Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, is now Cisco’s preferred provider to construct, cool and monitor its data centres, as companies rely more on cloud computing to support their business operations in today’s increasingly mobile, connected world.“Evolving needs and increased speed and mobility are pushing businesses to use, compute and store data in ways that touch each of us every day. Employee information, retirement accounts and even your cell phone records are most likely hosted in a cloud,” says Dave Myers, president, Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls.

“Our relationship with Cisco makes sure that those clouds are supported by reliable and secure data centres that are designed to meet today’s needs and easily adapt for the future.”

Johnson Controls will be Cisco’s preferred choice for integrated data centre infrastructure and associated services, including modular construction to add IT capacity, cooling or power needs. Johnson Controls’ modular data centres use a scalable method to create or update existing data centres, using much less energy with all the IT, security, fire controls and architectural benefits of a stationary data centre.

Johnson Controls remotely monitors modular cooling and power services and trained service technicians immediately address any problems.

“Cloud computing, pervasive mobility and the Internet of Everything are rapidly changing the nature of the modern data centre. Cisco’s relationship with Johnson Controls will allow us to meet the increasingly sophisticated power, cooling, and monitoring requirements of data centres in the cloud-mobile era,” says Nick Earle, senior vice president, Worldwide Cloud Sales and Go-to-Market at Cisco.

The modular data centre solution was designed in collaboration with Cisco and can be deployed when and where needed. The modular process shortens the construction timeframe and can reduce a customer’s capital expense by up to 30%. The modular approach optimises power usage effectiveness (PUE) levels and has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications, an internationally-recognised rating system.

Johnson Controls and Cisco announced a global alliance in 2008, which resulted in the two companies working together in hundreds of customer sites worldwide. Johnson Controls provides facility management services in more than 250 data centres across 29 countries.