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Cisco is also enhancing its UCS portfolio with new 8-Gbps Fibre Channel uplinks.
Also new are enhancements to its UCS Manager software, including full integration with all the major provisioning tools from vendors such as BMC Software, CA, EMC, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Symantec and VMware.
Partners and customers of Cisco also now have access to open APIs and to a developer network including a software development kit, and more than 9,000 objects for integrating UCS Manager into their environments, Durzan said.
New to UCS Manager is the ability to collect a server's states, I/O and policies into a service profile that can be duplicated and downloaded into a new server without the need for manual provisioning.
Cisco also unveiled a new generation of its Nexus 2000 switches, which provide up to 384 10-Gbit Ethernet or 576 1-Gbit Ethernet ports. The switches, which bring 10-Gbit Ethernet pricing down to under $300 per port, can be used to upgrade existing data center environments, Durzan said.
Also new is the MDS 9148 Fibre Channel switch with 8-Gbit Fibre Channel connectivity, as well as 8-Gbit options for existing Cisco switches and UCS products.
Todd Brannon, senior manager of data center product marketing at Cisco, said the company refreshed its UCS product line after only a year on the market in order to take advantage of the latest technology.
"As Intel introduced their new technology, every systems vendor is moving on it," Brannon said. "It's not limited to Cisco; it just happened to be that UCS was at the one-year mark."
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