On the official Egenera Blog there is a new post by Ken Oestreich comparing the Cisco UCS to the Egenera PAN solution that is available on both their own hardware as well as being OEM software in the Dell PAN System. He makes some interesting comparisons from both functionality, price, and matured product perspective.
Here is a quote from the article…
Lots of buzz in the air about Cisco entering the server market with the Unified Computing System – using the words “Revolutionary”, “Breakthrough”, etc. Now, to have Cisco enter the server market is certainly revolutionary… but neither their technology nor their business value is particularly new. But their marketing sure turned-up the volume on it all.
Cisco has sat by the sidelines for a number of years, and watched Egenera in particular — as well as IBM, HP and even a few smaller players – enter the market with ‘converged’ networking and repurposeable servers. As long as 7 years ago, Egenera was selling our BladeFrame, which is essentially what UCS is. Stateless x86 servers, converged network backplane. Low component counts, low complexity. Extraordinarily low TCO compared with traditional servers, I/O and networking.
There are some really good points here on the overall technology that is finally breaking through.
I encourage you to read the full article .
Once you have read it I would like to get your take on what is discussed. What are your thoughts on Cisco UCS, PAN, HP Matrix, etc? Do you see the benefits?