Posted By Rich Miller On April 18, 2011 @ 8:00 am In Cisco,Data Center Design | 13 Comments
Cisco Systems has officially opened the doors at its new data center in Allen, Texas, which showcases a number of energy efficiency features and is outfitted with Cisco’s latest technologies for building unified infrastructures for cloud computing applications.
The new data center is about 15 miles north of another Cisco facility in Richardson, Texas. The two data centers will serve as “active-active” mirrors of one another, providing instant failover in the case of an outage at either location. When data is updated at one of the data centers, the changes are instantly synchronized at the other facility.
Cisco calls this approach a Metro Virtual Data Center (MVDC). The company plans to consolidate its data centers into three pairs of MVDC production data centers worldwide, which will serve as the building blocks for Cisco IT Elastic Infrastructure Services, the company’s in-house service cloud.
The new data center will use Cisco’s Unified Computing System , which will support the consolidation effort and power Cisco’s in-house cloud. The facility features a holistic data center fabric including Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series switches, Nexus 1000V Virtual Switches, MDS storage networking switches, Data Center Network Manager and NX-OS, a comprehensive data center operating system that spans the Cisco data center portfolio. Cisco says the unified fabric allowed it to save more than $1 million on cabling in the Allen facility.
Here are some other notable features of the new Cisco data center:
Cisco has designed the Allen data center to achieve a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric of 1.35.
“Our new data center showcases Cisco’s innovation leadership and the data center architectural flexibility to deliver any application, in any location, and any scale in a secure and open manner,” said John McCool, senior vice president, Data Center, Switching, and Services Group, Cisco.
“As critical business assets, data centers today are undergoing rapid technology and architectural changes to meet and respond more rapidly to evolving business goals,” said Soni Jiandani, vice president, Server Access and Virtualization Group, Cisco. “Innovative Cisco technologies like the Cisco Unified Computing System and Nexus product families are helping data centers transform into an agile and efficient networked environment that helps deliver information from any device to any content, anywhere, at any time.”
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