Cisco UCS Director Data Sheet

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Cisco UCS® Director enables a foundation for open private cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and orchestration across Cisco® and third-party hardware.

Product overview

Automation delivers the essential scale, speed, and repeatable accuracy that your business needs to increase productivity and respond quickly to business opportunities. Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) Director replaces manual configuration and provisioning processes with orchestration to optimize and simplify delivery of data center resources.

This open private-cloud platform delivers on-premises Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from the core to the edge. Automated workflows configure, deploy, and manage infrastructure resources across Cisco and third-party computing, network, and storage resources and converged and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions. A self-service portal, modern service catalog, and the more than 2500 multivendor tasks enable the on-demand access to integrated services across data center stacks. This function allows IT professionals and development teams to order and manage infrastructure services on demand.

Cisco UCS Director is supported by a broad, well-established ecosystem. Third-party hardware and solution vendors support the platform using a publicly available SDK with open southbound Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that are downloadable. The SDK contains all the required APIs and management functions for the third-party hardware or solution to be added into the Cisco UCS Director management model. Similarly, the north bound API is supported by the broader Cisco UCS ecosystem of DevOps and IT Operations Management (ITOM) tools, meaning you can transition to cloud using existing tools as you adopt new automation and continuous delivery processes.

Features and benefits

Table 1 lists the main features and benefits of Cisco UCS Director.

Table 1.        Main features and benefits

Feature or function


Orchestration engine

  On-demand rollout of infrastructure components, bare-metal servers, and virtualized resources with automated configuration, deployment, and management of data center infrastructure stacks.
  Library of more than 2500 multivendor tasks for creating end-to-end infrastructure services.
  Detection of resource changes coupled with resource movement to update workflows.
  Extended automation of tasks such as bare-metal server software installation; physical network and storage provisioning; Storage-Area Network (SAN) zoning; virtual machine provisioning with software stack and database installation; disaster-recovery failover; and decommissioning of servers, hosts, and virtual machines.

Cisco Intersight enabled CI/CD for Cisco UCS Director

  Ability to automatically download periodic software enhancements upgrades, bug fixes and updates to UCS Director installation through Cisco Intersight.
  Enables Continuous Integration Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) to deliver Software-as-a-Services (SaaS) benefits for on premise UCS Director installed inside customers Data Center.
  The entire UCS Director application, including Base Platform Pack, System Update Manager and infrastructure specific Connector Packs, can be automatically downloaded through Cisco Intersight.

Cisco Intersight enabled Connected TAC support

  Enables proactive notifications and "one-click" diagnostics collection for UCS Director installation from Cisco Intersight platform.
  Provides a consistent means of supporting all Cisco UCS and HyperFlex systems through Cisco Intersight.

Self-service portal

  Allows end users to order and deploy new infrastructure instances conforming to IT-prescribed policies and governance with approval processes, budget validation, and lifecycle management.
  With integrated service capabilities, delivers IaaS in shared service model (VPC Shared); users can provision virtual machines and applications from a pool of assigned resources by using predefined policies and workflow service requests.
  Extensible service platform creates new service offers with ability to catalog services.
  Offers metering of resource usage and consumption for showback reports that can be exported to third-party billing systems.

Broad heterogeneous support

  Ability to automate a wide array of tasks and use cases across a broad variety of supported Cisco and third-party hardware and software data center components (refer to Table 2).
  Automated setup of VCE VxBlockNetApp FlexPod, IBM VersaStack, and  Pure Storage FlashStack converged infrastructure.
  Automation for Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS ®) servers, Cisco HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure, and Cisco Nexus ® switches.
  Provisioning and management of physical and virtual switches and dynamic network technologies.
  Automated provisioning and management of storage virtual machines, filers, virtual filers, Logical Unit Numbers (LUNs), and volumes.
  Discovery, mapping, and monitoring of physical and logical data center topologies.

Optimized Multi-Node deployment for scaling

  Multi-node configuration has been optimized to handle scale with one primary node and one database node.

Support for Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI®) and ACI Anywhere

  Workflows orchestrate the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) configuration and management tasks.
  Support for multitenancy, which enables policy-based and shared use of the infrastructure, and the ability to define contracts between different container tiers allow you to apply rules between tiers.
  Cisco ACI Multi-Site Controller Automation enables centralized automation, configuration, and management, including Policy-Based Redirect (PBR).

Developer functions

  Native Java editor builds custom tasks with Cisco UCS Director Java libraries that enable orchestration operations.
  Native execution of commands or scripts is performed on Microsoft’s PowerShell agent.
  More than 400 predefined and certified code samples are available from a free community site.

Platform support

Cisco UCS Director supports a broad range of data-center infrastructure from Cisco and third-party infrastructure vendors. Complete and detailed information about vendor-specific models and supported operating systems is available in the Cisco UCS Director Compatibility Matrix.

The Cisco difference

Cisco model-based automation allows IT staff to provision, pool, and schedule resources for delivery within minutes, delivering significant cost and time savings. By abstracting hardware and software into programmable tasks, IT organizations can build automated workflows for virtual, physical, converged, and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions. Cisco UCS Director increases operational efficiency by validating configurations and resource assignments, reducing the time spent on troubleshooting and bug fixes. Cisco UCS Director offers the following additional features:

      Creation of automated workflows that span Cisco and multivendor hardware as well as converged and hyperconverged solutions

      Automated discovery, mapping, and monitoring of data center topologies to validate workflows in real time and update existing automated services

      Guaranteed mutual exclusion across workflows, helping ensure resource synchronization

      Support for VMware vCenter 8.0 and vSAN 6.6 and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and Hyper-V Server 2022

      Support for new VMware Remote Console (VMRC) HTML-based console SDK


Cisco UCS Director is available as an add-on license to Cisco Intersight Infrastructure Services Essentials or Advantage. (Intersight and the UCS Director add-ons must be ordered together; they cannot be ordered separately.)

Use the PID DC-MGT-SAAS and select one of the four Intersight license options.

      Select DC-MGT-IS-SAAS-ES for SaaS Cisco Intersight Infrastructure Services Essentials license tier and enter the quantity 1 or more, OR

      Select DC-MGT-IS-SAAS-AD for SaaS Cisco Intersight Infrastructure Services Advantage license tier and enter the quantity 1 or more, OR

      Select DC-MGT-IS-PVAPP-ES for PVA Cisco Intersight Infrastructure Services Essentials license tier and enter the quantity 1 or more, OR

      Select DC-MGT-IS-PVAPP-AD for PVA Cisco Intersight Infrastructure Services Advantage license tier and enter the quantity 1 or more,

      AND select DC-MGT-IS-UCSD Add-ON and enter quantity 1 or more. The quantity shall not exceed the sum of all Cisco Intersight Infrastructure Services license tier quantities.

A brand new installation of Cisco UCS Director requires one instance of UCS Director base license. Use the PID “CUIC-SVR-OFFERS=” and select “CUIC-BASE-K9.”

For more details, contact your Cisco partner or account team.

System requirements

Cisco UCS Director can be hosted on VMware vSphere or vCenter as well as Microsoft HyperV Manager. Minimum system requirements depend on the number of virtual machines that Cisco UCS Director will manage. For example, if you plan to manage up to 2000 virtual machines, use Table 3 to determine the minimum system requirements.

Table 2.        Minimum system requirements for up to 2000 virtual machines


Minimum supported requirement




16 GB

Primary disk (hard disk 1)

100 GB

Secondary disk (hard disk 2)

100 GB

Please refer to the Cisco UCS Director 6.8 Installation Guide. For minimum system requirements for larger environments as well as minimum database and memory configurations, see the Cisco UCS Director Multi-Node Installation and Configuration Guide.

Ordering information

Please contact your Cisco sales representative or partner for ordering information.

Warranty information

Refer to the Cisco software warranty policy for more details.

Cisco and partner services

Services from Cisco and our certified partners can help you transform your data center and accelerate business innovation and growth. For more information, visit

Be competitive now

To remain competitive, your organization needs to deliver scale and speed while increasing operation efficiency. Resolve these challenges with Cisco UCS Director. It optimizes the delivery of data center resources with model-based automation that delivers infrastructure within minutes. When combined with Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite, it provides the foundational automation layer for private cloud deployments. Learn more at

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