Cisco launches storage optimized UCS server

The storage-optimized server to handle big data, streaming media and software defined storage implementations to name a few.

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Cisco on Tuesday launched a new addition to its Unified Computing System (UCS) portfolio with the UCS S-Series, which is a storage optimized server that the networking giant says can offer better economics than the public cloud.

The company is launching the storage-focused server to handle big data, streaming media and software defined storage implementations to name a few. The other key theme from Cisco is that the UCS S-Series of systems can make more use of enterprise data.

Cisco's UCS S3260 Storage Server has a modular architecture that uses the UCS Manager to automate management. Cisco is claiming the UCS S3260 can cut capital spending for customers by reducing cabling, taking up less space and power and eliminating ongoing management.

As for the specs, the UCS S3260 can support up to 600TB of capacity and scale to petabytes with UCS Manager, cache acceleration and unified I/O.

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Cisco is clearly putting its latest storage-optimized servers in the middle of the hybrid cloud. On one hand, Cisco argues that the UCS S-Series can offer better three-year economics than the public cloud. Here's Cisco's math:

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But the reality is that the UCS S-Series is likely to be deployed in hybrid cloud environments. Cisco also notes in its S-Series pitch the overall hybrid look.

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In addition, Cisco outlined its next generation ONE Enterprise Cloud suite, which is used to automate hybrid clouds within an enterprise. The latest edition of the suite can deploy to more than 20 different data center, private and public cloud environments. Subscriptions are available in one-, three- and five-year terms.

There are four flavors of the ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite focused on infrastructure automation, service management, cloud management and big data automation.

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