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Cisco’s data centre innovations to drive hybrid cloud deployments

Cisco unveils new data centre switches, end-to-end hyperconverged solution and CliQr technologies

Cisco’s data centre innovations to drive hybrid cloud deployments
Shadi Salama, Channel Leader – Middle East Theatre, Cisco

Cisco has announced three data centre technology innovations; networking, hyperconverged infrastructure, and hybrid cloud orchestration which will enable application-centric hybrid cloud deployments.

Cisco's SDN-ready Nexus switches deliver cloud scale 10/25/40/50/100Gpbs, with up to 10 times performance improvement at industry leading price points. The new Nexus 9000 switching platforms provide the scale, telemetry, security, and performance needed for distributed containers and micro services, as well as the lossless traffic needed for IP storage and hyperconverged infrastructure.

Cisco also unveiled Cisco HyperFlex Systems, built on its UCS compute platform, which brings an architectural approach to hyperconverged infrastructure. Cisco HyperFlex Systems simplify policy-based automation across network, compute and storage for the widest set of enterprise applications.

Earlier this year, Cisco announced its intent to acquire CliQr Technologies. The CliQr CloudCentre platform will provide customers with comprehensive yet simplified, application-centric orchestration for private, hybrid and public clouds. CliQr provides customers with a platform that helps customers manage the entire application lifecycle across hybrid IT environments, whether simple or complex. The CliQr platform ties business applications to heterogeneous data centre infrastructure, running across bare-metal, containers and virtualised environments.

Furthermore, the Cisco Nexus Fabric Manager automates the complete fabric lifecycle management with a simple point-and-click web interface, and offers automated configuration snapshots and rollbacks. Nexus Fabric Manager builds and self-manages a VXLAN-based fabric, dynamically configuring switches based on simplified user-based actions. An IT manager can fully deploy a VXLAN-based fabric in just three steps, complete with zero touch provisioning, and can upgrade all fabric switches to a new software release in only four mouse clicks.

Lastly, Cisco is expanding its ACI ecosystem with other industry experts, including Infoblox, N3N, Tufin, vArmour and Veritas.

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