Tag: UCS

Comment: Cisco should hit harder, or give up… (about storage)

Yesterday I read this article by Chris Mellor on the register. I always find Chris’s comments reveal good insight need, and he raised an interesting point about the future of the all-CISCO integrated stack (UCS+NEXUS+Whiptail Invicta) but I too would like to put in my two cents. From my point of view, CISCO has two options here and neither of them are ideal. The scenario CISCO has, if not the best at least one of the best, server infrastructure products out there and the integration between it and its networking stuff makes the solution very appealing to a certain...

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62 is not the answer

Do you remember Douglas Adams and his, most famous, novel? (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) Well, the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42! (and not 62). Apart the joke, the only thing we can see after an year of blogs, join ventures and advertising is the numbers: 62. 62 is the number of the vblocks (CISCO+EMC+VMWARE preconfigured and integrated stacks) customers world wide! To me, 62, is a very (very) little number, what do you think? My concerns aren’t about the stack itself and his quality but on the customers perception: are we sure that customers want integrated stacks? Probably customers like end-to-end certified solutions and CISCO+VMWARE+EMC is one of these but they refuse to have a single vendor to avoid the lock-in! I’m sure that there are many more customers than those 62 who buy certified and integrated VMware+EMC+CISCO stacks but not vBlocks. *This figure of course is not coming from an official press release but from a Tweet coming from @vStewedthat I saw today on my Twitter...

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