Cisco Puts Its New UCS Data Center Solutions on Display

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-09-08

NEW YORK—Cisco Systems has been aggressive in remaking itself from a maker of networking boxes to an enterprise IT solutions and services vendor that touches essentially every area of the data center. That transformation began in earnest in 2009, when the company launched its Unified Computing System, a converged infrastructure solution that offers compute, storage, networking, virtualization and systems management in a tightly integrated package aimed at the nascent cloud space. The UCS also brought Cisco into the server world, competing with the likes of Hewlett-Packard, Dell and IBM. Critics were skeptical, but six years later, Cisco has more than 36,5000 customers for a UCS business that saw revenues grow another 30 percent in the most recent quarter and a run rate that has hit $3 billion. At an event here Sept. 4, Cisco executives unveiled an expansion of the UCS portfolio—which had been focused on core data center workloads—into cloud-scale environments and the enterprise edge. They also gave some journalists a look at the NYC offices of Major League Baseball's Advanced Media unit, which has populated its data centers primarily with UCS systems.


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