Dimension Data to build SDN for Taiwan government

eGov Innovation editors
18 Jan 2018

Dimension Data has secured a contact in Taiwan to overhaul and enhance a government department's backbone network by designing, implementing and maintaining a SDN based on Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

The project will enable the department to support the government’s recently launched 8-year “Digital Nation Plan,” aimed at accelerating Taiwan’s development into a regional technology hub and expanding its digital economy.

After the implementation is complete, the department will be the first Taiwan government body to adopt an advanced SDN infrastructure.

The department, responsible for over 20 different units and agencies, as well as a number of overseas offices, was looking for a safe and smart way to incorporate all of its operational segments into a single, collaborative data center architecture. However, its existing networking maintenance vendor was unable to keep up with the expectations.

Dimension Data Taiwan adopted a consulting-led approach and proposed an SDN infrastructure based on Cisco ACI after a careful study of the specific needs of the complex, public sector organization. The proposed solution aims to simplify operations, reduce TCO and extend the agility and capability of the department’s proven infrastructure. It is also intended to open the door to a rich digital future.

The project covers the installation and implementation of Cisco ACI Fabric hardware, including an Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), four leaf switches and two spine switches for each leaf switch. In addition to simplifying disaster recovery (DR) management with VMware vSphere Site Recovery Manager (SRM), Dimension Data Taiwan will also provide one full year of Uptime Maintenance Service to ensure that the ACI and network devices implemented in the backbone infrastructure are constantly running at agreed service levels.

First published in eGov Innovation

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