Making the Jump to Light Speed

April 7, 2010 - 1 Comment

by Harris Sussman,  Cisco Data Center Solutions – Unified Computing System


Many of you will likely recall the following dialog from the original Star Wars film (1977), where the Millennium Falcon (Han’s Solo’s space ship) is speeding away from the Death Star:

Obi-Wan: How long before you can make the jump to light speed?
Han Solo: It’ll take a few moments to get the coordinates from the navi-computer. 
Luke: Are you kidding? At the rate they’re gaining?
Han Solo: Traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, boy!

 Well, sorry I’ve dated those that remember, and for those having no idea what I’m talking about, check out the movie. I refer to this movie and scene in particular, because it reminds me about how advanced this film was at the time. In fact, the film was so progressive, the term “jump to light speed” is regularly used in peoples daily vernacular.

 When I look back and realize Cisco just announced the Unified Computing System a year ago, and ponder the test results gleaned from our new Intel Xeon 5600 and 7500 Series based blade server and rack server products, the term “make the jump to light speed” certainly seems fitting.

 Three weeks ago, Cisco announced historical results with our new Intel Xeon 5600 Series based blade server and rack server products captured in the table below.

Additionally, Cisco recently delivered test results demonstrating the scalability of our unique Extended Memory product, the B250 M2 using the Xeon Series 5600 processor. The following graph highlights how optimized the UCS B Series is for virtualization consolidation using a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 workload.

In a Cisco UCS B250 M2 Extended Memory Blade Server with vSphere, the Intel Xeon Processor X5680, and 384 GB of RAM handled 15 more virtual machines (VMs) than did the Cisco UCS B200 M2 Blade Server with vSphere, the Intel Xeon Processor X5680, and 96 GB of RAM, for a total of 115.38 percent more VMs. Please review detailed results at the Unified Computing System at Work page.

Just last week, Cisco announced 2 new Intel Xeon Series 7500 Processor based, 4-socket Blade and Rack Server products, the UCS B440 M1 and UCS C460 M1. The new Xeon 7500 Series boasts the biggest performance jump in Xeon history with new scalable performance, flexible virtualization and advanced reliability.

With up to 8 cores/16 threads, 24MB of Shared Cache, 64 DIMMs per platform and 20 new RAS (Reliability, Availability and Serviceability) features, the Xeon 7500 aims to be an unmatched foundation for any Enterprise, Virtualization, or HPC solution.

 Well, once again Cisco has made the leap through hyperspace, demonstrating performance leadership and delivering top results for the following industry standard benchmarks, based on our new Xeon 7500 Rack Server, the UCS C460 M1. Please refer to the table below.

Cisco’s demonstrable track record of excellent results with the UCS, can only be attributable to its commitment to Industry Standards and innovation the past 25 years. May the force of the Unified Computing System be with you…..


Historical results  

Unified Computing System at Work

Intel Xeon 5600


Xeon 7500

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