Unified Computing Benefits

Move Beyond Infrastructure Maintenance

As enterprise computing systems increase in scale, they also increase in complexity. And as complexity increases, so does the expense of deployment and ongoing management.

Today, more than 70 percent of IT budget is spent simply to maintain and manage existing infrastructure (Source: Forrester, December 2008). The result: IT organizations must continually increase resources to maintain a complex and inflexible infrastructure versus using them to rapidly and effectively respond to business needs.

IT organizations are looking for ways to substantially decrease cost of ownership while increasing IT business value. The Cisco Unified Computing System helps address these challenges by streamlining data center resources, scaling service delivery, and radically reducing the number of devices requiring setup, management, power/cooling, and cabling.

Bridge the Divide Between IT and Business Needs

The Cisco Unified Computing System can deliver the following benefits:

  • Reduce total cost of ownership at the platform, site, and organizational levels
  • Increase IT staff productivity and business agility through just-in-time provisioning and mobility support for both virtualized and non-virtualized environments
  • Enable scalability through a design for up to 320 discrete servers and thousands of virtual machines in a single highly available management domain
  • Use industry standards supported by a partner ecosystem of innovative, trusted industry leaders

Separate Scale From Complexity

As a next-generation data center platform, the Cisco Unified Computing System:

  • Unites computing, networking, storage access, and virtualization into a cohesive system
  • Integrates a low-latency, lossless 10 Gigabit Ethernet unified network fabric with enterprise-class, x86-architecture servers

This approach separates scale from complexity. Whether the system has 1 server or 320 servers with thousands of virtual machines, all resources participate in a unified management domain designed to:

  • Reduce total cost of ownership at the platform, site, and organizational levels
  • Increase IT staff productivity and business agility through just-in-time provisioning and mobility support

Simplified Management

Enable rapid provisioning of applications and infrastructure from shared pools of computing, storage, and network resources; enable rapid provisioning and scaling of IT infrastructure through unified, model-based management powered by Cisco service profiles.

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