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Cisco Live: Now the data centre follows the data

At the Cisco Live conference in Barcelona this week, the networking giant declared that the data centre was no longer a “centre”.

Cisco has unveiled a new architecture that, it says, “extends the data center to everywhere that data lives and everywhere applications are deployed”.

Making the announcement at the Cisco Live conference in Barcelona yesterday, the company declared that the data centre is no longer a fixed place: “It exists wherever data is created, processed and used.”

As part of a quest to bring this “data centre anywhere” vision to life, Cisco introduced a range of innovations across networking, hyperconvergence, security and automation. They include:

  • The expansion of ACI into the cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure environments;
  • The extension of HyperFlex into branch offices and remote locations to power applications at the edge;
  • Enhancements to CloudCenter to help customers manage the lifecycle of applications across multiple cloud environments;
  • A rsimpler way for customers to buy and manage the technology across the entire data centre architecture, via a single Enterprise Agreement.

“Enterprises should be able to deploy applications based on the needs of their business, not the limitations of their technology,” said Roland Acra, senior vice president and general manager, Data Center Business Group, Cisco. “Customers want to deploy applications and manage data across a range of diverse platforms, from on-premises to cloud-based. That is why we are taking the ‘center’ out of the data center. Today, Cisco is helping our customers expand their reach into every cloud, every data center, and every branch.”

Said Adrian Comley, general manager, Dynamic Network Services, Global Services, BT, “BT adopted Cisco ACI as the basis for our newly launched SD-Fabric managed service to extend SDN capabilities into the data center. With ACI, we can offer customers full automation, central policy control and built-in security.

“We’re working with Cisco as it extends ACI policy to AWS and Microsoft Azure cloud services. With Cisco we’re enabling customers to rapidly deploy fabric extensions and provision applications anywhere with a repeatable, proven design for operational simplicity and better security.”

Click here to read about three ways in which Cisco says it is delivering on its new data centre vision.

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