The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Eric Bleeker, senior technology editor, and Brandon Ragan, systems engineer, discuss topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, Eric talks to systems engineer Brandon Ragan to explore some of the advantages Cisco has within the data center. The Fool recently purchased Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS), and Brandon explains why the company believed Cisco's UCS was so compelling. In addition, Brandon talks about whether the company is looking at expanding out its Cisco presence in other areas or whether it'll stick with other best-of-breed networking plays like F5 Networks in load balancing and Riverbed in WAN optimization.

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