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At Cisco Live! yesterday, Courtney Dodds, Manager of the ANZ Data Centre portfolio, hosted a press conference where he highlighted some of the fantastic work we are doing in the data centre here in Australia and New Zealand.

We were also honoured to have Soni Jiandani, Senior Vice President of our Insieme Networks Business Unit, talk about some of the opportunities we see in the data centre over the next 18 months – primarily in the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) space

2014 is shaping up to be a similarly exciting year for the data centre team and our integration with Insieme Networks will see us continue to roll out Application Centric Infrastructure.  ACI is, as the name suggests, and application-centric approach to managing your infrastructure. It provides simplified automation and centralised visibility in real-time with application health monitoring.

The future of networking with ACI is about providing a network that is deployed, monitored, and managed in a fashion that supports DevOps and rapid application change. We think 2014 will be a big year for ACI and for our data centre team in general.

You can read more about ACI here.

Cisco continued to impress in the x86 Blade Server market with a number of UCS customers reporting great success throughout the year. One of our 30,000 UCS customers is Craig Warren, the Infrastructure Services Director from Deakin University, who appeared as a guest of Cisco at today’s panel.

Deakin University's Craig Warren, Infrastructure Services Director

Craig shared how the growth of Deakin University has driven a data centre transformation at the university. There has also been an increase in e-learning coupled with the need to support remote campuses and an overall increase in demand for data centre-services owing to the 24/7 nature of the education industry in 2014.

Craig and Deakin University adopted Cisco UCS in 2009 which has improved the operations of its data centre. The stats are exciting – they have reduced their number of server racks from 11 to four and they can now deliver new applications in 20 minutes when it previously took days.

However, what is most exciting is the amount of capacity that the data centre team has to develop innovative new applications. Most IT departments spend 70% of their time and money “keeping the lights on”, but Deakin have been able to truly innovate as a result of Cisco UCS. The university has even won awards for its DeakinSync product, a converged learning platform that was made possible thanks to the capacity and savings delivered by Cisco UCS.

This infographic reveals some of the benefits of using Cisco UCS:

Cisco UCS Benefits

We are certainly excited for the year ahead!

 

 

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