Cisco UCS – A lot for me to learn
That’s right you heard me say it alright. CISCO UCS or in twitter terms #CiscoUCS #Cloud. Tonight I got my first stab at actually researching, and read up on Cisco UCS, and I have to say, its does sound promising. Right now, though, I haven’t given much thought to the cost of such a system. Lately we see a lot of different offerings when it comes to hardware platforms to run a virtual shop on, and up til recent I haven’t even read about or seen a Cisco Server in a while. In fact, the last time I saw a Cisco server was when call manager was running on Windows 2000 SP4 (HP MCS Hardware) back on version 5.5. I guess I am beginning to get old…
Enough Said… let’s move on… Nothing to see here..
The first reading I did on Cisco UCS was today on Ciscos site: http://bit.ly/grL4EY
Joe wrote on inter-fabric communication on the Cisco blade servers. It peaked my interest seeing how UCS is uniquely designed to handle communication.
You can run the fabric interconnects in two seperate modes: End-Host Mode and Host Mode (EHM and HM). Most users typically choose EHM for simplicity. It took me a while to get it all to sink in, but I think I finally got it in a nutshell. The big point is that you can have 10GbE, and if you need to manage traffic more effectively, at the host level, you can utilize vSphere switching such as: vSS, dVS, and Cisco Nexus 1000V. Essentially, the Cisco 1000V is what you can use to make it even more managable. It also seems like it is definitely more geared to the clouddue to the so-called simplicity. You still will have to utilize 10gbe networks which can still cost a pretty penny. I am just glad it is finally beginning to make sense… at least right now..
Props to Joe who did a good job and I think he even knows a thing or two about vmware. 😉
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