Business Driven Approach – Modern Data Center Solutions with Cisco Unified Data Center

Modern business requirements and market trends are increasingly adding new demands on data centers that were designed for a different era and a different set of requirements. Therefore, since few years a significant and rapid changes have been occurring to the networks architectures in general and Data centers in particular where many new concepts, methodologies and architectures have been introduced to address the high demand and changes of the new business needs and its applications requirements such as mobility, BigData and Cloud services. As a result, currently there are several data center products and solutions that can be used to achieve different goals and in some situations these products and architectures can overlap to achieve the same result. Consequently understanding the business goals and its vision and use it as a main driver to select the desired solution becomes very critical not only to meet the current business requirements but also to deliver business value with a future vision.

This Article will not discuss specific requirements and what is best technical suitable architecture for it, however it will cover the high level approach that need to be considered in order to produce the best fit for the design requirements that can deliver a value to the business using Cisco Unified Data center solutions. In other words instead of considering certain product or using a specific architecture then try to find how it can deliver value to the business the selection will be purely business driven where IT become a strategic business enabler.

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Marwan Al-shawi – CCDE No. 20130066, Google Cloud Certified Architect, AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Cisco Press author (author of the Top Cisco Certifications’ Design Books “CCDE Study Guide and the upcoming CCDP Arch 4th Edition”). He is Experienced Technical Architect. Marwan has been in the networking industry for more than 12 years and has been involved in architecting, designing, and implementing various large-scale networks, some of which are global service provider-grade networks. Marwan holds a Master of Science degree in internetworking from the University of Technology, Sydney. Marwan enjoys helping and assessing others, Therefore, he was selected as a Cisco Designated VIP by the Cisco Support Community (CSC) (official Cisco Systems forums) in 2012, and by the Solutions and Architectures subcommunity in 2014. In addition, Marwan was selected as a member of the Cisco Champions program in 2015 and 2016.


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