IT & Network Infrastructure : Cisco Unveils a Cloud-Based, Green Data Center

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2011-04-15 Print this article Print
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Front Entrance

Though it has the look of a normal office building, the new Cisco data center was built to withstand tornado winds up to 175 mph.
Cisco Systems on April 15 opened its newest data center, a facility that will serve multiple purposes, from helping the networking giant consolidate its IT infrastructure and create a cloud-computing environment to being a showcase for Cisco's growing data center technologies and saving on power and energy costs. The data center, in Allen, Texas, will feature what Cisco officials call a "holistic data center fabric" comprising such technologies as the company's United Fabric networking technology, UCS (Unified Computing System) and Unified Network Services—along with products from partners EMC, NetApp and VMware—to create a scalable and secure environment that can deliver applications anywhere in the data center, across multiple data centers or in the cloud. It also will include a host of features designed to make it energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly, from the use of rotary flywheels for the power supply (rather than batteries), using outside air to help cool the data center equipment, solar panels on the roof and a rainwater lagoon used in the landscaping around the building. In what Cisco calls a Metro Virtual Data Center, the new facility will be paired with a second one in nearby Richardson, Texas, to help create a virtualized, dynamic IT services cloud and also serve as backup sites for one another. Such applications as Cisco's WebEx can run simultaneously in both places, increasing the resiliency of the application, according to Cisco officials.(Photos courtesy of Cisco Systems)

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