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September 4, 2014

Cisco expands UCS portfolio with new servers

The firm is expanding UCS from its core data centre workloads to the edge of the network.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Cisco has announced a series of products for its Unified Computing System (UCS) as the company aims to expand its server business in a bid to take on Dell and HP.

The San Jose-based company, which has 5.8% of worldwide server sales, said it is expanding the UCS from its core data centre workloads to the edge of the network.

The UCS M-Series modular servers and UCS C3160 storage machines are for cloud server providers and big companies looking to deploy lots of applications.

Cisco, which entered the server market in 2009, also unveiled the 6324 Fabric Interconnect or "UCS Mini" for mid-market companies, which uses cheaper connectivity and limits users to 15 servers.

"Rapid changes in the way applications are architected and delivered are being driven by the demands of Big Data, the Internet of Everything, mobility, video and cloud," said Paul Perez, vice president and general manager, Cisco UCS.

"We are in a new world where data sets and application scale are rapidly growing, and the opportunities for businesses to capitalise on the deeper intelligence and faster decisions they afford are really taking off," he added.

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"With this expanded portfolio, Cisco is delivering the largest wave of computing innovation since the original introduction of UCS – we are continually challenging and evolving how data centre infrastructure should be architected and managed."

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