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New Cisco UCS Networking Products announced at Cisco Live, 2011

On July 12, 2011 Cisco announced at Cisco Live an expanded portfolio of UCS Networking products that improves Datacenter agility, scalability, performance with industry leading capabilities. The announcement includes the following new products:

1. A new Fabric Interconnect (Cisco UCS 6248UP) that doubles the switching capacity of the data center fabric to improve workload density (from 520Gbps to 1Tbps), reduces end-to-end latency by 40 percent to improve application performance  and provides flexible unified ports to improve infrastructure agility and transition to a fully converged fabric

2. A new Chassis I/O Module (Cisco UCS 2208XP) that doubles the bandwidth to the chassis (from 40Gb to 80Gb) to improve application performance and handle workload bursts (from 80Gb to 320Gb to the blade)

3. A new Virtual Interface Card (Cisco UCS VIC 1280) that quadruples the bandwidth to the server to improve application performance (from dual 10Gb to dual 40Gb) and doubles the number of virtual interfaces to improve Virtual Machine workload density (from 128 interfaces to 256 interfaces). It also offers a choice of Hypervisor to customers by expanding VM-FEX  technology to Linux based hypervisors (KVM based on RHEL 6.1).

Several customers have successfully tested and deployed the new UCS networking products. Michael Heil, Manager of Technology Infrastructure at Cone Health says:

“At Cone Health, a leading healthcare organization, we tested the new Cisco UCS 6248UP Fabric Interconnect, Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card 1280 and UCS 2208 Fabric Extender technology and we’re excited about the increased bandwidth, density, features and roadmap for the new products. We are able to run our SQL server data warehouse application on Cisco UCS blade technology while leveraging a full 40G all the way to the blade, which  allows us to better meet the new government Meaningful Use requirements. I am personally excited about the additional Citrix XenApp user concurrency we will be able to achieve for delivering our Electronic Medical Record application to clinicians. By leveraging greater bandwidth along with the new Cisco Virtual Interface Card and VM-FEX for network visibility down to the virtual machine, we will achieve greater uptime and performance.  Cisco’s continued UCS innovation translates into more efficient and agile  methods to deliver a network for exceptional care at Cone Health.”

The new products complement the existing UCS Networking line (Cisco UCS 6100 and 2100 series). The expanded portfolio, comprising of the new and existing products, is expected to continue driving the Cisco UCS momentum into 2012.

Please contact your Cisco Representative for New Product Orderability and First Customer Shipment (FCS) Timelines.

– Posted by Ravi Balakrishnan and Mala Srivastava, Cisco Systems.

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  1. The new UCS networking gear augurs well for virtualization scale out of enterprise apps. in a data-center scenario. As organizations are struggling to scale for I/O, CPU and network bandwidth, the new UCS gear offering orders of magnitude higher densities and scale VS incumbent server vendors.

    I am particularly excited that VM mobility is enhanced with 40 gig/server. I can now move Oracle DB type VM instances faster across my ESX clusters. The 40 gig/server also improves concurrency in VM I/O needs.

    Overall, I give thumbs up to cisco’s announcement