Cisco Unified Data Center : Changing the Economics of the Data Center

For the last decade, IT organizations have faced the challenge of managing budgets that are 70-80% channeled towards maintenance costs while business demands are growing faster than ever. The result is that many requests for new projects have to be turned down and more and more business opportunities are missed.

If we look within the data center, the majority of the costs is associated with people and software, but the the root cause of those costs is legacy infrastructure that is very complex and expensive to manage. The flaws of this legacy infrastructure are often masked by layers of complex management software, which have developed to stitch together systems that were not designed to be integrated.

Legacy infrastructure prevents business agility and financial efficiency because it was not designed for environments like Cloud that require fast deployment, automated provisioning of resources, open-API’s, and “self-service” consumption models by business users. Nor was it designed for environments where physical and virtual resources have to co-exist. Finally, it assumed operational models that can’t meet the Performance, High Availability and Security requirements in the context of workload mobility and deep integration between compute, network and storage environments.

As a result of all this, Data Centers have evolved towards an accidental architecture that still contains too many silos of applications that are difficult to maintain and manage.

For these reasons, Cisco has created the Unified Data Center platform, which provides a new approach to design the data center infrastructure and prepares our customers for the opportunities that Cloud will bring along in the future.

Cisco has a long history of anticipating the convergence of technologies in an effort to reduce costs, streamline operations, or unlock new ways for the business to leverage technology. Cisco has a deep understanding of these transitions, having helped reshape the industry numerous times in the past, most notably with the convergence of voice and data. We are now doing the same by bringing together Compute, Network, Storage and Management within and across Data Centers.

Successful transitions involve new ways of not only thinking about the business challenges, but also about designing the underlying technologies to be agile, efficient, and simplified. Bolting together existing technologies doesn’t deliver the desired result.

A Unified approach is needed to unlock this new business potential.

At Cisco, we believe that a unified, fabric-based infrastructure is the key to successfully integrating technology silos, to reducing costs and freeing up the resources to create or respond to new business opportunities. We designed the Cisco Unified Data Center platform from the ground up to reduce the costs of system integration and management and to support a cost-effective, evolutionary transition from current systems.

Cisco’s Unified Data Center is the next evolution in Cisco’s Data Center strategy. At the core of it are Cisco Unified Computing System, with its revolutionary approach to designing integrated systems, and Cisco Unified Fabric, with its unique ability to scale a fabric-based approach across geographical boundaries. Today, we are taking the next step in helping CIOs and IT executives address their business challenges with the introduction of Unified Management, the third leg of the portfolio that has been designed to manage the delivery of IT as a service, especially in a Cloud environment.

Unified Management combines several assets that Cisco has developed and acquired in recent times. Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud integrates the products from the Tidal and Newscale acquisitions into a unique solution for the management and orchestration of Cloud environments. Additionally, the newly introduced Network Services Manager, formerly known as Overdrive, provides a novel approach to the management of virtualized network resources. These new products complement the strength of UCS Manager, which is shipped with the Cisco Unified Computing System to manage Computing resources.

These additions to the Unified Data Center vision  position Cisco to be an even more compelling choice for customers who want to overcome the limitations of their current environments.

The advantages of a truly unified data center are enormous and urgently needed by any business that intends to take full advantage of Cloud computing.

Our approach is built on a portfolio of solutions that is delivering results to our customers today. We have several case studies of customers who have adopted our technologies and are consistent benefits across the board:

· 30 lower infrastructure costs

· 90% faster application deployment times

· 30% faster application performance

· 2x deployed capacity without IT staffing increases

· 60% lower power and cooling costs in the Data Center

These results prove that it is possible to change the economics of the data center and overcome the challenge of IT budgets that can’t meet pressing business demands.

The Cisco Unified Data Center is the ideal platform to design an infrastructure that delivers tangible financial benefits today.

You can count on Cisco and its partner ecosystem to help you build the blueprint and frame the business case for evolving to a unified architecture that reduces IT costs, improves application performance, simplifies IT operations and drives new innovation within the business. We will help you make optimal use of existing systems and resources while progressing along a roadmap that leverages IT services from a world of many clouds.

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