Monday, May 11, 2009

Cisco Outlines Unified Service Delivery Foundation for Cloud Services

Cisco outlined a Unified Service Delivery framework to help service providers build a foundation for cloud services.

The aim is to combine Cisco's data center portfolio and Unified Computing architecture with the capabilities of its Internet Protocol Next-Generation Networks (IP NGNs) solutions. More specifically, Cisco's Unified Service Delivery would enable a service provider to deliver video, data and video services from the data center, enabling it to substantially optimize resources, assure quality, significantly reduce operational costs, and deliver a better, more expansive and more secure virtual experience for their customers. Unified Service Delivery is a critical step in the company's service provider Data Center 3.0 strategy.

In terms of implementation, Cisco's Unified Service Delivery incorporates products such as the Cisco Unified Computing System and the Cisco Nexus Switch with a new data-center optimized configuration of Cisco's flagship router, the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System, and Cisco's IP NGN products. This is accomplished with two new Cisco 10-gigabit modules and a Cisco 40-gigabit forwarding processor for the flagship Cisco CRS-1 platform.

The modules are designed specifically to extend virtualization from the data center through the IP NGN core and to address the needs of peering and interconnect applications for a service provider's data centers. The Cisco CRS-1 platform and its new modules permit providers to virtualize traffic and network operations on a per-service or per-customer basis with a smaller Cisco CRS-1 footprint.

The Cisco Nexus 7000 Switch meanwhile serves as the company's flagship data-center-class switching platform, combining Ethernet, IP and storage capabilities across one unified network fabric. The Cisco Unified Computing System unites compute, network, storage access and virtualization resources in a single energy efficient system.

Cisco said its Unified Service Delivery solution is optimized to enable virtualization within the data center, between data centers and across the IP NGN.

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