Cisco Boosts Cloud Automation, Management Capabilities For Large-Scale UCS Deployments

Grazed from CRN. Author: Chad Berndtson.

Cisco this week made substantial updates to its Unified Computing System (UCS) and cloud automation portfolios, including a centralized management tool for large-scale UCS deployments and the extension of certain connectivity tools to support rack-mount server versions of UCS in addition to blade server versions.

New to the UCS platform is UCS Central, what Brian Schwarz, director, UCS product management, described as a "big brother" to Cisco's UCS Manager software. UCS Central creates a single management dashboard for large-scale UCS deployments and the many UCS Managers needed to control distributed server environments across large enterprises. Whereas an instance of UCS Manager covers up to 160 or up to 320 computing nodes, depending on a customer's configuration, UCS Central can oversee as many as 10,000 physical servers. It's based on the same data model and API structure as UCS Manager so IT managers used to the UCS Manager interface won't find anything too new, according to Cisco...

What customers get is not only computing-node scale but also centralized inventory, server consoles, logs and other management tools, Schwarz said. He expects developers using Cisco's UCS API -- a list that includes well-known companies like Compuware, Splunk and ScienceLogic -- to build additional management capabilities into the UCS Central platform...

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