4 Benefits of Cisco’s Unified Computing Systems Manager

Posted by Mark Teter, Chief Technology Officer
April 16, 2012

We were recently certified as a value-added reseller of Cisco’s Unified Computing Systems (UCS) Manager, and are actually one of their top 5 US partners for this powerful solution.

The UCS Manager provides embedded, unified management of a data centers software and hardware components. It can control any number of chassis and can help manage the resources for thousands of virtual machines, making this a data center management workhorse. What does this mean for a data center? Here are four benefits:

  1. Increased agility – with support for data center automation, it can improve agility and scalability without the inherent risk. It has service templates and profiles built in for improved policy management.
  2. Increased efficiency – accelerate deployment and provisioning while managing your applications with greater ease. This will undoubtedly help reduce management and admin costs, which are traditionally the largest budget busters in most organizations.
  3. Increased flexibility – manage your workloads on physical as well as virtual servers, helping to promote server consolidation and performance regardless of the operating environment.
  4. Increased visibility and control – with an open XML API, you can more easily integrate UCS Manager with other IT systems currently in place.

One of the best reasons to explore the UCS Manager is that it’s a great way to move your data center to a private cloud computing solution without risk. It’s an integral part of NetApp’s FlexPod data center solution, which we’ve blogged about a couple of times:

Move your Data Center to the Cloud without Unnecessary Risk

6 Benefits of VMware vSphere Built on Netapp’s FlexPod Infrastructure Solution

We’d love to hear how you’re integrating new technologies into your data center, so drop a comment below. Are you exploring cloud computing solutions? If so, a private cloud, public cloud or a hybrid?

About Mark Teter Before he retired from ASG in 2013, Mark Teter was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the author of 'Paradigm Shift: Seven Keys of Highly successful Linux and Open Source Adoptions.' As CTO, Mark regularly advised IT organizations, vendors, and government agencies, and he frequently conducted seminars and training programs.

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