Cisco UCS Case Studies and References

Oct. 26, 2010

“Products looking for customers” are very similar to “people looking for jobs” – the need for references that vouch for promised capabilities is a must. One or two people saying you can walk on water or turn water into wine probably won’t convince anyone that you told the truth on your resume. However, show up with 50+ quotable references from respectable sources and your prospective employer realizes you’re the real deal.

Well, Cisco’s entry into the server market is the real deal and you can believe everything on Cisco’s server resume. Just for starters, here are just 50 or so references from respectable sources that I’ve come across recently. Unfortunately, I can only list references with public statements regarding their UCS experiences. In other words, this list is just the tip of the iceberg of UCS deployments.

So, the next time a doubting Thomas questions why you hired Cisco as your server vendor, provide them with this list of references.


Cisco UCS Enterprise/Commercial/SLED Customers

Corporate Express:
“According to another Corporate Express executive, Chad Singleton, much of the reason the company picked the Cisco platform was its high degree of integration with VMware. He noted Cisco’s server rivals didn’t offer the same level of integration yet.”

City & County of San Francisco:
Delivers cloud services with Cisco’s Unified Computing System and saw a 300 to 400 percent improvement in service to their city and county customers:

Saved over US$200,000 in annual IT costs using Cisco’s UCS, avoided US$333,000 in costs for new desktop computers and was able to reduce the IT support staff to employee ratio to 1 to 250:

Hay Group:
Accelerated the time to deploy new services from weeks to minutes leveraging Cisco UCS over stand alone server solutions:

The choice for Cisco and the UCS platform was taken based on the performance of the blade platform…:

Molina Healthcare:
Cisco UCS allows Molina to efficiently scale their data center resources and provides 20% cost savings:

Moses Cone:
Reduced the time to implement a VMware ESX host from two days to one hour and saved 96 hours on server configuration with their initial install:

Nighthawk Radiology:
Reduced physical server count by more than 50%, Lowered per-chassis cabling requirements by a factor of five, gained the ability to provision servers in 15-20 minutes with UCS.
“With the Cisco Unified Computing System and Nexus solutions, we’ve experienced extremely high availability, coupled with lower costs and simplified managment.”
“Decreased the time needed to deploy and manage servers by 80%.”

Monsanto Company:
“[Monsanto] is working with BMC Software and the Cisco Unified Computing System to achieve its goal of 70 percent server virtualization as it begins deploying a cloud-based infrastructure that will be the cornerstone of Monsanto’s IT.”

Pitt Ohio Express:
Virtual Machines can now be restored 5 minutes to an hour compared to 8 to 12 hours with legacy servers, cabling connections to each server dropped from 40 to 6 and the 20 fold increase in staff productivity allows them to focus on more strategic, proactive projects:

State of New Mexico:
Will leverage Cisco UCS to deliver infrastructure-as-a service to dramatically reduce both IT and energy costs:

Provisioned 28 logical servers in 3 days, spending 74% less compared to their previous architecture, reduced management costs per server from $1574 to $80 and the efficiencies provided by the Cisco UCS freed up 10 hours weekly, per person, to spend on tasks that add business value:

Cisco UCS enabled TASER to deploy a new service called, to help law enforcement agencies to increase operational excellence and administrative efficiency. Planning to completion of the infrastructure took just 98 days, they saved $900,000 in up front capital costs and reduced annual energy costs by $37,000.

Tele Sistemi Ferroviari:
Expects revenues from this new Infrastructure-as-a-Service to reach 2-3% of total revenues within its first year, while reducing cabling costs by 70%, new server provisioning costs by 25% and power consumption by 60%:

Travelport :
Was able to reduce their overall data center footprint while reducing the time to deploy both virtual and non-virtual applications much more quickly, which is critical in the global travel industry:

Tutor Perini:
Reduced their data center footprint by 60%, reduced power consumption by 38% and Cisco UCS enabled them to support 4 times as many servers on a VMware ESX host as they did previously. They were able to provision 22 new VMware ESX hosts and their I/O properties in just two hours:

University of Seattle:
Is leveraging Virtual Desktops with Cisco UCS in their labs to reduce operating expenses and extend the lifecycle of their desktops. They now have the ability to deploy specific applications for any education or administrative department on demand:

“…Cisco’s Unified Computing System is core to the Westpac vision”. “Westpac chief technology officer Sarv Girn said the bank had already cut down the time it took to provision a new server “from weeks to days”.

Cisco UCS provides the flexibility to keep up with rapidly changing business demands in the competitive trading environment, future server replacement costs are reduced by 90% and new trading applications can be provisioned in hours as opposed to weeks.
“Reduction of operational costs by 30% and capital costs by 20% while delivering agility to meet customer demand.”


Cisco UCS Service Provider Customers

David Sharpley, Senior Vice President, Bridgewater Systems: “Supporting Cisco’s Unified Computing System reflects Bridgewater’s portfolio strategy to ensure service providers can deploy our complete and pre-integrated control plane portfolio to increase scalability and business agility, and to reduce total cost of ownership.”

Cable and Wireless:
“Cable&Wireless Worldwide has selected Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) as its next-generation data centre platform to deliver an enterprise cloud computing solution held within the Wide Area Network (WAN).”

Cincinnati Bell:
“CBTS is extending its collaboration with SAP and the Virtual Computing Environment coalition to provide hosting and virtualization services in support of SAP applications that run on Vblock, integrated IT offerings built with best-in-class virtualization, compute, storage, security and management technologies from Cisco, EMC and VMware.”

Entel :
“Entel, one of the most important telecommunications and information technology companies in Chile, has chosen Cisco, NetApp and VMware as technology suppliers of its data center in Ciudad de los Valles, the biggest and most modern data center for on-demand services in the country.”

According to Otto, the Cisco UCS and the Nexus 1000V virtual Cisco switches are among the new ECKD architecture’s most innovative elements. “There are many IT virtualization strategies out there, but no one has managed to make virtualization as far-reaching as Cisco UCS and VMware vSphere 4 have,” the managing director says.

NASA Ames:
The containerized datacenter solution includes the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) as well as Silicon Mechanics servers in a FOREST Container from Verari Systems. This approach enables the rapid deployment of a fully integrated IT infrastructure, including computing, storage, networking, virtualization, and systems management.:

NaviSite has fully integrated the Cisco Unified Computing System as a key technology foundation for NaviCloud, NaviSite’s cloud computing platform. Cisco Unified Computing System unites computational, network, storage access, and virtualization into a scalable, modular architecture that is managed as a single system.
“We calculated that operating 200 PeopleSoft servers on Cisco UCS costs 20% less than on blade servers.”

Orange Business Services together with Cisco, EMC and VMware have formed a business alliance, called Flexible 4 Business, to offer end-to-end cloud computing services for enterprises.

Parentix decided to purchase UCS based on the solution’s performance metrics alone, a bold move that is typical of the company’s innovative approach. “We were the first company in the Netherlands to move to the Cisco UCS platform, and we made that decision even before it became available for testing,” says technical director Vincent Kemp. “That was a clear sign of our trust in Cisco, and we were not disappointed.”

You cannot achieve virtualization by reading any one white paper,” says Etienne van Rijn, manager infrastructure and solutions at PINS. “In our case, we use a range of technologies from IBM, EQllogic, Intel, HP, VMware, and Cisco. UCS gave us a practical path to unify this mixed environment and extend our virtualization strategy.”

Portugal Telecom:
Zeinal Bava, chief executive officer, Portugal Telecom: “Portugal Telecom is a market-leading innovator in a privileged position to deliver premium, advanced cloud computing services in the Portuguese market. In order to keep giving our customers the most advanced services we have to work with partners like Cisco, who share our passion for customer-focused innovation.”

Savvis will integrate the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) as the cornerstone of Savvis Symphony, Savvis’ next-generation private clouds platform…

SingTel is the first Asian operator to announce plans to use VCE’s products. It will use the VCE products to offer hosted computing services to corporate customers.

Saudi Telecom Company:
Samir Matboly, vice president, Enterprise Business Unit, STC: ” The Cisco team has demonstrated the ability to provide the STC Data Center 3.0 vision and technology solutions to equip us with the right technology for managed data center services and cloud computing.”

SunGard’s cloud platform … combines best-in-class technology including Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS), Nexus 1000v and Multilayer Director Switches (MDS), EMC CLARiiON storage (secured by RSA), and the VMware vSphere™ platform.

Cisco’s unified computing systems and VMware’s software virtualisation technology will provide the base for Telstra’s cloud offering. Oracle and SAP are among the enterprise software packages to be made available.

“The coalition of Cisco, EMC and VMware proposed to us optimal solution, says Director-General Tieto in Russia and CIS. – Because of their technologies we are ready to completely satisfy the need of our clients…”

Cisco Services then validated the entire project and helped TSF to create a scaling model for the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). They also implemented UCS in the new data center and supported TSF throughout the deployment.”


Cisco UCS Partners & Distributors

Cisco and EMC, together with VMware, form coalition to accelerate pervasive Data Center Virtualization and Private Cloud Infrastructures:

Managing director Jon Pickering said, “Cisco UCS is really compelling from a customer standpoint and with the pipeline we have in place we are expecting a big year in data centre, especially around UCS.  It provides a very positive message to take to our customers.”

“Today’s announcement confirms VCE’s Vblock [including UCS] as the preferred technology stack for CSC’s cloud offerings to help customers more easily and securely migrate their business processes to the cloud.”

Logicalis (UCS with CA Technologies):
“Chris Gabriel, director of marketing for Logicalis, provides case study at CA World on how the Cooperative Enterprise Cloud, a private and public hybrid cloud service, uses the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and CA Service Automation and Service Assurance solutions to provide a superior service for Logicalis customers.”

MTI Europe:
“MTI, the specialist cloud infrastructure consultancy and integrator for Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition, a collaboration of Cisco, EMC, and VMware, today announces the opening of its third MTI Solution Centre showcasing VblockTM Infrastructure Packages in Croissy, Paris, France.”

Tech Data Opens Cisco Unified Computing System B- And C-Series Data Center:
“The addition of the Cisco Unified Computing System B- and C-Series Servers ensures the center remains a premier solutions demo and education facility, and we encourage Cisco channel partners to take full advantage of it.”

Tata Consultancy Services (TSC):
“Cisco’s game changing Unified Computing Systems and TCS ‘ Application and Infrastructure Management skills will accelerate time to market and deliver real results to global businesses.”

“Wipro views UCS as a game changer which addresses the needs of next-generation DC viz. cloud computing, consolidated, virtualized and automated data center environment, power efficient computing, proactive management and predictable operations.”

UCS with BMC:

  • Force 3:
    “Force 3, delivering the best in federal security, unified communications and data center solutions, today announced that its Data Center team has been awarded a six-month, $6 million contract by the Department of Defense’s Defense Media Activity (DMA) to provide comprehensive server [Cisco UCS], network, virtualization and management infrastructure to meet BRAC initiatives.”

UCS with Intel

UCS with NetApp

UCS with Oracle

UCS with SAP

Oct 26th, 2010 | Posted in Cisco UCS