Cisco’s ‘Data Center of the Future’

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.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. DLWarren

    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

  2. Paul

    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.

  3. Ryan

    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: 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 (

  4. DLWarren

    Ryan, 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.

  5. adam mellor

    Use the APC side air distribution unit for cooling.