Cloud NetsSeptember 12, 2022
Season 2 Ep 9: Building a Cluster
Building a Cluster
How do you build a cluster with Network Cloud? The cluster is granular and built upon multiple boxes, so you can bring them with you, and find vacant places in existing racks to put it into and not have to have a dedicated rack for a new gigantic crowd.
Hi, and welcome back to CloudNets, where networks meet cloud. And today we’re going to talk
about building a cluster, building a Network Cloud, which actually sounds like a
cluster headache. But we have Ryan, our new SVP of Infrastructure. Hi, Ryan.
Hi, it’s good to see you. Thanks for having me.
Great to have you on board. Thank you. So Ryan has a vast experience in building
network infrastructure, and he’s going to tell us how is it to build a Network Cloud.
Yeah, it’s a lot of fun. Actually. You know. It’s funny, you sort of come from the world of
monolithic, vertically integrated network hardware, and you come to this world, and I think it actually offers a lot of
really interesting benefits. Right. If you think about it from the beginning, you think about supply chain.
You think about the fact that if you’re running disaggregated hardware, you can buy it from just about anywhere.
You can make your choice about who you source it from, when you source it regionality. And it
gives you a lot of flexibility in how you populate your supply chain and how you deliver hardware to your colos.
So you’re not locked in to a single vendor. And while you select the solution, you still have
the flexibility to select multiple hardware. ODMs or vendors.
Yes. With supply chain realities being what they are, it’s phenomenally beneficial, especially now.
Okay. On top of supply chain when it comes to procurement and sparing and
building the cluster instead of the installation, do you also find benefits?
Because it sounds a bit messy.
I do, actually. One of the things that people don’t think about is if you’re bringing in a really large
piece of equipment, you have to think about big tractor trailer trucks and liftgates and being able to
get the gear into the physical cage with a white box. It’s coming out of UPS truck,
so that’s a lot simpler. And from racking and stacking gives you more optionality, too. You can
have patch panels and multiple racks, and you have shorter cable runs, and you can kind of
distribute your infrastructure throughout your entire cage or your entire suite, versus
trying to find half a rack or a full rack where you can put in your piece of hardware.
So there’s benefits there, too.
So, in fact, the fact that the cluster is granular and is built upon
multiple boxes is actually a benefit because A, you can bring them with you,
and B, you can find vacant places in existing
racks and put it into and not have to have a dedicated rack for a new
gigantic router. Right?
Yeah. And it makes your cabling simpler too.
You’re not trying to home run cables or patch cables between racks. You’re potentially terminating cables within a
rack. And that’s always, for me, at least, a lot cleaner.
Okay. And bear in mind, this is coming from someone who has years of experience
with legacy equipment and now has the benefits and
experience with DriveNets Network Cloud solution. So you have the
perspective of old versus new. And at the bottom line,
there are a lot of benefits of building networks like cloud, as we know. But
this is coming from the field. So thank you very much, Ryan, for that.
Thank you for watching. We’ll going to talk to Ryan again about the post
installation phase, but this is in another video. Thank you for watching. See you next time. Bye.