Cisco’s ‘Data Center of the Future’
July 23rd, 2009 By: Rich Miller
It’s been nearly two years since Cisco Systems unveiled its Data Center 3.0 strategy, which has been rolled out in a series of announcements of the product suite now known as the Unified Computing System (UCS). At last month’s Cisco Live 2009 event in San Francisco, many of the components of Cisco’s strategy came together in physical form in the “Data Center of the Future,” a 24-rack display showcasing Cisco’s UCS technologies along with equipment from seven partners: EMC, APC, Emerson, Oracle, NetApp, Panduit and VMware. This video provides a 3 minute look.
DLWarrenPosted July 24th, 2009
Cisco knowing anything about data centers ???
Their new NEXUS 7018 switch does side to side airflow and requires 11″ of clearance on BOTH sides.
Nothing like making sure your equipment works seamlessly in a hot aisle/cold aisle environment.
Data center of the future….. rotflmao
PaulPosted July 24th, 2009
hats off to the team who pulled this demo together, I was there and it was very very cool. That said, I have to agree with DL above that the Nexus line has seriously derailed off its initial compelling vision with side-to-side airflow products that are clearly not designed for the data center. If not designed for the datacenter, then it must be for the campus, and that would foretell the end of the 6500.
RyanPosted July 27th, 2009
In regards to the comments on the Nexus 7018 Panduit have release a cabinet which ducts the air so you get front to back airflow, see here: http://cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/switches/ps9441/ps9402/ps10098/CM385.pdf
The reason for side to side airflow is that the line cards are horizontal to provide these huge port densities therefore the air flow needs to be side to side. While I agree that it is not ideal there are solutions (e.g. above) and Cisco are not the only vendors who do this, Juniper have also done this with their EX8216 (http://www.juniper.net/us/en/local/pdf/datasheets/1000283-en.pdf)
DLWarrenPosted July 27th, 2009
The Juniper EX8216 only requires 6″ of clearance on both sides so it fits fine inside a standard 32″ wide cabinet.
The Cisco 7018 requires 11″ of clearance on both sides and require a 40″ wide cabinet.
The Juniper switch also does not requre any baffles on the sides for airflow.
adam mellorPosted November 19th, 2009
Use the APC side air distribution unit for cooling.