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Cisco UCS : When Opportunity Knocks

April 6, 2011
at 7:14 am PST

If you are managing an Itanium or SPARC based server architecture, you may be experiencing increasing maintenance costs, scarcity of administration resources, shrinking ISV support and unclear roadmaps from vendors like HP and Oracle/Sun.  You may not have thought there was a viable alternative, but imagine if you could unite computing, networking, and storage access resources with a management system designed to deliver the flexibility and agility needed to scale business operations.  

Cisco’s Unified Computing System was designed for the modern data center and has just expanded to include a portfolio of two-socket and four-socket blade and rack-optimized servers based on the new Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family. Check out the nine new world record performance benchmarks here. One of the new offerings is a two-socket Cisco UCS C260 server which can support up to 20 cores,  1 TB of memory and 16 SFF disk drives in a dense, 2U form factor. This is big-time compute, memory, and storage capability in an extremely small footprint. Up to 50 GB of memory per core for demanding enterprise applications, such as large-data-set and transaction-intensive databases, enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, and decision-support systems.

Cisco UCS C260 M2 Rack-Mount Server Video Data Sheet

The new 4-socket UCS B440 M2 and UCS C460 M2 servers’ support up to 40 cores with 512 GB and 1 TB, respectively. Both of these servers deliver better performance, memory capacity, and energy efficiency than the models that preceded them and widen the scope of workload virtualization and performance-intensive standalone applications helping IT departments optimize resources and respond more quickly to business demands.

Now is the time to modernize your data center, and take advantage of the broad portfolio of options to migrate to UCS from legacy RISC- and EPIC-based servers. We are truly at an inflection point where these new Cisco servers are ideal for mission-critical, compute and memory intensive applications that may currently be running on high-cost, proprietary RISC/EPIC-based servers. Cisco’s servers support multiple operating systems, including Sun Solaris, Linux, and Microsoft and have been certified on a wide variety of business applications from vendors like Oracle and SAP.  

Opportunity’s knocking, what are you going to do?

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