Businesses across the country are searching for various ways to cut costs, while maintaining a robust, reliable and fast network infrastructure. Very often the key to success can be the research that goes into picking the correct data-center server solution brand. There are so many different solutions out there- how does a small business decide on one? From Cisco to Dell, EMC, and Juniper each brand offers a unique value proposition. The following is a guide to help you decide on your enterprise server vendor:
Cisco’s new one-size-fits-all ‘Unified Computing System’ forays into the blade server market through a new compatible data center Ethernet environment. This cutting-edge technology gives enterprises a way to scale their network while cutting considerable costs and utilizing a single seamless product. Although this technology is on the cutting-edge, it is still fairly new to the market and might need a bit more time to fully evolve.
From the Cisco.com : “The Cisco Unified Computing System represents a radical simplification of traditional architectures, dramatically reducing the number of devices that must be purchased, cabled, configured, powered, cooled, and secured. The solution delivers end-to-end optimization for virtualized environments while retaining the ability to support traditional OS and application stacks in physical environments”
Dell offers a data center solution that takes the best parts from various partners, including competitors like Cisco and EMC. The solution converges networking components, switches, servers and storage to provide the enterprise customers a flexibility in their options. This solution centers around the notably reliable Dell Blade Server offering.
From Dell.com: “You want your business to keep growing. But without a plan to manage that growth, you could suffer from skyrocketing costs and complexity. Dell can provide that plan. We’ll listen to your needs and provide a practical answer-one that doesn’t lock you in with proprietary technologies but frees you to focus on the growth of your business.”
Dell also partners with various network hardware resellers where a used dell server can be purchased by a small business for a fraction of retail price. This offers an even higher degree a flexibility in terms of cost effective network implementation.
EMC offers the ‘Connectrix Director’ solution for enterprise network storage with seamless customization options. The goal of this product is to act as your company’s information director- allocating data across your network, speedily and with a steady hand. Although primarily for storage and not quite in the same class as Cisco and Juniper’s data center offerings- the Connectrix Director provides speed and security for your company’s network infrastructure storage.
From EMC.com: “EMC Connectrix Directors ensure scalable, high-availability networked storage. Choose the connectivity you need and maximize availability with redundancy built into the architecture.”
More solutions for the future:
Juniper has begun it’s marketing for the futuristic cloud computing data center titled ‘Stratus’. Stratus is said to integrate various server components from partners like IBM, while maintaining its central focus on Juniper’s powerful networking products. Currently, Juniper offers high performance routers and switches- including the high end EX39 Ethernet Switch and Juniper EX2500 switch.
From Juniper.Net: “The program, code-named the Stratus Project, represents an initiative to create a single data center fabric that will deliver a quantum jump in scale, performance and simplicity, with the flexibility to support fully converged and virtualized data center environments. The Stratus Project is being developed by the newly announced Data Center Business Group, under the leadership of Executive Vice President David Yen, Ph.D.”