Realizing the Benefits of Virtualization: Cisco Nexus Solution Enables FASTWEB to Protect Investment, Reduce Risk, and Fund Data Center Evolution

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Executive Summary

Fastweb is a leading telecommunications provider of Italy that has shown a model path for creation and maintenance of IPTV Services. Fastweb was facing a dilemma on how to improve growth without compromising on the quality of the services and efficiency of its hosting solution. This case study shows the benefits of virtualization that this telecommunications provider achieved by carrying out a detailed study on the methods adopted by Fastweb. The company has grown despite the challenges associated with hosting services. The initial challenge for Fastweb was to manage the 4000 system servers of HP and Sun. The solution came in the form of Cisco Data Center 3.0 that changed the architecture from that of a server to service-oriented. Consolidate, virtualize and automate were the three steps implemented by Cisco. It used multiple functions with higher speed possible. The Cisco Nexus 7000 is one of the key components of the Cisco Data Center 3.0. This component plays a vital role in virtualization and paves the way for next-generation technologies. The final solution enabled more amount of data transfer at lesser costs. Further, the lessening of overall expenditure led to savings of time, power and increased performance using virtualization as an advantage. This paved the way for many more benefits.

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