This week Cisco officially opened its new data center in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina, in the oldest building on the campus. The new RTP data center has 18,500 square feet of space, which can fit up to 438 racks.
Going a level deeper, the RTP data center has the capacity for more than 5,000 UCS server blades, which could potentially deliver more than 125,000 virtual machines. UCS is Cisco’s server platform, providing integrating networking and virtualization capabilities.
In addition to the UCS deployments, the RTP facility uses the Cisco Nexus 7000 switches, providing a further layer of virtualization capability.
All of that capacity is being deployed with a dual-purpose.
“The primary role of the data center is application development for over 1,300 Cisco applications,” James Cribari, program manager for IT Services at Cisco told InternetNews.com. “But in the event of a declared disaster, by using the capabilities of UCS and Nexus, we can transform this data center to a disaster recovery center.”