HP, Cisco Networking Gear Work Together in New Private Cloud Data Center
Bundles of Blue Cabling Link Data Center to the Rest of the World
Bundles of blue cabling run through the ceiling of the DAS data center in Atlanta built by HP. DAS created a new company called Consolidated Data Services to manage the 18-month project to develop this data center, along with another in Phoenix, which consolidate IT assets scattered across 165 companies owned by Omnicom.
Hewlett-Packard gave tech reporters and bloggers a tour Sept. 6 of a new data center it developed for Diversified Agency Services (DAS), a marketing services firm, in Atlanta. DAS is part of Omnicon, the parent company of about 165 marketing, advertising and public relations agencies. While HP networking equipment abounds in the new data center, it also recommended the installation of some equipment from rival Cisco Systems in a few instances. DAS executives said HP acknowledged that some existing Cisco switches should stay where they are because some Cisco routers are more robust than HP’s and because HP doesn’t yet have a firewall product on the market.