Cisco spilling beans on Unifed Computing System pricing

UPDATED 04/16: An article posted today in Network World outlines some of the details of Cisco's pricing on its Unified Computing System for data centers, which some say is surprisingly low, given the vendor's reputation for high-cost gear.

The article says:

"In a configuration of about 320 blades, UCS costs about one-third of leading vendors' systems due to a 10x reduction in the number of Ethernet and Fibre Channel switches, management modules and associated software licenses, Cisco says. The company adds that a leading vendor's 320-blade configuration cost $1.6 million vs. UCS's price of just over $500,000."

Cisco offered a few details of recently completed benchmark testing on UCS, and promises that those tests will be made available soon.

This news was expected. A month ago when it introduced its Unified Computing System, Cisco promised to divulge pricing, performance metrics and other information. Its data center-of-the-future system includes homemade blade servers and technologies for tying servers, networks and storage into a virtualized whole. Others, such as Sun, have already started fighting back with new competitive offerings of their own.

Cisco shared information via a live Internet broadcast Thursday from 9-10am PDT. Soni Jiandani, vice president of marketing for the Cisco Server Access Virtualization Group, and David Lawler, vice president of product marketing for the Cisco Server Access Virtualization Group, ran the show.

Posted by Online Executive Editor, News, Bob Brown (follow me on Twitter)

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