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Geojit BNP Paribas Insists on Brocade Switching Infrastructure

Geojit BNP Paribas has deployed a new networking infrastructure supplied by Brocade at its Kochi headquarters. The new network provides the firm with more than 1,100 wire-speed Gigabit Ethernet access ports, more carrying power, and a low-latency core that is both scalable and resilient, providing a strong foundation for business expansion and new service offerings.

An affiliate of the one of the world's largest financial groups, Geojit BNP Paribas pioneered on-line securities trading in India. Today, it is the country's third largest retail stockbroker with more than 633,000 clients, Rs 11,027 crores (USD2 billion) worth of assets under management and a national network of over 540 offices.

Since Geojit BNP Paribas first offered its Internet trading system in 2000, India's major stock markets have grown enormously, fueled by the country's economic growth and the government's privatization program. The Indian middle class has also developed a significant share-holding culture, with more than three million individual shareholders in the country – the world's third largest retail investor base after the US and Japan.

Geojit BNP Paribas selected Brocade's BigIron RX-8 Ethernet switch, designed for non-stop operation, as the heart of its new network. The RX-8 provides up to 384 non-blocking Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) or 128 10-GbE ports in a compact chassis with 1.92 Tbps of total switching capacity. This high capacity and port-density enables Geojit BNP Paribas to connect all access switches directly to the network core, reducing it total cost-of-ownership and eliminating latency caused by having an aggregation layer.

Brocade 48-port FastIron Workgroup switches have been deployed to provide network access and power-over-Ethernet within Geojit BNP Paribas' head office and call center while 48-port Brocade FastIron LS switches are used for server connectivity within the data center. Both these platforms provide wire-speed Gigabit Ethernet performance, with FastIron LS switches to the core upgradeable to 10-GbE.

28-Mar-2012 12:00:21
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