4 (More) Benefits of Cisco's Unified Computing Systems Manager

Posted by Mark Teter, Chief Technology Officer
May 29, 2013

Last year around this time we wrote a blog – 4 Benefits of Cisco’s Unified Computing Systems Manager – that touched on a few highlights of their converged infrastructure solution, including:

  • Increased agility
  • Increased efficiency
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased visibility and control

Throughout the balance of 2012 and early part of this year, converged infrastructure solutions have enjoyed increased attention, and deservedly so.  While not inexpensive, a converged infrastructure can go a long way in reducing hardware costs by eliminating underused technology (often referred to as sprawl). As more and more IT departments explore their converged infrastructure options, here are four more benefits of Cisco’s UCS Manager to consider:

Easier capacity planning – The migration of workloads between servers with different capacities becomes much easier. Spare capacity can be maintained in a pool shared by all applications and allocated on demand, reducing the cost of burst capacity and disaster-recovery resources, making the data center more agile.

Lower cost to scale – UCS delivers scalability of large configurations for up to 52 percent less cost, all managed with a single management interface.

Reduced data center footprint without sacrificing performance – UCS packs tremendous computing power, memory, network, and I/O bandwidth into a given space while boosting performance of virtualized environments. In some cases you can reduce your footprint by up to one third.

Simplified infrastructure – UCS reduces the number of components, cables, and management points reducing costs.

We’ve deployed several UCS and converged infrastructure solutions in numerous environments. We’ve seen the benefits of these deployments first hand. Be sure and check out our blog – Ten Tips for Successful Cisco UCS Deployments – as you consider your converged infrastructure options.

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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