UCS Manager: The “Tweak”
Greetings. I’m a new face on this blog, so let me briefly introduce myself. I’m Lisa Caywood, a Ciscoite of six years, and marketing manager for UCS management. Notice I didn’t say UCS Manager—I’ll explain why in a minute.
My side passions include history and anthropology, and in a circuitous way, that’s how I wound up in tech. I’m fascinated by the interchange of technology and culture, how one seemingly minor modification, or tweak, on an age-old tool or task can spur six more innovations that lead the world in completely unforeseen directions. (I was a big fan of the BBC show “Connections” in the late 70’s.)
So about UCS Manager, the logical model of our unified, “wire-once” UCS architecture: to me, it’s that initial, all-important “tweak”. It takes the various management tasks that sys admins do every day, abstracts them, and integrates tasks associated with various IT disciplines within a unified view to provide a familiar, but far more fluid approach to managing your computing platform.
The latest UCS Manager release (v1.4) continues along this path by bringing C-series rack-mount servers under UCS Manager alongside the B-Series blades, making server form factor independent of ease of management. It also extends the principles of both abstraction and granular control to new areas like power management.
But the bigger question is what this newfound simplicity and flexibility at the infrastructure level could allow you to do at the application and business levels that was either impossible or unfeasible before. That’s where the XML API and the UCS management ecosystem come in. The API exposes over 9,000 objects, making UCS not only a platform on which to run applications, but one that can, itself, be programmed to support a highly tailored set of SLAs.
In order to give customers simplified, full-stack management, we’ve done joint, tested integrations via the UCS XML API with 12 systems management partners (including BMC, CA, HP, IBM and several smaller vendors) and over 20 of their products. What’s interesting is how several of our partners are teaming up with UCS-based joint solutions. At VMworld, we had Dynamic Ops demoing IaaS with UCS and NetApp storage through an end-user multi-tenant portal, and newScale and CA building complete application stacks on UCS on-demand for cloud deployments. Broader and deeper integration and more partners will be coming throughout the next year. In addition, an SDK for developing to the API is available through the Cisco Developer Network.
Here’s how this all comes together:
What could you do with this? Virtual points (good for virtual geek credibility) for creativity demonstrated in that square box below.