Four years ago, Cisco created quite a stir with the launch of Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). Many didn’t believe Cisco, known for it’s networking technology, would make inroads into the blade server market. They shouldn’t have dismissed Cisco so easily. IDC ranks Cisco third in the blade server market today, with a 15% share. So what’s next for Cisco UCS?
Earlier this week, Paul Perez, vice president and chief technology officer in Cisco's data center group, told conference attendees about the next generation of Cisco UCS, which Perez said would be optimized for big data.
The datacenter is an ever-changing environment, and this latest development will increase demand for Cisco’s UCS servers. We have partnered with Cisco to provide a comprehensive provisioning and management solution that will make deploying and managing UCS-based clusters easier than ever. It features full support for Cisco UCS servers, and takes advantage of the integrated Unified Computing System (UCS) technology. Bright manages bare-metal BIOS settings and multi-node firmware upgrades, out-of-band services (such as power) and integrates directly with the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) to configure network services, identity services, and more. Once the cluster is up and running, Bright monitors system metrics and performs health checks that are specific to Cisco UCS rack servers. Our goal is to make provisioning and managing your clusters as easy and pain-free as possible.
We expect our next generation Bright Cluster Manager to play a role in helping Cisco make inroads into big data with their UCS 2.0 systems. Interested in learning more about Bright and UCS? Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll keep you up to date.
Bright Cluster Manager managing the BIOS settings of a Cisco UCS C-Series rack server.