Cisco’s New Storage Optimized UCS Server-UCS S3260

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Cisco launched a new addition to its Unified Computing System (UCS) portfolio with the UCS S-Series-the UCS S3260 Storage Server at the Cisco Partner Summit in early November. It is a storage optimized server that the networking giant says can offer better economics than the public cloud.Cisco UCS S3260 Storage Server

This new Cisco storage-focused server aims to handle big data, streaming media and software defined storage implementations to name a few. The other key theme from Cisco is that the UCS S-Series of systems can make more use of enterprise data.

The UCS S3260 would be the first in the S range. It will provide an element of storage to the enterprise end users as well as those managed cloud service providers.

Cisco’s UCS S3260 Storage Server has a modular architecture that uses the UCS Manager to automate management. Cisco is claiming the UCS S3260 can cut capital spending for customers by reducing cabling, taking up less space and power and eliminating ongoing management.

As for the specs, the UCS S3260 can support up to 600TB of capacity and scale to petabytes with UCS Manager, cache acceleration and unified I/O.

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Product Highlights-The Cisco UCS S3260

  • Dual 2-socket server nodes based on Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 or v4 CPUs with up to 36 cores per server node
  • Up to 512 GB of DDR3 or DDR4 memory per server node (1 TB total)
  • Support for high-performance Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) and flash memory
  • Massive 600-TB data storage capacity that easily scales to petabytes with Cisco UCS Manager
  • Policy-based storage management framework for zero-touch capacity on demand
  • Dual-port 40-Gbps system I/O controllers with Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card (VIC) 1300 platform embedded chip
  • Unified I/O for Ethernet or Fibre Channel to existing NAS or SAN storage environments
  • Support for Cisco bidirectional (BiDi) transceivers, with 40-Gbps connectivity over existing 10-Gbps cabling infrastructure

The Cisco UCS S3260 uses a multigenerational modular server architecture. It uses Cisco’s blade technology expertise to increase investment protection, allowing you to upgrade the main system components without the need to migrate data from one system to another.

Cisco UCS S3260-Empty Chassis & Fully Populated

Cisco is clearly putting its latest storage-optimized servers in the middle of the hybrid cloud. On one hand, Cisco argues that the UCS S-Series can offer better three-year economics than the public cloud. Here’s Cisco’s math:


But the reality is that the UCS S-Series is likely to be deployed in hybrid cloud environments. Cisco also notes in its S-Series pitch the overall hybrid look.


In addition, Cisco outlined its next generation ONE Enterprise Cloud suite, which is used to automate hybrid clouds within an enterprise. The latest edition of the suite can deploy to more than 20 different data center, private and public cloud environments. Subscriptions are available in one-, three- and five-year terms.

There are four flavors of the ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite focused on infrastructure automation, service management, cloud management and big data automation.

  • Infrastructure Automation: for consistent and faster delivery of error-free infrastructure environments to business and application teams. This provides faster time to market.
  • Service Management: Empowers customers with self-service order and service management through a simple, intuitive user interface
  • Cloud Management: enables faster time to market while reducing development costs by modeling application profiles once and deploying to multiple hybrid environments
  • Big Data Automation: drives consistency with one-click installation, provisioning and deployment of Hadoop and Splunk clusters. Reduces risk with near real-time diagnostics and historical analysis.

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