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What NewScale Means for UCS

It’s a big week for Cisco data center customers.

In addition to today’s very big announcement, you may have read yesterday that we announced our intent to acquire newScale, a leading provider of self-service portal and service catalog software. Tere Bracco provided a bit more detail in her blog. NewScale has been OEM’d by our Advanced Services team for the past few months to provide a front end to Tidal’s Intelligent Automation solution—there’s a good explanatory video about the solution. The planned acquisition further cements that relationship. For a good, broad analysis of how newScale fits into our IT automation portfolio, read Forrester analyst Glenn O’Donnell’s blog. Add on today’s announcement of the broadening of DCNM and you should begin to have a sense for how we see data center infrastructure and operations coming together over the long term.

In the near term, nothing particularly changes for UCS in any practical sense: we had UCS Manager integrations in place with Tidal Enterprise Orchestrator and thence with newScale already. We will also continue to pursue an open ecosystem strategy for UCS Manager integrations. Tidal and newScale are Cisco Advanced Services offerings, so are not explicitly tied to UCS or any other Cisco product, although integrations exist across the Cisco hardware portfolio.

In the area of orchestration and automation, we also have a few other UCSM partners:

  • BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management. This is bundled solution from BMC which includes BladeLogic, Remedy service catalog and service portal, and other tools. Our service provider group has collaborated with BMC to develop network containers to ensure appropriate network separation of services in multi-tenant environments based on UCS. Cisco also maintains a non-exclusive OEM relationship for selling BladeLogic and ProactiveNet Performance Management for UCS configuration and monitoring.
  • DynamicOps grew out of the financial industry and has since expanded to other segments. We’ve worked with them quite a bit in conjunction with NetApp, as you can see in this video.
  • Cloupia is a new partner with an equal emphasis and targeted solutions for mid-to-larger enterprise and service providers.
  • And yesterday, VMware released a vCenter Orchestrator plug-in for UCS. (NewScale complements both vCenter and vCloud Director.)

NewScale’s portal, service catalog, and lifecycle management tools can be expected to be used with a variety of virtualization, storage, orchestration, configuration and monitoring tools from other UCS partners, although there will be increasingly greater benefit to deploying them as part of the Cisco Tidal Intelligent Automation solution on UCS.

We’ll be exploring further opportunities for leveraging the technology with UCS after the newScale acquisition closes, so it wouldn’t make sense for me to speculate on further directions at this point. But I think it’s pretty reasonable to assume that bringing newScale into the Cisco fold will offer a number of interesting possibilities!

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