UCS 1.4 Code: What is cool so far.
Here are a few things that have jumped out so far that I like with the 1.4 code:
— Support for the new B230 blades; half size blade with 2 sockets and 32 DIMM slots (16 cores and 256 GB memory!!)
— Able to manage the C-Series servers via UCS Manager (the rack servers)
— Power capping to cover groups of chassis; this is very powerful now. Think about it, you can have 4 chassis in 1 rack all sharing 2 or 4 – 220 circuits. Now you can cap, monitor and manage the amount of power by groups of chassis not just per blade or chassis.
— Software packaging for new server hardware that does NOT require the IO fabric upgrade to use the new servers. Nice!
— Bigger and Badder! Support for up to 1024 VLANS and up to 20 UCS chassis (160 servers from 1 management point!!).
— Fiber Channel connectivity options, now can do port channeling and FC trucking as well as some limited direct connection of FC based storage (no zoning ability . . yet).
OK the list goes on and on, they have packed a lot into this release.
Checking out the new items in UCSM, I had to grab a few screen shots of the following:
Power! You ever wonder how much power a server or chassis is using? Now you know, check this out! I am loving this.
For those UCS users out there, it has not always been very clear what the impact of making various changes to a Service Profile might do to the workload. They have improved with each release, but this is some great detail now:
Cool stuff in Cisco UCS 1.4 code, I hope to have more time to share with everyone as we continue to maximize our investment. Time to go home . . .