Open architecture and transportable platform coupled with management platform
Cisco has unveiled its containerised data centre to address the computing and networking needs of both public and private sector organisations.
The new containerised data centre is designed and manufactured in the US. It is a modular data centre offering in a weatherised ISO container that offers an open architecture and transportable platform coupled with a management platform for data centre deployments.
The data centre helps meet the needs of government and commercial organisations for mobile rapid deployment, disaster recovery, support in remote areas, and offers efficient continuity of operations, increased energy efficiency, increased power density and reduced risk, said the company.
Cisco is also working with technology partners — VMware, EMC and NetApp — to deliver cloud computing, storage, virtualisation and Cisco data centre capabilities based on its Unified Computing System.
The containerised data centre takes advantage of the Cisco’s data centre business advantage framework, which includes its unified computing, unified fabric and unified network services to optimise flexibility, agility and ease of use, said the company.
It said, the data centre business advantage, with its fabric-based infrastructure approach, transforms data centre from separate silos (servers, storage, networks, Layer 4-7 switching services, and security) into a single integrated infrastructure with a set of shared resources and a consolidated management model.
The Cisco data centre operations 360 management system offers comprehensive information technology capacity planning and deployment support, real-time monitoring, historical reporting and trending, and space and environmental analytics.
In addition, the containerised data centre does not rely on proprietary IT platforms. With its open platform, the data centre is easy for organisations to quickly integrate into existing environments, said the company.
Cisco global government solutions group senior vice-president Brad Boston said the company is committed to offering innovative data centre offerings for their customers.
"In conjunction with our extensive partner base, Cisco is able to offer the industry’s most comprehensive standards-based data centre portfolio. The Containerised Data Center delivers the scalability, agility, efficiency and productivity that our customers require," Boston said.