In this show recorded in a small little room with a great big fan (which we were mostly able to edit out) in the “Meet the Expert” lounge at Cisco Live 2013 in Orlando, Packet Pushers Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks discuss Cisco’s UCS Director product (formerly Cloupia) with folks from the UCS Director team.
Before you yawn and tune out because you’re not in a UCS shop, the first thing to know about UCS Director is that it’s not just about Cisco UCS. UCS Director bring orchestration and automation not only to the UCS platform, but also to a variety of other products as well. If you knew of Cloupia before Cisco completed the acquisition, you might be skeptically saying, “Yeah, well…Cisco’s going to kill all that non-Cisco product support now that they’ve gotten a hold of it.” According to Joann Starke and Eric Charlesworth, that’s just not the case. There’s a long roadmap of non-Cisco product support coming, with plans to only broaden UCS Director’s scope. We talk about that and several other things in this podcast.
- What does UCS Director do?
- Is UCS Director for orchestration, automation or both?
- From the perspective of a network engineer, what does UCS accomplish?
- How is QoS managed inside of a storage array?
- Let’s talk about multi-vendor magic.
- How big of a shop is the right size to be considering UCS Director?
- UCS Director key features – have or have not the following: multi-tenancy, self-service, resource management?
- How to map high-level problems down to low-level realities.
- UCS Director’s ability to react to events.
- Integrating UCS Director with Cisco’s Intelligent Automation for Cloud (CIAC).