Core & Distribution-Switching (L2/L3)

Core routing makes use of high-performance routers, with throughputs in the high gigabyte range, which are anchored to a central point and segment their network infrastructures. Given the elevated performance requirements, buying core routers is relatively costly. So you need to proceed with great care when selecting and configuring systems so that you can use your investments over a long period of time and ensure stable network operations.

Typical issues associated with core routing include:

  • Performance (throughput, latency)
  • Stability (jitter, clock, packet loss)
  • High availability
  • Carrier-grade equipment
  • Segmenting
  • Quality of Service
  • OSPF (Open Shortest Path First)
  • MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching)
  • Upgradability
  • Scalability
  • Interoperability

Controlware will help you to select suitable hardware and to design and implement your router network. As a professional, highly experienced partner, we will ensure that your infrastructure is high-performing, stable, future-proof and economical to operate.

At first glance, core switching systems only need to satisfy three requirements. They need to deliver adequate performance, run reliably and be easy to administer.

But if one examines the subject more closely, it quickly becomes clear how complex the core switch is, being at the heart of your IT infrastructure, and how many other parameters need to be taken into account when you select and implement:

  • Chassis design
  • Chassis virtualisation
  • Green IT
  • In-service software upgrades
  • Link aggregation
  • Multi-client capability
  • Multi-vendor strategies
  • Quality of Service
  • Redundancy strategies
  • Scalability
  • Technology upgrades

Controlware will provide vendor-neutral advice as you select the core switching systems which best meet your needs. We will install them and support you with bespoke services as you operate your network – even if you did not buy the components through us.

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