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Intel and Cisco Partnership : Hello Cisco UCS™ M3 series!

March 14, 2012 - 0 Comments

I invited today  Eoin McConnell, who is the Intel Xeon Processor E5 Family Product Line Manager within Intel’s DataCenter and Connected Systems Group, to comment on Cisco Third Generation of Fabric Computing‘s launch.

“Three years ago Cisco timed its entry into the compute side of the data center with the launch of the Intel® Xeon® 5500 series when it introduced Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) to the world.  Few outside the walls of Cisco would have suspected that in such a short time Cisco would have grown significantly in this space. It now has nearly 11,000 UCS customers and has risen to No. 3 in MSS in the blade market, according to IDC.

Cisco has partnered with Intel in delivering innovation in the data center around UCS from the beginning.  On March 8, 2012, Cisco launched the UCS “M3” server line.  The company coordinated this introduction to follow immediately on the heels of Intel’s introduction of the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family. The three stellar offerings that are available immediately are the Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server, the Cisco UCS C220 M3 Rack Server, and the Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server.

Intel Dylan Larson and Cisco Scott Ciccone had recently  a quick conversation about the features and the benefits of this new offering

This third generation sets the mark, and definitely has Cisco delivering new innovation for the cloud.  Cisco has always looked to Intel to deliver world-class foundational building blocks that allow the company to innovate. The M3 series will in fact be the first UCS series to implement Intel l® Trusted Execution Technology, which many believe is fundamental to securing cloud architecture.

But better yet, the Intel Xeon processor E5 family integrated the I/O directly into microprocessor and removed the separate I/O hub, delivering latency reductions and better bandwidth with PCIe Gen 3. So what did Cisco do? They set off to innovate on top of that technology with the VIC 1240. You can certainly dig more into this card, but the takeaway here is you get a multiplier effect in I/O performance when you couple the 3x I/O bandwidth of the CPU with the 30 percent reduction of CPU utilization with the VIC 1240.

I think this quote in an article I found on TechTarget in February said it best in exploring how Cisco UCS delivers the truly unified data center: “Anything else is just a server that has been retrofitted.”

Thanks for the partnership, Cisco, and congratulations on the M3! “

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