Cisco launches portable data centre

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SAN JOSE, USA: Telecom networking equipment vendor Cisco unveiled its containerized data centre, becoming the latest to join the fray of portable data centre vendors.

Designed and manufactured in the United States, the containerized data centre is a modular data centre in a weatherized ISO container that offers an open architecture and transportable platform coupled with a management platform for data centre deployments.

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Cisco is working with VMware, EMC and NetApp to deliver cloud computing, storage, virtualization and Cisco data center capabilities based on Cisco Unified Computing System.

Master system integration partners such as Johnson Controls, in conjunction with Cisco channel partners, deliver Cisco equipment and integration services that enable modular data center solution deployment.

The new data centre features Cisco Data Center Business Advantage framework, which includes Cisco Unified Computing, Unified Fabric and Unified Network Services.

Cisco claims that its portable data centre can be deployed in 12 weeks, from a customer order, including testing and shipping and that can yield a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of less than 1.25 as opposed to 1.6 to 3.0 for other data centre solutions.

Brad Boston, senior vice president, Global Government Solutions Group, Cisco, said: "Cisco is committed to offering innovative data centre solutions for our customers. In conjunction with our extensive partner base, Cisco is able to offer the industry's most comprehensive standards-based data center portfolio. The containerized data centre delivers scalability, agility, efficiency and productivity that our customers require."

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