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ISPs Test New Cisco Data Center Switches

ISPs Test New Cisco Data Center Switches

In a continuation of its two-year long "Data Center 3.0" initiative, networking giant Cisco (www.cisco.com) is working with service providers including Terremark (www.terremark.com), StrataScale (www.stratascale.com) and The Planet (www.theplanet.com) to and help develop next-generation virtualized data centers achieve greater operational and energy efficiency.

Cisco officially released its Nexus 5010 and 7018 switches, as well as its Nexus 2000 series fabric extender Tuesday as part of Cisco's new Data Center 3.0 technologies, according to the company's announcement. As of the announcement, Terremark, StrataScale, The Planet and others have already deployed Cisco's Nexus 5000 and 7000 series switches to deliver high-performance, secure, flexible and resilient data center managed services including cloud computing, virtualization, managed hosted and self-directed server support, colocation and networked data center infrastructure for the on-demand enterprise.

In a July 2007 Data Center Knowledge article, Rich Miller reported that Cisco's plan to unveil a series of virtualization-based products and solutions over the next two years that would transform the data center market. The initiative included the VFrame Data Center, an "orchestration solution" linking computing, networking and storage together as a virtualized, on-demand services.

According to Cisco, its Nexus 7000 Series offers modular switches with zero service loss architecture, meeting Gigabit and 10 Gb Ethernet needs, as well as future unified fabric requirements. Similarly, the Nexus 5000 Series rack switch delivers high-performance, low-latency 10 Gigabit Ethernet with Data Center Ethernet, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet support.

IT infrastructure services provider Terremark Worldwide selected both the Cisco Nexus 5000 and 7000 to support its managed hosting and colocation services, and Internet exchange point application.

"The Cisco Nexus 5000 and 7000...will help us reduce costs while providing customers greater bandwidth and services," Terremark senior IP architect Bill Williams said in a statement. "We selected Nexus because the product is specifically designed to meet the requirements of data centers, scales to industry-leading 15 Tb per second, delivers significant performance and density for continuous system operations, and will support emerging protocols to prepare for migration to a unified fabric in the data center. We've also been beta testing Cisco's newly announced 48-port blade for the Nexus 7000, which we are evaluating for deployment to support our Internet exchange point application."

IT hosting provider The Planet has selected the Cisco Nexus 5000 for its existing data centers and plans to adopt the technology for its new environmentally friendly 86,000-square-foot data center in the Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas, which will be the company's seventh data center when it opens in May, bringing the company's total footprint to 214,500 square feet.

"After reviewing technologies, we selected the Nexus 5000 for its high-performance switch fabric capabilities and its ability to provide significant capital expenditures savings," The Planet technology vice president William Charnock said in a statement. "Using the Cisco Nexus 5000 as a foundation, and with Cisco's Data Center expertise, we've developed a more efficient and future-proofed 10 Gigabit Ethernet data center architecture that will serve as a model as we expand our facilities and data center managed service offerings. With the Nexus 5000, we cost-effectively upgraded to 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and decreased bandwidth cost per server by 30 percent."

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