Since we announced our Unified Computing System in March (B-Series shown here), our data center strategy has hardly been out of the headlines, but this week saw Cisco UCS reach another important milestone.
As TechTarget and others reported, UCS is starting to get into the hands of a wider group of Cisco partners via distributors such as Comstor and Tech Data.
And just as partners prepare to take delivery of those systems, the media is getting its first look under the hood too.
Today, InfoWorld reviewer Paul Venezia published his take on the system. We certainly appreciate Paul’s headline (”How Cisco UCS reinvents the Data Center”) but what he goes on to say is even more interesting.
“Encapsulating Cisco’s Unified Computing System into a few paragraphs is a daunting challenge.” says Venezia. “Cisco UCS is quite unlike any other computing platform on the market today, and while there are certainly parallels to existing models, UCS carves a new path through the woods of IT.”
Venezia’s review comes just a few weeks after eWEEK reviewer, Cameron Sturdevant, became the first reporter in the world to get up-close and personal with UCS. Sturdevant urged eWEEK readers: “For IT managers who must pay attention to both virtual and physicalresources, the Cisco UCS system is well worth considering. The top-notch hardware components are well-integrated with each other and effectively managed with the Cisco UCS Manager software.”
So, still early days of UCS, but as these reviews and last week’s Virtual Environment Computing coalition announcement with EMC, VMware and Intel indicate, we continue to have high hopes for the system.