Unified Computing Upgrades - New Cisco UCS Solutions

Posted by Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist
September 9, 2014

The Cisco Unified Computing Systems (UCS) Manager provides embedded, unified management of a data center’s 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. We’ve highlighted the key benefits of UCS before, and as a recap, here are four key things to know:

  1. Increased agility – with support for data center automation, UCS 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 and virtual servers, promoting 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.

Now, Cisco has two new UCS product announcements worth noting. The first introduces the UCS M-Series Modular Servers. The M-Series extends the benefits of UCS manager all the way into the server—essentially connecting disaggregated subsystems via a UCS System Link fabric and creating a truly composable infrastructure. From Cisco's blog:

No longer does the need for a few more cores and GBs of memory dictate the need to duplicate the entire traditional server with more power supplies, more fans, more raid controllers, more network adapters, etc.  And the same holds true for upgrading subsystems.  The lifecycle of an Ethernet adapter is not the same as a RAID controller and not the same as a CPU.  M-Series frees customers from the constraints.

The second new UCS product announcement is that of the UCS Mini for Edge Scale Computing. The UCS Mini takes the UCS to remote office/branch office (ROBO), point-of-sale, and smaller IT environments in an easy-to-deploy, compact form factor. The Cisco blog explains:

Like SMBs, many remote or branch offices lack local IT staff. This makes the remote management features of UCS Mini ideal for these locations. If a user reports an issue, there is no need to send a technician onsite to perform the initial troubleshooting. UCS Manager can be remotely accessed from any computer on the network—saving time, budget, and providing faster resolutions that keep users satisfied. If UCS Central is added to the solution, managing 100 locations is as easy as managing one.

According to Todd Brannon, director of product marketing for Cisco UCS, these solutions are a $3 billion business and growing. ASG is proud to be one of their top five US partners for this powerful unified computing solution and as a value-added reseller, we’re excited to see these latest developments. Stay tuned for more!

About Dustin Smith Throughout his twenty-year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist, Dustin is responsible for the strategic direction of aligning the company’s growing consulting services with the client challenges he finds in the field, and he works closely with his regional architects to design new programs to address these issues.

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