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Cisco teams up with major vendors in data center initiative

Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced the Business Ready Data Center, an initiative that it says addresses the need f...


April 14, 2004  


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Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced the Business Ready Data Center, an initiative that it says addresses the need for an intelligent network architecture that facilitates the evolution to a next-generation data center.

It contains services and architectural design and deployment guides that allow companies to protect applications and information, share computing and storage resources and support emerging service-oriented architectures.

The worldwide enterprise data center networking market is forecast to reach US$7 billion by 2007, according to a forthcoming IDC report entitled Worldwide Enterprise Datacenter Network Forecast, 2003-2007.

“In order to accommodate the growing costs associated with maintaining data center assets, addressing vulnerabilities and emerging regulatory requirements, enterprises are embracing new approaches to data center networking,” said Lucinda Borovick, program director, Data Center Networks at IDC.

Cisco is offering virtualized intelligent network services such as security and application optimization, network-hosted application and storage services such as volume management and data replication, and standardized management interfaces that include support for CIM/XML and Web Services.

“Today’s CIOs are faced with lowering costs, improving business resilience and providing a platform for growth,” said Pierre-Paul Allard, the company’s vice president of worldwide enterprise marketing.

Cisco is collaborating with technology, system integration and support partners including EDS, HP, IBM, Intel and Microsoft, to enable integrated solutions to be offered to joint customers.