Which server would be a better fit for a customer who wants to increase both performance and the capacity for demanding virtualization and large data-set workloads?
Which operational effect does the Cisco UCS "stateless server" deployment model bring to the customer?
The stateless computing service allows existing software stacks to be migrated to any available discrete server within the system by creating and deploying what is known as a service profileexactly recreating the discrete system from which the workload migrated.
A Unified Computing System server can also be pre-provisioned using service profiles to prepare it for a new application to be mounted. This can be used to not only rapidly provision servers, but also to reprovision servers as they are deployed and redeployed from one application type to another.
A service profile is a self-contained logical representation (object) of a desired physical server, including connectivity, configuration, and identity. Each service profile serves a specific purpose, ensuring that the associated server hardware has the configuration, identities, and connectivity to the LAN and SAN based on the requirements from the applications the server will host. The service profile maintains configuration information about the server hardware, interfaces, fabric connectivity, and server and network identity: the server personality. This includes all of the unique information for the server, including the MAC, WWPN, UUID, boot order, and so forth. The personality information is stored in a format that can be managed through the Cisco UCS Manager. All service profiles are centrally managed and stored in a database on the Fabric Interconnects.
This dynamic provisioning allows for complete infrastructure repurposing.
You work at a large university and are trying to decrease the number of people deploying software in multiple areas for specific classroom needs and requests so that you can focus on modernizing the learning environment. What can you do to help achieve this?
Seattle University implemented a state-of-the-art Cisco Unified Computing System with an optimized VMware installation to manage their virtual desktops. They cut down on the amount of people deploying software in multiple areas for specific classroom needs and requests, allowing them to focus on modernizing their learning environment.
What are the three steps to follow to engage a potential Cisco Unified Computing System customer with a qualified Cisco solution?
Successfully selling a UCS solution requires a careful understanding of the sales cycle:
- Define and plan
- Engage extended sales team to develop a preliminary solution
- Confirm strategy