Cisco Secure Data Center Solution ROI

Meet New User Demands Cost-Effectively

In June 2013, Cisco commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying the Cisco Secure Data Center Solution.

To better understand the costs and benefit of the Cisco Secure Data Center Solution, Forrester interviewed an existing customer - a university in Australia.

Forrester employed four fundamental elements of TEI in modeling Cisco Secure Data Center Solution:

  1. Costs
  2. Benefits to the entire organization
  3. Flexibility
  4. Risk

Challenge: Support User Demands with Limited IT Budget

The university was faced with increasing IT management costs to support secure and reliable network connectivity over hundreds of physical buildings and external locations. It also faced greater demand for more flexible network services, such as secure communication and data sharing with other research institutions over an extranet.

Solution: Eliminate Costly Processes and Deployment Times

The university used the Cisco Secure Data Center Solution to consolidate its process of planning and deploying security and network connectivity. The new process is virtually a single step, reducing planning, implementation, testing time, and costs.

Read the full Forrester report to find out exactly what the university did, and how a Cisco Secure Data Center Solution can help you. Summary highlights follow.


  • Total cost to purchase: $4,661,293
  • Total benefits: $5,882,422
  • Return on investment: 28 percent within 21 months
  • Net present value: $1,271,129


  • Faster installation and upgrade of network infrastructure
  • Reduced network threats
  • Reduced the amount of time spent on managing the network
  • Significant reduction in hardware costs

Our new Cisco data center will allow us to provide new and expanded services to students, affiliates, and partners...such as self-service access to wireless."
- Director of the University