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New UCS Servers Expand the Portfolio: More Third Generation Fabric Computing from Cisco

June 18, 2012 at 9:29 am PST

Back in March we announced the third generation of UCS, with significant expansions to the I/O and systems management capabilities of the platform as well as a new lineup of servers.  This month we’re continuing to expand the UCS server lineup with the addition of four new models.  The latest batch of M3 systems are comprised of three Intel Xeon “EN” class machines (E5-2400 series processors) as well as a four socket “EP” (E5-2600 series) blade server.   Specifically: the UCS B22 and B420 M3 blades and the C22 and C24 M3 rack servers.  These new servers round out the UCS portfolio with an even stronger set of products optimized for scale-out and light general-purpose computing as well as a new price/performance 4S category in the mid-range.

If you prefer watching than reading , here is a nice conversation between  Intel Boyd Davis , VP & GM, Data Center Infrastructure group, Cisco Jim McHugh, VP UCS Marketing, and Scott Ciccone, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, highlighting the key benefits of these new models.

To figure out how these fit in, let’s step back and consider the broader evolution of server technology in play here:

1)  Cisco has made server I/O more powerful and much simpler.

One of the key differentiators of UCS is the way in which high-capacity server network access has been aggregated through Cisco Virtual Interface Cards and infused with built-in high performance virtual networking capabilities.   In “pre-UCS” server system architectures, one of the main design considerations was the type and quantity of physical network adapters required.  Networking, combined with computing sockets/cores/frequency/cache, system memory, and local disk are historically the primary resources considered in the balancing act of cost, physical space and power consumption, all of which are manifested in the various permutations of server designs required to cover the myriad of workloads most efficiently.  Think of these as your four server subsystem food groups.  Architecture purists will remind us that everything outside the processors and their cache falls into the category of “I/O” but let’s not get pedantic because that will mess up my food group analogy.   In UCS, I/O is effectively taken off the table as a design worry because every server gets its full USRDA of networking through the VIC:  helping portions of bandwidth, rich with Fabric Extender technology vitamins that yield hundreds of Ethernet and FC adapters through one physical device.  Gone are the days of hemming and hawing over how many mezz card slots your blade has or how many cards you’re going to need to feed that hungry stack of VM’s on your rack server.  This simplification changes things for the better because it takes a lot of complication out of the equation.

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Wrapping Up Cloud Carrier Forum 2012

Greetings from (very) sunny Las Vegas! I am here at the second annual Cloud Carrier Forum (CCF), and this year’s edition really upped the bar for the type of critical and actionable discussions taking place around cloud computing.

We just wrapped up a lively panel discussion on cloud services, and one of the topics that kept popping up was how service providers can best bring their cloud services to market. This actually fits very closely with the theme of my keynote session from this morning, which was titled “Delivering Services in a World of Many Clouds.” You can view the presentation slides below.

As CCF 2012 draws to a close, I want to pause for a moment and try to tie all of today’s information together. I’ll begin with the main concept of my keynote: A World of Many Clouds. Cisco believes Read More »

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Carrier Cloud Forum (CCF) at Interop 2012

Lately, our customers have been expressing interest in a number of cloud topics:

  • What are best practices in building a cloud business?
  • Enterprise-grade solutions versus best-efforts applications
  • Standardization and security
  • Connectivity from end-to-end
  • Advanced technologies within and between clouds

I’m looking forward to continuing the conversations with cloud service providers next week down in Las Vegas. If you’re coming to Interop, we’re continuing Read More »

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Cisco Unified Computing is Revolutionizing the DoD DataCenter

March 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm PST

Cisco’s Chris Ericksen describes how a Unified Computing Solution will allow any DoD datacenter become more streamlined, smart and powerful, and provide a true virtual experience that allows you to work your way.

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Look No Further, All New Cisco UCS Launch Resources Available Here

March 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm PST

Did you know that 72 percent of the top 50 cloud providers rely on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)?

It’s true. And now the data center community is abuzz with excitement over new Cisco UCS innovations—the largest product refresh since its 2009 launch. Based on the Intel Xeon E5-2600 processor, the new UCS servers deliver the superior application performance, design flexibility, and investment protection you need to capitalize on the build-out in private and public clouds. (For a complete tour of all new technology being showcased in Cisco UCS, visit our sister blog, Data Center and Cloud.)

So, why should you care? The benefits of course!
Check it out:

  • Easier migration from your customers’ legacy applications to Cisco’s latest technology
  • Customers gain a competitive advantage by deploying new business models to meet changing business demands
  • Data Center Architecture (DCA) Specialized partners differentiate themselves by selling across the portfolio—and bringing the benefits of Cisco’s architecture to their customers

Want to know more? Back away from your browser. There’s no need to search. All of the new UCS launch resources can be found in the UCS Partner Briefing Package.

What is the UCS Partner Briefing Package and what does it contain? Read More »

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