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TMCNet:  Cisco Systems unveils new cloud fabric devices

[February 06, 2013]

Cisco Systems unveils new cloud fabric devices

Feb 06, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Cisco Systems, which is engaged in networking services, has introduced Nexus 6000 Series Switches, a new 40 Gigabit Layer2/Layer3 fixed switch, Nexus 1000V InterCloud for connecting private enterprise and service provider clouds, and the availability of extensible network-programmable controller as part of the expanded Cisco Open Network Environment, or ONE, portfolio.

Cisco has unveiled the Cisco's Nexus 6000, the 96-port, line rate 40-gigabit fixed form factor switch with Ethernet and Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and 1-microsecond latency across all ports. Cisco also added services modules to its Nexus 7000 Series, and 40-gigabit uplink extensions to its Nexus 5000 and 2000 product lines. With these extensions, Cisco's Unified Fabric portfolio now delivers a 40-gigabit solution providing design flexibility for virtual and cloud deployments of converged networks with 10G and 40G FCoE support, while enabling visibility in the network, the company said.

The two Nexus 6000 models are the Nexus 6004, with up to 96 ports of line rate 40GE (384 ports of line rate 10GE) in a compact 4 RU (rack unit) form factor; and the Nexus 6001, which offers line rate 48 ports of GE/10GE fixed ports with 4 ports of 40GE (or 16 ports of 10GE) uplinks in 1 RU form factor.

The Nexus 6000 Series is purpose-built for high performance access, leaf/spine architectures, compact aggregation, or high-density FEX aggregation deployment options for building a scalable Cisco Unified Fabric, the company added.

According to the company, the Nexus 1000V InterCloud orchestrates hybrid cloud environments by extending corporate enterprise environments into the provider cloud with simplicity and security. The Nexus 1000V InterCloud preserves existing networking capabilities and L4-7 services while bringing manageability of the enterprise into the provider cloud to create a consistent, reliable, predictable environment for physical, virtual and cloud workloads, freeing IT management to run and move applications without compromise. The solution provides choice of provider clouds and operates in a hypervisor-agnostic manner.

The Cisco Virtual Network Management Center (VNMC) InterCloud offers new capabilities including a single policy point for network services across both enterprise and provider domains; the ability to manage virtual machine lifecycle across multiple hypervisors in hybrid clouds; and the ability to manage multiple provider clouds via APIs, the company concluded.

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