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Cisco UCS Servers – From overhead to value add

October 31, 2012 - 0 Comments

In my previous blog post, I highlighted some of the benefits being seen by customers using the Cisco’s Unified Computing System ™ (UCS) from Case Studies. In posts two, three, four, and five, I discussed reduction in cabling, provisioning times, power & cooling, and other reductions in operating costs in more detail. Today, in the last post of the series, I will drill down on ongoing administrative and management costs.

Why are customers seeing a 59% reduction in administrative and management costs? UCS Manager and its associated benefits like Service Profiles and an open XML API. Cisco UCS Manager shifts administration tasks away from isolated, individual-system configuration that lacks context and visibility toward role- and policy-based management that provides end to end visibility as a single cohesive system using an intuitive GUI, with both command-line interface (CLI) and XML API options across the entire domain of 160 blade and rack servers.

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Here are three (plus a bonus fourth since I’ve already referenced Nighthawk Radiology) of the 17 customers cited:


Moffatt & Nichol– “Thanks to the Cisco UCS Manager, the same staff of seven engineers who previously managed 90 servers now manages 150 Cisco servers … IT responsiveness is accelerated and productivity boosted, while reducing IT administration costs by 15 percent.”

Nighthawk Radiology– “With Cisco UCS Manager service profiles, we can very quickly reconfigure any server blade so that it’s ready for production in 15-20 minutes.” “… an administrator can change an operating system configuration and then apply it to multiple server blades at the same time, saving time and reducing configuration errors.”  “Firmware upgrades are easier as well, because the IT team simply attaches the upgrade to the template, and then Cisco UCS Manager automatically updates all server blades associated with that template. Cisco UCS Manager templates enable the IT team to update all servers in just 30 minutes, compared to 20 hours with the previous computing platform.”

American University of Sharjah– “Furthermore, with the UCS platform, AUS is seeing a twofold improvement in performing routine administrative tasks. ‘For example, operations that once took a minute are now taking just under 30 seconds,’ says Nujumi. [, Naji – Systems Engineer] ‘Multiply that by the thousands of such minor tasks we do, and it translates into the team spending much more time on service improvement and strategic issues.’”

Pitt Ohio Express – Support time was also cut dramatically. Thomas and the rest of the team have been freed to work on new projects in what he estimates is a twentyfold increase in productivity. Time saved is now being directed toward expanding the internal team’s expertise and experience with other technologies and applications, as well as launching new initiatives.


If you want to get hands on with UCS Manager and see why it won Microsoft’s Breakthrough Technology Award at Tech Ed North America 2012, download a copy of the Platform Emulator from the Cisco Developer Network (registration required). You will also have access to the UCS XML API Programmer’s Guide and the goUCS Automation Tool. If you would like a see a demonstration of UCS Manager in action, take a Test Drive with the demonstration video.

Would you like to learn more about how Cisco UCS can help you? There are more than 250 published data center case studies on Additionally, there is a TCO/ROI tool that will allow you to compare your existing environment to a new UCS Solution. For a more in-depth TCO/ROI analysis, contact your Cisco partner.

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