Servers - Unified Computing


Cisco UCS Manager is fully interoperable with the major systems management tools that are commonly found in heterogeneous data centers.

The UCS Technical References page can help you check conformity of hardware and OS for the UCS Platform-Ready Program.

Refer to the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) for more detailed information:

Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and servers unify computing, networking, management, virtualization, and storage access into a single integrated architecture

For more detailed information on applications, OS, hardware, and hypervisor interoperability, click here

For more information on CDN and Unified Computing Interoperability Verification Testing (IVT), click here

To check conformity of hardware and OS for the UCS Platform-Ready Program, consult the UCS Interoperability Matrix

The Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Manager provides unified, embedded management of all software and hardware components in the Cisco UCS. It controls multiple chassis and manages resources for thousands of virtual machines.

Cisco UCS Manager is fully interoperable with many major systems management tools commonly found in heterogeneous data centers

See the following lists for more information.

  • Enterprise Applications:

    Cisco UCS "Validated" products and solutions reflect rigorous Interoperability Verification Testing (IVT). UCS Validated products must conform to strict guidelines for testing, must pass review and gain approval prior to being designated as "UCS Validated".

    • Enterprise Applications

      Partner Current Supported Version
      Mirantis Open Stack

      Hardware component support:

      • AndTek Appliance, Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series products, VMware ESX and ESXi 4.x and 5.x
      • Phone 4.0
      • AND Phone 4.0

      Bridgewater Bridgewater Policy Controller
      China Standard Software Co. Ltd. NeoKylin Linux Advanced Server v6.0
      Corel CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6
      Gorilla XShare (B- & C-series)
      Enterprise TV (B- & C-series)
      Video Analyzer
      Greenplum (Pivitol) Pivitol Greenplum Database
      IBM Ready for IBM DB2
      Microsoft Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, 2007, and 2010
      Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2
      Cisco Validated Design Guide for Microsoft Hyper-V Virtualization of Exchange 2010 on UCS
      Microstrategy Microstrategy 9.3
      Nexenta VSA for View
      Nimble Storage CS Series Family
      OneCloud Havate [Open Stack]
      Oracle Oracle 10gR2 Database (Single Instance and Real Application Clusters [RAC]) for Linux
      Oracle 11gR1 Database (Single Instance and RAC) for Linux
      Oracle 11gR2 Database (Single Instance and RAC) for Linux
      All other Oracle applications are certified for Cisco UCS running on the OS upon which UCS is certified.
      Parallels Parallels Virtuozzo Containers


      • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4.8, 5.3, or later; and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 SP3 and SLES 11 or later
      • Windows Server 2003 and 2008
      • Linux and Windows in a virtual machine on VMware ESX 3.5 and 4.0
      • Windows in a virtual machine on Hyper-V
      • SLES 10 SP1 or later in a virtual machine on a SLES 10 SP1 or later embedded Xen Hypervisor
      • RHEL 5 or later in a virtual machine on a RHEL 5 or later embedded Xen Hypervisor
      • Cisco Validated Design Guide: FlexPod for SAP Applications 2011 on UCS (PDF - 3.7 MB)

      Symantec NetBackup
      Tintri VMstore T540
      Translattice Translattice Elastic Database 2.5 (virtualized database)
      Unitrends Enterprise Backup
      • Veeam BackUp & Replication
      • Veeam Management Pack
      • Veeam BackUp Management Suite
      • Veeam BackUp Essentials for VMware and HyperV
      Other enterprise applications Applications on Windows Server
      Applications on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (PDF - 651 KB)
  • Systems Management, Service Assurance, Security

    Cisco UCS Management solutions are optimized to support Cisco data center architectures, and to simplify and automate tasks associated with using Cisco infrastructure.

  • Virtualization, Virtual Desktop

    Cisco Unified Data Center changes the economics of the data center by unifying compute, storage, networking, virtualization, and management into a single platform. The result is operational simplicity and business agility -- essential for cloud computing and deploying IT as a service.

    • Virtualization, VDI / VXI Partners

      Partner Product: Current Supported Version
      Atlantis Computing Atlantis ILIO 2 and Cisco VXI
      HyTrust HyTrust Appliance 2.1
      Hytrust HyTrust CloudControl 3.6
      Microsoft Microsoft Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2
      Proximal Data Proximal Data AutoCache 1.0
      Red Hat Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 and 5.4 with Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV)
      CloudVolumes CloudVolumes 1.0.6
      StorMagic StorMagic SvSAN 5 virtual storage appliance
      Teradici Teradici APEX 2800 server offload card
      VCE VBlock
      VMware VMware vSphere 5.1, 5.0, 4.1, 4, and 3.5 U4
      Xangati Xangati Management Dashboard (XMD) Suite 5
  • Big Data, Analytics, Specialized Applications

    A collection of very large complex data sets usually utilizing database management tools or traditional data processing applications. Big data solutions must enable high performance and scale as the business demands.

    For more information on UCS Big Data / Hadoop, see the Solution Brief.

  • The Storage vendors listed here have successfully passed Interoperability Verification Testing (IVT) for Cisco UCS. IVT is full-scale testing of software / applications for compatibility, integration, and / or interoperability with Cisco technologies such as UCS.

    Storage products listed on the HCL reflect rigorous testing by the vendor and Cisco, and notes any caveats. The HCL is a definitive list of supported products (including storage arrays) that TAC and Cisco customers can reference to determine which 3rd-party products have been formally tested and are supportable via Quality Assurance, and Cisco TAC.

    For a list of storage vendors who have Hardware Compatibility Listings (on HCL), click here to download the UCS Interoperability Matrix.

    Storage Interoperability on the HCL:

    The Cisco UCS Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) provides a definitive list of supported products (including storage arrays) which TAC and Cisco customers can reference to determine completed formal testing and support via Quality Assurance.

    • The HCL is intended for any UCS-managed B- or C-series server. Certification testing for HCL inclusion can take from 4-6 weeks (depending on the skill level of the testers and hardware availability.)
    • If your product is hardware, a hardware appliance, or a storage array, those products must go through the rigorous Quality Assurance testing prior to be listed on the HCL.
    • The vendors listed under Storage Interoperability reflect vendors who have undergone extensive testing on the software components of their storage products via UCS IVT.

    Interoperability Verification Testing (IVT) reflects comprehensive testing of software, applications, and solutions performed in a Cisco IVT Lab, or as a "self-test" on Cisco UCS equipment. IVT can take from 5 - 30 days depending on the level of effort and hardware requirements.

    • IVT postings are to showcase storage partners that have successfully passed UCS IVT.
    • IVT does not reflect a "support" status and should not be confused with the HCL postings
    • For CDN partners, please reference the Unified Computing Testing link for more information on UCS IVT

    UCS Interoperability Matrix link:

    Storage Interoperability

    Partner Current Supported Version
    Fusion-io ioControl 5n
    NetApp FlexPod
    Nexenta NexentaVSA for View 2.0
    Nimble Storage Nimble Storage CS-Series
    Pure Storage Flash Array
    StorMagic StorMagic SvSAN 2.1 virtual storage appliance
    X-IO Technologies Hyper ISE 7-Series
    Zadara Zadara Storage System Software