Cisco to develop new generation of data centers

Cisco new data-server technology will provide Africans with the ability to deliver multiple applications over a network using minimal bandwidth.

Africa is set to benefit from Cisco Systems' new unified data technology that delivers multiple applications over a network using minimal bandwidth.

With the high expense of bandwidth and most corporate users and consumers accessing resources over the Internet or WAN (Wide Area Networks), the ability to deliver applications over the network is important, said Cisco Business Development Manager Rene Bosman.

The unified data center will require convergence of data centers networks to single standards. Most servers, applications, networks, computing power for servers, network resources and storage resources run with different standards, Bosman explained.

The unified data center will consolidate resources and applications for delivery over the same bandwidth, meaning customers do not have to upgrade their bandwidth.

"The growing need for network storage is driving the demand for higher network bandwidth to the server," Bosman said. "Converging to a single network lowers overall data center power draw, bandwidth limitations, which is important to the end user."

To achieve that objective, Bosman said Cisco is keen on application optimization to perform better over networks and over the Internet through virtualization.

Virtualization allows a user to virtually slice up power in the system and use it for other applications, increasing utilization levels. For a computer using only 10 percent of its power, for example, virtualization allows the user to assign the remaining 90 percent to other applications and resources.

Increased utilization leads to lower operational cost and quicker response time, and networking leads to lower operational cost, Bosman said.

Bosman identifies education of IT personnel as a major challenge in Africa, saying that there is still "a long way to go." Cisco, he notes, offers an associate sales engineer training program through its academy. Each year the program trains 100 to 200 people who are deployed throughout the world.

"The lack of legacy technology is an advantage to Africa," Bosman added. "It means that people are adopting newer technology, compared to the U.S. and Europe, where they had to deal with legacy technology before adopting the latest technology."

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Rebecca Wanjiku

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?