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Case Study: Cdiscount

Automating the data center and increasing agility

Cdiscount chose to modernize its data center infrastructure with Nexus 9000 and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) to facilitate faster deployment, shorten time to market, and maintain competitiveness. The solution also allows the company to expand into new markets while delivering similar levels of service as a cloud provider at lower costs.



  • Compete with the world’s most dominant retailers.
  • Increase business agility and scalability.
  • Centralize and modernize data center operations.
  • Deliver open source platforms and self-service tools for internal developers.


  • Standardized and automated infrastructure deployments.
  • Implemented cloudlike capabilities with lower TCO.
  • Initiated transition to a DevOps culture of continuous service delivery and improvement.
  • Improved IT talent acquisition and retention.
  • Increased infrastructure agility and automation.
  • High availability with state-of-the-art disaster recovery site and support for hybrid cloud.

What they’re saying

Cisco ACI is a much simpler architecture. We can define network, application, and security policies from a central console and then push them to both of our data centers with an API request. As a result, our configurations are more standardized and secure, and making changes to the environment is much faster and easier.

Pierre Erraud, Head of Platforms, Cdiscount

Who is Cdiscount?

Industry: E-commerce  

Location: Bordeaux, France

Company size: 1,800 employees

Website: Cdiscount.com