Category Archives: General

The King is Dead, Long live the King!

Huge congratulations to Cisco for achieving number 1 in the x86 blade server market in only 5 Years since launch. According to the latest IDC worldwide quarterly Server Tracker (2014 Q1) Cisco UCS which turned 5 years old this year … Continue reading

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Cisco UCS Boot From SAN Video Walktrough

Hi All I’ve been meaning to do this video for ages and finally had some time to do it. The most common questions I tend to get are generally around booting a Cisco UCS Server from the SAN. Now in … Continue reading

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Under the Cisco UCS Kimono

If you have ever wanted a sneaky peak under the UCS Kimono (GUI) then this posts for you. The goal of this post is to clarify the end-to-end path from a Cisco UCS vNIC through the UCS Infrastructure to the point … Continue reading

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Cisco UCS Processor Journey

While not perhaps the most interesting topic for some, this is a post I have been meaning to do for some time, and the recent Intel E5-2600v2 CPU Additions into the Cisco UCS lineup have kicked my butt into writing … Continue reading

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Response to the Video “HP OneView + HP BladeSystem: Faster, Simpler, Smarter than Cisco UCS Manager”

Now I don’t usually involve myself in Vendor hype and “FUD Spreading” including that from Cisco, I understand it’s the world we live in, and my role and value as an independent Consultant is to cut through all that, and … Continue reading

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20Gb + 20Gb = 10Gb? UCS M3 Blade I/O Explained

There comes a time, when if I have to answer the same question a certain number of times, I think “this obviously requires a blog post”, so I can just tell the next person who asks to go and read … Continue reading

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UCS Central Announced

So it’s finally here, the product we have been anxiously awaiting for over a year since the vague details and whispers of what was known as “Pasadena” began to circulate. If like me you do some very large Cisco UCS … Continue reading

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Cisco UCS Traffic Separation

Most of my blog posts derive not from what I think you ought to know about Cisco UCS although some certainly do, but generally from customer questions about the technology, and if one customer is asking a particular question then … Continue reading

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Cisco UCS Active Directory Integration

Last week on Twitter I asked for the topics people would most like to see covered on my blog, and the winner was Cisco UCS and LDAP / AD Intergration so here it is: As a side note I also … Continue reading

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Cisco UCS Fear the power?

In a lot of the workshops I host or skills transfer sessions I conduct with clients, The response is generally wow this stuff is incredibly powerful, being able to update 160 servers firmware simultaneously in a couple of mouse clicks, … Continue reading

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