Cisco UCS : Celebrating 2 years with a fast growing number of customers

July 20, 2011 - 0 Comments

Last week in Las Vegas  at Cisco Live , we celebrated with numerous customers the 2 year birthday of the Unified Computing Systems (UCS)

I mentioned it that briefly in one of my previous blogs , but today I’d  like to give some additional color to this event .

Amongst the videos displayed during the event, one video caught specifically my attention. It was a series of customers quotes extracted from several video success stories that we recorded over the past 12 months . Here is the video

What really struck me watching this video, is that no matter the industry, or the size of the company, all our customers deliver a consistent message

-UCS works beyond their expectations in terms of performances, and reliability
-UCS is easy to deploy and even easier to maintain
-The ROI is just amazing

For me the ROI as well as the performances are really the proof that we introduced with the UCS a new paradigm.
As Michael Cisek, Pitt Ohio Director of infrastructure, pointed in the video (see below)  ,we didn’t see a lot of change in the blade server market  over the past years.  Blade servers have made progresses, but there is so far you can go in keeping the same approach and design. That’s why Robert Butler, CIO from Hay Group , explained that other vendors will have to change their product line  to compete effectively with  Cisco UCS –

Pitt Ohio
Cisco UCS : The server that IT organizations have been waiting for so long (Video )
Transportation Firm Simplifies Data Center Management (case study)

Hay Group
How to build a private cloud with Cisco UCS ( video)
Read the Case Study

Having said that, the UCS success is also based on the quality of the product, and the services delivered by Cisco and partners   – I hear that again an again from our customers- So no surprise that the healthcare market, which is one of the industry where you’d better be able to deliver 24 hours /7 day is so interested by the UCS platform – Just listen what  Maryland Peninsula Regional Medical Center  has to say about the reliability and the services.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center
The computing platform for a first class healthcare provider (videos)

Virtualization at scale  and ease to manage are obviously features which make UCS an unique and great platform to deliver new services –Check what a large group such as Tribune, as well as an aggressive start up like Consert have to say

How to transform your business with Cisco Data Center (video)

A fast growing company relies on Cisco UCS to develop intelligent energy management services  (Video)

UCS is also impressive when it comes to run mission critical applications such as Oracle or SAP – EMC Global IT migrated Oracle applications from Sun/Solaris to UCS/RedHat and Pacific Coast is running SAP applications on UCS

EMC Global IT
EMC IT transforms Oracle Solution Performance with Cisco UCS (video)
Technology company achieves risc migration to Intel X86 (case study)

Pacific Coast Building Products
How to virtualize SAp with Cisco UCS (video)

Having such a great  family of products , we can easily understand the level of satisfaction and enthusiasm of Cisco executives, such as David Lawler who has been on the front burner over the past two years
In this short video , David talked about the progresses made by the platform, and share the announcement made at Cisco Live

I’d like to wrap up this article where I started – By recognizing our customers who were bold enough to believe and trust in this new paradigm
Together, but also with our partners, and a growing community of bloggers, we created in two years this incredible movement , that more and more companies are now embracing.

So the little party we organized at the top of THEhotel in Las Vegas was first of all for these customers , and we were pleased to share with them a big cake in a shape of UCS . Here is the funny video souvenir .

If you want to read more about UCS today, check these blogs

About the recent announcement
New Cisco UCS Networking Products announced at Cisco Live

About the two years
Keep Rocking that Blade Server Boat
Looking back on 2009- The future of Cisco UCS
Cisco Servers ? They said UCS would never succeed
Cisco Servers : customers win
They were wrong about UCS..what else are they wrong about?
Cisco UCS : There is a movement

Check out also this long list of UCS case studies and videos  here in Education, Entertainment & Media, Financial Services, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Retail, Telcos,  Technology, Transportations ..

Tell us if you have a great UCS story to share – We’d like to hear from you and maybe make  a video or write a case study .

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