UCS Firmware Upgrades Simplified

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 10.55.16 AMOne of the many benefits of UCS is the ease at which firmware upgrades/downgrades can be applied.  UCS Manager simplifies this by utilizing an Auto-Install procedure that takes a lot of the manual firmware application out of the equation.  UCS Firmware Auto-Install was introduced in UCS version 2.1(1) and includes two stages: Continue reading “UCS Firmware Upgrades Simplified”

Diving into UCS server pools

12074316761864705193diving black.svg.hiAlthough most datacenter admins regularly utilize pools for resources like WWNs or IP addresses, I find few fully utilizing the benefits of Cisco UCS dynamic server pools. You can create a static pool, but the true power and flexibility of server pools comes from creating dynamic pools. I’m going to show you the benefits of dynamic pools and show you how to create them via the GUI and via PowerTool. Let’s dive into pools. Continue reading “Diving into UCS server pools”

A GPU for your UCS Blade Servers is now a reality

coming-soonI was pleasantly surprised to find out that Cisco and nVidia partnered to deliver a GPU that now fits into a blade server form factor.  For those UCS customers out there, this was a much anticipated announcement.  Since the inception of UCS, heavy graphic user customers had to rely on C-Series rack servers if they wanted to take advantage of GPU capabilities.  This worked well, especially since UCS allows C-series to integrate into UCS Manager, allowing full service profile functionality.  But, nevertheless you had UCS customers that had standardized on blades and thus was really longing for a blade based GPU. Continue reading “A GPU for your UCS Blade Servers is now a reality”