Experian Automates Worldwide Data Center Operations with Cisco ACI

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Experian, one of the largest credit rating firms in the world has selected Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) to serve as the foundation for its data centers and colocation sites around the globe. 

With a standardized, integrated network architecture, Experian will be able to consistently deploy, manage, and secure applications across dozens of regionally distributed computing sites, says Cisco. Cisco ACI will provide improved global technology operations for Experian, which has one of the largest databases of consumer information in the world. ACI is the core technology for Cisco intent-based networking in data centers.   

Experian is using Cisco ACI Multipod to logically connect multiple data centers within three key regions: the U.S., the U.K., and Brazil, which allows them to be managed as one big data center. Regional resources can be managed collectively and workloads can be spread among multiple sites for greater redundancy.

Aligning virtual and physical environments

To further extend data center consistency and operational efficiency, Experian is now testing and preparing to deploy the new Cisco ACI Virtual Edge (AVE). The next generation of the Cisco Application Virtual Switch (AVS), AVE is a hypervisor-independent virtual appliance that pushes the functionality and control of Cisco ACI into virtual environments.  

Robert Abner, Senior Network Engineer, Experian
And we wanted to implement policy-based automation so that changes could be made universally instead of one switch, one data center, and one region at a time. With Cisco ACI, we can develop standardized scripts and policies and then push them to all of our sites.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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