Cisco Systems reported on Wednesday that it will offer rackmount server options for its upcoming Unified Computing System. The company also announced new programs for channel partners as well as new certifications and training for the UCS system.
Cisco Systems Inc. initially introduced UCS as a blade server system, but it will now be available in either blade or C-Series rack server versions.
The UCS C-Series will include the following models.
- Cisco UCS C 250 M1; a two-socket, 2 rack unit (RU) rack mount server with Cisco's Extended Memory technology
- Cisco UCS C 210 M1: a two-socket, 2RU rack mount server that houses up to 16 local hard drives; and
- Cisco UCS C 200 M1: a two-socket, 1RU rack mount server
The announcement was made at the Cisco Partner Summit on Wednesday and focused on the benefits of UCS for channel partners: By offering blade and rackmount server options UCS may help channel partners appeal to a broader market, Cisco reported.
The company is also offering two new certifications; data center architect and data center engineer to train partners on the UCS. It also launched its Authorized Partner Program for partners who want to sell the rackmount Unified Computing C-Series. All Cisco Data Center Network Infrastructure (DCNI) Specialized Partners will be able to sell the new rackmount servers after completing online training and an exam.
Cisco also announced a new Data Center Channel Solution Program to validate other vendor products that work with UCS and will expand the Value Incentive Program (VIP) beyond networking to UCS and a new VIP track for storage products.
According to an anonymous Cisco employee, UCS will begin shipping within the next few weeks.
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