Cisco's California may be a Unified Computing System, but it sure isn't unified storage. On old maps uncharted areas were labelled 'Here be dragons'. Cisco has redrawn the data centre map and left two uncharted areas outside the Cisco occupied territories of blade server chassis, switches and Cisco's UCS Manager software. It's …
How can something that is not open and has at least three parties be unified?
Cisco IOS=closed source
VMWare ESX=closed source
EMC Storage=closed source
Redhat=partly closed source
Looking at this list we will have at least 3-4 different companies involved (counting EMC/VMWare as 1 or 2).
Let's see Sun's offer:
OpenNetwork (crossbow) = open source
xVM Server (xen) = open source
OpenStorage (zfs) = open source
OpenSolaris = open source
Best of all, I can get everything from one player, and still run Windows and Linux on top of it.
No Storage play?
Haven't you heard of the Nexus Platform?
It's a departure from Cisco's old fashioned FiberChannel MDS switching system to a combined Ethernet and Storage/FiberChannel switching platform.
It's exactly that which Cisco has provided a virtualized switch for.
watch out, you'll wake Matt Bryant with all that Sun = good thing stuff. Maybe you should post an analysis of HP's offerings in the same way. Oh, wait .....
iSCSI aintn't dead yet
Don't be so quick to dismiss iSCSI, there's been a resurgence of it driven by VMware's inbuilt support, and 10 gig Ethernet changes the game somewhat. When Equallogic and their ilk finally have 10 gig controllers shipping and solid state drive support the performance will give the big boys a run for their money. Totally agree that I could do all the same stuff on a Sun Thumper box, and more besides (NFS/CIFS), but the next couple of years will be interesting.