Questions Arise over Cisco UCS Integration Capabilities

Arthur Cole

Cisco went through great pains this week to assure customers that its new Unified Computing System (UCS) will work smoothly with legacy infrastructures and that it has an army of systems integrators on hand to ensure cooperation with IBM, HP, Dell and other platforms.

However, some analysts are voicing caution, suggesting that greenfield deployments might be the wisest course of action for early adopters.

While analysts from Forrester and Gartner are generally impressed with the UCS platform, some of its unique design elements could cause some hiccups. For instance, there is the fear that the system's reliance on 10 GbE as a networking fabric provides only limited Fibre Channel bandwidth, possibly forcing customers to deploy additional EMC or NetApp equipment to pick up the slack.

A limited set of management tools might also require third-party software suites, although some needed capabilities might not be available from Cisco partners.

For its part, Cisco says that integrators like Accenture, CSC, Wipro Technologies and Tata Consultancy Services, plus close to 250 channel partners, are more than capable of wiping out any compatibility bugs.

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