Cisco Unleashes Industry's Fastest, Most Extensible Open Networking "Fabric" for Data Centers, Clouds

Cisco Unleashes Industry's Fastest, Most Extensible Open Networking "Fabric" 
for Data Centers, Clouds 
New Industry-Leading Innovations Include the Highest-Density
40-Gigabit Layer 2/3 Fixed Switch; Simplest Hybrid Cloud Solution;
and Expansion of the Cisco Open Network Environment With the Most
Extensible Controller 
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/04/13 --  As Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)
continues to deliver on its Unified Data Center strategy to
synthesize various networked functions into one "data center fabric"
for more agile, automated and efficient business operations, the
company is continually addressing emerging industry trends like cloud
computing and open networking. Today, the company introduced a wave
of product innovation that covers a vast spectrum of needs within
data center and cloud environments -- from the Cisco Nexus(R) 6000
Series Switches, the industry's highest density 40 Gigabit
Layer2/Layer 3 fixed switch, to seamless, secure and simple hybrid
cloud functionality of Cisco Nexus(R) 1000V InterCloud for connecting
private enterprise and service provider clouds, to the availability
of the industry's most extensible network-programmable controller as
part of the expanded Cisco(R) Open Network Environment (ONE)
With these innovations, Cisco continues to execute its Unified Data
Center strategy to bring more infrastructure agility, operational
simplicity and application-awareness for data center and multi-cloud
environments. Complementing this, Cisco is also delivering on its
Cisco ONE strategy, addressing emerging trends around open
networking, programmability and software defined networking (SDN) for
all places in the network including data center, campus, cloud, and
service provider deployments. 
Together, these technology developments are significant in that they
help scale, extend, and open the networking fabric of data center,
cloud and provider environments as well as bring consistency across
physical, virtual and cloud-based deployments. They enable enterprise
customers to connect to multi-cloud and hybrid environments that
expand the potential for their business operations and
communications, and enable service provider customers to offer new
monetized services while increasing agility and infrastructure
 Scaling the Fabric 
 Network speed, latency, and
greater network port density in a single unit are key considerations
for customers deploying virtualized data centers and moving to a
managed cloud environment where microseconds count, and physical data
center real estate is limited. To sustain their differentiation,
Cisco today unveiled the Cisco Nexus 6000, the world's first 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. For example, the Nexus 6000 can transfer the entire content of
the Library of Congress in just 210 seconds. Cisco also added rich
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 an
unequaled end-to-end 40-gigabit solution providing design flexibility
for virtual and cloud deployments of converged networks with 10G and
40G FCoE support, while enabling greater visibility in the network.  

--  The Nexus 6000 Series expands Cisco's data center switching portfolio,
    providing greater deployment flexibility through higher density and
    scalability. The new Nexus 6000 Series brings the highest 10GE/40GE
    density in a fixed form factor, and offers unprecedented network
    visibility and programmability. It runs the industry-leading Cisco
    NX-OS with robust integrated layer 2 and 3 feature set.
    --  The two Nexus 6000 models are the Nexus 6004, industry's highest
        density switch 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
    --  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 Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Network Analysis Module (NAM). Cisco's
    flagship data center switch continues to evolve into a services-rich
    platform with the announcement of the first services blade, the
    Network Analysis Module. The NAM brings application awareness and
    performance analytics to the Cisco Nexus 7000, empowering IT with
    unparalleled actionable visibility into the network, improving
    application performance, optimizing network resources and helping to
    more effectively manage services delivery in cloud and virtualized
--  Cisco Nexus 2248PQ fabric extender and the Nexus 5500 Seriesswitch40
    gigabit Ethernet uplink capabilities provide investment protection and
    choices for an end-to-end 40GE solution. The new Nexus 5500 40GE
    module provides customer with the option of deploying 40GE uplinks in
    their existing Nexus 5500 to reduce over-subscription, while the new
    Nexus 2248PQ switch provides a 10GE top-of-rack fabric extender with
    40GE uplinks.

Extending the Fabric
 Security concerns regarding provider clouds,
deployment complexity and the inability to easily manage both
enterprise and provider clouds workloads through a single interface,
have held back many businesses from taking advantage of cloud
resources. Cisco solved this hybrid cloud challenge by developing
unique technology in the Nexus 1000V distributed virtual switch that
allows enterprise workloads to be placed in service provider clouds,
through a single point of management with a high degree of security. 

--  The Nexus 1000V InterCloud orchestrates hybrid cloud environments by
    extending corporate enterprise environments into the provider cloud
    with simplicity and industry-leading 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.

Opening the Fabric
 In June 2012 Cisco introduced Cisco (R) Open
Network Environment (Cisco ONE), the industry's most comprehensive
approach to open networking, programmability and
application-awareness. Cisco ONE enables flexible, application-driven
customization of network infrastructure to help realize enterprise
and service provider customers' business objectives such as increased
service velocity, resource optimization, and faster monetization of
new services.  

--  A new Cisco ONE Software Controller supports a highly available,
    scalable and extensible architecture; the industry's first
    multiprotocol interfaces with One Platform Kit (onePK) and OpenFlow;
    consistent management, troubleshooting and security features; and
    built-in applications that include network slicing functionality for
    enabling logical partitioning of network resources. In addition, the
    ONE Controller will interact with Cisco networking applications such
    as Custom Forwarding and Network Tapping.
--  Expanded platform support for Cisco onePK developer environment with
    Nexus 3000, Nexus 7000 and ASR 9000.
--  Solutions for overlay networks including Nexus 1000V support for VXLAN
    Gateway; Nexus 1000V support for Microsoft Hyper-V and integration
    with Microsoft System Center VM Manager; virtual Network Analysis
    Module (vNAM) for network analysis and monitoring of virtualized and
    cloud workloads
--  Expanded platform support for OpenFlow with Nexus 3000, Nexus 7000,
    ASR 9000 and Catalyst 6500.
--  Cisco Services for ONE include strategy workshops, proof of concepts,
    and global technical support. These new Services provide insight into
    current infrastructure, identify technical challenges and deliver an
    actionable road map to support successful adoption of Cisco ONE

"As a leading service provider for cloud, managed hosting and
colocation, Savvis relies upon technologies such as Cisco's Data
Center Unified Fabric solutions to help us quickly deliver secure,
robust, agile infrastructure to our clients," said Ken Owens, cloud
CTO, at Savvis, a CenturyLink company. "Cisco continues to build on
its reputation as an industry leader in providing end-to-end
cloud-ready architecture through its recent cloud innovations, which
enable service providers like Savvis to enhance their cloud
"The Online Service Division of Citrix, known for award-winning
collaboration and remote support services including GoToMeeting,
GoToAssist and GoToMyPC, relies on large scale, physical and
virtualized environments in the Data Centers to meet increasing
demands from our customers," said Ansh Kanwar, director, network
services, Citrix. "Like many IT organizations, we are tasked with
increasing business agility while lowering the total-cost of
ownership. We have standardized on FEX architecture which gives us a
choice for deploying different server environments with operational
simplicity. The Cisco Nexus 6004 along with the new Nexus 2248PQ
offers a solution to manage a large pool of 10G servers. Introduction
of 40G technology on these platforms allows us to build a robust DC
fabric that can scale significantly to meet our DC growth in the
coming years."  
"We've seen a large return on our investment in Cisco Prime NAM by
reducing system downtime and greatly streamlining IT administration,"
said Ron van Vliet, IT specialist - Datacenter LAN, Wireless and VPN,
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. "With thousands of connections to servers,
we rely upon NAM to help keep vital network and customer services at
maximum performance and availability. As we will be deploying Cisco
Nexus 7000 switches in our data centers, we are pleased that NAM will
also be available as a services module for that platform."  
"Cisco's new hybrid cloud architecture will help Smartronix quickly
deploy our customers' mission-critical applications to the cloud,
while providing a seamless and secure extension of their data center
environment to public cloud providers," said Robert Groat, chief
technology officer, Smartronix, Inc. "This will help Smartronix
optimize our customers' existing IT resources while being more
responsive to changes in their business activity and capacity
Pricing and Availability 
Nexus 40GE Family
 The Nexus 6004 24 x 40 GE is scheduled to be
available Q1CY2013 and is priced at $90,000; the Nexus 6004 48 x 40
GE is scheduled to be available Q1CY2013 and is priced at $195,000;
the Nexus 6004, 12 x 40 GE LEM is scheduled to be available Q1CY2013
and is priced at $40,000; the Nexus 6001 is scheduled to be available
in 1HCY2013 and pricing will be announced at a later date; the Nexus
5000 40GE module is scheduled to be available 1HCY13 and pricing will
be announced at a later date; the Nexus 2248PQ is available now and
is priced at $12,000; the Nexus 7000 NAM is scheduled to be available
1HCY13 and pricing will be announced at a later date. 
Nexus 1000V InterCloud and VNMC InterCloud
 Both the Nexus 1000V
InterCloud and VNMC InterCloud are scheduled to be available in
1HCY13; pricing to be announced at a later date. 
Cisco ONE
 The following products are scheduled to be available in
1HCY13: The Cisco ONE Controller and application support; CSR 1000V
Cloud Services Router; Cisco onePK support on the Nexus 3000 and on
ISR G2, and ASR 1K platforms; OpenFlow support on Nexus 3000; Nexus
1000V support for Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft System Center VM
Manager and VXLAN Gateway. The following products are scheduled to
enter customer trials in 1HCY13: onePK support on Nexus 3000, Nexus
7000 and ASR 9000; Openflow support on Nexus 3000, Nexus 7000, ASR
9000 and Catalyst 6500; and Virtual NAM. Pricing for the Cisco ONE
solutions to be announced at a later date. 

--  Attend a Webcast on February 5, 2013 (EMEAR and Americas) and February
    6 (APJC) to learn more about "Fabric Innovations for the World of Many
--  Learn more: Cisco Data Center innovations announced today
--  Read: Scaling the Next Frontier: Hybrid Clouds, Fabric Innovations and
    the Cisco Open Network Environment
--  Read: Cisco Launches Nexus 1000V InterCloud
--  Read: Cisco Data Center blog
--  Cisco Data Center Services
--  Website: Cisco Unified Computing
--  Website: Cisco Open Network Environment

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