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Cisco 6324 fabric interconnect

Cisco to reveal UCS for small businesses

Cisco has quietly released details of a new version of its UCS servers and associated kit dubbed the UCS Mini”. Detailed by blogger Justin Paul and described in several Cisco documents, the new UCS also gets its very own version 3.0 of Cisco UCS manager. That package runs on a new piece of kit, the 6324 Fabric Interconnect, …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2014
Cisco UCS B200 M3 blade server

Cisco teases UCS refresh with most of 2014's best buzzwords

September starts next week, and so does the season for flashy mega-launches by huge silicon valley concerns. Apple will get around to doing one in the second week of the month, but Cisco has decided to go first by letting it be known there'll be a new range of its UCS servers announced next week. The Borg has already dribbled …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2014
Blindfold

Cisco execs blindside themselves with flash-splash Invicta UCS array

Sources indicate that Cisco’s top execs blundered when they thought the UCS Invicta all-flash array wouldn’t compete with flash arrays from partners EMC and NetApp because it was integrated into the UCS server fabric. Our people suggest that they didn’t understand, when given UCS Invicta integration information by lower-level …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2014

Cisco stretches UCS uber-control-freak across larger clouds

Cisco's software engineers have cooked up an uber-control-freak called UCS Central to manage server profiles, templates, and settings for up to 10,000 rack or blade machines. You can't sell customers a true cloud if your integrated control freak in your blade-network mashup only spans 160 nodes in a single management domain, and …
cloud

Cisco recalls suicidal UCS blade servers

Cisco Systems warns that its high-end B440 blades for its "California" Unified Computing System have a potentially disastrous defect that could result in one or more board failures, and emit a flash of light that could perhaps give system administrators heart attacks. Last week, Cisco put out a field notice to customers using …
Cisco's UCS customer count over time

Cisco doesn't make hyper-converged gear, but if it did, it'd probably look like this

Cisco is big in converged systems but nowhere in hyper-converged ones. What we mean by that is that Cisco is big in converged systems, such as VCE's Vblocks and the Cisco-NetApp FlexPods, but it doesn't have systems in the Nutanix and Simplivity class, which are more integrated than the Vblock and Flexpod systems. Now that Dell …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2014
The UCS C24 M3 rack server

Cisco bends UCS rack and blade metal around new Xeon E5s

Server upstart Cisco Systems has updated its B-Series blade servers and C-Series rack servers in the "California" Unified Computing System line, bringing itself on par with the latest Xeon E5 machines available from rivals HP, Dell, and IBM. Like the past two generations of UCS machines, Cisco's now fleshed-out third generation …
Exocet anti-ship missile

VMware EMC partner Cisco inks reselling deal... with Simplivity

Cisco has fired a ship-killer of an Exocet missile at VMware’s EVO:RAIL by doing a server reselling deal with Simplivity. There are two hyper-converged server/storage/networking system leaders, both startups – Simplivity and Nutanix. VMware's EVO: RAIL is hyper-converged system software running on the hardware of certified …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014
server room

Cisco outs third gen UCS blades and racks

When Intel launched its "transformational" "Nehalem-EP" Xeon 5500 processors for two-socket boxes three years ago, Cisco Systems picked that moment to jump into the server racket and got pole position on the announcements. It's three years on now and while Cisco is not yet a tier-one server maker, it has built a business with a …
Cisco Invicta diagram

Cisco quietly slips out new all-flash arrays – perhaps it doesn't want EMC, NetApp to notice

The competition gloves are almost off: Cisco has made available two Invicta solid-state arrays that integrate into the unified computing system (UCS) fabric but are not converged server-storage systems. The two systems, which had a low-key launch on Friday, will compete with Cisco partner EMC’s own XtremIO all-flash arrays. The …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2014
Whiptail XLR8r appliance

Watch out EMC and vendor pals, Cisco's set to flog you with Whiptail

El Reg's storage desk is hearing Cisco people saying their partnerships with storage vendors are stronger than ever, following the Whiptail acquisition. They say EMC and other storage array suppliers understand that Whiptail is a UCS-booster, not an array. Well, excuse me, but what? The idea of Whiptail as a Unified Computing …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2013
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Has Cisco made a $415 MILLION mistake with the Whiptail buyout?

Is the $450m that Cisco paid for Whiptail too high, seeing as the possible costs of the deal could include losing the EMC/VCE and NetApp/FlexPod partnerships? Let's back up a moment. Once upon a time Cisco sold networking gear. Then it entered the server market with its UCS line. It then had two players in the 4-part data centre …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2014
fingers pointing at man

Cisco's UCS needs a bra

Apparently the "California" Unified Computing Systems cannot defy gravity as a young server with generous capacity should. Thanks to El Reg having an office in San Francisco, I have been spared the grief of traveling out to the VMworld extravaganza going on this week and am reporting remotely from the show. But thanks to …
Whiptail XLR8r appliance

Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure

A recent report based on views gathered from resellers reveals Cisco reps are enthusiastically selling Invicta all-flash arrays as both stand-alone and UCS converged arrays against EMC's XtremIO and Pure Storage. William Blair's Data Networking and Storage Tracker findings are based on "in-depth interviews with 41 US and …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2014
IBM 'through-silicon via' stacked chips

Calxeda co-founder unleashs 48-core ARM SoC

ARM vendor Cavium has revealed 48-core silicon it reckons will pitch it into high-end data centre and server apps. Cavium has hired Larry Wikelius, co-founder of failed ARM server silicon vendor Calxeda, and his former colleague Gopal Hegde (who played a part in creating Cisco's UCS servers). Both are insistent that now is the …
MDS_9148s_vs_Brocade

House of the rising SAN: Cisco plonks physical 16Gbit/s kit on the table

Virtual SANs are all very well but physical SANs aren't going away – what with Cisco building out its 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel (FC) switching gear. Cisco has improved its storage area networking product set, plunging deeper into the 16Gbit/s FC switch space, thinking that physical SANs and networked block-access storage arrays …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2014
Bubble

Welcome to the HYPER-converged bubble of HYPE! Enjoy it while it's here, storage folk

The hype around hyper-converged systems is huge. Are we experiencing a hyper-converged systems bubble? Companies in the field are growing like crazy, especially Nutanix and Simplivity. Nutanix scooped a billion-dollar-plus valuation earlier this year, before being absorbed into the Dell collective. Meanwhile: Startups like …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2014

Is FCoE faster than Fibre Channel? Who knows? Just run your own tests

The Cisco Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) supporters' club has taken grave exception to what it views as a deeply flawed Evaluator Group study, funded by Fibre Channel (FC) enthusiasts Brocade, which showed FC was faster than FCoE. FCoE supporters say the study shows no such thing and lambasted both the Evaluator Group and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014

Cisco and NetApp engage in light consensual FlexPoddery

Consensual FlexPoddery is the name of the game as Cisco and NetApp rename Flexpod and FlexPod Express, introduce the new FlexPod Select, and add NetApp's E-Series arrays and Cisco's Nexus 7000 big-ass switch to the FlexPod component mix. FlexPods are template rules for designing converged server, storage and networking systems …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2013
The UCS C24 M3 rack server

Cisco takes on AWS with cloudy desktop-as-a-service plan

Works with VMware and Citrix to deliver DaaS from your bit barn or the cloud Cisco and VMware have responded to Amazon Web Services Workspaces desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) plan with their very own offering that can be deployed to private or public clouds. The new offering blends VMware's recently-acquired Deskone with a Cisco …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2013
channel

Dell bitchslaps Cisco over UCS server play

Dell just bitchslapped Cisco over its Unified Computing System, insisting that the networking giant's foray into the server biz suits Cisco's bottom line more than the needs of its customers. Cisco's UCS is designed to unify networking, computing, storage, and virtualization tools in a single product. Cisco paints it as a means …
Cade Metz, 10 Dec 2009

Cisco edges away from VMware, tries Red Hat on for size

From co-operation to co-op-etition and then competition: it's happening in front of our eyes with EMC and Cisco. The choreography involves Cisco working more and more with Red Hat and its KVM server hypervisor and less with EMC subsidiary VMware's ESX. Red Hat is joining in with Cisco and working with its OpFlex protocol in …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2014
Ubuntu RHS teaser

Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

Canonical has announced that the latest long-term support release of its Ubuntu Linux distribution will be available in two days. The Linux company made the availability announcement of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, codenamed "Trusty Tahr" on Tuesday, coincidentally alongside chief rival Red Hat holding its Red Hat Summit in San Francisco …
Jack Clark, 16 Apr 2014
Onyx PCM card

Storage memory has a DIMM future... and that's a GOOD thing

The SMART flash DIMM announcement has opened up a major server memory redesign period. The idea of packing NAND chips tightly together and accessing them in the same address space as main memory is highly attractive to server manufacturers looking for an edge in running applications faster – faster than PCIe flash for example. …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2013
Whiptail XLR8r appliance

Storage firms, tremble: MASSIVE tech beast Cisco has just spaffed $415m on Whiptail

Cisco intends to buy all-flash array startup Whiptail for the huge cash sum of $415m, catapulting the networking giant full tilt into the storage market and threatening its close relationship with EMC. John Chambers' networking giant declares: "Whiptail will strengthen Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) strategy and enhance …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2013
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Cisco adds slim blade with fat memory to UCS

Server wannabe and networking juggernaut Cisco Systems turns the crank on its Unified Fabric converged networking and Unified Computing blade and rack servers today with a new half-width blade that sports lots of memory capacity, the first in a revved lineup of Nexus switches, and virtualized server appliances to run on the …

Cisco ports Nexus 1000V virtual switch to Microsoft's Hyper-V

Upstart server-maker Cisco is bounding around the Microsoft Management Summit this week in Las Vegas to talk about how it is plugging its technologies into Redmond's cloud stack. First up, as it promised it would do back in the summer of 2011, Cisco has ported its Nexus 1000V virtual switch to run atop Microsoft's Hyper-V server …

Brocade-funded study says Fibre Channel faster than FCoE

A study funded by Brocade has found that Fibre Channel provides faster access to all-flash arrays than Fibre Channel over Ethernet. FCoE involves linking all-flash arrays to accessing servers via Ethernet instead of a Fibre Channel fabric. Testers from the Evaluator Group, who carried out the study on behalf of Brocade, hooked …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2014
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Cisco fattens up UCS with Nehalem EX

With its Tuesday introduction of two new servers based on Intel's eight-core Nehalem-EX Xeon 7500 processors, server wannabe Cisco Systems can now run with the big boys - well, the midrange boys anyway. Cisco's new machines appear to be the ones that El Reg has been saying the company needs to get into the field to compete with …
Four of EMC/XtremIO's Project X all flash arrays

Storage players' lovechild VCE flashes fresh flash additions

VCE, the lovechild of Cisco, EMC and VMware, hits the storage world with a trio of announcements: a pair of VNX2 and vSphere 5.5 implants; Oracle-specific Vblock; and a VDI Vblock using XtremIO all-flash array technology. Vblocks are converged server-storage-and-networking systems made up of Cisco UCS servers and network …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2013
A VCE vBlock

VCE to offer Whiptail, Nexus 9000 and EMC's ViPR in future vBlocks

When EMC, VMware and Cisco gestated their converged infrastructure lovechild VCE back in 2011, the three were all great buddies. Fast forward to 2014 and Cisco and EMC compete in flash arrays. EMC is also suggesting servers might not always be the best place to do computing. VMware and Cisco compete in software-defined networks …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Mar 2014

Cisco: Us, competing with Amazon's cloud? You're having a laugh

Cash and acquisition-stuffed Cisco insisted today that it had no plans to offer its own public cloud. Or at least, not one that competes with industry giant Amazon. Maciej Kranz, vice president at Cisco’s corporate technology group, named Amazon specifically in a litany designed to show that the $121bn internet behemoth really …
Joe Fay, 23 Oct 2013
Benjamin Button

HP faces down youthful tech upstarts: Don't judge us by our looks

Hewlett-Packard is a mature company operating among other declining mature firms – all of whom have to compete with new, immature rivals. So how can it equip itself to prosper in the new era? Cisco UCS Invicta racks Old-hand Cisco got wise to the disruptive game early, coming up with UCS when everyone thought Dell, HP and IBM …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2014
VMware View for iPad touch pad

Nimble, Cisco gang up to hammer out VDI ref template

Hybrid flash/disk array startup Nimble Storage has effectively joined Cisco's server partner channel with a VDI reference architecture promising low-cost VDI serving off its arrays. The architecture supports 1,000 VDI users, takes up a trivial 3U of rack space, and costs $43,000 – $43 per desktop. That contrasts with a Tintri …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2012
IBM Flex Chassis, front view

IBM's PureSystems mod boxes bust kilo-customer barrier

Every market has its own psychological barrier, and for IBM systems the magic number seems to be 1,000. As part of the recent tweaks to its PureSystems line, Big Blue brags that it now has more than 1,000 unique customers worldwide using the new boxes. IBM did not supply any numbers regarding the volume of server nodes or racks …
Entry-level FlexPod

FlexPod upsets VCE in converged storage block-building test - analysts

There are reasons why Cisco's top bod John Chambers gets all the pay he does. One of them is that he has the two top stand-alone storage companies fighting each other to sell more of his UCS servers. The companies sell Cisco gear by offering converged storage/server/networking systems. Vblock concocts the products in EMC (VCE)'s …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2013
earth's Atlantis view

Hey Microsoft: You want to keep hardware partners onside? Stick to software

Data storage solutions are typically sold as appliances: hardware with a smart software layer on top. The intelligence is in the box that you buy and is tailored to the hardware it lives with. That approach makes sense until you take a wide-angle view on a real-world data centre: independent storage boxes act well on their own, …

Cisco boosts sales and profits despite softness in switching and routing

Cisco Systems took a big bet more than four years ago when it jumped into the server market with its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers and started peddling converged Nexus switches at the same time. Those bets have paid off, and rising sales of these products are filling in the revenue gaps in the quarter ended in …
DVD it in many colours

Cisco blends server with a twist of flash, tastes benchmark glory

A server's job is to run applications as fast as it can, and it looks like flash memory is becoming an essential ingredient in the race for speed. Server-maker Cisco has just bagged a VMmark benchmark for doing just that – in its case using networked Violin Memory flash storage – paving the way to all performance-focused servers …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2012
LSI Nytro MEgaRAID card

Mm.. you like RAID? Ooh, you want flash. Try this super-Hadooper

Intel is integrating an LSI PCIe flash card and RAID adapter into its new RAID SSD Cache Controllers intended for caching data from direct-attached disks on servers. LSI Nytro MEgaRAID card LSI Nytro MegaRAID card LSI offers its Nytro PCIe flash technology in its WarpDrive flash cards and MegaRAID adapters, in effect adding …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2013
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Cisco coughs $2.7bn for Sourcefire

Cisco has dug deep and found $2.7bn for intrusion prevention security player Sourcefire. Sourcefire started out in intrusion detection/intrusion prevention but expanded over the years to add next-generation firewall and advanced malware protection wares to its portfolio. Cisco reckons the acquisition will accelerate the …
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Cisco and NetApp fatten up Flexpod, chuck it at cloud biz

Cisco and NetApp are drawing closer together with their FlexPod converged system effort, an attempt to grab branch office, data centre and public cloud infrastructure business. Cisco has servers and networking, which is not enough, and NetApp has storage, which is not enough either - because IT people need servers, storage and …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2013
Cisco CEO John Chambers

Cisco wins tax battles with Uncle Sam, posts big bump in profits

Networking giant and server upstart Cisco Systems is feeling pretty good about the financial results for its most recent quarter, and not just because business is stabilizing in some of its key markets but also because some battles with the US Internal Revenue Service have ended in its favor to the tune of nearly $1bn. In the …

Cisco, Fusion-io's blade lovechild in EMC flash face-off

Will VCE ship Vblocks - its virtual machine battery farms - with Fusion-io flash cards inside instead of EMC's VFCache memory rival? In June Cisco entered into an OEM deal with Fusion-io whereby the networking hardware titan would incorporate Fusion's ioDrive2 PCIe flash cards into its UCS B-Series blade servers. The aim is to …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2012
XtremIO array and 4 X-Brick nodes

EMC's XtremIO array: Everything we know about new all-flash box

Mega-vendor EMC is going to launch its XtremIO all-flash array with general availability on 14 November. It has been on limited or directed availability for a few months and there's a fair amount of information coming out about it. Here’s what we know so far. The array is based on acquired XtremIO technology and features: 6U X …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2013
channel

Cisco enlists NCR in Middle East, Africa server push

Hoping to get a bigger slice of the server racket in the Middle East and Africa – you know, the part of EMEA that is still showing some signs of life – Cisco Systems has tapped The Cash to peddle its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers. The Cash, of course, refers to National Cash Register, the provider of ATM, point …

Cisco tames Hadoop with Tidal workload control freak

Everybody is trying to make a buck or two on Hadoop big-data munching, and Cisco Systems is no exception. It's trying to get the jump on others by making its Hadoop World announcements just as people are arriving at this week's New York event and figuring out what to do after all the yammering is done. Cisco is making two …
HDS VSP Front Panel

New HDS array: It's a G1000 Jim, but not as we know it*

HDS has updated its 2010 vintage high-end VSP array with the VSP G1000 and a new operating system, together providing the "highest performance and most available unified storage system in the industry," and claiming it's "the most reliable hardware on the planet." There are three mainstream high-end enterprise arrays; EMC's VMAX …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2014
cloud

Dumping gear in the public cloud: It's about ease of use, stupid

Public cloud computing has finally started to make sense to me now. A recent conversation with a fellow sysadmin had me rocking back and forth in a corner muttering "that's illogical". When I emerged from my nervous breakdown I realised that capitalising on the irrationality of the decision-making process within most companies …
Trevor Pott, 06 Aug 2014

IBM crashes, Cisco soars, at Brisbane airport

IBM has been deported from Brisbane Airport’s data centre, with its X-series servers shoved on a flight to oblivion as the red carpet was rolled out for the triumvirate of VMware, EMC and Cisco. Five of the latter’s UCS servers now nestle in racks at the airport’s data centre, where they run vSphere 5, play nicely with an EMC …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2012