Why Cisco UCS Rocks #2: Agility
Any resource can be used for any purpose based on policies and business needs.
— IT Agility Delivered: Cisco UCS
Cisco service profile templates describe policies for creating service profiles, empowering administrators to create 100 server configurations as easily as they create one. — IT Agility Delivered: Cisco UCS
Service profiles, in combination with the stateless nature of Cisco Unified Computing System servers, provide the underlying mechanism that allows the use of a common pool of spare servers that can be quickly repurposed for nearly any requirement.
— Understanding Cisco UCS Service Profiles
. . . we can very quickly reconfigure any server blade so that it’s ready for production in 15–20 minutes. Rapid configuration is critical in our environment, where a server outage is simply unacceptable.
— Ken Brande, VP of IT, NightHawk Radiology Services
Within 30 minutes, you are up and running with the additional compute capacity, and new blades are ordered the following day to replace them. Better yet? No work was lost on the test/dev environment, because it was configured for compute agility. The new blades are plugged in, associated with the test/dev server pools (and they the service profiles for those pools), and everything is 5x5 again. Nice!