Cisco Adds to Nexus

Cisco innovation strategy fuels data center transformation

April 9, 2008

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HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Marking the next evolution of its network-enabled Data Center 3.0 vision to transform the data center into a virtualized environment providing anytime, anywhere access to content on any device, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today unveiled the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series of data center-class switches, introduced industry-leading interoperability via an ecosystem of application and systems partners and accelerated adoption with a data center channel partner enablement strategy.

The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series strengthens the company's existing data center switch portfolio and builds on its commitment to invest heavily over the next 18 months in new products and capabilities to help customers architect the next-generation data center, creating a new market opportunity for its channel partners. The development of the Nexus 5000 Series was a collaborative effort between Cisco and Nuova Systems. Today Cisco also announced its intent to acquire the remaining interest that it does not yet hold in San Jose-based Nuova Systems, a Cisco-invested start up focused on the development of next-generation products for the data center market. (Refer to press release)

The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series is designed for data center consolidation with investment protection, helping allow customers to transition to a unified fabric at their own pace. It also meets stringent customer requirements for operational continuity, transport flexibility and scalability. With a unified fabric, IT organizations can simplify cabling infrastructure, reduce the number of required adapters, lower costs, and reduce power consumption and their carbon footprint. The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series delivers line-rate, low-latency, 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching, as well as the industry's first standards-based, input/output (I/O) consolidation solution via support for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Data Center Ethernet and virtualization technologies. The switch is an extension to the Cisco Nexus family designed to support increasing I/O demands of multicore processors and virtualized environments. With its support for FCoE, the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series consolidates local-area network (LAN), Fibre Channel and iSCSI-based storage-area networks (SANs) and server cluster traffic onto an Ethernet-based unified fabric. The Cisco Nexus 5000 also provides virtual machine (VM) optimized services, supporting the Cisco Data Center 3.0 vision by allowing IT organizations to dynamically respond to changing business demands through rapid provisioning of application and infrastructure services from shared pools of consolidated compute, storage, and network resources.

SAVVIS, a leading global IT utility services provider specializing in hosting, network, and application services, is currently testing the new Cisco Nexus 5000 switching platform. "We believe the benefits to SAVVIS of a unified fabric are multifold, including the ability to provide our customers with a higher quality of service as well as total cost of ownership reduction within our data center operations," said Bryan Doerr, chief technology officer of SAVVIS. "The Cisco Nexus 5000's ability to deliver this unified fabric today makes it an attractive platform for us and we are actively evaluating it."

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