An Overview of New Cisco Datacenter 3.0

Cisco Systems (CSCO) today unveiled a new line of switches to support a “unified fabric” allowing customers to seamlessly integrate servers and storage in data center networks. The Nexus Series of switches marks the next phase in Cisco’s Data Center 3.0 initiative, and features a new operating system (NX-OS) and data center network management tool.

“Datacenter 3.0 is built on the utility based model with a philosophy of pay as you grow, which means, that the fixed cost incurred by the client is minimal and there is scope of upgrading the database with the expansion of growing needs,” said Sumit Mukhija, National Business Development Manager, Cisco.

Here are some of the many products that currently make up the DC 3.0 initiative:

  • VFrame Data Center orchestration platform: VFrame is a $60,000 1U Red Hat Linux server with software that allows you to automate server provisioning. This server can talk to the SAN and the LAN to quickly create servers on the fly. It will be interesting to see how this server fits in with virtualization initiatives from Microsoft and VMware/EMC.
  • Smart Call Home: This service feature allows Cisco routers to “call home” when there’s an issue. This seems like a great feature that could really improve runtime, but it also has some frightening security aspects. This service is part of Cisco SMARTnet and will initially only be available on Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches and routers. The service comes with a Web portal to check the status of your automatically generated TAC ticket. I really like the automation of this service.
  • Channel partner specializations: Look for Cisco resellers to say that they’re “Data Center 3.0 certified.”

This new infrastructure is the next step in helping customers to design and build data center architectures that meet the stringent operational continuity, transport flexibility and scalability requirements of the next-generation data center.

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