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Early in 2010 Cisco started construction on its greenfield data center in Allen, Texas. From inception, the goal was for this facility to embody our data center vision for consolidation, virtualization, cloud computing, and new approaches to power and cooling, uniquely done all under one roof.

There were many details and many stories, so Cisco on Cisco began chronicling the buildout of the Allen data center. In August 2010, we launched the video interactive called Data Center 2011-Texas, covering topics from facilities design to IT design and implementation. Through this journey, we have taken you inside the walls of the building as it progressed to hear firsthand from Cisco facilities managers, IT leadership, and IT architects who planned, designed, and now support the Allen data center.

The facility is 162,000 square feet, with more than 35,000 square feet of data hall and networking space. It’s been built to maximize use of the high-density Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus switches, and other core IT technologies. This infrastructure has enabled Cisco IT to reduce costs and increase resiliency, and is the foundation for Cisco’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering.

The data center also plays a significant role in our business continuity strategy, and is the second in an active-active metro virtual pair. This pair forms a dynamic IT services cloud and provides back up for each other. Plus, the Allen data center supports multitenancy, allowing Cisco IT to provide services for clients with diverse business requirements.

Cisco received U.S. Gold LEED certification by meeting third-party standards for the design and construction of an environmentally sustainable building. By integrating energy efficiencies from the ground up, along with technology, Cisco has yielded several ongoing benefits:

Today construction of the Allen data center is complete, and we have enjoyed chronicling its buildout to share with you. To learn more about the facilities and IT infrastructure, we invite you to explore the Data Center 2011-Texas interactive.

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