Cisco on Thursday announced significant enhancements to its Unified Computing System (UCS) business.
The value addition is important for Cisco, which is reeling under pricing pressure due to slow revival of IT markets in key countries.
As of the end of FY 2014, Cisco UCS has attracted over 36,500 customers, which is responsible for 30 percent year-over-year growth.
Cisco’s expanded UCS portfolio addresses new market segments and use cases with the introduction of Cisco UCS M-Series Modular Servers for cloud-scale applications, and Cisco UCS Mini for small-scale and enterprise-edge environments.
The new UCS portfolio brings fresh levels of power and scalability for a range of data center workloads by unveiling new fourth-generation UCS Rack and Blade Servers for application performance, and new UCS Director solutions to manage Big Data infrastructure workloads, said Cisco.
The enhancements are expected to address demands driven by the rapid growth of Big Data, Internet of Everything, mobility, video and cloud.
Paul Perez, vice president and general manager, Cisco UCS, said: “With this expanded portfolio, Cisco is delivering the largest wave of computing innovation since the original introduction of UCS — we are continually challenging and evolving how data center infrastructure should be architected and managed.”
New features of Cisco UCS
The company claims that new Cisco UCS M-Series Modular Servers deliver better operational efficiency for cloud service providers and enterprise customers. Cisco System Link Technology enables the UCS M-Series to ensure an optimized approach that can eliminate up to 95 percent of the system components duplicated in a traditional server design.
The new Cisco UCS can deliver up to 36 percent combined TCO savings.
In addition, the new Cisco UCS C3160 Rack Server, featuring high-capacity local disk storage, is ideal for distributed data analytics and object stores, unstructured data repositories, and media streaming and transcoding.
Cisco UCS Mini delivers servers, storage and networking in a compact form factor. Enterprise CIOs will get 36 percent cost advantage in total cost of ownership compared to traditional rack servers. For customers operating large numbers of remote sites or branch offices, UCS systems management enables operations and policy control of distributed computing at a massive scale, said Cisco.