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  • Customer OverviewFounded in 1997, American University of Sharjah (AUS) is a leading higher educational institution in the United Arab Emirates and offers undergraduate and advanced degrees in a wide range of disciplines, including business, engineering, art, and architecture. Its multicultural, coeducational campus life attracts students from across the region and around the world.ChallengeWith around 2500 students living on campus out of a population of 5200 students, and many more independent learners seeking to access the university’s facilities remotely, the ability to reliably and securely serve e-learning applications and educational content is crucial. The institution saw its aging infrastructure struggling to keep place with today’s demands for cloud-based services and collaborative learning applications. The need to store and retrieve vast amounts of content was testing the traditional model of application‑specific standalone servers.SolutionAs a result, AUS adopted Cisco Unified Data Center Architecture to meet its growing need for virtualization, service automation, and the delivery of cloud-based computing. The initial virtual data center installation consists of two Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) chassis equipped in total with seven Cisco UCS B200 M2 Blade Servers. Full connectivity between the chassis and blades is provided by a Cisco UCS 6100 Series Fabric Interconnect Switch with Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) technology and Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Cards providing 10Gbps backplane speeds. Running on Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches with Cisco MDS 9124 Series Multilayer SAN Switches supporting NetApp storage devices, the existing AUS data center is fully integrated with the new and rapidlyexpanding Cisco virtual data center. Cisco Fabric Interconnect FCoE technology offers complete interoperation with the existing SAN environment, with optical fiber between the UCS 6100 and the MDS 9124 switches, saving the need for separate siloed storage. BenefitsCentralized Management with improved productivity and easier and faster provisioning of new servicesGreater scalability and enhanced business continuityTotal cost of ownership reduced by 40 percent
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    1. 1. CISCO DATA CENTER CHALLENGEENVIRONMENT • Help enable anytime, anyplace access to collaborative e- learning applications• Cisco UCS B200 M2 Blade Servers • Offer best-in-class educational technology as a differentiator• Cisco Virtual Interface Cards WHY CISCO DATA CENTER SOLUTIONS CUSTOMER STATS• Cisco MDS 9124 Series Multilayer SAN Switches • Cisco data center solutions accelerate the migration to cloud- • Industry: Higher Education based delivery model• Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series • Population:350 faculty members Switches BENEFITS with 5,200 students• Cisco UCS 6100 Series Fabric • Centralized IT management with improved productivity and • Location: Sharjah, United Arab Interconnect Switches Emirates easier and faster provisioning of new services• Applications: Microsoft Office, • Offers undergraduate degree • Greater scalability and enhanced business continuity Microsoft Windows 7, Citrix programs in 25 areas, as well as XenServer Enterprise Edition, • Total cost of ownership reduced by 40 percent 14 masters programs VMware vSphere Hypervisor, • Theater: EMEAR MATLAB, Maple 16, and Oracle-based databases “Virtualization of IT assets, service automation, and the attractions of cloud-based computing were right there on our road map, so we were delighted to see that Cisco was thinking exactly the same way.” Ashi Sheth, IT Director © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 1