Optical and SAN technology underpin managed data centre services

Cisco Systems optical transport and storage area network (SAN) technology solutions are being deployed to help improve the...

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Cisco Systems optical transport and storage area network (SAN) technology solutions are being deployed to help improve the management and resilience of HP's business and mission-critical data throughout the company's European operation.

Cisco and HP are working to provide a resilient and robust data management service to the latter’s new and existing customers based on the new optical and SAN infrastructure.

The collaboration aims to develop and deliver integrated solutions to help customers implement intelligent building, IP Communications (IP Telephony and IP Contact Centre), network management, network services and support, mobility and wireless, and network storage.

HP Services is using the Cisco equipment to link its two European data centres - which are 84 km apart - at Grenoble and Isle d'Abeau in France.

The highly resilient network infrastructure supports more than 41 terabytes of data and distributed applications running across more than 250 HP ProLiant servers.

According to HP, the overall solution is five times more cost-effective than extending the storage capacity of existing data centres.
At its two European data centres, HP deployed the Cisco ONS 15540 dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) optical transport platform to provide the high-capacity link between the data centres with Cisco Catalyst 6509 switches and Cisco MDS 9509 Multilayer SAN Directors. This helps maximise network uptime at both data centres.
"As part of its pan-European data centre consolidation effort, HP determined that expanding capacity in France and networking two data centres was a better proposition than physically expanding one of the data centres," said Patrick de Marcillac, European infrastructure manager, HP.

This was first published in March 2005



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