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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
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Greenplum previews unified Hadoop biz-intel stack

Upstart data-warehousing appliance maker Greenplum said on Wednesday that it is getting set to mash up its data-warehousing software with its OEMed distribution of the Hadoop big data muncher to create a single über data platform that it is logically calling the Unified Analytics platform. But what the company did not announce …
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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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Cisco claims unified computing is taking off

It took longer to get its "California" Unified Computing System out the door than networking giant Cisco Systems would have wanted, but in July the machines started shipping to customers. Welcome to the server business, where delays in chips and servers are the bane of your existence. Oddly enough, it wasn't Cisco that first …
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Huawei previews Cisco-killin' E9000 modular system

Chinese telecom giant and increasingly important server player Huawei Technologies is moving from racks and blades into modular designs that use a mix of both approaches – and look very much like modular kit from Cisco Systems, IBM, and Hitachi, as well as the newer bladish iron from HP and Dell. The likeness between the …
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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

Cisco seeks to gobble virty data biz Composite

Cisco has announced it wants to slurp private firm Composite Software, which brings together traditional and cloud data in a single view, for about $180m. The networking giant said it would like to splice the data virtualisation software and services company into its own portfolio of Smart Services. "Cisco's strategy is to …
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Cisco touts self as Unified Computer System pioneer

Cisco Systems has been talking about its Unified Computing System, code-named California, so much for months now that it is hard to remember sometimes this mega product is still not shipping. Turns out Cisco is its own first beta test customer, and the company's IT brass Wednesday was talking about its own plans for deployment …
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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
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Liquid Computing evaporates staff

The word on the street this week is that Liquid Computing, an upstart server maker that has rejiggered its product line a number of times to try to get some traction, has laid off some workers as it tightens its belt in these harsh economic times. Liquid Computing has just confirmed those rumors. As El Reg explained back in …
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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
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Liquid Computing to float slushy Intel servers

Liquid Computing is moving further away from its home-grown server design and more towards commodity x64 iron as it tries to ride the unified computing wave. At this month's Supercomputing 09 in Portland, Oregon, Liquid Computing will launch a cluster of rack servers using its variation on the unified server and storage fabric …
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IBM gets flexible with converged Power, x86 system

The details are a bit sketchy, but IBM is launching its first fully converged systems since it bought itself some clever storage and networking companies a few years back. The new family of products are called PureSystems, and they are based on a new chassis and system architecture that was known as "Project Troy" inside Big …

Oracle forging Exa server virtualization appliance

It looks like Oracle is getting ready to roll out another in its line of so-called "engineered systems" – stacks of hardware and software tuned for very specific workloads. This one, which Oracle is getting set to announce in a webcast on August 13, will be aimed at "enterprise virtualization." Presumably it will have a name …
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Cisco ratchets networking for unified servers

Cisco Systems did more than launch two new servers earlier this week. It also rejiggered some of the networking gear used in conjunction with its Unified Computing System wares and talked a bit about its customers. As El Reg previously reported and has been goading Cisco about since last year, the company finally put some four- …
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Cisco eats Cloupia to control freak clouds

Here's a question: If Cisco Systems, storage partner EMC, and its virtualization and cloud minion VMware are all such good buddies in the Virtual Computing Environment, then why does Cisco need to by Cloupia, a maker of cloud management software? With VMware, and therefore EMC, buying into the virtual networking space with the …
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Can Liquid Computing ride Cisco's California coattails?

Taking on a megacorp with over 65,000 employees and $8.5bn in annual sales may seem a daunting challenge, but the focused folks at unified-computing shop Liquid Computing have Cisco in their sights. Virtualized servers with unified server and storage management, plus scalable and reconfigurable infrastructure, all controlled …
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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
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Cisco punts not-so-unified rack servers

So much for that whole argument that networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems is only interested in selling a closed, proprietary stack of hardware and system software known as "California" and branded the Unified Computing System. Today, with the launch of free-standing rack servers, Cisco moved to annex (in spirit) …
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Big Blue: 'New PureSystem? Madness? No, THIS IS SPARTA!'

The details are a bit sketchy, but in a week or so IBM hopes to unveil an update for its PureSystems family of modular boxes focussed on big data and cloud computing. Big Blue is hosting an online product launch for "the new PureSystems family member" on 9 October, and the company will talk about the kit at events in major US …

Oracle fires up Virtual Compute Appliance for infrastructure clouds

If you are looking for one throat to choke for a virtualized x86 server stack, the right one is tough to find. But Oracle wants you to wrap your hands around Larry Ellison's neck, and is betting that its new Virtual Compute Appliance works so well and is such a good bargain that you won't squeeze. The system makers that have …
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BNT and IBM discover patent love to block Unified Cisco

Blade Network Technologies, the private equity-backed blade networking spinout from now-bankrupt Nortel, has rebranded its blade switches, dumping the old Nortel moniker. And to battle Cisco Systems, coming into the blade server space with its California blade servers featuring integrated and virtualized switching, BNT has …

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 …
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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
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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 …

VMTurbo brings 'invisible hand' to storage, fabrics, and public clouds

Flush with a $7.5m cash infusion back in early May, VMTurbo is taking its economic scheduling engine, inspired by Adam Smith's "invisible hand", to more clouds and more devices. With Operations Manager 4.0, the company is supporting a wider array of hypervisors and cloud controllers, and is branching out to storage arrays and – …
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Citrix beefs up virtual computing

Citrix Systems is hosting its Synergy user conference in Berlin this week, and is using the occasion to roll out a slew of nips, tucks, and tweaks to its various Xen-derived virtualization products and GoTo services. Like everyone else in the world, it seems, Citrix is positioning itself to be the one-stop-shop for connecting …
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Citrix lets Microsoft Azure spew virtual desktops from the heavens

Will companies want to host virtual PCs in the cloud? Microsoft and Citrix Systems think so. For a certain set of PC users – even those accessing traditional Windows PC applications from a tablet or smartphone that is not running Windows – not only is a physical PC not a necessity, but neither is a data center serving up virtual …
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Cisco revs up top-end Nexus switches with F3 chips to 100Gb/sec

Cisco has, like other switch makers, been gradually refreshing its product line to boost bandwidth from 10Gb/sec up to 40Gb/sec and 100Gb/sec speeds, and at the Cisco Live extravaganza today in Orlando, Florida, the networking trotted out a new top-end Nexus 7700 lineup that sports new ASICs and offers a more compact design than …
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Cisco resells Citrix, VMware virty desktop wares

Cisco Systems came late to the physical and virtual server rackets and that means it has to partner to get virtual server slices out there in the data center. And it thinks virtual desktop infrastructure, or what it now calls Virtual Experience Infrastructure or VXI for short, is the killer app for its "California" Unified …

Channel survey: Biz in 2012 LOADS better than last year

Back in late spring, we ran a survey of channel players looking at how business has been developing and the outlook for the future. Well the results are in and make for some interesting reading. First up, the obligatory health warning on the limitations of the exercise we carried out - our survey sample of 116 respondents was …
Andrew Buss, 21 Aug 2012
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VCE collective takes integrated systems battle down to the midrange

It is safe to say that the effort by Cisco Systems to break into the server racket with its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers nearly four years ago has succeeded much more than its rivals in the business had expected. And the Virtual Computer Environment partnership between Cisco, storage juggernaut EMC, and its …
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Servers, networks and storage sold as monoblocs

Building a data centre has traditionally been a long process, with one of the major tasks being to equip it with computing devices. Specifying these, testing the various configurations and ensuring that they meet the specifications and perform the required tasks is time-consuming. It was a lot easier in the days of the mainframe …
Manek Dubash, 16 Apr 2011

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 …
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Ex-NASA OpenStackers launch Nebula cloud control freak appliance

Chris Kemp, the former NASA CTO who helped build the wonking Nebula infrastructure cloud for the US space agency and the techie from the NASA side who spearheaded the development of OpenStack along with Rackspace Hosting, knows about as much about control-freaking clouds with OpenStack as anyone else on the planet – and that's …
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A10 seduces app load balancing biz spurned by Cisco

Cisco Systems has stopped development on its Application Control Engine load balancer modules for its high-end switches and routers, and now networking rivals are trying to raid Cisco's installed base. Upstart A10 Networks has struck first with a Cisco ACE trade-in deal. A10 is offering Cisco ACE shops a credit of $24,000 as …

HyTrust goes ballistic with virty compliance appliance

The US Air Force doesn't let a single operator of a missile site launch a nuke all by his or her lonesome, and HyTrust, a maker of policy management and access control software for VMware virtual infrastructure, thinks IT shops should adopt the secondary approval rule for a lot of things that go on inside of the ESXi hypervisor …
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Egenera runs virty tools on IBM BladeCenters

Egenera, the virtualized server infrastructure pioneer, has certified its PAN Manager control freakery to run on IBM's BladeCenter blade servers. With the certification on Big Blue's blades, Egenera now supports the major suppliers of X86-based blade servers – that's Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Dell – as well as Fujitsu – which …

Cisco fluffs up freebie Nexus virtual switch

Cisco is poised to begin beta testing of the latest version of its Nexus 1000V virtual switches, including a new Essential Edition which it will offer for the low, low price of nothing at all. The reasoning behind this pricing policy is simplicity itself: if you are trying to take on VMware in the market for virtual switches, as …
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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 …
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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 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 …
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Fusion-io gives Cisco blade servers some flash

Upstart server maker Cisco Systems has tapped server flash-drive maker Fusion-io to be its OEM supplier for flash storage in its "California" Unified Computing System blade severs. With this deal, Fusion-io has wrapped up OEM deals with HP, Dell, and IBM, the top server makers in terms of shipments, as well as with Super Micro, …
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Cisco, Citrix link arms for VDI partner push

Citrix and Cisco are arch enemies in the online meeting racket, with their respective GoTo and WebEx online collaboration services, but they do agree on one thing: virtual desktop infrastructure is such a big market, and such a messy and complex sale, that they must cooperate to realize the potential revenue streams that can …
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Cisco, Microsoft, NetApp chum up against VMware

Who needs VMware? NetApp, Microsoft and Cisco are releasing validated server/hypervisor/storage designs for Hyper-V cloud data centres. We definitely won't call them vBlocks. These template designs are part of Microsoft's clumsily named Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program and NetApp's storage component is called the even less- …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2011
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Cisco rolls up its own OpenStack distro

Cisco's software engineers have rolled up a distro of the open source OpenStack cloud controller for its "California" Unified Computing System blade and rack servers and related Nexus converged switches. Cisco Systems might be very tight with storage juggernaut EMC and its VMware server virtualization minion, but that doesn't …
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Cisco gooses switching, virtual I/O for blades

Cisco has rolled out upgrades to its "California" Unified Computing System blade servers, but its announcement could have been much more interesting. The networking-cum-server-making giant is hosting its annual IT and communications Cisco Live event in Las Vegas this week, and in a perfect world this would also have been the …

Cisco buys Virtuata for virty security

Networking juggernaut and server player Cisco Systems has snapped up Virtuata, a stealthy startup that is working on security software for virtual machines that has not really said much about itself to date – and now never will. The acquisition was announced in a blog post by Hilton Romanski, vice president of corporate …

Never mind the switch, feel the fabric

It is not clear who started it but it is all-out war in the systems business and the battleground is convergence. Networking giant Cisco Systems has moved forcefully into the server racket, IBM is buying its way back into the networking business, Dell is buying into it for the first time and Hewlett-Packard is expanding the …
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Cisco wants to build your cloud

Networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems put the word out on the street that it was making a big cloud announcement today, but if you were expecting the company to launch a big wonking public cloud and take a run at the Amazon compute cloud juggernaut, you can forget it. What Cisco did do was introduce its CloudVerse …