Phase 1 of the Brocade Headquarters encompassed 525,000 square feet spread over three buildings. Brocade’s desire to create a next generation research and computing facility required extensive technology upgrades.
- Technology Infrastructure
- Converged Network
- Structured Cabling
- Lab Cabling
- Data Centers
RLS’ design for cable plant architecture supported over 1,900 lab equipment racks, consolidated three data centers into one virtualized environment, and supported over 2,400 employees on both hard-wired and wireless networks. The design also had to allow space for the expected future expansion of the Campus from the current three buildings to four buildings. A key element to the technology infrastructure design involved upgrading the existing Category 5e cabling solution to a combination of Category 6a and fiber cabling, to ensure 10Gbps data rates could be delivered to each desktop.
RLS’ wireless system design utilized both a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and Brocade’s own “Mobility” wireless access point technology to provide service without interruptions or “dead zones”.