Service Provider Adopts New Architecture
Source: Cisco Systems
Hellas Online (HOL) is a retail services provider that services more than 350,000 people and provides fixed-telecom services such as hosting, storage and email. The company recently adopted a new architecture to create differentiating services in the market. The idea was to grow more at a faster rate. Therefore, a plan was launched to create an effective market penetration plan, thereby addressing growth related concerns. Cost-effectiveness was another concern for both company as well as its clients. Earlier methods of managing IT growth led to a lot of equipment in its two data centers. These included 100 racks of 300 servers with multiple interfaces and blades. The addition of resources in IT would lead to congestion of labor, space and power. HOL therefore decided to adopt a new data center architecture that would be based on the Cisco Nexus 7010 Switch. This is one of the Cisco Nexus 7000 series of ultra-fast switches and has been designed considering infrastructure scalability, operational continuity and transport flexibility. The retailer installed two Cisco Nexus 7010 Switches in the data center. The high port density of these switches provides the scalability that it needs. Because of the Cisco Nexus 7010 Switches, the company is provided with a future-proof platform that can be extended by HOL at any time at minimal cost.