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Taobao.com is owned by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, a Hangzhou based e-commerce/e-auction Company that offers a family of internet-based businesses including trade, retail, payment, business management software and classified listings. It is for this reason that Alibaba needed to enhance the speed of their application roll outs. To meet Taobao.com's requirements for a more robust data center, Cisco proposed a solution consisting of Cisco Catalyst 6509 switches, virtualized into a single switch using the Cisco Virtual Switching System (VSS). The Cisco Catalyst 6500 Virtual Switching System takes the flagship Catalyst 6500 switching platform to the next level with network system virtualization. By using Catalyst 6500 Switches, Taobao.com would improve network scalability, availability, as well as network management. Cisco recommended the Catalyst 6509-E Switch that provides high port densities. The Cisco Catalyst 6500 Virtual Switching System provided the maximum uptime with sub-200ms failover support using inter-chassis NSF/SSO. With this implementation, Taobao.com could enjoy the benefits of a single point of management. After the implementation, first impressions from the client's internal users have been very encouraging. Another benefit that Taobao.com has experienced from the upgrade is savings in network maintenance. The successful deployment of Cisco Catalyst 6500 VSS technology is just the beginning for Taobao.com. The company next plans to use Cisco technology to improve network security, applications.
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