Cisco shares enterprise case studies on Unified Computing System (UCS)

Enterprise networking vendor Cisco today shared some of the customer case studies reflecting the achievements of its Unified Computing System (UCS) in the last five years.

The Stock Exchange of Thailand

The Stock Exchange of Thailand is one of the customers of Cisco UCS.

The Stock Exchange of Thailand says Cisco UCS servers will improve IT infrastructure efficiency, which is especially helpful for Internet trading, which grew 80 percent in 2013, with more than 120,000 accounts.

Charamporn Jotikasthira, president and CEO of The Stock Exchange of Thailand, said: “UCS will help us to accommodate business expansion and improve services for our members and investors.”

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“Moreover, Cisco UCS supports 10 times more bandwidth and scalability than our previous system, so we are able to reduce the number of servers, save floor space, reduce operational costs, and cut power consumption by 10 percent, which supports our energy-saving policy,” Jotikasthira added.

St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust 

St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust turned to virtualized desktop infrastructure and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) capabilities to provide better patient care and allow greater mobility and access for personnel to critical hospital operations such as electronic patient records, pathology, picture archiving, and the overall hospital communications system.

Kerman Jasavala, deputy director of ICT for St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “The system is now powered by 16 Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Servers, and our medical personnel is quickly adapting to the liberating cultural change. Our staff especially love the way they can log in from anywhere, treat a patient, and then attend to tasks elsewhere; most significant, the access to information is improving patient care.”

Grupo Merza 

Grupo Merza is a retailer group with operations in 27 Mexican states with more than 160 supermarkets and wholesale stores.

Alfonso Cedillo, Tecnologías de Información, Grupo Merza, said: “In order to better manage high volumes of data and improve business decision making, we have deployed the SAP HANA platform on Cisco UCS. We reduced the time to process information reports by 70 percent and reduced our transactional time by 40 percent.”

The solution includes prebuilt data models, key performance indicators, role-specific web/mobile dashboards and reports that provide a real-time understanding of marketing, merchandising and store operations.

Dominion Enterprises

Dominion Enterprises, a marketing services company, has grown organically as well as through acquisitions, and traditionally we had a very mixed infrastructure with multiple data centers, and a wide range of server, networking and storage vendors.

Joe Fuller, VP and CIO of Dominion Enterprises, said: “Managing the infrastructure was labor intensive, and power and cooling costs were mounting due to server and storage sprawl. We moved to Cisco UCS, part of an overall FlexPod deployment, as the backbone of our infrastructure with 10 GbE connectivity to greatly improve overall speed and performance. Because of our migration to the UCS platform, we avoided a planned $500,000 capital investment for new infrastructure and our power bill has been cut in half.”

Cisco said more than 80 percent of all Cisco’s sales come through its channel partners, while over 3,850 channel partners sell Cisco UCS today; over half specialize in UCS technology.

IDC says Cisco is ranked second worldwide in x86 blade server revenue market share in Q4 2013, with 32 percent share in the US and a top five ranking among server vendors overall.

More than 30,000 customers have adopted Cisco UCS, including 75 percent of the Fortune 500.

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