"We decided to implement this solution because it offers the highest efficiency per square metre in terms of processor performance. We can also manage the solution using a user-friendly, central management tool, the Cisco UCS Manager. This enables us to achieve maximum flexibility and scalability.”
Fabian Waser, Managing Director of vCloud
Today, more than 11,000 customers worldwide trust their business to Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) powered by the Intel® Xeon® Processor. By deploying virtualisation with UCS, customers are seeing a transformation, including:
Numbers and facts are the best way to prove something. Real customer benefits from using Cisco UCS include:
The following video also explains what 900 means in the context of benefits to UCS customers.
Cisco UCS, powered by the Intel® Xeon® Processor, was designed for simplicity, integration, speed, automation, and ease of use.
Various vendors run industry-recognized performance benchmark tests, such as:
In just three years, thanks to its unique unified architecture, Cisco UCS has scored the top record in up to 63 of those performance tests. This accomplishment is a testament to how effective the power of a unified architecture is.
Cisco UCS is about making IT simpler, faster, and more efficient, which means making the system easier to set up and expand. Cisco commissioned Principled Technologies, an independent company, to compare the process of adding two blades to an enclosure on a Cisco UCS and an HP system.
The result: it takes 67 percent fewer steps to add two blades to a working Cisco UCS than to an HP Blade enclosure.
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In the following video, Principled Technologies compares the process to deploy blades on a Cisco UCS and on an HP system. See why Cisco UCS deployment is 47 percent faster.
Traditionally, blade servers have offered better density and advanced management with a level of integration, oftentimes by adding complex and disparate modules to the system. Rack-based servers, however, were managed as discrete units.
Cisco UCS delivers unified, embedded management for network, storage, and compute. Even more uniquely, customers get the same advantages whether they deploy blade or rack form factors, or both. Cisco UCS Manager delivers the advantage of unification.
Through an innovate architecture, Cisco UCS supports large memory footprints of up to 192 GB of RAM. This architecture uses low-cost 4-GB dual in-line memory modules (DIMMs) rather than more expensive 8-GB DIMMs.
Also, using up to 384 GB of RAM on a dual socket system helps you support more virtual machines on memory-intensive applications. You can therefore reduce your investment in software licenses, which are usually CPU-bound. The result: you can do more with less.
Cisco provides a free online tool to calculate total cost of ownership and return on investment with UCS. You describe your current server environment and select a potential UCS solution as a comparison, and then see where you will save money.
Cisco Capital provides a complete financing solution for all components of the virtualised, cloud-based data center: compute, network, and storage. Whether you are building a new facility or upgrading your existing data center platform, our competitive interest rates help lower the cost of migration.
We also offer attractive trade-in options so that you can refresh your existing server and blade technology sooner. And by providing one contract for hardware, software, and services, we promote greater transparency of total cost of ownership and a simpler internal cost recovery model.
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