There are two sides to Cisco’s success with UCS announced today. It’s a great achievement that has a hidden challenges.
In the Cisco UCS servers, there are three classes or categories of Network Adapters for B-series and C-Server servers. I write this down because it’s pretty hard to find this summary anywhere is Cisco’s documentation and I keep having to tell people the difference. Now I can point them at this blog post.
You can take the view that Cisco Unified Computing System is a product that is carefully designed so that selling it is as easy as possible. A cynical marketing analysis has produced a product that customers can be convinced to buy. Or is it an innovation in server and data centre design that is desperately needed ?
I was recently asked to consider Cisco and their UCS and whether it is ready for adoption. This raised a number of questions that I’d like to have answers for.
I found some information today, realised that UCS is really servers with fancy NICs. It also reinforced my belief that Cisco is responding to HP & IBM, not attacking them.