03/08/2012 - Cisco Updates UCS With Xeon Servers, Unified Management

By Joseph F. Kovar, CRN

Cisco (NSDQ:CSCO) on Thursday unveiled the third generation of its Cisco UCS fabric computing platform centered on new servers based on Intel's Xeon E5-2600 processors.

The new UCS platform also features enhanced unified management technology for increased network and data center scalability, and improved bandwidth and scalability for virtualized environments, said Todd Brannon, Cisco's senior marketing manager for unified computing.

The new third generation Cisco UCS platform builds on the momentum UCS has shown since it was first launched two years ago this month, said John Chambers, chairman and CEO during a Thursday webcast introducing the new technology.

That momentum includes a current UCS server annual run rate of $1.3 billion, and a year-over-year growth rate of 90 percent in the last quarter, Chambers said. "Once again, Cisco is majorly committed to leading in the data center, and committed to leading in the cloud," he said.

Cisco UCS is a converged infrastructure offering which combines Cisco's server and networking technology into a single managed solution. It is the server and networking foundation on which both VCE's Vblock and NetApp's FlexPod converged server-storage-networking solutions are built.

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