Monday, March 21, 2011

Updates to Cisco UC on UCS Blades

Cisco recently announced a pretty big change to the support of Cisco Unified Communications (UC) products on the UCS B-series blade servers.  For select UC applications, the following features have been added to the support statement:

  • VMware ESXi 4.1 is now a supported hypervisor
  • Boot from FC is now supported for ESXi and a diskless configuration has been tested
  • limited vMotion is now supported but VMware DRS is not (i.e. you can manually move machines around if you have a need but VMware won't load balance them for you)
  • Cloning of vm's (clone at the vm level and then CUCM CLI) now allows template based installations to accelerate provisioning
All of the details can be found at the Cisco UC on Virtualization Wiki.  As the Cisco UC support statements are updated, I will post updates here.

Oh, and by the way, Cisco UC is fully supported on VCE Vblocks today...


afidel said...

There's still a lot of dumb exclusions on that list (like configurations that are certified on DAS but not SAN, why?!?)

Aaron Delp said...

I can't speak to Cisco's reasons for supporting one choice over another but I can say they are making great progress towards virtualizing UC. I'm excited for the future of UC on UCS and I'll take any advances that Cisco can provide. I, like many, hope they speed things up and I'll do what I can to help that along :)