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Cumulus Networks ® Case Study Shapeways + Cumulus ® Routing on the Host Shapeways Achieves Network Reliability, Scalability and Availability with Cumulus Networks Routing on the Host INDUSTRY: 3D Printing Services and Online Marketplace BUSINESS OBJECTIVE: Reliable and scalable network PARTNERS: Penguin Computing and Puppet Labs When inspiration strikes, the Shapeways community expects our 3D printing service and marketplace to be operational and accessible. Deploying Routing on the Host with Cumulus Quagga enabled us to design a complete layer 3 data center using BGP unnumbered. Eliminating layer 2 bridging is important for network reliability and ensures our production environment is ready to span a hybrid cloud. — Martín Beauchamp, Site Reliability Engineer at Shapeways, Inc. Overview Founded in 2007, Shapeways is the leader in online 3D printing services, enabling users to print their personalized products. With over 2.5M products printed and 150,000 new designs being uploaded to their website monthly, Shapeways provides a marketplace connecting buyers and sellers of 3D printed objects. Further, the company provides a platform for over 620,000 community members to share ideas and gain access to technology. Shapeways is an internet business hosted in data centers across multiple continents; the Shapeways community relies on their network to be available, reliable and operational. Challenges The team at Shapeways had a data center refresh on the horizon, and wanted to deploy a network architecture that addressed their current business needs while future proofing their investment. Their objective was to adopt a reliable network topology that offers flexibility and enables rapid innovation, while simultaneously reducing cost and maximizing efficiency. The resulting network also needed to scale as the Shapeways business grows. Shapeways' business model depends on tight service level agreements (SLAs) with their customers and producers. The network has to be up and operational at all times, as content is continuously uploaded to the site. Thus, the team was focused on increasing the resiliency of the network while decreasing complexity and redefining the Data Center Interconnect (DCI) between data centers. Solution Layer 3 Clos Topology with Open Networking and Routing on the Host The resulting Shapeways network architecture is a layer 3 Clos topology across their multiple data centers. Built as a non-blocking multistage architecture, this network avoids congestion and is economical to scale. In conjunction with the Cumulus Linux network operating system, this new design offers: ⬝ Simplified network design ⬝ Reliable performance ⬝ Economical scalability ©2016 Cumulus Networks. All rights reserved. |

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