Cisco SingleConnectTechnology

Today’s data center networks are burdened by unnecessary complexity that increases cost and reduces data center performance and agility. As processor power and the number of cores per CPU continue to increase, applications have become starved for I/O bandwidth. Separate physical network links for every type of data in a rack partition bandwidth, limit sharing, reduce available bandwidth,and reduce ROI. Traditional blade servers reproduce a rack’s worth of complexity in each chassis, compounding the complexity by the number of chassis in a rack.

Cabling and network configuration is manual, tedious, and error prone. After they are dedicated to a task, servers rarely leave their infrastructure silos, so the cost of reinstalling I/O interfaces, managing error-prone configurations, and recabling
racks prohibits repurposing of resources. The resulting silos reduce utilization and flexibility. Virtualized workloads increase the challenge because traditional I/O infrastructure is not prepared for the rapidly changing network demands and virtual
server movement that typify virtualized and cloud computing environments.

Cisco® SingleConnect technology provides an exceptionally easy, intelligent,and efficient way to connect and manage computing in the data center. Cisco SingleConnect technology is an exclusive Cisco innovation that dramatically simplifies the way that data centers connect to Rack and blade servers
Physical servers and virtual machines LAN, SAN, and management networks
Cisco SingleConnect technology treats physical servers and virtual machines in the same way. In Cisco UCS, every I/O connection, whether for networking, storage access, or management, is virtual. Every network link originates in the fabric
interconnects and is brought to each blade server, rack server, and virtual machine through Cisco FEX Technology. So, for example, if a web server or voice application is run in a virtual machine, dynamically created NICs can attach to the virtual machine with the right security and QoS settings established for the duration of the virtual machine’s lifecycle Cisco SingleConnect technology is responsible for increased network bandwidth,
accelerating activities such as the movement of virtual machines between servers, and for lower network latency, helping accelerate transactional applications. This better network is one reason that Cisco has set more than 70 world records on
industry-standard benchmarks for scenarios ranging from enterprise applications and databases to virtualized and cloud computing environments.

Cisco SingleConnect technology provides an exceptionally easy, intelligent, and efficient way to connect and manage computing in the data center. With Cisco SingleConnect technology, the network becomes a strategic asset. Cisco Unified Fabric and Cisco FEX Technology unite rack servers, blade servers, and virtual machines as equals, increasing business agility and solving the problems entailed
in hosting and interconnecting virtualized and cloud computing environments with enterprise applications and a new class of bare-metal applications, including big data.