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Cisco UCS Central :Scaling Is a Necessity. Adding Cost and Complexity Is Not.

November 6, 2012
at 9:25 am PST

Despite or because of the huge success of UCS, we continue relentlessly  to improve our platforms by

-Expanding the features to address more and more challenging situations
-Listening our customers to simplify what can be simplified
-Partnering with large and small partners to bring innovative add-ons
-Taking advantage of the latest technologies from the labs to keep rising the level of performance
-Implementing methodologies to ease transition to UCS from other platforms
-Aggressively containing cost to produce the best TCO and provide great ROI

I invite you to join us on November 8th,  9:00-10:00 am PST for an unique webcast UCS :Fabric Computing at Global Scale “.Our executives including Jim McHugh, joined  by a customer and an analyst  will discuss the evolution of UCS.

Meanwhile here is a series of  double-clicks on the points I listed above, with some pointers,  that I hope you will find very useful.

Expanding the features to address more and more challenging situations

I invite you to read Cisco Todd Brannon’s blog  announcement [Introducing UCs Central : Unified Computing at Global Scale ] and Presidio Steve Kaplan (@ROIdude) blog analysis  [ UCS Central facilitates global data center management ] and Computacenter  Colin Lynch (@UCSGuru) [ UCS Central Announced ] to have a solid taste of what will be discussed .
“This positions UCS as an optimized platform not just for hosting virtual infrastructure, but for hosting virtualized data centers and cloud computing on a global scale.” wrote Steve Kaplan  .

Here are some additional points

• Cisco UCS Central unifies fabric-interconnected domains with a single pane of glass for thousands of servers
• A new and rapidly expanding partner ecosystem, including Cloupia, Compuware, Sciencelogic, Splunk, and Zenoss, that will make it easier to add capabilities for provisioning, improving service delivery, optimizing applications performance, and more
• A simplified cabling scheme for reducing deployment complexity and costs
• Storage innovations to improve performance and operational efficiency

Listening our customers to simplify what can be simplified

On this topic you certainly want to read the blog from Colin McNamara about the 3 major “headaches” solved by the introduction of UCS Central and UCSM 2.1 [Simplifying Scale Out DataCenter Design with UCSM 2.1]
“The 2.1 release of UCSM takes a product that many people already have (Unified Computing System) and makes it do more. There aren’t going to be press conferences about this, but it is worth taking a closer look at. It will make my life easier, and I hope it does the same for you.” wrote Colin as a conclusion

Here is a preview of some of the business and architectural implications that will be discussed in this event:

• Expanding the reach of policy-based management across multiple Cisco UCS domains and thousands of servers for cloud computing and data center consolidation initiatives
• Extending the reach of subject matter experts to deploy and operate remote infrastructure
• Employing global configurations and policies for consistent and efficient operations, service resiliency, and rapid response to business demands such as real time data analysis
• Extending the once-exclusive benefits of blade servers, such as cable reduction and cohesive systems management, to rack servers
• Exercising more design control over converged infrastructure solutions

Partnering with large and small partners to bring innovative add-ons

What reason of the fast growing implementation of UCs is the large partner ecosystem that we created. The numerous benefits that Cisco UCs bring on the table for the OT organizations and for the applications supported make it a real magnet for technology partners.

Beyond the partnership with EMC ( ie VSPEX),Hitachi ,  NetApp (Flexpod), VCE (Vblock) , but also SAP (HANA), Oracle , Microsoft , we are brining a new and rapidly expanding partner ecosystem, including Cloupia, Compuware, Sciencelogic, Splunk, and Zenoss, that will make it easier to add capabilities for provisioning, improving service delivery, optimizing applications performance, and more

Here are some pointers which can bring you some background

-On Zenoss you want to read the recent blogs on the Cisco validated Design Cloud Service Assurance for Cloud (Chapter 1 and Chapter 2) which takes advantage of UCS and Intelligent Automation.
- On Splunk check the blog “Why you should Splunk  Cisco UCS

Taking advantage of the latest technologies from the labs to keep rising the level of performance

When it comes to performamnces you want to follow the blogs from Raghunath Nambiar, Cisco Distinguished Engineer, and Girish Kulkarni our product marketing  expert on  UCS performances.

But I like to point you as well to a slide deck which summarizes the recent achievements of Cisco UCS in terms of benchmarks and performances.

Cisco UCS Momentum 2012 from Cisco Data Center

Implementing methodologies to ease transition to UCS from other platforms

I already mentioned the Cisco Validated Designs, in the context  of Cloud and Zenoss. The truth is that there is full range of CVD which has been executed by our teams and you want to check the interview with Tom Nallen on this topic. But stay tuned as we  will keep writing on the exisying numerous CVD but also the new  coming your way in the following weeks.

One additional effort I want to bring to your attention is the RISC migration program.

I talk about this program recently with Carl Fijat from Cisco Advanced Services [Pragmatic approach to transition UCS], but you certainly want to read the blogs from Tim Stack,  and discover how we help our customers to migrate smoothly to UCS

Aggressively contain cost to produce the best TCO and provide great ROI

Cisco is not known to provide the cheapiest solutions – But it doesn’t mean that these solutions are not great in terms of TCO and ROI . In fact, in the case of UCS, our customers and the calculator TCO tools show clearly that UCS is providing a huge advantage in terms of savings

I invited you to check :

-On one hand the blogs from Bill Shields on this topic, based on customer testimonials and analysis.
-On the other to play with our TCO on line calculator to know how much you can save with UCS.

Finally check also Scott Ciccone blog on Build and Price . You may realize that Cisco made a huge effort in terms of cost of acquisition to reduce the CAPEX , as we want more and more customers to access to this great platform.

I hope you found these pointers useful, but  please join us on November 8th at 9:00 am to know more about Cisco UCS evolution and how you can benefit from them right now.

And as it is always nice to have some fun, why not entering the weekly Unified Data Center IQ contest , which is this week focused on UCS and UCS Central – You can play till Friday noon , bit don’t wait to test your knowledge . 5  correct answers to 5 easy questions (Multiple-choices) can give you 5 chances to win an iPad. Good luck !

 

 

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