Simplify the Future by Unifying the Data Center

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Today, most CIOs and technology executives feel both the urgency to transform their data centers and the frustration of being trapped in the past. A trend for 2012 is toward is a unified fabric based network that integrates technology silos, reduces cos and creates the flexibility business growth. Cisco is one of the leading vendors that offers a unified data center solution. In the white paper “Unified Data Center: Simplify Management and Improve IT Agility” Cisco outlines a stragey for the next generation of data center infrastructure which utilizes a holistic methodology.

There are two reasons for considering the Unified Data Center (UDC). First is the bottom line, a single approach will certainly strengthen both capital and operating expenses. Second is developing an agile, flexible network that will be serviceable well into the future to better meet business objectives.

Currently most IT professionals need to invest heavily into maintaining systems to keep them as they currently perform. However, business goals are constantly evolving and it becomes difficult dealing with silos rooted in the status quo that are inefficient, incompatible, and deliver poorly. Enter the Unified Data Center. A business/IT strategy that is built for optimal performance and growth while considering reduced business and resource costs. The ultimate goal is for the data center to grow and propel business objectives through a three prong approach; unified computing, fabric and management.

There are many integrated, converged, and smart architecture solutions on the market but the difference is that through an ecosystem of partners the Cisco Unified Data Center delivers next-generation performance and cloud flexibility through open standards and third-party applications and products. Read this brief overview to learn more on the power and promise of a unifed data center strategy or click here to watch the video.

About the Author

Kevin Normandeau, is a veteran of the technology publishing industry having worked at a variety of technology sites including PC World; AOL Computing; Network World; Geek.com and International Data Group (IDG). Kevin lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. When he is not in front of the computer (which is most of the time) he likes to get out to ski, hike and mountain bike.

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