Cisco announced an agreement with Tiscali, one of the main telecoms companies in Italy, which entails the supply of technology to strengthen its backbone and rationalize its data center.
This agreement, which includes Cisco Gold Certified Partners, Sirti for networking devices and Maticmind for Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) blade systems, provides for the supply of three Cisco Carrier Routing Systems (CRS-1), the Cisco carrier-class routing platform, 16 Cisco UCS blade systems, and three Cisco Nexus 5000 systems for its Data Center upgrade.
Tiscali has established itself as one of the main independent telecommunication operators in the country, and today can offer its customers a wide range of services, from Internet access in narrowband and broadband mode, to more specific and technologically advanced products, such as voice services (landline and mobile), portal and multimedia services, to satisfy growing market requirements.
The project, which has remarkably expanded Tiscali's national network capacity, started in June 2010 with a two-fold purpose: develop important innovations on its IP backbone, and cloud support services in order to differentiate itself in the market by offering Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
"We are enthusiastic about our partnership with Cisco. Its network technologies allow us to ensure consistent quality for the products we put on the market and to ensure consistent competence and know-how," said Andrea Podda, Tiscali's CTO. "These technologies are enabling the development of today's and future projects, due to the local support of our network in Italy, which certainly is one of the most extensive and interconnected IP-based networks."
Supporting Cloud Computing Services
The benefits of the data center architecture are particularly visible with regard to the improved management of the infrastructural resources dedicated to IT and customers, infrastructural management sustainability, the availability of a more reliable and flexible environment and a greater operational efficiency, with savings of 30 percent in footprint and energy consumption compared to traditional solutions.
This progress was made possible by a plan that Tiscali adopted with Cisco technology in three basic phases of its data center upgrade: consolidation, virtualization and automation, represented by the adoption of Cisco's unified computing technologies such as stateless computing, unified fabric, unified management and virtualization adapter.
According to Cisco estimates, by 2015, we will see a 26-fold increase in data traffic on mobile networks (Cisco Visual Networking Index) while internet traffic will mainly be video-based. Video will represent more than 91 percent of global IP traffic in the next three years (Cisco Visual Networking Index). By adopting these solutions, Tiscali has not only enhanced the core of its activity, but is ready for what will certainly occur, with an open eye on its future expansion capacity.
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