Cisco Enhances Unified Computing System

Enterprise networking giant Cisco has dished out a number of new enhancements for its Unified Computing System offerings.

At its Cisco Live annual conference, the company unveiled a new version of its UCS Manager Software, new fabric interconnect, a chassis I/O module and a virtual interface card, Network Computing reports.

The Fabric Interconnect 6248UP, which is aimed at reducing the complexities of configuration, comes with 48 unified ports and two times greater switching capabilities for UCS.

The UCS Manager 2.0, which is used for managing UCS Blade Servers and rack-mount servers, comes with support for VMware vCenter for UCS and UCS Express on Cisco Integrated Services Routers. The tool has been designed to deliver high security and reduce operational costs.

“Virtualization, performance, and security are three of the most fundamental requirements for building and using clouds," said Lew Tucker, chief technology officer of cloud computing for Cisco.

"As the number and diversity of clouds grows, meeting these requirements through a common, unifying platform -- in other words, the network -- will help organizations from all industries communicate and access information more dynamically and securely, both within their own clouds and with other clouds that are relevant to their needs,” he added.