UCS striking fear into HP and IBM
Two weeks ago IBM announced they were selling their Enterprise x86 server division to Lenovo.
Last week, HP announced that as of February 2014 their customers will no longer be able to access firmware updates and service packs without a valid support agreement. This goes to show that HP is trying to get every last dollar (Swiss Franc!) out of their customers!
Note: Cisco continues to offer UCS Firmware downloads for free with just a basic Cisco.com account, no support contract required.
With two of the large server vendors making defensive plays, now is the time to question them!
IBM article: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/01/ibm-says-goodbye-to-x86-forever-sells-server-lines-to-lenovo/
HP article: http://ciscoservergeek.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/read-all-about-it-hp-charges-cisco-ucs.html
For any questions, please reach out to your local Cisco Swiss DC/V team.