Over the past two weeks, related to the Intel launches of Xeon Series 5600 and Xeon series 7500 processors, we announced new UCS platforms. Omar Sultan and Harris Sussman blogged recently on these announcements bringing up front amazing benchmark results (Making the Jump to Light Speed).
These results were obviously the fruit of a very intense collaboration between Intel and Cisco, reflecting again the partnership spirit which drives the innovation at Cisco
As a quick footnote to this statement, one of the strong features of the UCS platform is definitely the openess of the management tool -On April 6th , we announced the full integration of UCS Manager with all the major provisioning tools in use today such as BMC, CA, EMC, HP, IBM Microsoft, Symantec, VMware - This collaboration with a broad partner eco-system around UCS, is again a great source of innovation for the market - Stay tuned for more information from Omar and I on this topic in the following weeks-
I had recently the opportunity to videotape some of the key stakeholders from Intel and Cisco, starting with Intel VP Kirk Skaugen and Cisco VP David Lawler, talking about the benefits for the customers of this collaboration
In this short video, David Lawler explains how Intel new processors and Cisco breakthrough innovations (ie Lossless fabric, extended memory, virtual interface card..) allow the company coming from a clean slate, to deliver a complete portfolio of 2 and 4 sockets servers, blade servers and rack mount servers type, ready to address virtually all the applications deployment needs.
The same day David Lawler met Shubho Nag, Xeon 7500 Product development Team manager at Intel, to talk more and with the passion of engineers about the collaboration between the two companies, and get some insights on some of the developments and the choices made to achieve the current results produced by the Cisco UCS B440 M1 and UCS C460 M1