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UCS C-Series: Unified Computing Now Delicious by the Rack Mount Too!

October 12, 2009 - 0 Comments

This year at Oracle Open World Cisco unveiled the latest server in the UCS family, the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Server. The C-Series, as we affectionately refer to it, extends Cisco only technologies like the unified network fabric, network-aware VN-Link virtualization support and Cisco Extended Memory Technology to the rack mount server world.

There are those that geek out on speeds and feeds and for those I offer the following:


C250 The Cisco UCS C250 M1 server is a two-socket 2 rack unit (RU) rack-mount server with patented Cisco Extended Memory Technology designed to increase performance and capacity for demanding virtualization and large-data-set workloads
C210 The Cisco UCS C210 M1 server is a general-purpose, two-socket, 2RU rack-mount server. Housing up to 16 internal disk drives for up to 8 TB of storage, the UCS C210 M1 is designed to balance performance, density, and efficiency for workloads requiring economical, high-capacity, reliable, internal storage
C200 The Cisco UCS C200 M1 server is a two-socket, 1RU rack-mount server designed to balance simplicity, performance, and density for production-level virtualization, web infrastructure, and other mainstream data center workloads

And for even more product specs cruise over to the UCS C-Series product page, where Lisa will even deliver a quite detailed “video data sheet.”

For my part, I like to focus on the implications over the specifications, and the conclusions there are inexorable. Cisco is bringing its vision of unified fabric across compute, storage and networking to every corner of the datacenter. Following on to the super successful launch of the UCS B-Series blades, the C-Series offers datacenter personnel looking to unleash the power of virtualization another choice in form factor.


But don’t take my word for it. Once you’ve read all the product literature, cruise over here to see how the folks at the multi-billion dollar construction company Tutor Perini are using UCS-style virtualization to achieve a significant ROI and strategic business agility.

And, also befitting the occasion for the unveil, both the UCS and Nexus 5000 passed Oracle certification testing (Oracle RAC and Oracle Database). Cisco now provides the first Unified Fabric solutions certified by Oracle, with UCS a certified platform to run Oracle applications and middleware.


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