Cisco UCS data center platform cuts 40% Opex for GIS

Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), an industrial company in the north of Mexico, has deployed Cisco UCS in their new data center and reduced operational costs by 40 percent and improved performance of its network.

Cisco has supplied UCS data center platform to more than 41,000 customers worldwide. Cisco says 85 percent of the Fortune 500 has selected UCS. In the last quarter (Q3 FY 2015), Cisco UCS business rose 7 percent quarter on quarter. In 2014, after five years in the market, Cisco reached the top position in the x86 blade server market in the Americas.

Cisco UCS data center platform combines x86-architecture blade and rack-mount servers with networking and storage access into a single converged system.

The main aim behind the deployment of Cisco UCS data center platform was to reduce at least 30 percent the IT operation. GIS opted for Cisco after an analysis about developing its own data center.

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Cisco UCS helped GIS to migrate from 18 to 7 racks, achieving cost reductions including energy used, cooling space, equipment maintenance, and management. The backup times using LAN become 8 times faster, access to storage improved 30 percent, and load of servers came from 70 percent to 10 percent. In general terms the company has an operation 40 percent lower than previously.

Francisco Ramos, project infrastructure manager from GIS, said: “The migration using virtual servers helped us to do a seamless transition; reducing space thus racks equipment and having countable benefits in its operation.”

GIS deployed Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server to address the broadest set of workloads, from IT and web infrastructure to distributed database.

Cisco UCS C220 M3 rack server was deployed for performance and density over a wide range of business workloads, from web serving to distributed database.

Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches were used to deliver top-of-rack (ToR) Layer 2 and Layer 3, 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet with unified ports in compact one-, two-, and four-rack-unit form factors.

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