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Cisco updates Unified Computing offerings

Vendor says new products designed to capitalise on Internet of Everything transition

Cisco updates Unified Computing offerings
Hosking: We are re-thinking what data centre infrastructure should be

Cisco yesterday unveiled updates to its Unified Computing System (UCS), which is said now delivers a broader portfolio of technologies to help customers capitalise on the data centre transition being brought about by the Internet of Everything (IoE).

The vendor said that the new computing systems are optimised for intensive data analytics and applications at scale. Cisco is targeting the offerings at companies of all sizes and at a range of industries.

The new portfolio includes an updated Cisco UCS M-series for cloud-scale applications, Cisco UCS Mini for workloads at edge, and new UCS Server, UCS Invicta and UCS Director offerings for data-intensive applications and application acceleration.

"Applications have had a transformative impact on organisations over the past five years, evolving from your run-of-the-mill database to desktop virtualisation, mobile, video and the cloud," said Mark Hosking, data centre and virtualisation lead for the Middle East at Cisco.

"We are in a new world where the scale requirements of applications and the opportunities for businesses to capitalise on the deeper intelligence and faster decisions they afford are really taking off. Cisco is delivering the next wave of unified computing innovation with our expanded UCS portfolio - we are re-thinking what data centre infrastructure should be."

The portfolio expansion focuses on three areas, Cisco said - cloud-scale computing, edge-scale computing and performance-scale computing.

For cloud-scale computing, the UCS M-Series features modular, high-density servers for online content providers and cloud service providers, Cisco said. It includes Cisco's next-generation Virtual Interface Card, which the vendor said creates the industry's most efficient approach to disaggregated computing.

For edge-scale computing, the UCS Mini is an all-in-one solution including servers, storage and networking. Designed for remote sites and small IT environments, Cisco said that the Mini could combine with UCS Central Software to deliver remote management of distributed IT.

Meanwhile, the new UCS Server, UCS Invicta and UCS Director products deliver control for intensive data analytics and application acceleration, Cisco said.

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