While not specifically tied to Nehalem, Cisco a couple of weeks ago announced plans for a new series of blade server products that include storage capabilities along with virtualization and server management software. These systems also are expected to include Nehalem EP chips.
Cisco's Unified Computing System assembles a formidable alliance of vendors to offer Cisco's vision of the data center of the future. The vendors include BMC Software, Citrix Systems, EMC, Intel, Microsoft, SAP, and VMware.
Cisco's management tools are likely to be the weakest because they're so new, Mann said. However, in general, all the vendors have strong offerings. "If any one vendor was clearly inferior, it wouldn't be in business," he said.
In addition, the vendors provide the technology for plugging servers into each other's consoles for performing most major management tasks. Exceptions typically include tasks that involve low-level hardware control, such as the provisioning of virtualization hardware, Mann said.
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