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Cisco Unified Computing Systems: In-Depth Assessment

Published: 05 September 2013

ID: G00249698

Analyst(s): Nik Simpson


In this assessment, Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) is evaluated against Gartner's blade platform evaluation criteria to assess its ability to meet the diverse needs of enterprise IT organizations.

Table Of Contents

Bottom-Line Assessment

  • Product Scorecard and Feature Snapshot
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Reasons to Deploy
  • Reasons to Not Deploy


  • General Overview of the Cisco UCS Platform
    • Cisco UCS 5108 Series Blade Server Chassis
    • Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect
    • Cisco Nexus 2232PP 10GE Fabric Extender
    • Cisco Blade and Rack-Mount Servers
    • Cisco UCS Manager
    • Cisco UCS Central
  • New and Key Features
  • Impact of the UCS Design on the Criteria
  • Required Features for Production
  • Preferred Features for Production
  • Optional Features for Production

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