Most of us expect immediate delivery both as consumers and as employees. As employees, we are no longer willing to wait weeks for IT to deliver what we need. IT departments feel the pain that ensues from our urgency in the form of shadow IT.  Shadow IT results in the double trouble of higher risk and cost from a weaker ability to enforce compliance and best practices when users stray to acquire their own IT services.

What’s that? You believe if you add more staff to address this issue it goes away? You may provide more services but at the same slower pace while increasing operational costs and decreasing operating profits. The key to maintaining IT discipline and delivering services faster is simply a judicious use of integrated automation and management.  It dramatically increases your staff’s ability to execute quickly – to IT standards.

Cisco UCS Director is that missing piece that your staff needs to deliver services faster.  It helps your staff deliver more services in minutes–not days or weeks.  It lets your staff spend time to align IT with the business, instead of manually spinning up systems–and that’s what we all want.

Your IT staff does not have to manually manage each layer independently when they use Cisco UCS Director because they can execute automated workflows across virtual and physical resources.

Yes, I wrote virtual AND physical. Why should you care about physical?  Virtualization does not accommodate every application.  Compute intensive applications.  I/O bound applications.   Databases.   All of these need horsepower only available from bare-metal servers.  But here’s the catch:  they need to be managed as physical elements.  A solution that manages just virtual is only providing you with half the benefit and leaves you stuck with swivel chair management, isolated IT teams and isolated IT resources.

We all want IT services delivered faster. Cisco UCS Director lets IT do just that by deploying resources automatically and managing them in a unified way. 

I urge you to spend a few minutes to explore the latest release from Cisco UCS Director. If you want to see this solution in action, we have live technical demos bi-weekly at multiple times to accommodate your time zone and/or calendar.


Joann Starke

No Longer with Cisco