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New Architectural Specializations for Cisco Partners: Borderless, Data Center, Collaboration

To enable our partners to take advantage of the market opportunities that lie ahead, Cisco is evolving it’s channel partner program with architecture specializations, including Borderless Networks, Collaboration, and Data Center Architecture Specializations. To find out more about how we are enabling our partners to make the transition and capture the opportunities that lie ahead, please check out our Channels Blog

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Market-Leading Cisco CRS Platform Leads Again

Derided as an expensive box that would experience little demand when it was introduced in 2004, the Cisco CRS core routing platform has time and again proven those predictions wrong.  

At its inception, some thought Cisco would never sell more than 50 CRS units.  It has now sold the CRS to more than 450 service providers in 80+ countries . . . and counting.  

The CRS-3 has ramped even faster than the CRS-1, shipping to more than 80 operators – including nearly 20 Tier 1s – in more than 30 countries in just the first year since it was introduced.

And Cisco isn’t stopping there.  The company today announced major packet transport enhancements to the CRS-3, which was designed to serve as the foundation of the next-generation Internet and support the tremendous growth of video transmission, mobile devices and new online services.  

  • Introducing Flexible Packet Transport for New Market Opportunities – The Cisco CRS-3 flexible packet-transport capability is a form of label switching enabled with the addition of a blade to the Cisco CRS. This scales the core network economically with fast switching, providing a high-speed, agile transport backbone.
  • Significant Savings With a Single Cisco CRS-3 Platform – Because the flexible packet-transport capability does not require a new standalone product to be deployed in a network, operators can easily add it to existing CRS-3 networks without expensive, time-consuming qualification testing.  The CRS-3 delivers functionality that competitive solutions require three platforms to deliver.  Thus, the CRS-3 lowers total cost of ownership by as much as 40 percent. 

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Cisco ‘Walks the Walk’ – Showcasing in Their Second Data Center in Allen, Texas

On April 15th Cisco will be opening a second data center in Allen, Texas.  This is not just any data center ladies and gents, this state-of-the-art data center demonstrates Cisco’s architectural vision and strategy by incorporation their latest innovations; Unified Computing System (UCS), Nexus switch portfolios, and the latest green technologies.

What degree of green are we talking about? LED lighting – naturally, solar power – absolutely,  water-efficient landscaping – by all means, use of recycled building materials – affirmative. But to take it up a notch, Cisco used LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) when building the data center.   LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that provides third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance metrics such as energy saving, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reductions, etc.  

You can listen to a live broadcast on April 15that 3:30pm, ET with CIO Rebecca Jacoby and VP of IT John Manville.   They will discuss in more detail about how it was built to be “ultra green” and how this data center fits into Cisco’s overall data center and cloud strategy:   

It is exciting to see what was first a vision of a data center strategy, that developed into products to grow with that strategy.  Makes me ponder what will the 3rddata center be comprised of?  Walk that walk Cisco (with a carbon-free footprint of course).

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Unifying the Entire Data Center Infrastructure

Unifying the entire Data Center infrastructure. To quote “Lucky” Ned Pepper from the film True Grit, “That’s bold talk for a one-eyed fat man, Kamp.” Well okay, I could lose a few pounds and admit to nearsightedness at my advancing years, but I am really good with this kind of bold talk my friends.

Cisco did make a bold announcement this week announcing  innovations across the entire Data Center portfolio. Yes, it’s alot of really cool stuff including Cisco Nexus (7000 family and 5000 Series),  the new ultra-low latency platform Cisco Nexus 3000, Cisco MDS storage switches, the Cisco Unified Computing System™,  Cisco Data Center Network Manager, and Cisco NX-OS. That’s servers, storage, Ethernet switching, management software. Bottom line here is that other companies–the competition announces pieces of a vision and even solid competing products, but only ONE company can serve up the whole enchalada, and that is Cisco.  

Do you need more proof? You betcha we have it. Look it’s Cisco that delivers Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) that is utilized by the end user. It’s Cisco that delivers unifed port capability on ALL the ports in the new Nexus 5548UP and 5596UP switches. It’s Cisco tht delivers industry leading low latency (less than 1usec port to port), in a high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet Nexus 3000. It’s Cisco that delivers  industry-leading standards-based innovation–Cisco fabric extender technology (FEX) that enables customers to build a single, modular fabric that extends from Cisco Nexus switches to Cisco Unified Computing System servers to adapters and to virtual machines. It’s only Cisco that can deliver the Unified Computing System C260 M2 Rack-Mount Server designed to power transaction-intensive applications and doubles the memory capacity of comparable 2-socket traditional servers. It’s Cisco that delivers new Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) that enables SAN, LAN, and server teams to cohesively manage converged end-to-end data center networks up to 150,000 ports. It’s Cisco that delivers the NX-OS data center operating system that provides high availability and supports a unified data center fabric.

You get the point, this is about consistent long term leadership in Data Center fabric evolution and innovations (since 2008, in fact). So I reject the contention from some pundits that Cisco has some catching up to do.  And I quote Forrester analyst Andre Kindness who participated in the live March 30 announcement of these advances who said, “Cisco is on the right track and leading the next-generation Data Center.”

To sum up it’s Cisco’s continuing innovations for virtualized and cloud environments that deliver industry-leading convergence from server edge to storage array. To quote one of the world’s most famous orators Charlie Sheen, “Winning!” 

Continuing Innovations for virtualized and cloud environments that deliver:

Industry-leading convergence from server edge to storage array
Data Center Fabric flexibility, scale, security and mobility
Fabric compute for physical and virtual environments

Join Our Live Broadcast March 30th on Cisco’s Leading Data Center Innovations

On March 30th Cisco will announce the evolution and vision for Cisco’s Data Center Fabric approach.  Cisco has made no compromises for new solutions and offerings to the virtualized and cloud environments that deliver Data Center Fabric flexibility, scale, security and mobility.  In addition, you will hear about the latest industry-leading end-to-end storage convergence and also how Cisco has combined LAN & SAN together to ease network manageability.

From an analyst perspective, Forrester’s Senior Analyst Andre Kindness will be a guest speaker to provide his view of the four stages of virtualization maturity and the current trends in cloud computing.   Also a video clip from Cindy Borovick, IDC’s Research Vice President will be discussing the drivers and benefits of fabric-based computing talk about the strategic role of data center fabric.

To join this on-line global launch on Wednesday, March 30, 9:00 a.m – 10:30 a.m. Pacific TimeClick here to register.