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Unified Computing: The Day After the Day After

March 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Now that the dust has settled and everyone has had a chance to digest the Unified Computing System announcements a bit, I see a couple of salient points--well, I see more, but only have time to blog about a couple of them right now.First and foremost, we have certainly move the bar for everyone. As pointed out in a SeekingAlpha post by Larry Dignan:

Other data center rivals will have to start answering questions about integration between functions, architecture and the potential savings. If anything just the buzz associated with Cisco’s move can dictate the conversation.

In the long run, I think this will drive the industry forward--as Doug pointed out recently, “we are certain over time we will not be alone in this market.” In the near term, however, I see a lot of talking points on why this really isn’t any different or really all that important. Read More »

Where does Unified Computing Makes Sense for IT?

Yesterday I had a question get asked often enough that we felt it best to answer it on our blog: where should I deploy Unified Computing Systems? We see four main opportunities for unified computing in the near-term:1) Greenfield Data Centers: it is always the easiest insertion of any new technology when the entire facility from the ground-up is being re-thought and we are applying all of the lessons of the past to a new clean-sheet design. The challenge is, of course, that many of the greenfield projects are paused for a while as we take stock of the current economic climate we are all operating in. Still, there are some consolidation projects that are far enough down the implementation path that pausing them is more costly than finishing them- and the Unified Computing System will be there for them. Read More »

Unified Computing In Action

March 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

image Although we just announces the Cisco Unified Computing System yesterday, we already have it in production here at Cisco. We have a number of web, database and legal apps running on it, most of which you cannot access, except for News@Cisco which is open to the public. Listen to Sidney Morgan discuss some of his experiences with the Cisco UCS.

Unified Computing: Beware of the Naysayers

March 16, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

As our Unified Computing System story unfolds tomorrow, I am sure there will be no shortage of expert commentary that says Cisco has gone off the reservation--in fact, I would venture that several of these pieces have already been written ahead of tomorrow’s announcements. So, I thought if might be useful to share some prior punditry: Read More »

Unified Fabric & Unified Computing: Is Imitation the Sincerest Form of Flattery?

I sometimes wonder when someone copies some of the things I’m doing, whether I should be flattered that someone is inspired so much that they would do such a thing? Or I should be upset about it? Personally I don’t care… But then I think about some people who would vehemently oppose your idea in the beginning, then later on imitate it and flash those same “me too” things back at you or others as if it was their own idea. Irritating isn’t it?Well, if we look at the Data Center paradigm, similar things happened when Cisco publicly introduced Unified Fabric architecture based on Data Center 3.0 vision & strategy. Read More »