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Introducing the Second Generation Cisco UCS

April 6, 2010 - 4 Comments


July will mark the three year anniversary of our Data Center 3.0 vision and in the intervening time, like clockwork, we have released products and technologies that have helped turn the vision into reality for our customers.  Today, we have a number of announcements that continue the trend.  While there are a number of cool new products including new members of the Nexus 1000 and Nexus 2000 family and new products from Tidal (which I will cover in subsequent blogs), today, I am going to start of with the next iteration of our UCS platform.

Last week, I blogged about the compelling innovation that Intel is bringing to market and the need to both build upon that innovation and deliver a balanced system design.  Our second generation UCS represents both of those goals by taking advantage of Intel’s newest offerings and adding our own special in the areas of I/O and management.

In a nutshell, the second generation UCS delivers

  • 4 times the compute capacity in the same footprint with 4-socket servers or 50% more cores in our 2-socket servers
  • Up to 160Gb/s bandwidth per blade this year with no chassis change
  • Doubling upstream Fibre Channel bandwidth 8Gb FC uplinks
  • 30% greater I/O performance with the Cisco VIC

With the latest generation of the UCS, we feel it is the logical choice for most if not all of you workloads, virtual or physical. To that end, we have over 15,000 applications certified via our certification and integration partners and we have developed and released Cisco Validated Designs for key applications such as Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server, Oracle RAC, and SAP.

As I have said before, new technology is all well and good, but it only if it results in meaningful benefits for customers.  Happily, I can say our new systems have set a number of new benchmarks, so all this new technology will translate to business benefits for our customers.


These benchmarks are an indicator of some of the breakthrough results our customers can see–we have seen 80% reduction in infrastructure requirements in Java environments (or conversely significantly more performance in the same footprint), 30% greater throughput with VMware environments when using the Cisco VIC, and 76% consolidation in a Microsoft SQL Server environment. BTW, its useful to note that the infrastructure consolidation does not just reduce hardware and power/cooling costs, it can also help reduce software licensing costs.

Finally, we have been working hard on the management front.  With the announcements today, we now have integration with 80% of management tools in use by our customers, including BMC, CA, EMC, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Symantec and VMware.  I’ll be digging into this in a subsequent post as well as a cool new feature that allows you to tie power policy into the service profiles.


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  1. Hi Omar,Just wondering how many of those points are Cisco uniques? Most of the stuff you talked about was relevant benefits from the Intel chips, which means all of the vendors will see the same benefits. Also I notice that alot of vendors havent posted their results for alot of the benchmarks you have using the same chips so not sure how revelant posting your results is at the moment.Also how many of these UCS’s have you sold? There seems to be a lot of interest, is the market reacting with solid orders yet?Thanks,Adam

  2. It is always a pleasure reading your blog Omar.Could you, please, give more details how can we get 160Gbps bandwidth per blade this year with no chassis change? Are you talking about data throughput, midplane capability or something else?Thank you for clarification!

  3. Omar: Thanks for the post…Cisco is covering a lot of bases with the announcements today: breadth of products, improved performance, more support for management software and happy customers…congrats!