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Global network infrastructure company Cisco has announced a new architecture extending the data centre to everywhere data lives and everywhere applications are deployed.

Cisco made the announcement on Tuesday at Cisco Live, Barcelona, explaining that a new era of application innovation was redefining what data centres are and need to be capable of, and the modern data centre was no longer a fixed place.

“Enterprises should be able to deploy applications based on the needs of their business, not the limitations of their technology,” said Roland Acra, senior vice-president and general manager, Data Centre Business Group, Cisco.

“Customers want to deploy applications and manage data across a range of diverse platforms, from on-premises to cloud-based. That is why we are taking the ‘centre’ out of the data centre. Today, Cisco is helping our customers expand their reach into every cloud, every data centre, and every branch.”

To bring its vision of “data centre anywhere” to life, Cisco announced a range of innovations, including:

  1. the expansion of Cisco ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure) into Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. This is Cisco’s intent-based networking solution for the data centre, delivering operational simplicity, application agility and protection in the data centre, through an open approach integrating with all hypervisors and container frameworks. ACI Anywhere extends this to any workload, any location, any cloud.
  2. the extension of HyperFlex into branch offices and remote locations, powering applications at the edge, allowing customers to seamlessly extend computing and storage with flexible scalability.
  3. enhancements to CloudCenter to help customers manage the lifecycle of applications across multiple cloud environments, with the new CloudCenter Suite featuring full application lifecycle management, greater workflow automation, enhanced cost optimisation, simplified deployment, tiered pricing and a new SaaS offering.
  4. simplified single Enterprise Agreements to make it simpler for customers to buy and manage technology across the entire data centre architecture, with a single three- or five-year licensing agreement across seven suites, and license portability across physical, virtual or cloud.
  5. cross-domain integrations, with ACI integrating with AppDynamics, Cisco DNA Center and the Identity Services Engine. These integrations are the latest step on Cisco’s journey to create the industry’s first multi-domain architecture, the company says.

Cisco CloudCenter Suite subscription on-premises will be available in the first quarter of 2019, and the SaaS version will be available in North America in the same timeframe, and other countries later.

New Cisco enterprise agreements can be ordered from mid-March.

Virtual ACI, Cloud ACI and HyperFlex 4.0 with Cisco Insight will all be available in the second half of 2019.



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