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Cisco pits modular storage servers against public clouds

Stephen Lawson | Nov. 2, 2016
The modular S-Series servers let enterprises mix and match storage and computing for flexibility

Green Cloud is populating the systems with spinning disks, but half of the slots in the S3260 can hold SSDs (solid-state drives).

Enterprises can use different combinations of disk, SSD, networking, and computing elements to suit the performance and capacity needs of each application they want to run on the system.

Each 4U chassis can be linked to a Cisco fabric interconnect, so as many as 26 of the S3260 servers can be linked together for a total capacity of just over 15PB.

Cisco isn’t looking to make its own traditional storage arrays – at least not yet. There, it’s still relying on partnerships with NetApp, EMC, IBM, Pure Storage, and other companies. Instead, its storage server strategy is focused on scale-out, bare-metal systems for things like distributed object storage, Hadoop data analytics, and end-to-end systems for capturing and processing data from surveillance cameras, said Todd Brannon, director of product marketing in Cisco’s Computing Systems Product Group.

Also at the Partner Summit, Cisco introduced a revamped Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite, its collection of software for cloud infrastructure management. The suite is now made up of four modules that can be purchased separately: infrastructure automation, IT service management, cloud management, and big data automation. Cloud orchestration software from

Cloud orchestration software from CliQr, a recent Cisco acquisition, has been added. It helps to decide where to place workloads in public clouds. Also, the company has changed its sales model from perpetual licenses to subscriptions for one, three, or five years.

 

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