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Cisco UCS Director

Important Features

Increase Business Agility and Operational Efficiency

As consumers, we have come to expect immediate delivery of every service. This expectation also applies to data center services. Now, more than ever, IT deployment of data center resources can make the difference between a successful organization and an ineffective one.

Cisco UCS Director improves consistency, efficiency, and speed within your organization. It accomplishes this by replacing time-consuming, manual provisioning and de-provisioning of data center resources with automated workflows. Cisco UCS Director reduces delivery time from weeks to minutes.

Superior IaaS Management Capabilities

Unified infrastructure provisioning and management delivers superior infrastructure as a service (IaaS) management capabilities with the following benefits:

  • Out-of-box task library that spans Cisco and third-party hardware solutions to build your infrastructure in minutes
  • Reduction of data center complexity by replacing manual provisioning and de-provisioning tasks with workflows that span computing, network, storage, and virtualization functions
  • Lowering of capital expenses with real-time monitoring, dynamic load balancing, and optimum resource usage

Multihypervisor Solution

With support for VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Red Hat KVM hypervisors, Cisco UCS Director’s task library supports creation, manipulation, and editing of virtual machines, hosts, and virtual networks. Broad OS guest support facilitates cloning of Windows and Linux virtual machines, and also monitors host and virtual machine memory and resource use. It offers:

  • Support for NetApp Virtual Storage Console on Clustered Data ONTAP to deliver fast and efficient cloning of virtual machines with low storage use
  • Support for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager networking models and Hyper-V infrastructure management
  • Support for Cisco Nexus 1000V and Citrix network devices within Microsoft System Center Private Cloud

Multivendor Solution

Because your data center comprises diverse technologies, Cisco UCS Director delivers heterogeneous infrastructure management. The benefits include:

  • Support for Hewlett Packard Onboard Administrator to install bare-metal blades and manage them using Cisco UCS Director’s task library
  • Extensive enhancements for VMware, VCE, and EMC solution components
  • Integration of third-party solutions into the Cisco UCS Director management platform with a publicly available software development kit