Third, Cisco unveiled a Virtual Interface Card -- the VIC 1280 -- that quadruples bandwidth to the server through dual 40G interfaces, up from dual 10G on previous VICs. VIC 1280 also supports 256 virtual interfaces, double the number of previous-generation VIC interfaces.
VIC 1280 is based on the IEEE's 802.1Qbh standard for Bridge Port Extension and also supports RedHat's KVM hypervisor.
Last, Cisco updated the UCS Manager with Release 2.0. The software, which manages all system configuration and operations for UCS, now supports VMware vCenter virtualization management to enable IT to organize, provision, and configure the virtualized environment across branch offices and the data center.
UCS Manager 2.0 also now allows users to run the UCS Fabric in End Host Mode rather than switch mode, and can connect management, backup, production and test networks to the Fabric Interconnect in End Host Mode.
All UCS enhancements announced this week are interoperable with the existing UCS 5108 Blade Chassis for investment protection, Cisco says.
Cisco says it now has 5,400 UCS customers and is adding 1,000 every quarter. Sixty percent of these customers are in the U.S., with 55 percent to 60 percent of them in enterprises, 20 percent in service providers, and the remainder in the public sector.
Sixty percent to 70 percent of UCS customers used to be HP server customers, while others were IBM and Dell, said Soni Jiandani, vice president of Cisco's Server Access Virtualization Business Unit.
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