Cisco Offers UCS Storage Server as Alternative to Public Clouds
Company officials say the new UCS S-Series systems can store and analyze data in real time at a much lower cost than public clouds.Cisco Systems officials are rolling out the latest addition to the company's Unified Computing System portfolio, a storage-optimized system that they say offers enterprises an alternative to public clouds for storing the massive amounts of data they're accumulating. The company unveiled the new UCS S-Series offering Nov. 2 at its Cisco Partner Summit in San Francisco, one of several data center-focused announcements officials made at the show. With the new UCS-S Series, Cisco is giving organizations an on-premises option for managing the unstructured data being generated by such trends as the internet of things (IoT), video, collaboration applications, data analytics and greater mobility. The goal is to enable customers to collect, access and analyze the data and gain business insights in real time. The new storage-optimized UCS offering can do this at a lower cost than public clouds and traditional servers, according to Todd Brannon, director of product marketing in Cisco's Computing Systems Product Group. With the rise of such data-intensive workloads as big data, the discussion around storage in the data center has shifted "from one about capacity to one about capacity and compute," Brannon told eWEEK. He said that currently, less than 40 percent of stored data is analyzed and used to create insights that businesses can act upon. New technologies, from video analytics and diagnostic imaging to machine learning, create huge amounts of data that is processed in real time, something traditional data center storage systems can do.
At the same time, public cloud storage can become expensive over time as the amount of data created grows, and given the unpredictable nature of that growth, he said. While the UCS S-Series requires upfront acquisition costs, over time the system can cut storage costs in half compared with public cloud alternatives, which come with monthly bills.