Medtronic Chooses the UCS Platform By Cisco to Run SAP HANA
As an innovator in the communications and information technology industry, Cisco and its network-centric platform are changing the nature of work and the way we live. Medical technology leader Medtronic chose Cisco’s Unified Communications System (UCS) platform on which to run its SAP HANA in-memory computing appliance — and for ongoing broader usage as its network hardware provider — because it was the best strategic fit with Medtronic’s existing infrastructure out of the four certified vendors considered.
Cisco’s approach to scale out (versus scale up) aligned well with how Medtronic intended to grow the SAP HANA platform in its IT environment. Medtronic expects the in-memory computing appliance to be a game-changer in regards to reporting performance and describes the UCS platform as a key component of delivering on that promise.
Medtronic also commended the Cisco team’s efforts, claiming the team responded extremely well to the hectic schedule and urgent requests and delivered the infrastructure ahead of schedule at every turn. In fact, the production system is running over two months before the scheduled go-live date.
In addition to allowing the business to meet its financial targets for the SAP HANA project by providing a cost savings over the alternatives, the UCS platform also carried with it a host of network integration benefits such as: Medtronic IT could confirm basic link connectivity before operating system/device drivers were loaded, which led to quicker problem resolution. The Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) configuration options for redundant connectivity fit Medtronic’s datacenter networking standards very well. For more information about the UCS platform, visit www.cisco.com.
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