Cisco Opens New Data Center in Texas
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Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) is opening up a new data center in Allen, Texas this week.
The Allen data center will -- not surprisingly -- be using Cisco's own networking equipment, including a large number of Nexus 7000 and Catalyst 6500 switches. The application servers will all be running on Cisco's UCS platform. There will also be storage components from Cisco partners EMC and NetApp used in the Allen facility.
The new data center will serve as a hub for Cisco's own internal private cloud as well as WebEx services. The new Allen data center is paired with a facility in Richardson, Texas to create a Metro Virtual Data Center (MVDC) for high-availability.
"Historically Cisco's business hasn't needed as much resilience as a financial services company but that has changed now," John Manville, vice president of IT in charge of Cisco's data center and cloud strategy, told InternetNews.com. "We also had to change the way that IT provides services inside of the data center, basically transform IT."