It’s no secret that Cisco Unified Computing Sytem (UCS) has had some tremendous success in terms of customer adoption. In just three short years, UCS is nipping at the heals of IBM for the #2 spot for Worldwide x86 blade server revenue with 15.2% market share, compared to IBM’s 15.4%. In fact, Cisco now has over 15,000 customers that have moved from legacy architectures to a more “Unified” approach, combining compute, network and storage access into a single, easy to manage solution.
So what’s missing?
Well, believe it or not, until now it was relatively hard to do business with Cisco. Quoting and ordering took days instead of minutes. Well Cisco is changing that with the release of its new online presence called “Cisco Build and Price“, offering direct access to blade server pricing and rack server pricing.
With its new online presence, Cisco offers direct, streamlined access to Cisco UCS product offerings, allowing customers to build and price the Cisco solution that fits their needs.
US customers can now customize solutions to fit their unique business needs, compare competitive MSRP pricing, review UCS server options, and become informed on product features. Having tailored a solution, customers can order products saved in their cart via a Cisco Reseller or get chat/email/phone support from Cisco to complete the order. Customers outside of the US can select their solution, then print or email it to their local Reseller for quoting in local currency.
This direct online access for customers creates a more efficient method to procure UCS servers and speed delivery through Cisco’s extensive Reseller network.
There are now a number of server models and promotional bundles (Smart Plays) that are offered through Cisco Resellers. These include the following:
For the latest information on Cisco UCS, please refer to Todd Brannon’s recent blog, ”New UCS Servers Expand the Portfolio: More Third Generation Fabric Computing from Cisco”