Cisco introduced Next-Gen Storage Server, Cloud Suite. Everything you need to know.

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Cisco introduced the UCS S-Series: a new storage-optimized server category in the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS) portfolio, designed specifically to address the needs of data-intensive workloads such as Big Data, and for deploying software-defined storage, object storage, and data protection solutions. The UCS S3260 Storage Server can handle the rapid growth of unstructured data created by the Internet of Things (IoT), video, mobility, collaboration and analytics to generate insights in real time.

Data has become the lifeblood of every organization, and the way it’s used is changing rapidly. New applications such as video analytics, diagnostic imaging, streaming analytics, and machine learning demand and create data that is “un-stored” and actively processed in real time. Traditional static IT infrastructure no longer works in a world of continuous insight and innovation, while public cloud storage solutions can become expensive as data sets grow quickly and unpredictably.

The UCS S3260 Storage Server, the first in the UCS S-series, delivers the versatility, rapid scalability and cloud connectivity. Compared with traditional servers, the UCS S3260:

  • Lowers ongoing management by up to 80%
  • Reduces cabling by up to 70%
  • Takes up to 60% less space
  • Consumes up to 59 less power
  • Lowers total cost of ownership (TCO) by over 50% compared to public cloud
  • Reduces CapEx by up to 34%

The UCS S3260 provides a wide range of capacity and performance options with up to 600 TBs of storage capacity per system, frictionless scaling up to Petabytes with UCS Manager, cache acceleration, and unified I/O connectivity for any type of data storage.

Cisco also announced the next generation of its ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite, a hybrid cloud software solution that offers freedom of choice for application teams and delivers a self-service portal that can be tailored for end users, application developers, and IT professionals. The ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite has four offers, which can be used singly or in any combination.

  • Infrastructure Automation: Speeds time to market through consistent and faster delivery of error-free infrastructure environments to business and application teams.
  • Service Management: Empowers customers with self-service order and service management through a simple, intuitive user interface
  • Cloud Management: Enables faster time to market while reducing development costs by modeling application profiles once and deploying to multiple hybrid environments
  • Big Data Automation: Drives consistency with one-click installation, provisioning, and deployment of Hadoop and Splunk clusters. Reduces risk with near real-time diagnostics and historical analysis.

Organizations are increasingly under pressure to rapidly deliver new services and applications, and many are transitioning to a Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CICD) model. At the same time, digital transformation is resulting in the creation of thousands of new enterprise applications that are becoming the primary interface between the customer and the enterprise, especially for digital transactions.

To meet these challenges, Cisco’s strategy is to provide a data center architecture that enables customers to Analyze, Simplify, Automate, and Protect their data and applications: the ASAP data center. Cisco’s architecture provides unique advantages through the integration of analytics, networking and security with consistent policies within the data center and across data centers and clouds.

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