Server upstart Cisco Systems has updated its B-Series blade servers and C-Series rack servers in the "California" Unified Computing System line, bringing itself on par with the latest Xeon E5 machines available from rivals HP, Dell, and IBM. Like the past two generations of UCS machines, Cisco's now fleshed-out third generation …
You can do better, Chris
"Cisco bends UCS rack and blade metal around new Xeon E5s" ? Really?
How about "Cisco stuffs powerful Xeon Es in it's rack"? Or "Cisco shows off rack of new silicon"? How about "Intel rubs data-sweating E5s against Cisco's rack"?
Come on Chris, you can do better than that. Lame, tired, double-entendre titles are what you're known for!
You missed Cisco talking about their rack...
Why talk about UCS refreshes, without talking about Cisco announcing their own R-Series racks? Especially since you can now order the Nexus kit, blade servers, and have it all pre-racked.
I'd flash around a beautiful rack like that...
Re: You missed Cisco talking about their rack...
If you put the UCS and Nexus high up in the rack, does that make it a top-heavy lovely?
I would assume that the lack of AMD in these UCS is because of a handful of Cisco proprietary control chips that enable eg the larger memory capability - as AMD have their own memory controller etc there would be more engineering/research before such boards could be available.
they are also designed with pretty much VMware in mind - and hot-migration of hosts from an Intel to an AMD is a no no
Re: no AMD
Intel have their own memory controller on the Xeon's (yes AMD was first with that one of course) so I doubt this is the issue. They could just as well develop proprietary control chips for AMD as well...
And the comparisons with the competition?
Cisco brings out a 2U rack server with 24 drives and 5 PCIe slots when Dell launched one with 26 drives and 6 PCI slots?
Cisco brings out version 2 of their blades. Are you going to look at the lack of carry forward - especially around the management software - for customers who adopted their first gen blades?
Why are they late to market in comparison to Dell, SuperMicro and a couple of the Japanese vendors?
The 192GB is the sweet spot with regard to Vmware vSphere5 licensing, if you didn't know.