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In good economic times, "do more with less" is a motto that helps business organizations sharpen their competitive edge. During challenging economic times, accomplishing more with fewer resources can help organizations with their very survival.

Nearly everyone knows the benefits of virtualization:

  • Consolidate workloads; raise utilization levels; and reduce operating, capital, space, power, and cooling expenses.
  • Move workloads dynamically within a virtualization pool to increase the flexibility to take servers offline or bring new ones online.
  • Manage the relationship of virtual machines to physical machines to optimize performance and maintain service levels.
  • Scale existing applications or deploy new ones by creating more virtual machines using an existing pool of resources.
  • Use the high-availability and disaster-recovery features of virtualization software to overcome localized and geographic failures.

Virtualization decouples application deployment from server purchases, but this and the other benefits of virtualization are best achieved when applications run on one or more uniform pools of server resources. The Cisco Unified Computing System™ is designed to provide just such an environment. Optimized for virtualized environments, the Cisco Unified Computing System is a next-generation data center platform that unites compute, network, storage access, and virtualization into a cohesive system designed to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and increase business agility. The system integrates a low-latency, lossless 10 Gigabit Ethernet unified network fabric with enterprise-class, x86-architecture servers. The system is an integrated, scalable, multi-chassis platform in which all resources participate in a unified management domain.

Unified Fabric

The unified fabric enables a "wire once" deployment model in which chassis are cabled to the fabric interconnects just one time, and I/O configurations changes are performed through the management system, not by installing host adapters and re-cabling racks and switches (Figure 1). The unified fabric dramatically simplifies rack cabling by eliminating the need for multiple redundant Ethernet and Fiber Channel adapters in each server, separate cabling to access-layer switches, and separate switches for each network medium. Instead, all traffic is routed to the central server interconnects, where Ethernet and Fiber Channel then can be separated onto native, nonconsolidated networks.

CDN holds Advanced Certification in Cisco’s range of Advanced Data Centers and Unified Computing Solutions. Call us today to see how you can benefit from these State-of-the-Art solutions.