Cisco taps Linux for agility, low cost in data center

Cisco Systems Inc., the $35 billion king of proprietary networking, has transformed its data centers to an automated, service-centric on-demand model based, at least in part, on open source software.

The San Jose, Calif.-based networking giant is four years into a nine-year restructuring and virtualization project that will consolidate its compute, storage, networking and application resources into a unified, on-demand pool that increases IT responsiveness to evolving business requirements and lowers costs, according to IT Manager Sidney Morgan. In addition, it will boost availability and redundancy and chop provisioning time for new servers from as long as eight weeks to three days, a task that ultimately will be automated and filled in real time in response to changing business needs, he predicted.

Cisco taps Linux for agility, low cost in data center.

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