Three Ways Cisco UCS Management Delivers Real Organizational Benefits

Posted by Eric Eiseman, Senior Systems Architect
May 4, 2016

The pressures on today’s data center infrastructure are enormous. The Internet of Things (IoT) and digital multimedia is fueling big data. Cloud computing – hybrid and private models – is putting data center performance on center stage as the reliance on applications is driving business needs across the enterprise. Meanwhile, budgets become tighter and efficiency requirements become greater.

Fortunately, the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) is a platform that brings together compute, network, storage access, and virtualization into a cohesive system that delivers numerous organizational benefits. Other unified computing, or converged infrastructure, solutions bring together disparate components that have their own inherent management tool sets. This can, in turn, create an administration nightmare effectively minimizing any gains that a unified computing platform is designed to deliver. The Cisco UCS Management platform unifies the management of all data center infrastructure delivering on its myriad of organizational benefits.

Increased Agility

Cisco UCS Management allows you to manage single UCS domains as well as multiple domains in one data center or distributed across geographically distant locations. This ‘global awareness’ helps the data center management team improve asset utilization and support global workload mobility. In addition to managing end-to-end global infrastructures, Cisco UCS Management helps accelerate deployment for new servers and rapidly update firmware.

Improved Productivity

The Cisco UCS Management policy-based approach brings simplicity, automation, and the capabilities your IT team needs to support an agile business environment. It can help you:

  • Improve staff production by aligning infrastructure with applications
  • Better utilize your IT staff by establishing best practices that align resources accordingly
  • Focus on strategic initiatives by using service profiles, which improve productivity and allow you to shift staff from maintenance to higher-level business strategy initiatives
  • Improve communication with better cross-visibility of roles and responsibilities
  • Improve time to value by rolling out new applications and business services quickly
  • Increase operational efficiency by automating routine tasks

Improved Compliance and Security

Compliance and security concerns are top of mind for data center management teams today and Cisco UCS Management automates configuration management which increases compliance. In addition, by defining and enforcing server identity, configuration, and connectivity policies centrally, standard compliance is ensured. Logging and auditing capabilities provide greater control over any unauthorized changes in server configurations reducing downtime.

We’ve deployed numerous Cisco UCS implementations in a number of environments and UCS Management delivers on the above benefits, and more. As you review your converged infrastructure options, be sure to read our post – Seven Tips for Successful Cisco UCS Deployments

About Eric Eiseman As a premier subject matter expert at ASG, Eric Eiseman assists and guides customers through their design and architectural decisions. In particular, Eric has developed a thorough technical knowledge of VMware, Cisco Unified Computing Solutions, FlexPod, and Red Hat products throughout his extensive career as a system administrator and senior consultant.

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