Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Cisco's New Data Centre Offerings

Following on from my comment on Monday, Cisco has now unveiled its new data centre strategy. What it calls the Unified Computing System integrates computing, networking and virtualisation. The concept is an architecture that bridges the silos in the data centre into a unified architecture using industry standard technologies. The architecture combines resources into a single energy-efficient system designed to 'reduce IT infrastructure costs and complexity, help extend capital assets and improve business agility'.

There are several aspects:

* The Cisco Unified Computing System, which promises significant savings in cost of ownership and operational expenditure as well as increased flexibility, scalability and energy efficiency

* New Data Centre designs using Cisco blades, virtualisation, a variety of storage access and integrated management

* Unified Computing Services, in partnership with other suppliers, to help customers benefit from the offering

There's more detail here on the system and services, which will be available to customers in the second quarter of 2009.

The announcement is interesting because it is another step towards the virtualised data centre. I read an article the other day that likened the next generation of integrated data centres to mainframe computers because of their power, reliability and utilisation rate. The difference is that data centres are far more flexible in sharing a variety of resources and that's what makes them so energy efficient. The more efficient the more green.

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