Everything you need to know about Cisco’s new UCS Mini

Cisco launched the UCS Mini for SMB'sMedia outlets are saying Cisco’s just-announced UCS Mini is the ‘blade runner’ of hyper-convergence, that Cisco just upped its UCS server game and that it’s the first truly disaggregated server in the world. So what is UCS Mini and why should you care?

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Converged Data Centers – A Flexible, Integrated Architecture [Cisco]

Out of many, one.

The history of enterprise computing has been marked by compromises between scale and simplicity. As systems increased in scale, they also increased in complexity, and as complexity increased, so did the expense of deployment and ongoing management.

That’s why it’s hardly surprising that today more than 70 percent of IT budgets are spent simply maintaining and managing existing infrastructures. The result: IT organizations find themselves continually increasing the resources used to maintain their complex and inflexible infrastructures instead of using those resources to effectively respond to evolving business needs.

To add insult to injury, the downturn in the economy has put pressure on all enterprises to control IT costs even while business owners squeeze IT services to, you guessed it, do more with less.

Overcoming these IT hurdles requires first addressing and overcoming three overarching data center challenges: [Read more…]

A mass of data center cables is soooo last season. [Cisco]

Meet the unified infrastructure behind the new virtual reality.

While virtualization may sound like the uber-buzzword du jour, the fact is there are real reasons for all the buzz – enterprises are relying on the proven benefits of virtualization to make the implementation of on demand desktops, applications and a whole host of cloud-based technologies work securely, quickly, flexibly, all without breaking the bank.

The challenge – an perhaps irony – is that making a cloud-based virtual world work still depends more than anything on the nuts and bolts of an efficient and very real data center environment.

Right now, though, IT administrators spend too much time manually accomplishing basic integration tasks related to their data center’s individual components and rigid, inflexible platforms rather than focusing on the more strategic, proactive initiatives they ought to.

That’s where the Cisco Unified Computing System™ comes in. UCS is a next-generation data center platform that unites compute, network, storage access and (yes) virtualization into a flexible, integrated cohesive system designed to reduce total cost of ownership and increase IT efficiency and business agility.

What does that mean?

Managed as a single system – whether it has one server or hundreds with thousands of virtual machines – UCS decouples scale from complexity, accelerating the delivery of new services simply, reliably and securely and solving key challenges in the data center. The results can’t help but grab your attention:

  • 20% lower cost for compute and network infrastructure
  • 60% greater virtual desktop density – with no effect on performance
  • Simple operation – start in minutes, scale in seconds
  • Massive scalability
  • Extended memory and I/O avoiding desktop virtualization bottlenecks.

How does UCS do it?

UCS is made up of a rich set of technical innovations that stand it apart from competitive products including [Read more…]