Here's a first look at the new server product from Cisco Systems. The new Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) CS B-Series blades are based on the future Intel Nehalem (the next generation Xeon processor). Cisco says the blades offer patented extended memory technology to support applications with large data sets, and will allow significantly more Virtual Machines per server. Each blade server chassis utilizes network adapters for access to the unified fabric. The new UCS system is being discussed now in a webcast.
Cisco's product information is light on details about the server, with CEO John Chambers saying additional details would follow in early April. Cisco's 6U blade server chassis can hold either eight half-slot servers or four full 1U servers, along with two fabric extenders.