Cisco Systems, one of the region's biggest employers, is set to open a new US$100 million data centre in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, that CEO John Chambers touted as a major commitment to this region during his visit here last year. Cisco plans to use the two-story lab to develop and test software applications. It will double as a data recovery centre during emergencies. Cisco, the nation's largest computer networking company, hopes to sell its customers on buying its routing and switching equipment to build similar data centres for themselves.
The RTP centre is one of six in Cisco's empire, but the only one that can switch to disaster recovery mode. Cisco will use the centre to develop software it uses to run its own business. The software automates such functions as billing, shipping, product orders and human resources. The data centre is in Building One on Cisco's RTP campus, the first building the company occupied here in the 1990s. The 18,500 sq ft site will use 2.8 megawatts of power when fully operational.
Source: News Observer