Data Centers

Evolving Data Center Architectures: Meet the Challenge With Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches

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Executive Summary

Data centers have an evolving need to meet newer IT trends of virtualization of servers, greater processors, enhanced demands for storage of data and increasing data rates. To manage these growing needs, data centers are required to make relevant alterations to their architectures to handle new demands and complexities. This paper talks about current innovations that are around to address these changing concerns of the IT industry. Most of the innovations discussed also take into consideration that all implementation should have a good return on investment. This will help make any change in the design of a data center profitable. These new developments will help future data centers to integrate features of 10 Gigabit Ethernet, updated technologies, and greater interaction of virtualized environments. The Cisco Data Center 3.0 strategy, for instance, includes the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches. It is designed to meet changing data centre demands by consolidating fragmented systems on one unified platform. This strategy for data center upgradation, which is available from Cisco, is discussed in detail in this paper. The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches support data center bridging standards so the architecture can consolidate IP, storage, and Interprocess Communication (IPC) networks over an Ethernet-based platform. Newer technologies discussed in the paper talk about new technologies that can help with imminent issues of power needs, cooling requirements, server density, and virtualization.

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