Cisco Sells Its First Big Batch of Blades

Cisco has landed the first major customer win for its Unified Computing System
(UCS) blade computer offerings, a civil construction firm that was able to consolidate
five datacenters into one with the new system.

Tutor Perini does jobs such as airport
construction and building casinos in Las Vegas. It had five datacenters scattered around
the country using a mish-mash of computing systems, from single, stand-alone servers to
some older blades.

Its networking equipment was already mostly Cisco, so that familiarity assured Tutor
Perini that Cisco, a newcomer to the blade server
computing world, had a top-flight product.

“It did give us a little pause because it’s a brand new tech they are rolling out, but
this isn’t a startup company. Everyone on my team has over a decade of experience with
Cisco products, so we felt pretty comfortable they would meet all our needs,” James
McGibney, datacenter lead for Tutor Perini, told

That’s also why Tutor Perini was willing to build almost all of its datacenter on one
vendor product. “We liked having one source for everything. We like that fact it’s a
one-stop shop. Some critics have said you’re putting all your eggs in one basket, but
we’re pretty comfortable with who has that basket,” said McGibney.

Tutor Perini built a new datacenter with four chassis, 22 server blades, and two Cisco
6120 Fabric Interconnects. The system connects to 83 terabytes of data in an Ethernet
environment. The company makes heavy use of thin clients and virtualization with VMware
to support the clients.

With the UCS, Tutor Perini will be able to deploy four times as many virtual machines
per VMware ESX host as it could in its previous environment. At the same time, it has
capacity for 30 percent growth over the next three years despite cutting its datacenter
facilities down.

The consolidation is not yet complete. Read about the rest at

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