Virtualisation has transformed the data centre over the past decade. IT departments use virtualisation to consolidate multiple server workloads onto a smaller number
of more powerful servers. They use virtualisation to scale existing applications by adding more virtual machines to support them, and they deploy new applications without
having to purchase additional server to do so.
They achieve greater resource utilisation by balancing workloads across a large pool of servers in real time-and they respond more quickly to changes in workload or
server availability by moving virtual machines between physical servers. Virtualised environments support private clouds on which application engineers can now provision
their own virtual servers and networks in environments that expand and contract on demand. VMware vSphere is the industry's most robust and powerful virtualisation platform
to build and deploy a virtualised data centre infrastructure, increase control through service-level automation and pool resources to meet today's business requirements.
VMware vSphere dramatically reduces capital and operating costs and maximises IT efficiency while providing agility through automation and the freedom to choose applications, OS and hardware.
While virtualisation has been successful in propelling a major transformation, it also has created many problems, including:
- A proliferation of interfaces, cables, and upstream switch ports to support each server, adding cost and complexity
greater return on investment, and lower total cost of ownership.
- Multiple layers of hardware and software switching that makes management difficult
- Too many management points, making it difficult to manage quality of service (QoS) and maintain security
- Scalability made difficult by the amount of time needed to configure servers and integrate them into the network infrastructure
- Performance hampered by the overload of virtualised environments and constraints on resources
The Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) delivers on the promise of virtualisation with a single unified system that integrates a unified fabric,
embedded management, and powerful servers with intelligent Intel® Xeon® processors.
Cisco UCS delivers world-record-setting virtualisation performance through a better architecture and better balance of resources, delivering on the promise of virtualisation through a system that:
- Simplifies physical and virtual networks, reducing cost while increasing manageability
- Scales better and more rapidly and with lower infrastructure cost per server
- Delivers greater performance for virtualised environments through a better balance of resources
- Increase an organisation’s responsiveness to changing workloads and business conditions through increased flexibility
> Read more on how Cisco UCS (by looking at how it’s three main components-unified fabric, unified management, and powerful servers with intelligent Intel Xeon processors) solve the problems that virtualisation creates.
The joint solution of Cisco Unified Computing System™ and VMware vSphere specifically addresses these challenges. This innovative solution combines industry-standard technologies to create a radically simplified, high-performance data centre infrastructure with integrated, embedded management. Through innovation and flexibility, this solution speeds application and virtual infrastructure deployment, increases application performance, and supports increased availability, security, and business continuity. VMware vSphere software and the Cisco Unified Computing System together provide outstanding support for the virtual server environment and enable rapid application and infrastructure deployment with greater security, availability, and performance, leading to significant business benefits of increased Return On Investment (ROI) and reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
The benefits of the VMware and Cisco combined solution are unique in the industry today, avoiding the limitations inherent in servers with older architectures, which struggle to support virtualisation initiatives. By using the Cisco and VMware solution, you can dramatically reduce the fixed costs of your data centre to free badly needed funds for investment in strategic data centre initiatives that support the demands of the business. The alliance between Cisco and VMware delivers an innovative, secure, high-performance solution specifically designed to simplify infrastructure while increasing virtualisation benefits.
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