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CFMS + Mellanox case study

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CASE STUDY HIGHLIGHTS CFMS BACKGROUND The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) is a not-for-profit specialist in high-value design based out of Bristol in the U.K. As a trusted and neutral provider, CFMS's vision is to be the recognised, independent, digital test bed for the design of high value engineering products and processes. THE CHALLENGE As with many companies, CFMS infrastructure team was challenged to update its high performance and agile data center network used by customers and members. They faced several issues with the solutions offered by legacy vendors. Traditional network vendors lead with vertically integrated product offerings in order to reap higher profits and to maintain customer account control. As a side effect, it is difficult to automate and integrate equipment from legacy vendors to build an efficient solution that optimizes operational expense and total cost of ownership. Since the traditional vendors' systems are based on the same chipsets, they share similar performance issues. For example, 25/100GbE Ethernet switch chipsets used by most legacy vendors have performance and traffic fairness issues. As a result, it is hard for customers to adopt newer 25/100GbE speeds despite it having a potential to reduce capital expenditure significantly. THE SOLUTION CFMS chose Mellanox Spectrum™ Open Ethernet switches running Cumulus Linux to build their infrastructure. Open and disaggregated systems offer customers a choice to build their infrastructure with best of breed, modern and high-performance components. Mellanox Spectrum switches support a robust and high-performance 25/100GbE data path with high bandwidth, zero packet loss, and consistent low latency. Cumulus Linux is a powerful open network operating system that allows operators to automate, customize and scale using the same DevOps principles as those used by the mega- scale data centers. With Cumulus Linux, all standard Linux server automation tools are readily available for network infrastructure automation as well. CFMS uses Ansible ® to seamlessly automate their server as well as network infrastructure. With Ansible based automation, CFMS can accomplish network changes that traditionally took days, in a matter of few minutes. CFMS Adopts Mellanox Spectrum TM Open Ethernet and Cumulus Networks to Drive Agility & Automation Disaggregated 25/100GbE Ethernet Switches Deliver Best ROI Customer Background The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) is a not-for-profit specialist in high-value design. As a trusted and neutral provider, CFMS's vision is to be the recognised, independent, digital test bed for the design of high value engineering products and processes. CFMS Challenge CFMS infrastructure team was challenged to update its high performance and agile data center network used by customers and members. Solution Components • Mellanox Spectrum ™ Open Ethernet 25/100GbE switches running Cumulus Linux • Ansible based automation Key Benefits • Open, agile and automated infrastructure • High performance • Reduced total cost of ownership "CFMS have adopted Mellanox Spectrum Open Ethernet switches running Cumulus Linux to deploy an agile, high performance and highly- automated network infrastructure, to underpin its digital test bed, delivering design, manufacture and services for new innovative products." – Nathan Harper, IT Systems Lead

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