Cisco UCS: What's its audience?

By combining virtualization, hardware and management, he Cisco UCS holds promise. But it has struggled to find its niche so far.

There's a new Cisco Unified Computing System on the way, featuring faster chips and improved systems management features.

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The new Cisco UCS will offer four times the bandwidth, four times the computing capacity, 50% more cores and 50% more Fibre Channel bandwidth than its predecessor, according to SearchITChannel.com.

Still, despite these enhancements and its unique approach of combining virtualization, hardware and management, the Cisco UCS is a tough sell into many data centers.

Many solutions providers and users say the Cisco UCS isn't easy to integrate into their existing data centers. Cisco disagrees, but company execs acknowledge this perception in the market, and their need to address it.

Learn more about the new Cisco UCS and its identity crisis in this edition of This Week in Virtualization. There's also news about Cisco's new Nexus 1010 Virtual Services Appliance and remote office virtualization.

The Cisco Nexus 1010 VSA provides a link from the Nexus 1000v virtual switch to physical switches, addressing one of the biggest complaints about the Nexus 1000v. And branch office virtualization is becoming more of a struggle for IT managers, who are grappling with different ways to virtualize small offices with little IT staff.

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