In an attempt to better compete with HP and IBM, networking technology giant Cisco Networks has updated its Unified Computer System (UCS) servers, which was launched by the company last year.
Cisco, which was once a major sales partner of Hewlett-Packard and IBM, said that its updated server line was built using Intel processors and its own networking chips, which were designed to make servers more energy efficient, reducing power consumption by 30-50 percent.
Expressing his views on Cisco's move, David Lawler, vice president of product marketing for Cisco's server line, said in a statement to Reuters that “With the economy... customers are much more open to looking at technologies that are more innovative, that allow them to drive down their costs. When things are difficult, you look for a way to get the something done with less.”
As more and more companies are going for energy efficient technologies, it is natural that server manufacturers develop products that are smart enough to save the energy and cut costs.
HP, IBM and Cisco are the first movers in this lucrative market for energy saving data centres, which also come with storage and virtualisation functionality.
According to the company, its UCS line of servers currently has 400 customers, which might grow after the update.