Next week at CiscoLive we will begin to introduce the next evolutionary step for Unified Computing.  UCS was conceived a decade ago with the ambition to tackle some of the hardest problems that existed in the data center. The architecture that emerged from that thinking has changed the shape of the industry and changed the game for thousands of IT organizations. A project we call Starship defines where we will go from here.


Let’s Take this Party to the Cloud

The term “Merakification” has been coined inside Cisco to describe evolving our products to a cloud-managed paradigm. With UCS we’ve already centralized systems management and orchestration in the fabric. With Starship we move it to the cloud, and that’s a big deal.


Follow your Intuition

We think it’s time to start letting the machines manage the machines. With Starship we will build a cloud-scale foundation to collect, baseline and analyze system telemetry to feed recommendation engines and deliver actionable intelligence to IT. We see the potential for systems to constantly optimize themselves and take more operational burden off of our customers’ shoulders. It’s time to personalize the experience to their role, make it much more dynamic, and continue pursuing our goal of pervasive simplicity. This is the path to intuitive infrastructure.


Secure the Future

The best way to prepare for the unexpected is to build on an architecture that can adapt quickly and efficiently to changing requirements. That’s been a hallmark of UCS from the beginning. The first phase of Starship is coming later this year, and as a SaaS platform, will inherently provide a level of operational and architectural futureproofing that can’t be achieved with infrastructure-based approaches we’re familiar with today. If you’re making any big decisions about which computing architecture is going to carry you forward strategically, Project Starship is something to be aware of.

If you’re at Cisco Live next week and want to learn more, please join us the session noted below.  We have a great panel lined up to discuss this and to share more about the project. You’ll also find a couple of demos available in the UCS area in the World of Solutions so please come by…and while you’re at it feast your eyes on our beautiful new M5 server lineup, which will be out as a preview as well.

There is a lot more to come on this topic so please keep an eye on the blog and stay tuned in with #CiscoUCS #CiscoHX.

Talk soon,



PSODCN-1185 Cisco UCS: The Road to Full-Potential Automation

Tuesday, Jun 27, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Level 2, Mandalay Bay K



Ashish Nadkarni, Program Director, IDC Worldwide Infrastructure Practice

Gautham Ravi, Director, UCS Poduct Management

George Bentinck, Product Manager, Meraki

Todd Branon, Director, UCS Product Marketing




Todd Brannon

Product Management Senior Director, Cisco Compute