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Infrastructure-as-a-service company simplifies its data center

NetApp’s new R&D lab built on Cisco ACI.

When computer storage and data management vendor NetApp built its second Global Dynamic Lab (GDL 2.0) at its Research Triangle Park, North Carolina-based, 155,000-square foot research and development facility, the company was looking for a solution that simplified data center operations. The Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™) did just that.

Al Lawlis, NetApp's senior director of engineering services, said the company assessed various solutions, but its strategy was to build on the next-generation Cisco Nexus® 9300 and 9500 switches—a key component of Cisco ACI, a solution...

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