For cloud service providers, Cisco is introducing the UCS M-Series modular systems that leverage the vendor's UCS fabric computing to fit into scale-out data center environments. The 2U (3.5-inch) chassis holds eight compute cartridges, each of which holds two compute nodes and is powered by two Intel Xeon E3 chips. There are no adapters or hard drives, and the servers share such resources as storage (four solid-state drives) and networking (dual 40G-bit connectivity). The local fabric for the compute nodes comes from Cisco's third-generation virtual interface card.
Cisco also is introducing the UCS C3160 rack server, which offers high-capacity local disk storage for such workloads as data analytics, unstructured data repositories and media streaming and transcoding.
For remote sites, branch offices and small IT spaces, Cisco is rolling out the UCS Mini, a key area, given that 48 percent of servers are located outside the data center, Brannon said.
"We're putting the compute nearer the growing sources of demand," he said. "You get everything you see in a full-blown, data center-scale UCS … in this very small package."
The UCS Mini is an all-in-one solution for the one- to 15-server scale that comes in a compact form factor, complete with compute, networking UCS Manager software and standard UCS blades, fans and power supplies. It includes Cisco's 6248 Fabric Interconnects.
In addition, Cisco is unveiling the UCS B200 M4 blade server and the C220 M4 and C240 M4 rack servers in the latest generation of UCS systems, as well as UCS Director Express for Big Data, which automatically deploys Hadoop and gives businesses a single management tool for both the physical infrastructure and Hadoop software.
Cisco is scheduled to delve deeper into the UCS solution and its data center business at an event Sept. 4 in New York City.