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Cisco unveils major step on path towards cloud computing

Cisco unveils major step on path towards cloud computing

Company’s newest network solution will allow clients to store, manipulate and retrieve data using remote servers hosted offsite

CISCO, the world's biggest maker of network equipment, released its latest network server at a workshop in Phnom Penh last Friday.

Called Data Center 3.0, the server is designed to offer cloud computing to its clients, Cisco Indochina Director Palasilp Vichivanives said.

Cloud computing is a service that stores, retrieves and manipulates data over the Internet on remote servers run by firms such as Google, Cisco, IBM and others, utilising excess or unused resources of several computers without requiring capital expenditure.

We think the Cambodian market has the potential to grow.

Budding rivalry
Market research firm IDC estimates that companies will this year spend US$100 billion on fixed data centres. Suppliers of these already have to compete with companies offering data centres in the "cloud" , and that competition is only expected to grow.
Palasilp Vichivanives said the design, which had been several years in the making, was a part of the company's five-phase road map to cloud computing.

"We are now in phase three of that road map.... Cisco took a major step towards the goal with the announcement of the Unified Computing System, which integrates computer servers with the network," he said.

He admitted that many organisations in Cambodia might not be ready for the advance, but said the firm was keen to assist.

"We think the Cambodian market has the potential to grow," he said, adding that Cisco would combat product piracy by issuing certificates of origin to resellers that work directly with the company.

Therdtoon Theerasasana, Cisco Thailand's consulting systems engineer, demonstrated the new data centre to attendees.
He also showed off Cisco's new security technologies and switching platforms.

He said the new data centre would deliver a streamlined IT operation for the company's clients at a lower cost. Adopting Data Center 3.0 would also give companies the IT system flexibility needed to maximise the business potential of the new generation of Internet products and social media technologies.

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