Last week at Cisco Live Las Vegas, Cisco annouced the eagerly awaited UCS 2.0 (coded Capitola) for Q3 this year.
As well as a few expected software feature additions the big buzz is around the added Hardware thats is being release along side.
A New Fabric Interconnect: 6248UP
1U 48 Unified Ports (i.e. can run Ethernet or Fibre Channel depending on SFP inserted)
A New Fabric Extender: 2208XP
8 x 10Gb uplinks to Fabric Interconnect, 32 10Gb downlinks to servers.
A new Virtual Interface Card: 1280 Virtual Interface Card (VIC)
8 x 10 Gb traces to the mid-plane (4 x 10Gb Fabric A and 4 x 10Gb Fabric B)
It should be stressed that Cisco are saying no current UCS products are being “End of Lifed” the new hardware is an addition to the existing portfolio.
I am yet to see the prices of the new hardware as if they are comparable of course you are just going to buy the new product.
Looking forward to getting my hands on some in the lab, and putting them through the paces.
For a much more comprehensive write up on UCS 2.0 refer to the below blog by Sean McGee of Cisco