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i-Tech's Malaysian 'green' data centre uses Juniper solutions

AvantiKumar | May 20, 2013
Juniper Networks' switches, routers and security solutions, along with technologies from IBM and Schneider Electric, help power a new tier-3 green data centre called SAFEHOUSE.

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Photo - Wan Ahmad Kamal, managing director, ASEAN, Juniper Networks.


i-Tech Network Solutions (i-Tech) has used Juniper Networks' range of networking switches, routers and security solutions as well as technologies from Schneider Electric and IBM to build its new tier-3 green data centre, called SAFEHOUSE, in Malaysia.

Situated in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, the data centre offers disaster recovery, co-location and managed services, said i-Tech's chief executive officer, Leonard Yee.

"Technology has evolved dramatically in recent years, especially with the emergence of the cloud and the rise of subscription-based services," said Yee. "To stay ahead, i-Tech will continue to innovate and expand our range of products and services. SAFEHOUSE -with its highly-efficient, dynamic and scalable network infrastructure-is a state-of-the-art platform for providing clients with secure, reliable and comprehensive end-to-end solutions to help them to create value in their respective businesses and industries."

The use of integrated switching, routing and security from Juniper Networks has resulted in a low total cost of ownership while delivering the robust standards required by disaster recovery (DR) and managed services operations, he said.

Juniper Networks ASEAN managing director, Wan Ahmad Kamal, said: "i-Tech and its clients are benefitting from an advanced data centre network architecture that enables performance, security and services to be scaled without compromise. With a cloud-ready network already in place, i-Tech is positioned to continue benefitting from market differentiation based on service innovation."

Technology solutions giant IBM acted as systems integrator to the new data centre, said IBM Malaysia's global technology services country executive, Albert Lee.

"Juniper Networks' approach for simplified data centre architectures is very much in sync with IBM's Scalable Modular Data Centre take on building environmentally-friendly, operationally-efficient, high-density computing environments," said Lee. "With a highly-efficient, state-of-the-art infrastructure, i-Tech can grow according to requirements, reducing upfront capital expenditure and backend operating expenses."

Energy efficiency goals

i-Tech's Yee said SAFEHOUSE used a two-tier data centre network architecture, with Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet Switches deployed at the core and providing server access.

"This supports i-Tech's energy-efficiency goals while eliminating network performance bottlenecks and scalability constraints inherent in conventional three-tier network designs," he said. "Besides reducing cost and complexity by eliminating the need for an aggregation layer, network operations at SAFEHOUSE are simplified by interconnecting multiple EX Series switches in a Virtual Chassis configuration, enabling them to be managed as a single, logical device."

He said switches and SRX Series Services Gateways all run the Juniper Networks Junos operating system, which simplified and streamlined the network administration process.

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Photo - Leonard Yee, CEO, i-Tech


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