Cisco launches open networking “Fabric” for data centers and clouds

Infotech Lead America: Cisco unveiled a new series of products that demonstrates the company’s commitment to addressing emerging industry trends like cloud computing and open networking.Cisco has now introduced the highest-density 40-gigabit layer 2/3 fixed switch and a simple hybrid cloud solution.   The company also expanded the Cisco Open Network Environment with an extensible controller.

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.

Cisco introduced Cisco Nexus 6000 Series Switches, a high density 40 Gigabit Layer2/Layer 3 fixed switch, to seamless, secure and simple hybrid cloud functionality of Cisco Nexus 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 Open Network Environment (ONE) portfolio.

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. Cisco also added rich services modules to its Nexus 7000 Series, and 40-gigabit uplink extensions to its Nexus 5000 and 2000 product lines. 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 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 and  predictable environment for physical, virtual and cloud workloads.

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.

In June 2012 Cisco introduced Cisco Open Network Environment (Cisco ONE), a comprehensive approach to open networking, programmability and application-awareness.  Expanded platform support for Cisco onePK developer environment is available with Nexus 3000, Nexus 7000 and ASR 9000 and for OpenFlow with Nexus 3000, Nexus 7000, ASR 9000 and Catalyst 6500.

Also on offer are 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. Cisco Services for ONE include strategy workshops, proof of concepts, and global technical support.

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.

Both the Nexus 1000V InterCloud and VNMC InterCloud are scheduled to be available in 1HCY13; pricing to be announced at a later date.

In 1HCY13, The Cisco ONE Controller and application support; CSR 1000V Cloud Services Router; Cisco one PK 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 will be available.  In 1HCY13: one PK support on Nexus 3000, Nexus 7000 and ASR 9000; Openflow support on Nexus 3000, Nexus 7000, ASR 9000 and Catalyst 6500; and Virtual NAM will be available for customer trials. Pricing for the Cisco ONE solutions will be announced at a later date.

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