Cisco Data Center Innovation Delivers Breakthrough Business Advantages


Cisco Second Generation Unified Computing System and Nexus Innovations Increase Performance, Significantly Reduce Cost, and Simplify Business Operations

New Delhi, Wednesday April 7, 2010– Cisco today announced continued innovation and additions to its Data Center 3.0 portfolio, designed to reduce IT infrastructure cost and complexity, provide better support for data center virtualization, and improve business agility to deliver strategic competitive advantages.

The centerpiece of today's announcement is the second-generation Cisco Unified Computing System™, which further accelerates the promise of virtualization, delivering a high performance computing architecture uniting compute, network, storage access, and virtualization resources in a single energy-efficient system.

The next generation two-socket and four-socket server additions to the Unified Computing System portfolio offer up to 50 percent more processor cores, 300 percent greater application performance, and four times the standard memory footprint, providing the ideal platform for the majority of enterprise workloads.

The company also expanded the Cisco Nexus™ portfolio with the Nexus 2248 and Nexus 2232 fabric extenders, delivering cost-effective, industry-leading capacity with 10-Gigabit Ethernet to the data center.

With these innovations, the Cisco® data center architecture now delivers:

* Up to four times the compute capacity in the same footprint, compared to first-generation Cisco Unified Computing System servers

* Up to four times the bandwidth capacity in the same footprint with the existing chassis, compared to first generation Cisco Unified Computing System

* Up to 92 percent fewer points of management, than legacy networks

* Up to 30 percent greater application throughput with the Cisco Virtualized Interface Card

* Up to 76 percent greater database consolidation with Cisco memory extension

* Up to 10 percent reduced power consumption, compared with like-for-like competitive configurations

These results translate to reduced infrastructure complexity and sprawl, significantly reduced costs,and improved business agility. Consequently, businesses and organizations around the globe are adopting Cisco’s data center architecture; see Cisco’s announcement today: Global Businesses Adopt Cisco Unified Computing System for Greater Business Agility, Reduced Costs, and Operational Efficiency.

Facts: Cisco UCS Manager Enables Faster Software Integration

* Cisco has expanded the Cisco Developer Network to include support for companies that are developing to the UCS Manager XML API (Application Programming Interface). Developers now have access to online self-help tools, training videos, sample code, developer community forums, and Unified Computing System labs for development and testing.

* Using the UCS Manager XML API developers can access a wealth of interface points: over 9,000 manageable parameters.

* Because of this richly supportive environment, the Cisco Unified Computing System now has a rapidly growing developer community.

* Cisco is also working closely with leading systems management vendors such as BMC, CA, HP, Microsoft and VMware to provide integrated solutions with Cisco UCS Manager.

* With its open API approach and broad partnering strategy Cisco addresses the majority of provisioning tools in use today.


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