Mo’ Momentum: SAP and CA Announcements Show Mo’ Love for UCS
From the better late than never category comes this week’s blog post on the UCS-related announcements Cisco made with CA Technologies and SAP last week. In case you missed the news, the announcements prove out both the broad partner support behind UCS and the real business value that UCS delivers.
|At its CA World conference last week, CA Technologies announced the optimization of a number of products to integrate with UCS Manager to take advantage of the unmatched management capabilities made possible by the UCS platform. Specifically, CA’s Spectrum Automation Manager (a server provisioning and automation tool), eHealth Performance Manager (which tracks device performance) and Spectrum Infrastructure Manager (which performs network configuration management, fault isolation and root cause analysis) now have hooks into the UCS Manager API to offer a seamless experience between CA’s management framework and Cisco UCS Manager’s unrivaled hardware element management features.|
|On top of that, last week SAP announced extensive and ongoing innovation for running SAP’s business applications on top of the Virtual Compute Environment (VCE). Given UCS’s world record performance running business applications, SAP’s commitment to VCE and UCS shouldn’t come as a surprise. Just the same their selection of VCE and UCS is yet another proof point for Cisco’s commitment to meeting the business needs of today’s enterprises. Even better, SAP announced Levi Strauss & Co. foresees huge potential benefits in working with SAP, Cisco, EMC, VMware and an integration team from Accenture to explore running its SAP software in a private cloud environment.|
Both announcements are real validations of Cisco’s commitment to an open ecosystem partner approach for UCS. The CA announcements extends the UCS Manager integration work that Cisco has done with its other management partners, including BMC, HP Opsware, IBM Tivoli, EMC and VMware. Similarly, the SAP announcement furthers the validation work that Cisco has performed with top business application ISV partners, including Microsoft and Oracle. Unlike other systems vendors–which also go to market with proprietary systems management and software assets–Cisco is the only vendor completely committed to an open partner ecosystems approach, which, in turn, offers customers choice and investment protection.
You can read all of the news in Cisco’s press room.