UCS Tech Specs

UCS Tech Specs

My first iOS app has been published on iTunes! It’s called UCS Tech Specs. The purpose of the app was really just to help me get more familiar with the Cisco UCS product line. I have a hard time searching for tech sheets on my computer that have all the details people ask me about a specific server. Having it in an iPhone app is pretty handy! I hope it helps other people as well.

What does it do?
It has technical specifications for the most common UCS products. The fabric interconnects, IO modules, different blades, etc. If someone were to ask you: “How many DIMM slots are available on a C250 M2?” then you could quickly look it up. It’s basically just a series of tables that allow you to drill down to different components of a UCS product.

Who will support it going forward?
Me. I plan on spending an hour or two each month updating with the latest parts. The more people that use it, the more time I’ll spend supporting it. The way I’ve set up the app makes it really easy to add or remove components.

What are future enhancements we’ll see in this app?
There are two main features I’d like to add:
1. I’d like to make the iPad app a little different. I’d like to add bigger pictures, and more interactive.
2. I’d like to make the app check for updates if there is a internet connection. That way, I wouldn’t have to update it in Xcode for changes. It would pull updates from an Internet site. This would make updates faster and make it easier for other people to add changes to the app without having to muck around with the code. I’m working on that right now.

I have a suggestion/comment/correction/complaint for you, how should I get it to you?
I’d love any feedback you have. Just email/twitter/comments here. If you just want to talk about iOS and why my app sucks, that’s ok too.

  • David Harrison

    Very cool, but more important, a usefull, easy to use tool. Nice ! CCIE #8521n

    • Vallard

      Thanks!!

  • David Harrison

    Very cool, but more important, a usefull, easy to use tool. Nice ! CCIE #8521n

  • Greg Kuchar

    Android version?

    • Vallard

      Sorry… no plans for that now.u00a0 Going forward I’d like to make an HTML5 page that would work well for other platforms.u00a0 That will be part of the auto update stuff that would sync with a web site. u00a0

  • http://twitter.com/dchosnek Doron Chosnek

    Very nice app. I can definitely see myself using it. One correction, though –> the 6140 comes with 16 (not 8) included port licenses. Thanks for donating your time to the community!

    • Anonymous

      Yikes! Thanks so much for the correction! Will update that now.

      • http://twitter.com/dchosnek Doron Chosnek

        How do you push out updates? Is it an update to the app itself, or does the app pull data from the web when you launch it?

        • Anonymous

          Updates will be pushed out via standard app update. I plan to fix that in the future to have it sync with a web site I plan to make that will have it stored. Does that make sense?

        • Anonymous

          Updates will be pushed out via standard app update. I plan to fix that in the future to have it sync with a web site I plan to make that will have it stored. Does that make sense?

  • http://www.vtesseract.com Josh A

    Great App!u00a0 On the iPhone I’ve noticed that you can not always see the full available information.u00a0 For instance, if you look at the 6120XP you do not get what is after the “or” in Max Port Count.nnWait, I just turned the phone 90 degrees and can now read it. OK, guess that takes me back to fully thrilled.nnFeature idea.u00a0 Once you get the site up, it would be cool to have a “Email Component Specs” button so that you could quickly email customers or peers the product info that they need directly from the app.u00a0 Provide information + Drive Traffic! FTW

  • Pe te

    it says i need IOS 4.3…. I have verizon and latest is 4.2.10

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I’ll fix that in the next release. Next week. Sorry about that.

  • http://twitter.com/ericknudson ericknudson

    Great reference & thanks for putting this out there! One correction: I did notice a that the C210 says it’s a 1U box, when it’s actually a 2U box.

    • Anonymous

      Yikes! Thanks, I’ll fix that now!

  • Vince Marco

    Awesome app, Vallard!!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Vince! Hope you are doing well!

  • Jbohnack

    awesome app! thank you very much, this app helps me every day!nOne correction: it seems that the part number of the 2104XP is wrong (showing the part number of the 2208XP).

    • Anonymous

      Thanks! I need to fix that. Noted. Will be updating very soon.

  • Luke Ong

    Thank you very much! it’s awesome!

  • Unknown Entity

    The UCS Smartplay promotions are out and extended till July 28, 2012

  • Peter

    Great app! Would you consider making the info available on a webpage? It’s a pain sometimes having to switch between my laptop and my phone to get the information.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the note Peter! Working on it! Will have it on cfgtool.com at some point next summer I hope :-)

  • guest

    did u develop another one for android phones?n

  • Tryanell

    Is there any plans for an android app? Even a web version?

  • Vincent Chua

    I’d used to be iphone user and now converted to android phone. I really like your app. Help me a lot in my work. Any plans to port to andriod?

    • Anonymous

      Not at this time.