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Are you ready for data center management software as a service? That's the gist of what Cisco has in mind with Intersight, which was unveiled today. The company is calling the product a "management cloud for Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and HyperFlex." Basically, its management software for Cisco-powered data centers sold as a cloud subscription service.
Cisco's server sales growth has slowed recently, partly because private data center budgets have grown tight, as cloud budgets have increased. Intersight seems to be an attempt to make both UCS and HyperFlex, the company's hyper-converged infrastructure offering, more attractive in this tight environment by making its data center gear easier and cheaper to manage.
Related: What Cisco's New Hyperconverged Infrastructure Is and Isn't Good At
"In a nutshell, this is a management cloud platform that our customers can use to manage their Unified Computing System and HyperFlex," Todd Brannon, Cisco's director of product marketing, told Data Center Knowledge. "This is part of something we're calling Project Starship, a multi-year program we started about 18 months ago. We've got a road map that goes out two or three years, as we take our current management system software and migrate it, and our customers, to a cloud type of environment."
With Intersight, it will no longer be necessary to install,
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