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Converged Data Centers – A Flexible, Integrated Architecture [Cisco]

Servers, Storage and Networking | Posted on April 16, 2012 by Lesley Morris

Out of many, one.

The history of enterprise computing has been marked by compromises between scale and simplicity. As systems increased in scale, they also increased in complexity, and as complexity increased, so did the expense of deployment and ongoing management.

That’s why it’s hardly surprising that today more than 70 percent of IT budgets are spent simply maintaining and managing existing infrastructures. The result: IT organizations find themselves continually increasing the resources used to maintain their complex and inflexible infrastructures instead of using those resources to effectively respond to evolving business needs.

To add insult to injury, the downturn in the economy has put pressure on all enterprises to control IT costs even while business owners squeeze IT services to, you guessed it, do more with less.

Overcoming these IT hurdles requires first addressing and overcoming three overarching data center challenges:

  • Challenge #1: Too many devices needing setup, management, power, cooling and cabling – Even if you’re using server virtualization, the traditional rack-mount server just doesn’t scale up well when you have hundreds or thousands to deal with. For IT to become more efficient and agile, the basic design must be improved.
  • Challenge #2: The increasing cost of ownership of equipment in the data center – This cumbersome and inefficient server management results in higher costs of ownership, not only because of the time it takes to keep the infrastructure running, but also because of hidden infrastructure costs.
  • Challenge #3: The need to scale and roll out new services faster – The time and cost it takes to select new servers and associated infrastructure, order and install them – or reconfigure older ones – is too long and too expensive. Capacity has to be increased, and configuration and reconfiguration needs to be faster and easier.

The way we see it, the solution to these challenges is to look for well integrated compute, network and virtualization solutions like Cisco’s Unified Computing– an advancement toward the next generation data center that links all resources together in a common architecture, reducing the barriers of complexity of highly virtualized data centers.

Put another way, Unified Computing eliminates manual integration in favor of an integrated architecture that breaks down the silos between compute, virtualization and connect.

“Cisco UCS allows us to have flexible workloads. When we need more computing power, we can quickly deploy more VMs. When workloads drop, we can power down the servers to reduce power and cooling costs. We are looking forward to much lower costs.” – Rajan Patel, Senior Network Engineer, Hannover Life

Cisco Unified Computing System

Easier infrastructure management, lower TCO, massive scalability and faster deployment.

In fact, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) does exactly this by streamlining data center resources, scaling service delivery and significantly reducing the number of devices requiring setup, management, power, cooling and cable.

If we look at the top 3 challenges outlined above, Cisco UCS solves all of them:

  • existing server infrastructure is much easier to manage
  • total cost of ownership is lowered
  • servers offer massive scalability and new ones can be deployed dramatically faster.

Cisco’s answer to Unified Computing provides the efficiency IT increasingly needs to relieve the large maintenance burden associated with current infrastructure design. And it’s this kind of efficiency that can save time and allow IT to become the innovators and business partners growing companies need to succeed.

Did you know?

  • IT administrators can deploy Cisco Unified Computing System in half the time and with 70 percent fewer steps.
  • Cisco UCS delivers scalability of large configurations for up to 52 percent less cost, all managed with a single management point.
  • Cisco UCS provides 20 times better performance than Intel Xeon processors and reduces the data center footprint by one third.

Offering growing organizations great value.

A number of companies have first-hand experience of the business value that Cisco data center solutions can create:

  • Increased revenues of 20 to 28 percent in one year for technology company AlmavivA TSF.
  • Reduced operational costs by 30 percent and capital costs by 20 percent for Winterflood Securities.
  • Savings of well over 90 percent per blade chassis for the Technical University of Berlin.

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