The benefits of the “less is more” philosophy seem to be more and more evident lately. A quick look at two of my favorite tech tools, Twitter and the iPhone, demonstrates how keeping things simple and easy to use are essential design principles in today’s markets. If you transpose that philosophy into the data center, it’s easy to understand why the Nexus family of switches is a necessary step forward for our networks. Cisco’s Nexus 7000 (core) and 5000 (edge/top of rack) switches evolves the Cisco IT data center with an emphasis on simplified architecture, virtualization and greater energy efficiency, all of which makes the data center more efficient.
Virtualizing Cisco’s data center architecture requires not only an overhaul of the network infrastructure but a transformation within the IT organization to support new business models.
Cisco’s virtualization strategy focuses on three main criteria: capacity, business continuance, and business transformation.
Check out this video to learn how Cisco IT is putting our virtualization strategy into practice at the data center in Richardson, Texas.
The service-oriented data center plays a critical role in the global data center strategy. Cisco does this by meeting the demands of capacity on a global scale, addressing business continuity needs, and driving business transformation through IT.
With the SODC approach Cisco is able to reduce costs through automation and have network, storage, and server resources shared accross multiple business units giving the ability to provision resources from a single pool.
With the dynamic state of today’s economy, an organizational change should not only adapt to the current climate, but it must also encourage growth. Cisco IT has done exactly that by moving from a traditional silo-based organization to a lifecycle business model. This adjustment is especially challenging when we have more than 65,000 employees supported by 46 data centers globalwide.