Cisco UCS M-Series Modular Servers deliver exceptional value for CloudScale, online gaming, and high-performance computing (HPC). Built around Cisco’s virtual interface card (VIC) technology and the policy-based management of UCS Manager, this new design brings the award-winning architecture and management of Cisco Unified Computing to the world of parallelized workloads.
The Cisco Nexus Switch Series extends Fibre Channel traffic over 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks, consolidating I/O onto one set of cables, eliminating redundant adapters, cables, and ports. A single card and set of cables connects servers to the Ethernet and Fibre Channel networks and also allows the use of a single cabling infrastructure within server racks (see below).
The benefits of I/O consolidation enabled by the Cisco Nexus Series include the following:
• Lower total cost of ownership (TCO): Infrastructure reduction decreases capital expenditures (CapEx), and infrastructure simplification decreases operating expenses (OpEx).
• Simplified data center infrastructure. IT staff manage a simplified, homgeneous infrastructure, with fewer adapter cards, cables, and ports, freeing staff for more productive tasks. Simplification of server I/O requirements can also reduce the interface cost per server and allow the provisioning of smaller, less-expensive server form factors, because fewer slots are required.
• Data center consolidation with investment protection for existing server, network storage, and facilities assets: FCoE deployed between servers and Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches simplifies infrastructure and reduces costs without disrupting the existing storage architecture, network architecture, or management and operating processes.
• Increased business agility through virtual machine-aware network services: The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series delivers virtual machine-aware network services, enabling applications to move between physical servers while maintaining consistent levels of security, quality of service (QoS), and performance. It standardizes cabling requirements and enables full connectivity between servers and storage devices.
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