Cisco breaks ground on data centre in Frankfurt

Cisco breaks ground on data centre in Frankfurt

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Cisco today has launched a new data centre in Frankfurt, Germany, to serve customers using its Collaboration platform Webex in the European Union (EU) and the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR) region.

The facility is scheduled for operation by end of June 2021. The company pointed out that the shift to remote working, combined with the need to keep distributed teams connected have increased the demand for cloud-based Collaboration platforms.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the use of digital collaboration tools, such as Cisco Webex, has increased by 74%, according to the company.

“There is no doubt: the future of work will be hybrid. Collaboration technologies play a key role in enabling digital workers, regardless of geography, language or proficiency in technology,” said Wendy Mars, President for Cisco in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia.

“The velocity in innovation in this area is staggering. At Cisco, we launched over 400 new enhancements for Webex since September 2020, underpinned with the security and privacy principles that are core to our technologies and processes.”

In December 2020, Cisco announced a new wave of Webex innovations with the vision to drive 10x better experiences for virtual meetings.

Cisco’s new data centre in Frankfurt is a showcase of the company’s latest technologies, including the Cisco ASR routing platform that provides connectivity into the data centre.

Within the data centre, the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) connects all components, and it offers capabilities for management and troubleshooting.

The company said the other key component of the architecture is the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) that combines x86-architecture servers with networking and storage.

The complete architecture is protected by Cisco Firepower for enhanced Security. The data centre will incorporate Cisco products and technologies that improve energy efficiency, including power supplies, internal components and cooling systems and run on 100% renewable energy, according to the company.

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