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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

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

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 »

Key Points on ‘Cisco Blade Servers’ or Unified Computing

Sometimes we can’t get everything we want to say in a press release, like our recent Cisco Unified Computing announcement. This is a collection of a few points that seem to get lost in translation/distillation that we wanted to ensure were top-of-mind for anyone reading about our announcements today. Read More »