The Cisco Unified Computing System Express (UCS Express) is a converged computing, virtualization, and networking platform for hosting essential infrastructure services and mission-critical business applications in the lean branch office.
Cisco UCS Express is best suited for multisite organizations with centralized IT infrastructure that need to host applications locally in the branch office because of performance, survivability, or compliance reasons.With Cisco UCS Express, multisite organizations can increase business agility, lower total cost of ownership, and get more value out of their branch-office infrastructure.
Dedicated physical server for each application
This setup isolates applications from each other for organizational, security, performance, or application availability reasons. However, it increases equipment and operating costs.
Multiple applications share one physical server
This setup reduces costs, but it creates access control, organizational coordination, application availability, and time-to-deployment complexity.
This setup provides a general-purpose platform for a wide variety of applications, but it creates complex, hardwired infrastructure that is costly to build and modify. Short product lifecycles require frequent replacements that often result in overprovisioned and underused systems.
WAN optimization appliances
Dedicated partitions on WAN optimization devices host lightweight virtualized applications, but the small amount of available hardware resources limits the scalability and the type of branch-office applications that can be hosted.
Proliferation of wires and components
Maintaining nonconsolidated infrastructure leads to excess wires, ports, and cooling; extra physical space; and other redundancies, ultimately leading to a higher total cost of ownership.
High-touch, hardwired infrastructureProduct Highlights
Physical cabling creates an infrastructure in the remote office that requires modification of costly onsite visits.
- Simplify branch-office infrastructure
- Accelerate and reduce skill level for physical server deployment
- Consolidate physical servers and improve application time to market
- Converge infrastructure but maintain separate functional domains
- Provide right-size platform for essential branch-office applications