I recently worked with Loughborough University on a financial impact study of their initial deployment of Cisco UCS. The study documents their findings of a dramatic improvement in IT efficiency, bearing out the advantages that attracted them to the UCS solution. Loughborough’s Customer Case Study has been revised with the results of this TCO study as well new details on the next stage of their deployment of Cisco Virtual Experience Infrastructure (VXI) Smart Solution.
We examined Loughborough’s projected growth rates and compared the continuation of their previous rack server environment against a UCS solution combined with an expansion of their virtualized environment. Server consolidation and reduced administrator workload contributed to exceptional results: a total savings of US$878,789 (40% OpEx and 60% CapEx) with a 225% ROI and 22% IRR. Compared to the previous environment, Loughborough’s UCS deployment will drive down cost in several key areas over the coming five years:
- server hardware – 38%
- switching infrastructure and cabling – 80%
- power and cooling – 49%
- new server provisioning – 79%
- virtualization software – 39%
“When we compared the legacy server and network with one based on Cisco UCS, TCO effectively halves over a five-year investment lifecycle.”
Dr. Phil Richards, Director of IT, Loughborough University.
As a result of Cisco’s Unified Fabric approach, the study shows that Loughborough will need only six switches (three redundant pairs) to support their end state vs. 30 in their legacy environment and a corresponding reduction in cables from 646 to just 44.
These results are typical to what other customers achieve when they switch to UCS. See my first blog post, Yes, Cisco UCS servers are that good.
Would you like to learn more about how Cisco UCS can help you? There are more than 250 published datacenter case studies on Cisco.com. Additionally, there is a TCO/ROI tool that will allow you to compare your existing environment to a new UCS Solution. For a more in-depth TCO/ROI analysis, contact your Cisco partner.
Tags: B-Series, B200, blades, capex, education, opex, ROI, tco, UCS, Unified Fabric, vxi
Despite or because of the huge success of UCS, we continue relentlessly to improve our platforms by
-Expanding the features to address more and more challenging situations
-Listening our customers to simplify what can be simplified
-Partnering with large and small partners to bring innovative add-ons
-Taking advantage of the latest technologies from the labs to keep rising the level of performance
-Implementing methodologies to ease transition to UCS from other platforms
-Aggressively containing cost to produce the best TCO and provide great ROI
I invite you to join us on November 8th, 9:00-10:00 am PST for an unique webcast “UCS :Fabric Computing at Global Scale “.Our executives including Jim McHugh, joined by a customer and an analyst will discuss the evolution of UCS.
Meanwhile here is a series of double-clicks on the points I listed above, with some pointers, that I hope you will find very useful.
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Tags: Cisco, performances, tco, UCS Central, Unified Computing Systems
When you think of cloud technology and data center virtualization, you likely think of big corporations managing their data centers and IT infrastructure to drive business forward. But that’s not the only sector benefiting from the cloud. The healthcare industry is confirming that virtualization is an important factor in the well-being of people – technology being used to help save lives, not just increase revenue.
Updating an IT infrastructure with cloud enablement is impacting the medical world in imperative ways. Through the cloud, clinicians are able to access medical records and information from a multitude of devices, and from anywhere. Never being out-of-range in an emergency situation is a huge step for healthcare. It means less physical hardware, easier access, shared information, and better service for the patient.
Consider St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, a leading healthcare provider. After experiencing difficulties in accessing information and maxing out resources, St. George’s made the move to Unified Communications. Doctors and nurses are now able to retrieve information from the device of their choice, enabling quicker response to patients’ needs, all while meeting new government regulations and controlling their budget.
Other examples include Sparrow Health, who strived to be a national leader in quality and patient experience. With virtualization and cloud-based applications, Sparrow achieved a medical-grade network that solved the problems of their former, unreliable IT system. And Seattle Children’s Hospital severely cut back on wasted time in accessing information and managing their systems by bringing nearly 400 servers and 5500 workstations under central management using virtualization. Likewise, Cook County Health and Concentra are all healthcare providers who reaped the benefits of a virtualized, unified network.
For these profiles and more information on utilizing the cloud to increase ROI and improve TCO, visit UnleashingIT.com.
Tags: cloud, Cloud Computing, data center, healthcare, ROI, tco
When Cisco announced the CRS (Carrier Routing System) in 2004, many analysts and other observers thought it overkill. Some said that Cisco would not sell more than 50.
To date, the number is greater than 8000.
That would seem to fall into the category of “Exceeding Expectations”.
And just how did Cisco do this? In part, by continually staying ahead of the game with enhancements – never waiting for traffic loads, customer demands or other circumstances to force it into catch-up mode.
Today, Cisco continued that practice with further enhancements to the industry-leading CRS platform.
Cisco announced that GTS Central Europe (GTS CE), a leading provider of integrated telecommunications solutions and data center services in Central and Eastern Europe, has deployed the CRS for its Next-Generation Internet core. Cisco new elastic core networking capabilities enable service providers such as GTS CE to cost-effectively launch and scale revenue-generating services within minutes instead of months. The solution includes the industry’s first integrated coherent 100 Gbps IP over DWDM and Cisco’s nLight™ technology for the CRS.
Cisco’s nLight technology converges IP and optical transport networks by introducing programmability to minimize network complexity while maximizing service intelligence and monetization opportunities. This capability significantly reduces network total cost of ownership and is a key element of the Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE) framework.
Also, in recent related news, Cisco and BT recently conducted a landmark 100G DWDM trial
Tags: Carrier_Routing_System, Cisco, core_routing, CRS, DWDM, ip, ONE, Optical, service_provider, SP, tco, total_cost_of_ownership
What is Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)? We at Cisco have emphasized this when possible (see: Why TCO is the Only True Way to Measure Network Costs) but this concept isn’t always well understood. Let me give you an example: I have two dogs and when asked, I tell people these are the last dogs I’ll have. The reason for this is simple, dogs are expensive! Typically, “how much is the doggy in the window?” doesn’t even begin to cover the complete costs once you bring Spot home. You need to buy a dog bed, a dog collar, toys, bones, and of course the daily pile of food they eat. Let’s add to that veterinary bills, which are only annual if you are lucky, and then the wear and tear on your home. That last one is a doozy. I have watched three couches take a beating, carpets ruined, stuffed animals gutted, scratched doors happen – well, you get the picture. So, ball parking it, my “free” dogs from the local rescue have a TCO of at least $2,000 a year with a potential lifetime cost of $20-30k! Who am I kidding, they are worth every penny…
While that’s easy to understand, the TCO of a network isn’t always an intuitive thing and can certainly be a Read More »
Tags: CEWC, Cisco, Service Provider, tco, total cost of ownership, UCE&MB