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Cisco Live! London: a Cloud-Ready Switching Portfolio

Posted By David Deans, 01 February 2012 | 0 Comments | (1)
Tags: Cisco UK london cloud data centre enterprise Switching routing

Based on the latest trends, Cisco announced it has updated its switching portfolio with 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) and 40 GE capabilities, the next speed limits for networking.

According to the Cisco Cloud Index, more than 50 percent of computing workloads in data centers will  be cloud-based by 2014, and global cloud traffic will grow more than 12 times by 2015, to 1.6 zettabytes per year — the equivalent of over four days of business-class video for every person on Earth. This transformation is essentially creating the new frontier.


Next Frontier of Networking Speed and Simplicity


These new capabilities provide a holistic architectural approach across campus, data center and service provider environments, and give customers a significant advantage while addressing emerging trends like cloud, video, mobility, and the proliferation of 10 GE.


With this announcement, Cisco, which already offers the industry's broadest switching portfolio, becomes the most extensive provider of 1/10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet and converged networking switching solutions.  Supporting the transition to higher networking speeds, in addition to Cisco's recently announced CloudVerse solution, is a key element of Cisco's strategy to help its customers meet the demands of emerging cloud computing trends and the resulting data deluge.


Cisco is delivering investment protection with 40 GE performance options to its Catalyst 6500 switching line, and 40 GE and 100 GE capabilities in its Nexus 7000  portfolio for interconnecting data centers to service providers.  To expand its campus aggregation and data center top of rack switching, Cisco also announced two new fixed-configuration platforms that provide high-density 10 GE switching.


Making it easy to use this capacity, Cisco announced simpler network virtualization functionality for its Catalyst 6500, 4500 and Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 1000 product lines with a new technology called Easy Virtual Network, as well as scalable virtual services with a new Nexus 1010-X appliance for the data center.


Together, these enhancements will help businesses scale their networks, simplify operations, and protect their existing Cisco switching investments – many of which have been deployed for a decade or longer. 


Today's announcement underscores Cisco's continued leadership in switching.   Cisco recently reached switching milestones of 10 million deployed 10 GE switched ports since 2002, and 23,000 NX-OS customers, the operating system that supports Cisco's entire data center portfolio.


The Quest for Operational Efficiencies


Inaddition to faster switches, Cisco introduced solutions to help simplify network virtualization and enhance network monitoring, troubleshooting, and management.


  • Cisco Easy Virtual Network (EVN) simplifies network virtualization on the Catalyst 6500, Catalyst 4500, and ASR1000 Series platforms. EVN simplifies the creation of separate logical networks on a single physical infrastructure, and is fully compatible with VRF-lite and interoperable with MPLS-VRFs and other technologies.
  • Cisco NX-OS Software provides a robust and comprehensive feature set for Cisco Nexus switching platforms that deliver exceptional operational flexibility and efficiency. Cisco is adding new capabilities in NX-OS to enable programmability and automation in Data Center workflows.  Several new features in NX-OS software, including PowerOn Auto-Provisioning and Python scripting to customize network behavior based on events as they happen, simplify configuration, and harness network intelligence. These features are now available on Cisco Nexus 3000 Series platforms, with support on Nexus 2000 and 5000 Series platforms to follow.
  • Cisco Catalyst SmartOperations is a comprehensive set of tools integrated in Cisco Catalyst switching platforms that automate deployment, deliver rich monitoring capabilities, and simplify troubleshooting.  According to a Forrester-developed TCO calculator available on Cisco.com, customers can lower TCO up to $400,000 for 5,000 users over five years with Cisco Catalyst SmartOperations.
  • Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) simplifies Unified Fabric management and provides a converged LAN and Storage operational dashboard, bringing visibility and advanced diagnostic capabilities into the virtualized data center or cloud, resulting in reduced total cost of ownership.   DCNM can now be hosted as a virtual service blade on Nexus 1010 virtual services appliances.

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