Six Keys to Upgrading Your Data Center Network

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Is it time to upgrade?

How do you address business demands placed on your data center network that are becoming more diverse and complex as new business apps emerge? Whether you are upgrading an existing environment, or building a new one, it is important to consider:

  • Network requirements from data center and multicloud
  • Application services
  • Easy access to technical talent

Furthermore, you want to be confident you can meet future growth expectations in new applications, as machine learning and AI become more pervasive.

The network represents the foundation of any data center

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The network controls the flow of communications between servers, storage, cloud and IOT devices.

You want to ensure your data center switch offers higher performance, enhanced security and reliability, industry-leading programmability and end to end deep visibility. And all of this, at a lower system cost. It’s about enabling lower capex up front, ease of deployment and use, and simple on-going operations and maintenance.

You weren't expecting us to bring this up first, were you?

But we know that your success can depend on staying within your budget. And in fact, the Cisco Nexus® 9000 Series is one of the most competitively priced data center switches in the industry because of our cloud scale application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC).

In terms of price per port, you can buy 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports for what most competitors ask for 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and you can buy 25 Gigabit Ethernet ports for what most competitors ask for 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Furthermore, because the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series combines both storage and data networks, you can eliminate several storage area switches from your network – more help for your bottom line. By the way, we also have a great story on managing both your LAN and SAN with the same tool.

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The Rise of 25G: Protect Your Investment

While 25 GbE is relatively new, there are a couple of reasons why Hyper-Scale players like Amazon and Microsoft are rapidly driving 25 GbE deployments.

It's designed so if you are buying 10 GbE ports today, you won’t need to purchase new switches when you migrate to 25 GbE. Best of all, if you choose to go with Nexus 9000, you can get 25 GbE ports with the Cisco Cloud Scale ASIC at the price of other vendors' 10 GbE ports.

Applications are vital to your business.

And with the rise of microservices and containers, there is a dramatic change in traffic patterns across data center networks. Across the industry, most vendors are looking to a leaf-spine architecture to solve these problems. We realize that every data center is unique, but it will become increasingly difficult to maintain application performance with older network designs.

Many vendors offering a leaf-spine solution highlight performance and scale. Here’s the problem: most vendors are limited by the constraints of merchant silicon.

When containers and microservices dramatically increase the number of endpoints in your network, the number of network services also increases. This can adversely affect application performance when the required services are not available in merchant silicon and have to be implemented in software.

Applications are vital to your business.

Fortunately, the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series is built on the Cloud Scale ASIC, which implements many of the services in hardware. Some examples are:

  • Increased forwarding capacity
  • A high-performance Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) overlay solution
  • Intelligent buffer management

This allows you to deliver reliable application performance as network traffic loads increase. In fact, the Cisco Cloud Scale ASIC reduces application completion time by 50 percent.

With Cisco Nexus 9000 Series, you can deploy in less time with fewer resources.

Whether you are thinking about upgrading an existing data center or building a new one, you can deploy in less time, and with fewer resources, because of the management and automation tools available to the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series.

We offer Data Center Network Manager (DCNM), which has a 10-year track record and dramatically simplifies management, operations, and automation without hiring developers. Whether you prefer traditional methods based on a command-line interface (CLI) or you decide to use a modern, simple GUI-based approach with DCNM, you are covered

With Cisco Nexus 9000 Series, you can deploy in less time with fewer resources.

For your storage and networking deployments, DCNM offers a single management tool for both SAN and LAN administration. This keeps your LAN and SAN management domains separate, yet still allows you to manage them through a single pane of glass.

If your organization is scaling up automation with DevOps, we have you covered.

Cisco NX-OS includes a set of well documented, comprehensive APIs that are ideal for fostering the growth of self-service infrastructure for DevOps pros.

Most industry experts agree that software-defined networking (SDN) is the future of data center automation. Even if SDN is not on your roadmap today, your network should be able to accommodate it tomorrow. For example, many organizations look to SDN to help solve security issues, including the elimination of manual tasks such as switch configuration. With SDN, you take human error out of the picture.

If your organization is scaling up automation with DevOps, we have you covered.

Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) is an industry-leading SDN solution and provides full policy-based automation.

Whatever your plans, the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series has you covered from day one with different options that range from basic scripting and programmability to Cisco ACI.

Cisco ACI integrates both hardware and software. How the software and hardware interact matters – starting with superior and predictable network performance.

Highly skilled people are critical to run and maintain your data center.

Regardless of the vendor you decide on for the network, it’s important to have highly skilled people to run and maintain your data center. At Cisco we take our customers' success very seriously. It starts with our partner network, consisting of 88,000 partners in more than 170 countries. We also continue to invest heavily in our Cisco Networking Academy®. Over 6 million have completed the training since 1997.

No matter where you are, we are confident you will be able to find the right people to make your data center network successful.

Every network is unique, as are the needs of every business.

Successfully upgrading your data center network requires:

  • The right architecture for your applications
  • The right people to deploy the solution
  • The right price to stay in your budget

With more than 15,000 Cisco Nexus 9000 Series customers, we are confident our solutions will help you build an automated data center that will simplify and scale your network.

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