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Apr 6 2010   1:31PM GMT

Cisco UCS news: Blah, blah, blah?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Our sister site SearchITChannel has a story up today on whether Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) is as good a fit in existing data centers as it is in new facilities.

Cisco, of course, contends that UCS can work just as well in existing facilities. In the story, one mid-Atlantic value added reseller (VAR) talked about the challenges of installing UCS in existing data centers.

The mid-Atlantic VAR, who is affiliated with both HP and Cisco, agreed that Cisco UCS is a tougher sell into existing data center facilities, and that some Cisco gear is a harder sale than other Cisco gear. For example, Cisco’s rack server UCS can go into an existing data center more easily than the blade model because the rack doesn’t require the Nexus switch, he said.

Whether a customer already runs Cisco networking gear in the data center could be a big factor in the purchasing process. Those shops have already bought into the Cisco data center story at least to some extent, VARs said.

I took a briefing on the UCS news, which basically integrates the new Intel Nehalem and Nehalem-EX blade and rack servers into the product. It includes the company’s first four-socket servers, but does not yet include AMD-based servers.

“Intel is very clearly the performance leader, so we’re happy with Intel being our CPU provider,” Paul Durzan, a product director at Cisco, said.

And now, to the blah blah blah. When I and another reporter talked to Cisco, they sent along a PowerPoint presentation on the news. In addition to the slides, there were notes accompanying each one. On a slide at the end summarizing the news, the notes field starts off with “So why Cisco you ask” and then there are two bullet points, as follows:

  • Improve business agility and performance
  • Blah, blah, blah

Thanks for the laugh, Cisco!

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