Cisco Systems has introduced a new data center switch, to go with the new Fiber Channel Over Ethernet standard networking platform, that is mind-bogglingly powerful and fast. With the increasing demand placed on networks by high bandwith applications like video, and the amount of just plain data that any business generates, data centers are constantly struggling to increase capacity. Cisco's new Nexus 7000 will allow greater consolidation of data centers because even enormous amounts of information can be moved to and from remote storage locations fast. How fast is fast?
Cisco says that the new data-center switch would be able to copy all the searchable data on the Internet in 7.5 minutes, download Wikipedia's database in 10 milliseconds or download 90,000 Netflix movies in less than 40 seconds. It also can run 5 million concurrent transcontinental videoconferences using the company's Telepresence Collaboration systems, a company spokeswoman said.
The product will be available in the second half of 2008, according to Cisco.
Analyst John Anthony of Cowen and Co. said the new data-center switch "will undoubtedly drive sales for Cisco, although the timing of the revenue contribution is uncertain."
Someday you'll have your grandchildren on your knee and tell them you remember when switches and storage networks were two separate things.