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The implementation of Cisco was handled by Cisco Advanced Services, which at the time led most of the early implementations of the technology as a way to get it to customers quickly while also training its channel partners.
Varrow had two engineers rotating on site at Moses Cone during the three-week implementation period, a move which has since paid off in further sales of Cisco UCS technology in other clients, McDaniel said.
Since the implementation, Varrow has worked closely with Moses Cone to expand on the new infrastructure.
The original project started out with two chasses and 16 server blades. However, it currently stands at five chasses and 32 blades, thanks to help from Varrow.
Varrow in November of 2010 started a project to replace a couple of different EMC Clariion arrays with a new EMC Symmetrix VMAX enterprise-class storage array. Once that implementation is finished, which is expected sometime in February, the VMAX will be the primary storage array and a Clariion CX380 will be repurposed for use as part of a disaster recovery system, McDaniel said.
Varrow has also worked with Moses Cone to implement a new emergency medical room application from Epic Systems, Verona, Wisc., on the UCS architecture. Varrow said Moses Cone ordered a UCS blade to send to Epic in order to get the blade certified with its software, McDaniel said.
Varrow also recently used the UCS to upgrade Moses Cone's Windows Active Directory, he said.
Cisco UCS is working beyond expectations, Heil said. For instance, adding a new 2U server for VMware in the past meant sending it to two different people who needed three days minimum to get it ready.
"One of my newest employees, who started four months ago, can use pre-built server configurations and pre-zone storage on our SAN," he said. "So when we get a new blade, my server guy can do it himself in two to three hours. And that is one of my newer employees. So I am seeing efficiencies like that. My server guy doesn't need to know so much about storage and networking because my storage guys already pre-built the storage for UCS."
Varrow has been an excellent partner throughout the Cisco UCS implementation, Heil said.
"When we determined that UCS was best for us, Varrow also decided it is best for their other customers," he said. "During the implementation, Varrow had at least one engineer here at all times. They love the technology, and they have a healthy enthusiasm for UCS."