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How to Get Started with Unified Computing

The Advantages of Cisco UCS and Intel® Xeon® Processors


Like many organizations, you may be exploring the complex world of server virtualization, and you need solutions to help avoid VM sprawl, simplify data center infrastructure, and streamline how you manage the whole thing. Sounds a bit daunting, perhaps? It doesn’t have to be. Let’s dig into the benefits of Unified Computing—and why it’s a solid choice for server consolidation, virtualization, and centralized data center management.

Server Room - Unified ComputingUnified Computing System, Explained

First things first—Unified Computing System (UCS) is Cisco’s offering. The idea behind UCS is creating a data center architecture that integrates computing, storage, and network resources. UCS combines hardware and software and strives for optimized efficiency and centralized management. Cisco has been in the server market for roughly 2 years—both in the rack and blade space—and UCS is their foray into the compute world of x86 Intel servers. They have tailored UCS specifically for virtualization, and they’re able to support any customer size, from SMB all the way up to large enterprise space.

Cisco’s approach to virtualized data center architecture is different from other solutions in the market today. Their management console, UCSM, is a 100% true single pane of glass management system that incorporates your legacy blade servers, legacy rack environment, and any new blade implementations from Cisco. This allows you to spend less time managing your equipment and more time improving your data center.

Integrate UCS or Build from the Ground Up

I have implemented UCS at the beginning of a data center setup, as well added it to an existing infrastructure. If you have an existing network, the Cisco unified approach to networking protocols is really streamlined—you don’t need to rely on additional switching or anything else to make every component work together. And putting in a new data center with UCS allows you to save time on your deployment and see a positive ROI—you can do a much larger install with less manpower and less man-hours this way.

Is UCS Affordable? Absolutely.

Your typical blade deployment would usually come with dollar signs dancing in the air because there are so many components: the chassis, the blades, the networking components that were internalized to the blades, and upgrades to the existing architecture to house these items. With UCS, these things are a single line item SKU—you don’t need to piecemeal the components together, which saves you money.

There you have it in a nutshell. Cisco is helping to make virtualization faster, easier, and affordable for all. For more in-depth information about the benefits of UCS, listen to this Connection Point podcast

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