• Cisco’s Trajectory In Gartner’s Magic Quadrant For Blade Servers

    May 16th, 2013 Trajectories are telling. They tell where an object started, where it currently is, and where it is most likely headed. While Gartner Magic Quadrants are “point in time” research reports and stand independent of any previous or future report, comparing the movement of vendors within the quadrant over time provides insight on […]

    May 16th, 2013 | Filed under Cisco UCS
  • UCS Networking: Simplicity of Rack Connectivity PLUS All The Benefits of Blade and Virtualization

    October 18th, 2012 There are many reasons why Cisco UCS isn’t a “me too” blade solution. Just some of the differentiators compared to its competitors are: consolidated management, stateless configuration and identity using Service Profiles, form factor design that accommodates the best CPU/memory/IO footprint, highly efficient power and cooling design, extensive 3rd party management integration, […]

    Oct 18th, 2012 | Filed under Cisco UCS
  • A Quick Primer on Cisco Fabric Extension (FEX-Link)

    August 20th, 2012 One of the many technologies used by Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) is Fabric Extension. Before we discuss the applications of Fabric Extension and how it’s used within UCS (in subsequent blog posts), let’s first discuss the basic problem that fabric extension solves, walk through a quick component overview, and lastly, discuss […]

    Aug 20th, 2012 | Filed under Cisco UCS
  • Introduction to the New Cisco UCS 6296UP Fabric Interconnect and 2204XP I/O Module

    May 18th, 2012 Today Cisco began shipping two brand new additions to the Cisco UCS fabric portfolio – a new Fabric Interconnect (6296UP) and a new I/O module (2204XP). In 2011, Cisco began shipping the UCS 6248UP Fabric Interconnect. This year, Cisco augments the Fabric Interconnect portfolio with the Cisco UCS 6296UP Fabric Interconnect. You […]

    May 18th, 2012 | Filed under Cisco UCS
  • UCS 2.0: Cisco Stacks the Deck in Las Vegas

    July 15th, 2011 This week at CiscoLive 2011 in Las Vegas, Cisco announced new additions to the Cisco UCS fabric architecture. In addition to the existing UCS fabric hardware, UCS customers now have a choice of a new Fabric Interconnect, a new chassis I/O module, and a new Virtual Interface Card.  The 6248UP Fabric Interconnect delivers […]

    Jul 15th, 2011 | Filed under Cisco UCS
  • The Tale of Two Cisco UCS Predictions

    May 25th, 2011 If Charles Dickens were to write a book about it, it would begin like this: “It was the best of predictions, it was the worst of predictions, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief from a new comer, it was the epoch […]

    May 25th, 2011 | Filed under Cisco UCS
  • Cisco UCS B-Series NIC Teaming & Bonding OS Support Matrices

    May 17th, 2011 Recently, a couple of Twitter pals of mine, @veverything and @ChrisFendya, discussed VMware KB article 1013094 that stated an unsupported teaming type for the Cisco UCS B200 blade server. Their discussion made me realize that there wasn’t an easy-to-find resource for Cisco UCS customers that needed to know “OS Team Types Supported […]

    May 17th, 2011 | Filed under Cisco UCS
  • The Cisco UCS Advantage Series

    April 7th, 2011 (updated May 6th, 2011) I love a box of chocolates for one simple reason – it provides a variety of bite-sized samples.  I get to taste several small samples and quickly determine which ones interest me and which ones don’t.  Well, why not package technical product discussions the same way?  I mean, why […]

    Apr 7th, 2011 | Filed under Cisco UCS
  • Cisco’s Stocking Stuffer for UCS Customers: Firmware Release 1.4(1)

    Santa came early this year for Cisco UCS customers. Today, Cisco released UCS firmware version 1.4(1). This release is the single most impressive feature enhancement release I’ve seen in all my 11 years of working on blade servers. Allow me to walk you through this list of new features and provide a deeper dive into some of the details behind each one.

    Dec 20th, 2010 | Filed under Cisco UCS
  • Cisco UCS Case Studies and References

    Cisco’s entry into the server market is the real deal and you can believe everything on Cisco’s resume. Just for starters, here’s just 50 or so references from respectable sources that I’ve come across recently.

    Oct 26th, 2010 | Filed under Cisco UCS
  • The Cisco UCS B230 – the Goldilocks Blade Server

    Sept 14, 2010 As the fairy tale goes, Goldilocks thought the chairs were either too big or too small. Unfortunately, she could have also been describing many blade servers out there today – they’re either too big (taking up too many expensive blade chassis/mini-rack slots) or they’re too small (providing too little memory). In a […]

    Sep 14th, 2010 | Filed under Cisco UCS
  • Great Minds Think Alike – Cisco and VMware Agree On Sharing vs. Limiting

    Sept. 13th, 2010 While reading a very informative blog post by Aaron Delp regarding VMware’s new NetIOC capability, I realized that Cisco and VMware are on the same page when it comes to server network traffic control. VMware’s NetIOC best practices plainly state exactly what Cisco has been advocating for so long – the user […]

    Sep 13th, 2010 | Filed under Cisco UCS
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Server Network Adapter Options Overview

    Sept. 12th, 2010 Here’s a quick overview of the server network adapter options for Cisco’s UCS B-Series blade servers. Cisco has three classes of adapters: Cost Optimized: 82598KR-I (Intel), M61KR-I (Intel), and M51KR-B (Broadcom) _ Compatibility Optimized: M71KR-E (Intel+Emulex), M71KR-Q (Intel+QLogic), M72KR-E (Emulex), and M72KR-Q (QLogic) _ Virtualization Optimized: M81KR (Palo)

    Sep 12th, 2010 | Filed under Cisco UCS
  • Virtual Disconnect: Migrating from HP BladeSystem to Cisco UCS

    Virtual Disconnect: Jeff Allen & Doron Chosnek demo a scripted migration of a SAN-boot workload from an HP blade to a Cisco UCS blade

    Aug 26th, 2010 | Filed under Cisco UCS
  • The Real Story About the UCS Automobile

    July 23rd, 2010 I have a very convoluted family background – from being a long, lost relative of the late Marie Antoinette to being an ashamed relative of a modern day actor that can’t seem to stay out of jail.  Somewhere in between, I have a whole slew of relatives with the last name of […]

    Jul 23rd, 2010 | Filed under Cisco UCS
  • The "Mini-Rack" Approach To Blade Server Design

    Cisco’s outside-the-box engineering has resulted in a brand new blade architecture. Cisco has just developed the first “automobile” class blade server architecture and the legacy “horse-n-buggy” blade server vendors are scrambling.

    May 3rd, 2010 | Filed under Cisco UCS
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  • The State of Statelessness: Cisco UCS vs. HP Virtual Connect

    Centralizing AS MANY server configuration ‘knobs and buttons’ can only lead to quicker, more efficient, and more error-free server deployments. This allows the Server, LAN, and SAN teams to effectively coordinate the roll out of a new server with minimal effort. No one has to go look in 15 different locations to collect all the configuration information for a server to make sure it was done right or to troubleshoot a problem down the road. Cisco’s UCS Service Profile delivers this capability to customers today and delivers more than four times the features than HP.

    Apr 5th, 2010 | Filed under Cisco UCS
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