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Data Center IT Deployment in Progress: How Cisco IT Consolidates I/O in the Data Center
Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series Switches consolidate I/O, reducing cabling requirements and increasing application performance.
Cisco IT is transforming its data centers with solutions that help to realize the company’s Data Center 3.0 vision, which employs a unified network fabric to connect servers and storage devices in a way that is resilient, scalable, and easy to manage.
Until now, Cisco has used a traditional Cisco Ethernet switching infrastructure and Fibre Channel switches at the distribution layer. Cisco IT is currently consolidating data center I/O from multiple 1 Gbps Ethernet connections and 4 Gbps Fibre Channel connections to a pair of 10 Gbps Ethernet connections through a lossless, high-performance, low-latency switching fabric.
Cisco IT selected the Nexus 7000 and Nexus 5000 Series Switches as foundational platforms for Data Center 3.0. The Nexus 7000 is completely scalable to meet Cisco infrastructure needs now and in the future. The Nexus 5000 switches are well aligned with Cisco IT initiatives to consolidate network and storage hardware and reduce cabling costs.
This document describes Cisco IT's business opportunity, deployment plan, anticipated results, and next steps for implementing the Nexus Family of switches.