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Cisco SingleConnect Technology

Simplify Server Connectivity

Improve server access with Cisco SingleConnect technology.

Server Connectivity Simplified

Simplify Data Center Computing with SingleConnect

Cisco SingleConnect technology is an easy, intelligent, and efficient way to connect and manage computing in the data center. Cisco SingleConnect unifies LAN, SAN, and systems management into one simplified link for rack servers, blade servers, and virtual machines.

SingleConnect is an end-to-end I/O architecture. It incorporates Cisco Virtual Interface Cards, Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects, and Cisco Fabric Extender (FEX) Technology to connect every server on a single network fabric and on a single network layer. SingleConnect innovations dramatically simplify IT operations, reduce data center costs, and are exclusive to the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS).

Cisco SingleConnect is one connection for:

  • Rack servers and blade servers
  • LAN, SAN, and systems management
  • Physical servers and virtual machines

Benefits

Easy: This "wire once and walk away" solution eliminates many of the manual, time-consuming tasks traditionally required to connect servers in the data center. Cisco UCS with SingleConnect technology is a self-integrating system, with policy-based, automated configuration of server identity and I/O.

Efficient: SingleConnect technology combines three network layers into one: top of rack, blade chassis, and server hypervisor switching. It simultaneously unifies LAN, SAN, and server systems management networks on a single fabric. Fabric extenders scale connectivity from a centralized fabric interconnect to as many as 160 servers. Server I/O adapters are replaced by a single Cisco Virtual Interface Card, eliminating cost and simplifying administration.

Intelligent: SingleConnect technology creates a virtualization-aware system, providing simplified, transparent virtual machine (VM) mobility and advanced security capabilities for multitenant environments. I/O capacity is dynamically allocated across physical and virtual machines in the system in accordance with QoS policies. This eliminates manual intervention and simplifies troubleshooting. Deterministic, low-latency switching delivers industry-leading bare metal and virtualized performance for traditional, multi-tier application environments and cloud workloads alike.

Customer Results

Hear from Cisco customers who have deployed a SingleConnect-enabled solution:

  • LHI Leasing

    Cabling has been reduced by about 80 percent with UCS.

  • Arab Investment Bank

    The bank is also benefiting from around 75 percent less cabling.

  • Krones AG

    Krones expects to achieve a 90 percent reduction in cabling and the number of LAN and SAN ports.

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