The Challenge: Expand Harvard University Information Technology's virtualization service to accommodate more and larger guests, conserve data center space, and implement more robust disaster recovery and application availability options at the 60 Oxford Street and One Summer Street data centers.

The Solution: A pilot program demonstrated that UCS was an attractive platform for both VMware (Vsphere) and physical (WinTel, Linux) servers.  Compared to a rack mounted server, UCS resulted in a 38% reduction in Us, a 75% reduction in SAN ports utilized, a 95% reduction in IP ports and a 33% reduction in power & cooling. Currently, several large enterprise applications are being deployed on UCS with significant virtualization.

Environmental Benefits and Cost Savings:

  • 500 virtual guests results in: annual power, space, and cooling savings of over $250,000; $2.5m in capital expense avoidance for physical servers; 2,000 switch ports across IP and SAN infrastructure, and at least 12 racks of space reclaimed.
  •     Time savings and easier management because UCS eliminates all network cabling and configuration for physical server installs.
  •     Faster deployment of Vsphere hosts and dedicated physical servers because UCS makes physical blades completely stateless.
  •     Use of Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Switch enables the use of a common tool set for network and security management across physical and virtual server domains.