Well apparently not anymore for HP. This is good for us (Cisco) as most customers evaluate a new purchase when their support contracts run out. Well the one's in my segment sometimes push it a little longer. But now they are forced to renew contracts or look to a new vendor. It's good for me, so hell yeah I sent a tweet pointing this fact out.
I knew I would get a few replies to the tweet of the nature, "But yeah, Cisco has contracts, entitlements, SmartNet, etc that have to be in place to download your software". You're likely coming from the router/switch world of Cisco, in which that statement is absolutely true.
It is NOT TRUE FOR CISCO UCS. You can use any Cisco.com ID that you registered fresh off the street to download Cisco UCS firmware and software updates.
Now I wouldn't be a proper geek if i didn't prove it. You have to show your work. Which is a problem with the other interesting thing that popped up in the streams last night. Go read Tony's great post on the report that shows how awesome FC is compared to FCoE. Seriously great read, you don't want to have this man pick apart your technical "marketing" whitepaper.
So here's my work.
|First, create a gmail account from a computer on a public network.|
|Next, create a free Cisco.com account.|
|Check that I don't have Service Contracts Associated.|
|Check I have no serial numbers attached to my account|
|Download any Cisco UCS updates I need|
|Anything I can't DL is marked with a "lock" icon - Router, switch, etc|
|Lock icon highlighted|
|All my freshly downloaded Cisco UCS updates - no registration, free account, wide open.|