Quanta Computer taps Brocade for SDN

Quanta Computer has deployed Brocade-powered New IP networks at factories within its key manufacturing site.

The deployment of Brocade IP networking solutions at both the company’s network edge and its data center, dramatically simplifies operations at the Quanta Shanghai Manufacturing City (QSMC) plants and paves the way for the company to employ software-defined networking (SDN) as it diversifies into producing a broader range of digital products.

Quanta Computer has grown to become a $ 31.5 billion business by delivering manufacturing excellence to major brands including Apple, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, and Sony.

“Competition in the notebook market is relentless and so is the demand to improve manufacturing quality and efficiency,” said Dave Chen, AVP of Quanta Computer. “Our factories are highly automated and that makes them highly network-dependent with a network edge of more than 10,000 ports now deployed at Quanta Shanghai Manufacturing City, which is a big network administration challenge.”

Chen said they deployed Brocade networking solutions at Quanta Shanghai Manufacturing City because they provide a radically simplified administration model, which reduces costs and improves network availability, and sets us up for further improvements and increased production line flexibility by leveraging SDN.

Quanta’s first major Brocade switch deployment was at QSMC Factory. The Brocade ICX 7450, ICX 6450, and ICX 6430 switches used within the plant support Brocade HyperEdge Architecture, which enables consolidated management, shared network services, and scale-out networking to simplify network design, streamline application deployment, reduce management complexity, and save operational costs.

Based on the operational benefits achieved at QSMC, Quanta has since deployed Brocade ICX switches as its next-generation network edge at additional QSMC plants.

Henry Zhu, Brocade country manager for China, the deployment opens the way for the development of software-defined production lines that are capable of virtual retooling on the fly to dramatically increase flexibility.

With Brocade MLXe Core Routers deployed within the heart of the QSMC campus network and Brocade VDX 6740 data center switches in place, Quanta can now support end-to-end SDN.