Arraya Insights | February 13, 2015
Cisco is the clear market leader for Integrated Infrastructure with solutions developed with VCE, EMC, NetApp, IBM, Hitachi, Nimble, and Simplivity using software from VMware and Microsoft. Cisco’s strategy has been very clear, to offer customers choice. Cisco is adding a new option, the Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform (UCSO). I don’t know who came up with the name or whether they still have a job, but the new addition provides a very interesting platform for organizations who prefer OpenStack.
The UCSO provides key building blocks ideally suited to supporting private, public, and hybrid clouds. The architecture combines UCS servers with Nexus switching, UCS Director management, and storage access for streamlined deployment of applications and cloud services. UCSO will feature three offerings: a Starter Edition that enables quick and easy installation for enterprise private clouds; an Advanced Edition that enables rapid deployment and operation of large scale private clouds; and an Advanced ACI Edition delivering policy-driven infrastructure deployment and operation for large scale clouds by utilizing Cisco ACI.
“Cisco is working with its partners to build the Intercloud—an interconnected, global, ‘cloud of clouds’ connecting private, public, and hybrid clouds,” said Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology & Strategy officer at Cisco. “Open source technology has emerged as the catalyst for cloud innovation,” said Paul Cormier, President, Products and Technologies at Red Hat. “Cisco is a market leader in cloud infrastructure and integrated infrastructure, while Red Hat brings market leadership and deep domain expertise of open source and OpenStack. By combining our complementary strengths, Cisco and Red Hat have a unique opportunity to capitalize on this market disruption.”
Arraya has deployed Integrated Infrastructure for many customers to support their business needs. These infrastructures provide a secure foundation to enable agility within the data center. Contact your Arraya Account Executive to schedule a discussion on how your business can take advantage of Integrated Infrastructure. Learn more about UCSO here: Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Red Hat OpenStack.
About Cisco’s Data Center Partner Connection:
The Cisco Data Center Partner Connection is an exclusive invitation-only event, providing opportunities for attendees to network with leading executives and data center solution partners. Together with attendees, Cisco will discuss its vision for the data center and how it’s redefining the power of IT to increase customer footprint and accelerate profitability.
During this conference, attendees will have opportunities to:
- Explore how Cisco’s cloud strategy will put them in position to capitalize on industry shifts that are driving new consumption models
- Understand new offerings, competitive positioning and go-to-market strategies that will increase deal size and profitability
- Learn about and help influence the strategic direction of the Cisco Data Center portfolio including open source tie ins such as OpenStack
- Participate in one-on-one meetings with Cisco Data Center senior leadership