We have a number of exciting additions to the UCS family, which we are announcing today. Application architectures are fundamentally changing, which is driving a change to the core infrastructure. Today, you will hear about new innovations in the area of scale-out computing, which are optimized for the delivery of new applications, data analytics and the scale that is required to support these apps.
As part of this announcement, we are delivering significant innovations around what I’ll call the core data center applications. Put another way, these are the more traditional applications that keep the business running and keep employees productive. Cisco is announcing our fourth generation of our workhorse two-socket blade and rack systems as well as a broad set of enhancements to UCS Management.
Over the past five years, when I ask customers why they purchased UCS, it comes down to two key areas: more power to drive applications faster and simplified management, which accelerates IT operations. Let’s talk first about the core data center platforms and the new innovations there. Once again, Cisco is raising the bar on “enterprise class” stateless computing and performance. Today, we’re announcing the Cisco UCS M4 series, which are optimized for the widest set of enterprise use cases. Delivered through the new UCS B200 M4, C220 M4 and C240 M4, Cisco continues to deliver the highest performance CPUs, maximum memory and highest I/O performance. Besides support for fastest and highest core count and memory, we have added significant flexibility to the platforms via modular LAN-on-motherboard (LOM), Modular HBAs and Flex Storage options.
In addition to the M4 generation of servers we are introducing our 3rd gen VIC technology. This generation brings native 40Gb and advanced networking features such as NVGRE and VxLAN to UCS. The latest VIC will also enable ultra low latency RDMA capabilities.. As really fast flash storage becomes mainstream and clustered applications gain popularity, high bandwidth, low latency interconnect technology will be required for applications to see the full benefit of performance improvements. With this technology, applications requiring low latency can see up to an 85% improvement without the complexity of building Infiniband fabrics.
As much as we like talking about performance (and believe me, we like that a lot), the biggest innovation UCS brought to the datacenter was a dramatically simplified management paradigm with our UCS Management portfolio. Today, we’re announcing the addition of the software programmable ACI fabric through the Nexus 9000 and APIC into UCS Director. UCS Director is also delivering a software development kit and open API to accelerate third party integration with Cisco’s technology partners.
Finally, we are delivering new application container support within UCS Director, which provides both virtual and bare metal isolation of workloads, automated with UCS Director. Users simply request a container for a particular set of application components and UCS Director deploys the necessary infrastructure configuration required. Taken together, UCS Director becomes an even more robust control point for IT infrastructure as IT customers can now request application services and have computing, storage and networking services (such as firewalling or Layer 4-7 switching) delivered across a programmable networking fabric.
Taken along with the M-series and the UCS C3160, this announcement represents a huge step forward in the UCS portfolio to enable customers to move faster into the new application paradigm while still supporting their core data center applications.
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CIOs are embracing cloud to deliver I.T. applications and services to employees, partners and customers more flexibly and at lower cost. As cloud moves from experimentation into the mainstream, OpenStack and other open source technologies have emerged as a catalyst for cloud innovation.
That’s why Cisco today announced a significant expansion of our partnership with Red Hat. Together, we bring complementary strengths to the relationship: Cisco is the industry leader in cloud infrastructure and integrated infrastructure, while Red Hat brings market leadership and deep domain expertise of open source and OpenStack.
Building on our collaboration around Cisco UCS, Cisco and Red Hat will accelerate collaborative engineering and product development around three key technologies: OpenStack, Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Intercloud. You’ll see us bring together our flagship products, from Cisco UCS, Cisco ACI, and Cisco Intercloud Fabric, to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) OpenStack Platform and OpenShift by Red Hat. We’ll deliver integrated solutions for enterprise and service provider customers. Read More »
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There will be fifty billion things connected to the Internet by 2020. Untold new and valuable connections will be formed as people, processes, data and things connect and create the next wave of the Internet that we call the Internet of Everything.
Our ability to realize the $19 trillion of economic potential inherent in that Internet of Everything will be dependent on the applications that facilitate business transactions; enable partners and suppliers to interact; transform how users share, learn and buy; and deliver analytics derived from all of these connections.
The ability of organizations to seize the opportunity of the Internet of Everything will be determined by how well CIOs embrace new models of I.T. The performance and security of these critical applications will be determined by how well the I.T. industry rises to the challenge of delivering new forms of I.T. infrastructure.
Today is a big day for Cisco as we rise to that challenge for delivering FAST IT.
I’m excited to announce that today marks the beginning of the next wave of innovation for the Cisco Unified Computing System.
Five years ago, we delivered Cisco Unified Computing System, a groundbreaking architecture designed for virtualization, automation and orchestration that uniquely addressed the needs of customers embarking on the journey to data center virtualization and cloud.
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Cisco has done it again – with the latest Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) launch, Cisco continues to build upon a successful platform while opening new market and business growth opportunities for our partners, and providing a means to address a larger portion of customers’ computing needs. Today, Cisco announced the largest portfolio expansion for Cisco UCS since the launch of the product five years ago. The new platforms will propel partners to a new level in driving customers’ business outcomes.
This is not just another product launch though. The new lineup allows our partners to provide technology solutions that transform how customers deliver IT – across all market segments and with positive and sustained impact to their business. Here’s what’s new on the product side:
- UCS Mini provides the full power of Cisco Unified Computing in a smaller, all-in-one solution that is simple, easy to manage, yet expandable.
- UCS M-Series Modular Servers for Online Content Providers and Cloud Service Providers and for distributed applications in Industrial High Performance Computing (HPC) and Enterprise Grid.
- Cisco UCS C3160 Rack Server is a modular, capacity-optimized solution ideal for distributed data analytics, unstructured data repositories and media streaming and transcoding.
- Cisco M4 Generation UCS Rack and Blade Servers are armed with the latest processing power providing increased performance, efficiency and computing density.
With these introductions, Cisco continues to lead the industry with a unified, application-centric approach to computing, but you’re probably already asking, “What does that mean for me?” Well, we are always looking to expand the market for our partners and these additions to the UCS portfolio provide some pretty nice angles to you when you step into the room with customers. Read More »
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Cisco and Akili feature their joint Oil & Gas Technology Solutions with SAP HANA running on Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) at the Best Practices for Oil and Gas conference Sept. 16-19 in Houston, TX.
The Best Practices for Oil & Gas Conference is North America’s leading forum for upstream, midstream, downstream and oil field services professionals to collaborate across the value chain. You know Cisco’s top aim these days is Business Outcomes for our customers. The fourth annual event has a significant shift to a business focus and features first-hand knowledge on how business solutions that have been successfully implemented at oil and gas organizations across all industry segments.
The event will feature special guest speaker T. Boone Pickens, an oil and gas and American business legend, sharing his views on enhancing U.S. energy policies. It will also feature Cisco as one of the exhibitors and, working with Gold Sponsor and Cisco partner Akili, we’ll be talking about business solutions and how customers can gain competitive advantage while improving bottom line profitability and reducing costs.
Akili and Cisco’s exhibit will highlight their shared offerings of industry Best in Class Solutions for Upstream Oil and Gas including:
- SAP ERP Solution for Upstream Oil and Gas
- SAP BPC Solution for Integrated Financial and Operational Planning
- Real-time business intelligence and predictive analysis across finance and operations
- HANA Solutions built on flexible, converged infrastructure for rapid deployment, scalability and cost containment
- Cisco UCS – the high performance, scalable, cost-effective, SAP certified platform for exceptional in-memory compute
We’re looking forward to seeing you there! For more information on Cisco in Oil and Gas please go to this link. For more about Cisco, Analytics and SAP, go to this link.
Best Practices for Oil & Gas will take place September 16-19, 2014, in Houston, TX. For more information and to register visit www.sap-oil-and-gas.com.
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