HP Slams Cisco UCS Manager In YouTube Video

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Hewlett-Packard Wednesday took to YouTube to demonstrate that its new OneView converged infrastructure management platform bests rival Cisco's Unified Compute System (UCS) Manager product.

The YouTube video, titled "HP OneView + HP BladeSystem: Faster, Simpler, Smarter than Cisco UCS Manager," features HP Vice President and Chief Engineer for HP BladeSystem Gary Thome and HP Engineer Chris Bradley providing what HP is calling a "side-by-side demo comparison of HP OneView and Cisco UCS."

HP says in the YouTube cutline that HP OneView "enables you to manage your infrastructure faster, at lower cost and with greater scale."


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Cisco's Unified Compute System, which was launched four and a half years ago, has been a big hit in the channel with the product now on a $2 billion annualized run rate.

HP claims the biggest OneView advantages over Cisco UCS show up in terms of ease of use, simplicity and time-savings in complex IT environments.

Specifically, HP claims that OneView requires only four steps and 30 seconds of administrative time to retire a virtual local area network (VLAN) in a 160-server environment compared with 480 steps and about two hours with Cisco UCS based on internal testing by HP in September.

Cisco's UCS tackles just one small part of the converged infrastructure management problem, said Thome in a press conference question-and-answer session after the HP OneView launch.

"We think that HP OneView is just a much more comprehensive approach to managing IT infrastructure," said Thome. "When you couple that with HP BladeSystem, we really believe that this is just the best approach for enterprises for running their traditional enterprise applications, highly virtualized environments or even building a private cloud."

In the YouTube video, Thome compares what he calls the "cumbersome" UCS approach to moving a workload in a 640-server environment that involves moving manually through rows of data to the relatively quick-and-easy HP approach that features a dashboard data view of data center cool spots that could accommodate the workload change.

Cisco had not yet responded to the HP claims as of press time. But, Cisco has claimed in the past that Cisco UCS results in a 61 percent reduction in ongoing administrative/management costs.

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