The networking giant has released Unified Computing Initiative, The Cisco Unified Computing System, focusing Data Centers, Or Server farms where entities entrust their data processing needs, to serve thousands of users. There have been many tools focusing on the problem of solving data center problems but they were either computer hardware or software based, such as virtualization but remained modularized due to various reasons.
Unified Computing is made to unify all the components of a data center, and provide networking, computing, storage, and virtualization resources in a streamlined package.
This drastically reduces the resources needed to achieve data center needs, from hardware, OS software, Management and power requirements.
Instead of just providing networking resources, Cisco will add Cisco UCS 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis, which supports up to eight blade servers and up to two fabric extenders like, Cisco UCS 2100 Series, which provide up to four 10Gbps connections each between blade servers and the fabric interconnect.
For Servers, Cisco offeres Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers, based on Intel Xeon processors and offered in two different configurations.
The Cisco UCS 6100 Series Fabric Interconnects, a family of line-rate, low-latency, lossless, 10Gbps Cisco Data Center Ethernet and FCoE interconnect switches exposes the system to the network.
Microsoft, VMware, BMC Software, and Accenture are partnering with Cisco in the venture.
Unified Computing Video is here
John Chambers Announces Unified Computing
Monday, March 16, 2009