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Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) is certified as a platform for leading enterprise applications, virtualization, and operating systems. Cisco UCS Manager is fully interoperable with the major systems management tools commonly found in heterogeneous data centers.

Enterprise Applications

Operations Systems Virtualization Systems Management
Partner Current Supported Version
Enterprise Applications
Microsoft Microsoft Exchange 2003, 2007, 2010
Microsoft SQL 2008, 2008 R2
Cisco Validated Design Guide for Hyper-V Virtualization of Exchange 2010 on UCS
Oracle Oracle 10gR2 Database (Single Instance and RAC) for Linux
Oracle 11gR1 Database (Single Instance and RAC) for Linux
All other Oracle Applications are certified for Cisco UCS running on the operating systems that UCS is certified upon.
SAP

Physical

  • RHEL 4.8, 5.3 or higher and SLES 10 SP3 and SLES 11 or higher
  • Windows 2003 and 2008 Server

Virtual

  • 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 higher in a Virtual Machine on SLES 10 SP1 or higher embedded Xen Hypervisor
  • RHEL 5 or higher in a Virtual Machine on RHEL 5 or higher embedded Xen Hypervis
Other Enterprise Applications Applications on Windows Server
Applications on Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Operating Systems
Microsoft Microsoft Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2008 R2
Novell SLES 11, SLES 10 SP3
Oracle Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.4 and 5.5 (B-Series is also certified for OEL 4.8 and 5.3)
Red Hat Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8, 5.3, 5.4
Virtualization
Microsoft Microsoft Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2
Cisco Validated Design Guide for Hyper-V Virtualization of SharePoint 2007 on UCS
Cisco Validated Design Guide for Hyper-V Virtualization of Exchange 2010 on UCS
Red Hat RHEL 5.4 with KVM and RHEV-H
VMWare VMware vSphere 4, 4i (including vCenter)
VMware Infrastructure 3.5 Update 4

For hardware and software interoperability matrices please see the Unified Computing System - Technical References page.


Systems Management

Partner Monitoring and Analysis Tools
BMC BMC ProactiveNet Performance Manager- Cisco UCS Edition 1.7
CA Off Site CA eHealth Performance Manager 6.2.1
CA Spectrum Infrastructure Manager 9.2.1
EMC Off Site DCI 1.0
HP Off Site HP Operations Manager 8.16
IBM Off Site
IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.2.1
IBM Tivoli Netcool/Omnibus 7.2.1
Microsoft Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007
Solarwinds Off Site Solarwinds Orion NPM 10.1
Zenoss Off Site Zenoss Enterprise 3.0
Partner Deployment and Configuration Tools
BMC BMC Bladelogic Server Automation 7.7, 8.1, including Compliance Manager
CA Off Site CA Spectrum Automation Manager R12
Compuware Off Site Vantage 11.5
EMC EMC Ionix Unified Infrastructure Manager 2.0
HP Off Site HP Network Automation 7.8
HP Server Automation 9.0
IBM Off Site IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager 7.1
IBM Tivoli Network Manager 3.8
Symantec Off Site Altiris Deployment Server 6.9 sp3
Partner Service Orchestration Tools
BMC Cloud Lifecycle Manager
Cisco Tidal Cisco Tidal Enterprise Orchestrator 2.1.1
Dynamic Ops Off Site Dynamic Ops VRM 4.0
newScale Off Site newScale 9
VMware VMware vCloudDirector 1.0

Cisco Unified Computing System supports a wide range of storage adapters including the Cisco UCS VIC, Emulex UCS HBA/CNA, and QLogic UCS HBA/CNA.

The following storage products are interoperable with Cisco UCS VIC:

Storage Partners Storage Products
Compellent Storage Storage Center 5
EMC EMC Symmetrix: DMX/DMX-2, DMX-3, DMX-4, V-Max
EMC CLARiiON: AX4-5, CX3-10c, CX3-40c/CX3-20c, CX3-80/CX3-40(F)/CX3-20(F), CX4-120/CX4-240/CX4-480/CX4-960, CX4-120C8/CX4-240C8/CX4-480C8/CX4-960C8, CX4-120C8X/CX4-240C8X/CX4-480C8X/CX4-960C8X, CX600/CX400, CX700/CX500
EMC Celerra: NS-120 (Native Block), NS-480 (Native Block), NS-960 (Native Block), NX4
NetApp FAS3000 Series: FAS3020/FAS3020C, FAS3050/FAS3050A, FAS3040/FAS3040C, FAS3070/FAS3070A, FAS3140/FAS3140A, FAS3160/FAS3160A, FAS3170/FAS3170A
FAS2000 Series: FAS2020A, FAS2050A, FAS2040A
FAS6000 Series: FAS6040/FAS6040A, FAS6080/FAS6080A, FAS6030/FAS6030A, FAS6070/FAS6070A
V3000 Series: V-Series: V3020/V3020C, V3050/V3050A, V3140/V3140A, V3170/V3170A, V3070/V3070A, V3160/V3160A
V6000 Series: V6040/V6040A, V6030/V6030A, V6070/V6070A, V6080/V6080A
FAS2020A, FAS2050A, FAS2040A
NEC NEC Symmetrix: DMX-4
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS)

USP-V, USP-VM, VSP

AMS 2000 Series: AMS 2100, AMS 2300, AMS 2500
Hewlett Packard (HP) EVA: EVA 6400, EVA 8400
XP: XP 12000, XP 20000, XP 24000
3PAR InServ Storage Servers (E-Class, F-Class, S-Class, and T-Class)
Other storage adapters supported on UCS:

Emulex UCS HBAs/CNAs support a wide range of storage devices including those from EMC, NetApp, IBM storage, HP storage, HDS. For the complete storage interoperability list refer to Emulex UCS HBA/CNA: storage interoperability list.


QLogic UCS HBAs/CNAs support a wide range of storage devices including those from EMC, NetApp, IBM storage, HP storage, HDS. For the complete storage interoperability list refer to QLogic UCS HBA/CNA: storage interoperability list.

Standards-Based Benchmark Results

Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) Benchmarks


SPEC CINT2006 Results


CINT2006 benchmarks provide integer compute-intensive performance comparisons:

Cisco UCS B200 M1 Blade Server Configurations


Cisco UCS B200 M2 Blade Server Configurations


SPEC CFP2006 Results


CFP2006 benchmarks provide floating-point compute-intensive performance comparisons:

Cisco UCS B440 M1


Cisco UCS B200 M1 Blade Server Configurations


Cisco UCS B200 M2 Blade Server Configurations


SPECjbb2005


SPECjbb2005 evaluates the performance of server-side Java by emulating a three-tier client-server system with emphasis on the middle tier.

Cisco UCS B230 M1 Blade Server


Cisco UCS C460 M1 High-Performance Rack-Mount Server


Cisco UCS B200 M1 Blade Server


Cisco UCS B200 M2 Blade Server Configurations


SPECjAppServer 2004


Cisco UCS B250 M2 Blade Server Configurations


SPEC OMPM2001 Results


Cisco UCS C460 M1


Cisco UCS M1 Blade Server Configurations


Cisco UCS B200 M2 Blade Server Configurations


SPEC OMPL2001 Results


Cisco UCS C460 M1


Cisco UCS B200 M2 Blade Server Configurations


VMware VMmark


Hardware vendors, virtualization software vendors, and other organizations use VMmark to measure the performance and scalability of applications running in virtualized environments.

Cisco UCS B200 M1 Blade Server


Cisco UCS B200 M2 Blade Server


Cisco UCS C460 M1 Rack Server


Cisco UCS B250 M2 Blade Server Configurations

Industry Awards and Recognition

2010


InfoWorld's 2010 Technology of the Year Awards: Unified Computing System

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2010 "CIO 100 Awards"

Won by Cisco Unified Computing System customers: Pitt Ohio, Taser, ExamWorks, King County, Monsanto, EMC, and NetApp.

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2010 VMWorld Award

Cisco Unified Computing System won in the "Hardware for Virtualization" category

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Cisco Unified Computing wins Market Challenger award for host servers for virtualization

In August 2010 Nemertes Research asked its pool of 2,004 total participants to rate their ten top host-server providers. Cisco´s win was built on solid scores in all categories, leading in both customer services and value.

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2009

Unified Computing System wins eWeek 2009 "Enterprise IT Products of the Year"

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Cisco Innovation Recognized with Best of VMWorld 2009 GOLD Award: Hardware for Virtualization

SearchServerVirtualization.com received over 175 nominees for the eight categories, and Cisco's new Unified Computing System (UCS) wins with a combination of server, network and virtualization resources into a single integrated platform.

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Cisco Unified Computing System Wins "Best Data Center Innovation" Award

BladeSystems Insight is an executive summit for data center blade-server technologies, which took place April 2009 in Las Vegas before an audience of more than 150 hosted end-user executives; vendor sponsors; key industry analysts including Forrester and IDC; association leaders; and others. This award was based on voting from attending IT executives near the end of the event when attendees had taken the the opportunity to experience and evaluate the full range of companies, products, and presentations.



Cisco Unified Computing System Wins Best of INTEROP 2009 for Data Center & Storage


"It's clear that Cisco really examined the server virtualization challenge carefully when they designed the UCS. Everywhere you look, you can see how they focused on removing virtualization bottlenecks and enabling flexible device management at every level - plus they've left plenty of room for growth. That's why the UCS is our choice for the BOI Data Center and Storage Category winner for 2009." — Steven Hill, InformationWeek


Industry Reports

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