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Cisco UCS – What’s Not To Love?

I make no bones about it I love the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS).   Yes, you’re reading a Cisco Blog…so you’d expect nothing less, but understand I came to love the system long before I was ever a Cisco employee.  In fact it’s the reason I’m here – well that and the paycheck.  🙂  You can read a bit about my “conversion” here:  Something to Believe In.  Or if you’d prefer to watch me talk about the UCS as a GE employee take a peek here

There are a number of reasons to love the UCS, but the Unified Computing System Manager (UCSM) has to be at the top of the list.  The UCSM provides a single pane of management for the UCS domain.  A management domain can currently consist of up to 320 individual servers.  The UCSM coupled with the logical abstraction of the server hardware via Service Profiles provide a robust and elastic system for the next generation data center.

While that’s nice sounding other vendors make similar claims.  Specifically, HP makes claims of simplicity with their Virtual Connect and Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager.  In fact, that’s one of the questions I’m most asked – “How does UCS compare to HP Blades?”

Apparently, others at Cisco have been asked that a lot as well, so we commissioned a study on the management of theTime to Deploy two architectures.  The testing validated adding additional blades to an already installed UCS and HP c7000 withVirtual Connect FlexFabric.  The results are impressive.

Figure 1 highlights the time savings resulting from the UCS architecture, both one and two-blade scenarios.  The UCS registered a 26% time savings for one-blade and 47% less time in the two-blade scenario.

Steps to Deploy

Figure 2 highlights the reduction in steps that result from the UCS approach to blade configuration, again in both one and two-blade scenarios.   The UCS’s largely automated approach took 58% fewer steps for one-blade and 67% fewer for two-blades.

The detailed report can be viewed  at Cisco UCS Blades Deploy 47% Faster versus HP

For those more visually stimulated the following video does a great job summarizing the testing.

This is just scratching the surface of the overall UCS goodness.  Head over to the UCS pages to get more information.  Seriously, what’s not to love?

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