The lack of proper tools for management is a major drawback for any cloud vendor. Especially for vendors who are trying to reach out to a wider customer base, the lack of good management tools can be a major determining factor for customers looking to avail their services. Good applications for cloud management are a very important factor which customers look for. Especially the ones who want to build large hardware support infrastructures for public clouds, or even private ones. Some of them may even want to build the hardware for an environment which is hybrid. Cisco Systems, Inc.(NASDAQ:CSCO) was, up until now, using the USC Manager, which could not support many nodes. It could manage about 160 to 320 nodes, which did not make it very popular. This was not a huge selling point for the hardware and the USC infrastructure models to be built.
This is why Cisco came out with the USC Central. Along with this, an upgrade for the USC Manager, the 2.1 version was also released. This management model can handle a lot more than the previous one. The USC Central can now manage and handle the multiple installations for the sites which may me running clouds of different natures. The USC Central can manage as much as 10,000 nodes, which will instantly boost Cisco to a more popular status. Even the most demanding, rapidly-growing customers will not be able to complain about the management.
Through the USC Central, the USC deployments will increase. Business will also start looking up for the company, because the deployment and the provisioning of whole data-centers will no longer be a very heavy-duty task for Cisco. Whole USC enterprises can be managed and nodes can be deployed to them, without the company having to run to explicit, extra interconnects or software of/from third-parties. The skills can also be transitioned to the USC Central from the USC Manager by the administrators, and the latter will still be used for local management purposes, or as back-up. Cisco should definitely expect more customers and larger customers after this transition.