According to a recent report from Pike Research, global investment in energy-efficient data centre technologies is set to reach 28 percent of the $150 billion data centre infrastructure market by 2015. Designed to efficiently use power in meeting cooling and serviceability requirements, the Cisco Containerized Data Center extends the capabilities of traditional brick-and-mortar data centres, including a more energy-efficient platform that lowers operating expenses and decreases the environmental impact.
Cisco has teamed with a diverse number of industry-leading technology companies to deliver a complete modular data centre solution. Cisco is working with technology partners such as VMware, EMC and NetApp to deliver Cloud computing, storage, virtualization and Cisco data centre capabilities based on the Cisco Unified Computing System. Master system integration partners such as Johnson Controls Inc., in conjunction with Cisco channel partners, deliver Cisco equipment and integration services that enable modular data centre solution deployment.
The Cisco Containerized Data Center takes advantage of the Cisco Data Center Business Advantage framework, which includes Cisco Unified Computing, Unified Fabric and Unified Network Services to optimize flexibility, agility and ease of use. The Cisco Data Center Business Advantage, with its fabric-based infrastructure approach, transforms today's data centre from separate silos (servers, storage, networks, Layer 4-7 switching services, security and so on) into a single integrated infrastructure with a set of shared resources and a consolidated management model.
A key element of the Cisco Containerized Data Center is the Cisco Data Center Operations 360 management system, which offers comprehensive information technology capacity planning and deployment support, real-time monitoring, historical reporting and trending, and space and environmental analytics. Cisco Data Center Operations 360 is fully extensible with user-defined attributes, monitors and architectural layout rules.
Unlike many other containerized data centres, the Cisco Containerized Data Center does not rely on proprietary IT platforms. With its open platform, the Cisco Containerized Data Center is easy for organisations to quickly integrate into existing environments.
Delivering more cost-effective deployments, the Cisco Containerized Data Center can take as few as 12 weeks to deploy from the moment a customer recognizes the need until it is tested, shipped and on-line, and it is flexible enough to be placed in harsh outside or inside environments.
The Cisco Containerized Data Center's energy-efficiency platform can yield a substantially lower power usage effectiveness (PUE), less than 1.25 as opposed to 1.6 to 3.0 for other data centre solutions.
Cisco offers customers pre-sales support to address customer needs and architect a customized solution, advanced services to complete project management requirements, and a robust partner community with the skill set for data centre support and Cisco or third-party integration of equipment.
Mark Weber, president of U.S. Public Sector, NetApp, stated: "Many of our federal government customers find value in moving from fixed facilities to a modular alternative that can be transported, redeployed, and easily modified to suit changing data centre needs in the field. With NetApp as its storage infrastructure, the Cisco Containerized Data Center is an ideal solution for organisations requiring a flexible, efficient, rapidly deployable modular solution that helps optimize resources, reduce complexity, control IT costs, and most importantly, maintain a high level of service delivery."
Jason Schafer, senior datacenter analyst, Tier1 Research, stated: "Data centres are undergoing a dramatic transformation. They need to become more energy efficient and at the same time faster to deploy in order to keep pace with IT organisations' customers' demands and growth. These IT organisations are under increasing pressure to find ways to quickly and affordably deploy reliable, resilient data center environments in multiple locations."
Iain Campbell, vice president and general manager, Global Energy and Workplace Solutions, Johnson Controls Inc., stated: "Johnson Controls has construction, systems integration, maintenance and operations support services in more than 150 countries. As a Master Integrator for the Cisco Containerized Data Center, Johnson Controls provides extensive data centre lifecycle expertise, resources, risk management experience and financial solutions to Cisco, Cisco Clients and Cisco VARS. The ability to scale data centre operations rapidly is becoming increasingly critical for customers. As organisations grow and the need to expand IT infrastructures arises, the Cisco Containerized Data Center meets customer demands for rapid mobile deployment, integrated installation and operations support, better cost utilization, higher efficiencies and quality of service."
Mike O'Neill, Vice President Technology Alliances, EMC Corporation, stated: "With more customers requesting a simple, efficient, and cost-effective data centre solution capable of rapid deployment and transportability, Cisco Containerized Data Center aims to reduce environmental impact, improve efficiency, increase power density and simplify integration with current infrastructure. This is a natural extension of our collaboration with Cisco and VMware to provide Vblock converged architectures to meet customers' requirements for ease of implementation and consumption. EMC information infrastructure products with Cisco UCS and unified fabric will facilitate this evolving approach to data centre build out."
Brad Boston, senior vice president, Global Government Solutions Group, Cisco, stated: "Cisco is committed to offering innovative data center 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 Center delivers the scalability, agility, efficiency and productivity that our customers require."