildings into one, we knew that the time was right to make a wholesale change to our data center network, radically improve performance, and also take an innovative approach to its design,” said Marc Ruesen, manager of Business Development at United.
Specifically, United turned to Brocade VCS™ technology and the Brocade VDX™ 6720 Data Center Switches, part of the growing Brocade VDX product family as well as the primary building blocks for Ethernet fabrics that have revolutionized the design of Layer 2 networks inside of data centers. Brocade Ethernet fabrics are designed to improve network utilization, maximize application availability, increase scalability and dramatically simplify network architectures in highly virtualized data centers.
At the network core, Brocade MLXe Series core routers provide the breakthrough 10 GbE performance and scalability to support the firm’s rising application traffic demands and deliver reliable services using less hardware — vastly improving operational efficiency and driving down capital cost. Additionally, the Brocade MLXe provides a seamless, cost-effective path for high-density deployment of 100 GbE technology.
The Ethernet fabric and MLXe deployment are elements of a holistic network upgrade that includes the following Brocade product lines:
- Brocade NetIron® CER 2000 Series routers will be deployed to deliver high-performance Ethernet edge routing and MPLS applications, and by providing enhanced scalability and flexibility, meet the dynamic needs for higher bandwidth services.
- Brocade FCX Series, Brocade FastIron® SX Series and Brocade FastIron WS Series switches, along with Brocade ServerIron® ADX Series application delivery switches, will be rolled out across the environment in conjunction with Brocade Mobility Access Points and Controllers to form a campus-wide deployment.
- Brocade Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) enable transport over a 10 GbE connection through Data Center Bridging (DCB) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocols, providing best-in-class LAN connectivity and I/O consolidation to reduce cost and complexity.
- Brocade Network Advisor provides end-to-end visibility across different network types through a seamless and unified user experience
“This was an ambitious project, but one that I am delighted to have taken on. Having used Brocade SAN solutions in the data center for many years, we knew that Brocade offered class-leading performance. The new Ethernet fabric-based environment gives us a far stronger proposition to take to market as we have the performance and flexibility to deal with anything our clients ask of us,” added Ruesen.
Alberto Soto, Vice President EMEA at Brocade commented, “Through our data center networking and Ethernet fabric solutions, we are delivering platforms that are unparalleled in today’s market. In the media industry, demand will only grow. It is a huge advantage to have an environment that offers seamless scalability and performance without requiring complicated management protocols. United has found such a solution with Brocade.”
What do you do when you have neat programming skills, some time to kill and 28 Windows Phones? Rudy Huyn, a developer by profession, made one large Bing map out of it.
In a YouTube video published by himself, he shows the 28 devices acting as one large screen displaying Bing Maps. The map is controlled by another device and is capable of zooming and panning left and right. Huyn says he was able to create this Bing Maps wall with a special app developed during the recent hackathon in France hosted by Microsoft. He promises to share more details about this map in his blog soon.
” The release of the New iPad means a slew of new accessories are going to hit the market. One of the first items to come across my desk for review is the XtremeMac Microshield Silkscreen SC for the new iPad. It is a shell style case that can be used independently, protecting the back of the Apple device or in conjunction with the Apple Smart Cover.”
Lets take a look at this top mainstream socket 1155 motherboard from Biostar based on the forthcoming Intel Z77 chipset, targeted to Ivy Bridge processors.
“The Intel Z77 chipset will be released in April, but we had the privilege of getting the Biostar TZ77XE4 for a “first look” article. It will be a top mainstream socket 1155 motherboard targeted to the forthcoming “Ivy Bridge” processors (third-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors) and also supporting the current “Sandy Bridge” models (second-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors). Let’s see what the Biostar TZ77XE4 will have to offer.”
Quote: “So am I in love with this card as much as the previous
Lightnings? No. This is due to the simple experience that I had. It
did not initially work as advertised, but it might simply be a less
than stellar example of the design. MSI appears to have done a nice
job on the design and functionality of the card. The cooling is
outstanding, the ability to drive six monitors is a plus, and the idea
behind the GPU Reactor is sound. This particular example just gave me
fits right off the bat.”
QUOTE: “Since the inception of the first point and click device for computers, there has been someone sitting in a corner thinking to themselves “what can I do to make this better and more useful?” Over many years of evolution we went from mice with just one button on them, to mice with a pair of buttons and a scroll wheel. For many users this is more than enough to deal with as far as their point and click needs go for emails or finding a recipe for Peking duck for the next family gathering. For me, I prefer a mouse to have as many buttons on it as comfortably possible. By this I mean that if given enough buttons to my mice, I prefer to set my gun swap there, grenades, knife, even the push to talk for whatever application I am on at the time I am gaming. The latter part is the biggest concern to me and that is giving me what I want in options without having an odd shape or having to contort my hands in painful ways to utilize all of the buttons.
Corsair matches the K90 keyboard we just looked at with a gaming mate in the Vengeance series. This compatriot in action will allow users to not only have functionality for MMO and RTS games, but the ability it offers the FPS gamers isn’t so shabby either. In the evolution of mice, a lot of us prefer a page forward, page back and selectable DPI on the fly is also something that most of us are getting used to by now. What most of us aren’t used to in mice is the sleek and attractive package that this newest submission has incorporated into this design from Corsair. Things like an aluminum frame and the blue and white LEDs are things that lend it to be the perfect mate to sit alongside the K90 as you will soon see for yourself.”
For more information, please visit – http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4630/corsair_vengeance_m90_performance_mmo_and_rts_gaming_mouse_review/index.html
The ASUS F1A75-V Evo is one of the most feature-rich boards for the Llano platform. We put it toe-to-toe against the Gigabyte A75-UD4H. See which one comes out on top.
Quote: “We tested the 64, 128, and 256GB capacities of the Samsung SSD
830 Series, and all were an absolute breath of fresh air. Reads and
writes were great, and IOPS performance was nothing short of
outstanding. The Samsung engineering team is to be congratulated for a
product line that is likely to become the new standard for others to
aspire to reach.”
Now that the flagship single-GPU cards from both Nvidia and AMD are out, it’s time to see how well they perform in a dual-GPU setup. We know that the Nvidia GTX 680 beats the AMD HD 7970 without breaking a sweat; but history has taught us that SLI and CrossFireX don’t always have the same scalability one would hope.
So today I’ll be looking at the capability of a pair of GTX 680 and HD 7970, and how optimized both Nvidia and AMD drivers really are to take advantage of such heavy hardware.
Below is a spec comparison sheet between the GTX 680 and HD 7970 cards.
As you can see, on paper the HD 7970 seems superior to the GTX 680, in that it has a higher transistor count, more memory and shaders. Despite that, a standard GTX 680 will beat any HD 7970 in pretty much all our benchmarks. Increase the number of cards from one to two, though, and the picture changes colors.
For testing the graphics cards today, the following testbed was used:
The drivers used for the AMD HD 7970 cards were Catalyst 12.2 and for the Nvidia GTX 680 cards were GeForce 301.10.
The below settings were used in all of our benchmarks, run at resolutions of both 1920×1200 and 2560×1440.
In a recent survey conducted by research firm Ipsos on behalf of Reuters, some interesting trends were found out for global internet usage. The survey was conducted in 24 countries, including Saudi Arabia, with a total sample size of 19,216 people.
The key findings were that 85% of global respondents still use the internet to send and receive emails. Saudi Arabia is an exception to this, with only 46% using the internet for emails.
Meanwhile 62% use the internet for social networking around the world, with Japan showing exceptional resilience with only 35% using the net for social networking.
VOIP remains a distant third in the poles, with an average global usage of 14%; Russia being the largest user with 36% usage rate.