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A Powerful, Simple, and Flexible Alternative to RISC/UNIX Servers

Expensive, aging RISC/UNIX-based servers don't provide the flexibility or agility to support today's business needs, or a path to cloud computing. Today's IT challenges need solutions built on open, industry-standard x86-based architectures.

Featured Content

Converged Systems Support Datacenter Transformation

The converged solutions from Cisco and EMC are intended to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business services that have been moved from other platforms to this x86-based infrastructure platform. (PDF - 370 KB)


Investment Services Firm Builds Innovative Wealth Platform

SEI helps ensure high availability and reliability by migrating from RISC-based architecture to x86-based Cisco UCS


RISC/UNIX Migration

Migrate RISC/UNIX-based applications onto the Cisco UCS to realize cost savings, performance improvements, and cloud.


Imagine a flexible, agile, cost-effective data center that meets those challenges and your specific business needs. The Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) is designed to help ensure the reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) that RISC/UNIX customers expect.

Architectural Advantages

The system's innovative architecture simplifies and speeds deployment of enterprise-class applications and services running in bare-metal, virtualized, and cloud-computing environments. Combined with a choice of operating systems, Cisco UCS delivers the hardware and application support required for the data center of today and tomorrow without vendor stagnation, lock-in, and costs.

Cisco UCS offers cost savings, performance improvements, and an optimal cloud computing platform for your mission-critical applications.

Ease Migration with Professional Services

Whether you are evaluating the business case for RISC/UNIX migration or have already made the decision to move to Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco and our partners can assist you with each step of the migration process.

We offer professional services that use proven methodologies for safely and securely migrating RISC/UNIX environments onto Cisco's industry-leading, x86-based UCS. We can help you:

  • Identify potential business benefits and return on investment (ROI)
  • Perform test migrations to analyze and demonstrate feasibility
  • Migrate your production applications according to your requirements and timeline

Considering a migration from RISC/UNIX platforms? Discover these Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) products.

Blade Servers

Deliver a scalable and flexible architecture to meet your data center needs while helping to reduce the total cost of ownership.

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Rack Servers

Address fluctuating workload challenges through a varying balance of processing, memory, I/O, and internal storage resources.

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Fabric Interconnects

Create a single, highly available management domain with network connectivity and administrative capabilities that support all attached blades and chassis.

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UCS Management

Manage all system components and configurations through a unified, policy-driven extensible architecture.

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Virtual Interface Cards

Simplify, enhance, and centralize I/O management while ensuring policy coherency and consistent network visibility.

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Cisco and our partners offer services to help you with each stage of RISC/UNIX data center migration.

  • RISC/UNIX Migration Acceleration Service is a 4-5 week, onsite engagement for customers who have already decided to migrate their RISC/UNIX environment to an x86-based platform and want to validate the UCS as a platform for migration. This service will migrate selected applications to the Cisco UCS to demonstrate technical feasibility of a full migration. It also provides a total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis for migration based on data specific to your environment.
  • RISC/UNIX Migration Service is a comprehensive service to help migrate your production, RISC/UNIX-based data center compute platforms to Cisco UCS. Cisco will develop a complete migration strategy for the applications and data to be migrated and a high-level migration roadmap. After you approve the strategy, Cisco will develop a detailed migration plan based upon application dependencies, service-level agreements, and operational requirements. The migration plan will flow into a target architecture, low-level design and project plan for implementation.

For more information on these services, please review the RISC/UNIX Migration Services At-A-Glance and the RISC/UNIX Migration Services Data Sheet

Data Sheet

RISC/UNIX Migration
Migrate RISC/UNIX-based applications onto the Cisco UCS to realize cost savings, performance improvements, and cloud enablement.

Case Studies

Manufacturer improves efficiency and agility of IT Infrastructure (PDF - 314 KB)
Krones boosts production efficiency in data center and executes safe migration from RISC platforms for mission-critical applications

College Delivers Courses Anytime, Anywhere (PDF - 920 KB)
Sheridan College migrates applications from RISC-based architecture to Cisco UCS to enhance digital learning

Investment Services Firm Builds Innovative Wealth Platform (PDF - 854 KB)
SEI helps ensure high availability and reliability by migrating from RISC-based architecture to x86-based Cisco UCS

EMC Boosts Solution Performance (Video - 3:23 min)
EMC improves the performance of its Oracle solution with the Cisco Unified Computing System.

Manufacturer Accelerates Business Cycle (PDF - 1.13 MB)
Avago Technologies migrates Oracle application stack to the Cisco Unified Computing System, without disruption.

Cisco IT Increased SAS Performance (PDF - 607 KB)
Cisco IT increases SAS PM performance while decreasing costs with the Cisco UCS B440 Server.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (PDF - 102 KB)
Copper company achieves the power and performance to support a global ERP implementation.

EMC RISC-to-Intel X86 Migration (PDF - 760 KB)
EMC migrates RISC servers to Cisco Unified Computing System.

Migrating from HP Superdome to Cisco UCS
Learn how and why Cisco migrated its Oracle and SAP applications and databases from HP-UX to the Cisco UCS.

EMC Accelerates its Journey to Cloud Computing (PDF - 680 KB)
EMC uses the Cisco Unified Computing System to support Oracle E-Business Suite.

White Papers

Oracle E-Business Suite R12 on Cisco UCS with EMC VNX 5500
This document describes how the Cisco Unified Computing System(Cisco UCS) can be used in conjunction with EMC VNX unified storage systems to implement an Oracle E-Business Suite solution.

Converged Systems Support Datacenter Transformation (PDF - 370 KB)
The converged solutions from Cisco and EMC are intended to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business services that have been moved from other platforms to this x86-based infrastructure platform.

Migrating a Mission Critical 40 TB Oracle E-Business Suite from HP Superdomes to Cisco Unified Computing System
Read how Cisco IT migrated one of its Key Mission Critical Oracle E-Business suite system from 3 node RAC on HP Superdomes to 12 Node RAC on B440.

Leading Software Vendors Choose Intel® Xeon® Processors (PDF - 1.9 MB)
Discover breakthrough innovations and economics for mission-critical systems.

Increase Data Center Value (PDF - 487 KB)
Read about migrating from UNIX/RISC to Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Intel® processor-based servers.

Solution Overview

Migrate from RISC/UNIX Servers to the Cisco UCS (PDF - 3 MB)
Increase agility and reduce costs by migrating from RISC/UNIX servers to the Cisco Unified Computing System.

Migrating Intel Itanium Workloads (PDF - 3 MB)
Learn why Cisco is your trusted partner for migrating Intel® Itanium workloads.

At-a-Glance

RISC/UNIX Migration (PDF - 350 KB)
Utilize proven methodologies and practices to migrate RISC/UNIX processor-based applications to the Cisco Unified Computing System.

Migrate from Itanium to Cisco UCS (PDF - 550 KB)
Get a quick overview of the migration and its benefits.

Design and Deployment Guides

Cisco UCS and NetApp Solution for Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC)
Read how the Cisco Unified Computing System can be used in conjunction with NetApp storage to implement a Decision Support System or Online Transaction Processing database utilizing an Oracle Real Application Clusters system.

Siebel RISC Migration Guide
Read how to migrate Siebel CRM from Solaris/SPARC to Cisco UCS with Red Hat Linux.

PeopleSoft RISC Migration Guide
Read how to migrate Oracle PeopleSoft from Solaris/SPARC to Cisco UCS with Red Hat Linux.

PeopleSoft Deployment Guide
Learn how to deploy Oracle PeopleSoft on Cisco UCS.

Cisco UCS for Oracle PeopleSoft Cisco Validated Design
Read how to migrate and deploy Oracle PeopleSoft on Cisco Unified Computing System.

SAP Migration Guide (PDF - 804 KB)
Cisco IT's experience in migrating an SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) system running HP-UX on Hewlett-Packard servers to Cisco® UCS running Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Oracle RAC Migration Guide to the Cisco UCS
Get valuable information about migrating RISC/UNIX Oracle and SAP to the Cisco Unified Computing System.

Flexpod for SAP Applications Cisco Validated Design (PDF - 3.7 MB)
A study evaluating the usability of an shared infrastructure for SAP applications and SAP landscapes on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers running VMware vSphere connected to the NetApp Storage array.

Deploying Oracle Real Application Clusters on Cisco UCS Cisco Validated Design
This design guide describes how to use Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) to implement an Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) system that is an Oracle Certified Configuration.

Performance Briefs

Cisco UCS Achieves TPC-C Benchmark (PDF - 247 KB)
Benchmark identifies Cisco Unified Computing System as an ideal platform for running an Oracle Database.

World Record Oracle Benchmark (PDF - 495 KB)
Cisco UCS B200 M3: Dominating the Landscape for Oracle E-Business Suite Performance

World Record VMware Benchmark (PDF - 656 KB)
Cisco Leads Cloud Computing Performance with the Industry's First VMware vSphere 5.1 Benchmark Result

Cisco UCS Delivers World-Record Application Server Performance (PDF - 337 KB)
Find out how the Cisco Unified Computing System delivered unmatched performance running Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Solution Briefs

Modernize Your IT Infrastructure (PDF - 694 kB)
Get the flexibility and performance you need by replacing a RISC/UNIX infrastructure with a Cisco UCS and NetApp solution.

Oracle Siebel Enterprise CRM RISC/UNIX Migration Solution Brief (PDF - 767 KB)
Companies can optimize their Oracle's Siebel Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application's potential to support business innovation by migrating to Cisco UCS..

Modernize Applications (PDF - 1 MB)
Cisco UCS helps data centers quickly adapt to present and future business priorities.

The Right Foundation for Oracle (PDF - 534 KB)
Cisco UCS has proven itself in demanding Oracle database and application environments.

Cisco UCS and Cisco Tidal Software Deliver an Exceptional SAP Platform (PDF - 482 KB)
The unique combination of SAP applications, Cisco UCS, and Cisco® Tidal Software outperforms delivers outstanding benefits.

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