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Cisco Customers Named Best Practice Finalists at Storage Networking World

October 18, 2010 - 0 Comments

Selected from hundreds of entries from around the world, Cisco customers King County and Almaviva TSF met the stringent criteria defined by Computerworld, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), and Storage Networking World (SNW) for awards in the following categories:

1)  Best Practices in Energy Efficiency, Green Computing and the Data Center:

King County – Office of Information Resource Management (OIRM) – Seattle, Washington

2) Best Practices in Virtualization and Cloud Computing

Almaviva Tele Sistemi Ferroviari (TSF) – Rome, Italy

 About our customers:
King County, the 14th largest county in the United States, used the Nexus platform and MDS switches to build a highly efficient data center shared by all departments. To learn more about how they achieved a green environment, read here.

 Almaviva Tele Sistemi Ferroviari (TSF) is one of the leading providers of ICT services to the transport and logistics industries in Italy.  Alberto Giaccone, head of network operations at TSF, was present for the awards ceremony.  To learn t how TSF transformed its business model deploying Cisco data center best practices, read here.                                                 

Almaviva TSF Results:
 Revenues from new Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings for Almaviva TSF are slated to grow to 2-3 percent of total revenues in the first year
  • Huge CapEx and OpEx savings resulting from agile, simplified infrastructure include cost reductions such as:
    • cabling costs decreased 70 percent
    • new server provisioning costs, 25 percent lower
    • power consumption reduced 60 percent
  • TSF is strongly placed to become a leader in the cloud computing services market“There is a huge market for cloud computing services from companies that do not want to manage their own IT infrastructures. We are one of the first companies in Italy to address this type of market, using an extremely scalable and agile infrastructure that adapts easily and quickly to the needs of many customers.”  Francesco Barbieri, Manager of Data Center Operations, TSF

 King County Results:

  • Requirements for the new data center network architecture included high availability, 10 Gigabit Ethernet to support server virtualization, ease of management to minimize operational costs, and high port density to minimize equipment costs, power, and cooling.
  • One of the biggest challenges was to ensure business continuity and this requirement led King County OIRM to build the new data center network using the Cisco Nexus® platform and Cisco® MDS 9222i Switches. “The ability to upgrade Cisco Nexus switches without taking them down supports public safety, citizen service, and government workforce productivity,” says Jim Keller, IT governance director, King County.
  •  King County IT’s 128 IT and telecom staff has become an acknowledged leader in deploying IT services to its 13,500 County employees serving 1.9 million residents.

“Cisco Nexus and MDS switches helped us create a clean network architecture that simplifies troubleshooting and gives us the ability to respond quickly to each department’s changing business needs.”  Lori Dickneite, supervisor of engineering design for King County

 To learn more about Cisco Data Center Business Advantage, visit; for Unified Fabric, and for MDS storage switches,

 SNW Best Practices Awards – Stage Photo


Tony Antony
Sr. Marketing Manager


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