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If you saw any coverage of the recent opening of Cisco’s Data Center in North Carolina, you likely noticed that it features two distinct server environments – an in-building facility and a containerized one.  Having them side-by-side naturally raises the question when is a container a good alternative to a brick-and-mortar installation?

I researched that topic a few years ago when I was part of Cisco IT’s Data Center design team, as we explored different approaches to address the company’s computing needs.  I found eight great reasons to consider a containerized Data Center, and three potential reasons not to:

With all of these advantages, why isn’t everyone using containers for their computing needs?  As useful as they can be, containers don’t fit all circumstances.  Consider:

For information about Cisco’s Containerized Data Center in particular, visit www.cisco.com/go/cdc.

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