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Posted by Richard Fichera on July 13, 2011
Not to be left out of the announcement fever that has gripped vendors recently, Cisco today announced several updates to their UCS product line aimed at easing potential system bottlenecks by improving the whole I/O chain between the network and the servers, and improving management, including:
Taken as a whole, these improvements should help to communicate that Cisco intends to allow their UCS environments to scale as customer requirements evolve, as well as nullifying some fo the competitor FUD about bandwidth limitations of UCS. They do not remove the fact that one of UCS’s weaknesses is that bandwidth scaling is decoupled from the scaling of the number of server nodes, but should move the bar higher for UCS users.
Additionally, Cisco announced UCSM 2.0, which includes features such as an integrated version of vMware vCenter and an express mode for simple configuration of smaller and remote UCS environments.
All in all, solid incremental improvement of an already strong product line. We expect that the upgrades of the I/O infrastructure will be followed at some point by improvements in compute nodes and possibly expanded scaling of the environment over time in order to respond to evolving customer demands.
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