Unified Computing Systems: New features, functions and benefits with UCS
Single, converged systems = simplified management
Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) combines Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and C-Series Rack Servers with networking and storage access in a single, converged system that simplifies management and delivers greater cost-efficiency and agility with increased visibility and control.
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The latest server expansion of the Cisco UCS portfolio includes the new Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server, Cisco UCS C220 M3 Rack Server, and Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server. These three new servers increase compute density through more cores and cache, balanced with more memory capacity and drives and with faster I/O. Together these server improvements and complementary Cisco UCS system advancements deliver the best combination of features and cost-efficiency to support IT's diverse needs.
The Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server delivers the power of the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family, offers the value of fabric integration, and adds new levels of manageability, performance, energy-efficiency, reliability, security, and I/O bandwidth for enterprise-class applications including:
- Virtualized workloads
- IT and Web infrastructure
- Virtual desktops
- Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) applications
The Cisco UCS B200 M3 is part of a the Cisco B-Series family of blade servers. Designed to operate as part of Cisco UCS, the Cisco UCS B-Series servers employ many innovative Cisco technologies to help businesses handle the most challenging workloads.
- Decreases total cost of ownership (TCO) by reducing the number of NICs, HBAs, switches, and cables needed
- Enables the Cisco UCS 5108 chassis to eliminate in-chassis HBAs, NICs, and switches and reallocates the saved power to denser, more powerful blade servers with more DIMM slots and better per-blade performance compared to alternative offerings
Cisco UCS Manager service profiles
- Help reduce the number of manual steps required to deploy servers in the data center, improving server policy consistency and coherency
- Allow servers and support infrastructure to be provisioned in minutes instead of days, shifting IT’s focus from maintenance to strategic initiatives
- Reduce configuration errors significantly as blades are added or repurposed
- Enable service profile movement from blade to blade, rack server to blade, blade to rack server, or blade to blade in another chassis
- Requires no configuration; as with all Cisco UCS components, blades are automatically recognized and configured by Cisco UCS Manager
- Through Cisco UCS Manager, provides extensive environmental monitoring for each blade
- Allows use of user thresholds to optimize environmental management of the blade
Cisco VIC adapter
- Offers the Cisco UCS VIC 1240, a 4-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet, FCoE-capable adapter
- When used in combination with its port expander card, the Cisco UCS VIC 1240 can be expanded to eight ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet support
- Provides choice of converged network adapters (CNAs) and VIC adapters, providing flexibility, increased performance, compatibility with industry standards, and network policy coherence for virtualized environments
Cisco Flexible Flash (FlexFlash) memory
Note: Cisco Flexible Flash secure digital cards are currently orderable; however, they will be enabled only with future firmware and software updates.
- Includes two internal Cisco FlexFlash drives (SD cards)
- Provides dual secure digital high-capacity (SDHC) flash card sockets on the front left side of the server for VMware ESXi loading capability
Optional local storage
Provides support on each blade for up to two optional front-access SAS or SATA HDDs or SSDs Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family:
- Automated energy-efficiency reduces energy costs by automatically putting the processor and memory in the lowest available power state while still delivering the performance required, and flexible virtualization technology that optimizes performance for virtualized environments, including processor support for migration and direct I/O
- Up to twice the performance for floating-point operations is provided; Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) provides new instructions that can significantly improve performance for applications that rely on floating-point or vector computations
- Cisco UCS B-Series servers keep pace with Intel Xeon processor innovation by offering the latest processors with an increase in processor frequency and improved security features. With the increased performance provided by the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family, Cisco UCS B-Series offers an improved price-to-performance ratio, making Cisco UCS servers among the best values in the industry
- Advanced reliability features, including Machine Check Architecture Recovery, to automatically monitor, report, and recover from hardware errors to maintain data integrity and keep mission-critical services online
- Hardened protection for virtual and cloud environments: Establishes trusted pools of virtual resources with Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT), which ensures that physical servers and hypervisors boot only into cryptographically verified “known good states” safeguarding your business more effectively by protecting your platform from the insertion of malware during or prior to launch.