Chapter 1. Cisco Unified Computing System and the Data Center

This chapter introduces the evolving compute infrastructure and examines key values of Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS).

Data Center Trends

In this section, we discuss server scalability, server statelessness, virtualization, unified fabric, and infrastructure management.

Server Trends

Today the push for servers is to do more with less. Servers are designed into smaller form factors that use shared resources such as network and storage access. With the advent of server virtualization on x86 platforms, many servers are consolidated onto single physical computing resources.

These trends maximize space, make more efficient use of power, share network and storage infrastructure, ...

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