• A single converged system: Transcending the traditional boundaries of blade chassis and racks, Cisco UCS brings together server, network, and storage access resources to create a physically distributed but centrally managed system.
  • Smart infrastructure: By abstracting the personality, configuration, and connectivity of server and I/O resources, these attributes can be programmed automatically.
  • Unified, model-based management: The ability to associate a model configuration with system resources lets IT organizations consistently align policy, server personality, and workloads
  • Unified fabric: By integrating IP, storage, and inter-process communication networks into a single I/O infrastructure, Cisco UCS simplifies cabling and upstream switching while delivering uniform I/O connectivity at no extra cost.
  • Cisco Fabric Extender technology: The network fabric is extended directly to blade servers and virtual machines, with traffic meeting at a single point for consistent, centralized management and unprecedented visibility and control over virtualized environments.

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Supported by years of experience with the leading server-, storage- and networkproducts of todays world market, I.R.I.S. ICT has never forgotten that innovation is at least as important as knowledge and service.
That is why we have engineers that can combine their huge amount of experience with a great knowledge of today's latest products and technologies, and not only when it comes to hardware.

This is why you can be sure that you have reached tomorrow earlier than your competitors.

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What is the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)?

The Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) combines high-performance servers, high-speed networking, storage access, and virtualization into an integrated, smart infrastructure. Automatically configured through unified, model-based management, the Cisco UCS simplifies deployment of enterprise applications running in bare-metal or virtualized environments.

The Cisco UCS offers:

  • A single converged system: Transcending the traditional boundaries of blade chassis and racks, Cisco UCS brings together server, network, and storage access resources to create a physically distributed but centrally managed system.
  • Smart infrastructure: By abstracting the personality, configuration, and connectivity of server and I/O resources, these attributes can be programmed automatically.
  • Unified, model-based management: The ability to associate a model configuration with system resources lets IT organizations consistently align policy, server personality, and workloads
  • Unified fabric: By integrating IP, storage, and inter-process communication networks into a single I/O infrastructure, Cisco UCS simplifies cabling and upstream switching while delivering uniform I/O connectivity at no extra cost.
  • Cisco Fabric Extender technology: The network fabric is extended directly to blade servers and virtual machines, with traffic meeting at a single point for consistent, centralized management and unprecedented visibility and control over virtualized environments.

 

Why Cisco UCS?

  • Reduce data center complexity
  • Improve operational efficiency
  • Increase visibility, control, and performance
  • Consolidate, unify, and embed management functions
  • Allocate resources quickly and effectively

Your IT organization is ultimately judged by its ability to effectively deliver benefits and solutions that meet real business needs. Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) can help your organization increase efficiency by addressing the real problems that IT managers and executives face on systemic levels. The UCS lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and increased effectiveness can transform the way your organization does business.

The challenges

As IT organizations shift to providing services through an elastic, self-service, pay-as-you-go cloud computing model, they still must continue to support applications running in bare-metal and virtualized environments. The problems they face include:

  • Manual assembly
    To support every step from server refresh to cloud computing, administrators are typically burdened with the time-consuming, error-prone, manual assembly of server, storage, and networking components into the infrastructure that supports applications.
  • Complex infrastructure
    The infrastructure that results from manual assembly of components is complex and inflexible and does not adapt dynamically to changing workload demands and business requirements.
  • Fragmented management
    Traditional systems are configured using a collection of individual management tools on discrete management servers that together do not provide an automated, end to end way to configure a system all the way from firmware revisions to I/O connectivity.
  • Rack-in-a-box architectures
    Most blade systems in use today incorporate all the supporting network infrastructure and management points that would normally service an entire rack. As the infrastructure is scaled, cost and complexity escalates.
  • Multiple switching layers
    Typical virtualized environments include hypervisor-based software switches, blade-server-resident switches, and access-layer switches, often each one having its own features and management interface. Multiple  switching layers make it even more difficult to observe, manage, and debug network traffic in virtualized environments.
The solution

Servers using the x86 architecture have essentially become the standard for every application, from enterprise infrastructure to mission-critical applications. While traditional vendors have been focusing on delivering incremental improvements in efficiency, Cisco has been developing technologies that transform the way IT organizations do business, making them truly more effective as integral parts of the companies they support.
The Cisco Unified Computing System is technical innovation delivered. Its Intel Xeon processor–powered servers deliver performance without compromise to workloads running in bare-metal, virtualized, and cloud-computing environments. Through five main technologies, Cisco UCS helps transform the way IT organizations work:

  • Single converged system
    Cisco UCS is a massively scalable, distributed virtual blade chassis with a single point of connectivity and management.
  • Smart infrastructure
    Every aspect of the system’s configuration is programmable through an intuitive GUI, third-party management tools, or an open-standard XML API, bringing automation to sever configuration.
  • Integrated, model-based management
    The system’s model-based management amplifies the knowledge of subject-matter experts by enabling consistent, error-free alignment of policy, server personality, and workloads.
  • Unified fabric
    The system’s high-speed, low-latency unified fabric brings the data and management planes, Ethernet, and FCoE to each blade server, reducing the number of components while it delivers uniform connectivity to each server.
  • Cisco FEX Architecture
    This design condenses three layers of networking into one, providing scalability with less cost and zero complexity while it brings visibility and control to virtualized environments. The Cisco Unified Computing System demonstrates that Cisco innovates in ways that traditional vendors with traditional product lines cannot. The market has demonstrated the value of Cisco UCS by making Cisco one of the top three x86-architecture blade server vendors in less than two years since the first product shipment. Cisco UCS is an example of Cisco’s dedication to the market and of the quality and investment protection built into Cisco products. More important than Cisco’s innovations, the market’s embrace of the product, or Cisco’s corporate value is the business-transforming benefits that Cisco UCS can bring to your organization.

 

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