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Cisco unveils new data centre architecture

Enhancements are designed to enable application-centric network architecture

Cisco unveils application-centric infrastructure vision with Insieme.
Cisco unveils application-centric infrastructure vision with Insieme.

Cisco has unveiled new data centre networking architecture, designed for the era of application-centric infrastructure. Cisco's new architecture aims to transform data centres to better address the demands of new and current applications in the Cloud era.

Accelerated to market by Cisco's investment in Insieme Networks, this fundamental shift to application-centric infrastructure is designed to provide IT with the ability to quickly deliver business applications to end-users with a simpler operational model, scalable secure infrastructure, and at optimised cost.

This shift requires an open, programmable and automated infrastructure that is ready to handle the challenges of cloud deployment models and today's big data applications.

Cisco also announced two key innovative enhancements to its Unified Fabric portfolio. The Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA), which is designed to automate network provisioning, simplify fabric management and optimise fabric for greater efficiency and scale.

The new Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA) innovations include: optimised fabric infrastructure for enhanced efficiency and scale; optimised spine-leaf topologies with enhanced forwarding, distributed control plane and integrated physical and virtual designed to enable any network anywhere with mobility for physical and virtual machines and network extensibility, it is also designed to deliver greater resiliency with smaller failure domains and multi-tenant scale of greater than 10,000 tenants/networks; and simplified fabric management with open APIs for ease of operations.
Second, extensions to the Nexus 7000 portfolio with new Nexus 7700 Series switches and new F3 Series I/O Modules that deliver industry leading 40G/100G scalability, with the most comprehensive set of data centre switching features.

Cisco is delivering new updates to its current Nexus portfolio, evolving the Unified Fabric that ensures greater networking scale, agility, and management.  These include simplified provisioning, better management, and new switches.

Cisco is extending the Nexus 7000 portfolio with new Nexus 7700 Series switches and new F3 Series I/O Modules, including: The new Nexus 7700 Series switches, which consist of environmentally efficient Nexus 7710 (10-slot) and Nexus 7718 (18-slot) chassis, the new F3 series I/O modules, which are supported on both 7000 and 7700 Series switches, deliver 40G/100G density, improve power efficiency by 60%, and support a broad set of proven data center switching features.

With these innovations, the Nexus 7718 is designed to deliver the industry's highest capacity 40G and 100G switch with up to 384 40-Gbps ports and 192 100-Gbps ports. The Nexus 7718 has been designed to deliver up to 83Tbps of overall switching capacity.