Everyone likes Infographics!
This is an amazing server. I prefer B series to C series because management is easier. Two B460′s per chassis offers an amazing amount of “Virtualization Power”. Something of note is “Two modular LAN on motherboard (mLOM) slots for Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card (VIC)”. This enables the 320 Gbps of overall Ethernet throughput. That would really push the 8 port IOM’s available with 2 servers per chassis.
The Cisco UCS B460 M4 harnesses the power of four Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800 v2 and E7-8800 v2 product families and accelerates access to critical data. This blade server supports up to 60 processor cores, 6.0 TB of memory (using 64-GB DIMMs), 4.8 TB of internal storage, and 320 Gbps of overall Ethernet throughput.
This is an interesting article comparing FlexPod and Vblock. But the key is in this paragraph:
For the largest pure-play storage vendors, EMC Corp. and NetApp Inc., having integrated bundles requires partnering for the server virtualization and networking resources. Both storage vendors have turned to VMware and Cisco as partners, but they bring their prepackaged bundles to market in different ways.
Either way, Cisco UCS wins. Go UCS!
Cisco UCS integration with storage as a standard offering = Vblock in simplest terms. It is a great way to get off the group with IaaS, Virtualization, Private Cloud, etc. Cisco UCS integration with storage isn’t limited to Vblock. Native Cisco UCS 10G infrastructure and VIC1240 & VIC1280 cards in UCS blades that can do 20G+ throughput offer massive throughput per blade to NAS and SAN storage.
More on The VIC1240, Port Expander, and the VIC1280 Port Expander and throughput configurations:
Vblock is a great first step, but don’t stop there! Be Creative with your UCS.
These are some amazing machines. Just done getting the M3 Series broken in, and M4′s are out!
- Scale Up—the UCS B260 M4 blade server scales out to
- 160 Gbps of I/O bandwidth,
- 1.5 TB of memory with eventual scalability to 3.0 TB of memory
- 2 mezzanine slots and 1 built-in mLOM
- Up to 2, 15-core, Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2s CPUs running at 155 Watts
- An innovative design: The Cisco UCS B260 M4 server’s features a simple upgrade by adding another UCS B260 M4 blade module, along with the UCS M4 Scalable Connector, to double the compute, memory and I/O capability of the server.
- Scale Out— these new Cisco servers inherit the benefits that all UCS Managed servers enjoy: fast, automatic, consistent, repeatable and error-free provisioning and deployment of servers. In fact, an aggregate of UCS customers saved:
- 61% reduction of ongoing administrative/management costs
- 54% reduction in power & cooling
- 77% reduction in cabling with an average cost savings of 71%
- 41% reduction in other operations costs
- 84% reduction in provisioning times
A webcast is scheduled that will talk about Cisco UCS Invicta storage.
This live webcast will begin on February 27, 2014 at 9:00 am Pacific Time / 12:00 pm Eastern Time.
“Join us for an exciting first look at the new Cisco UCS Invicta Series solid-state systems and learn more about how it can change your business.”
This is a good webcast to checkout for sure.
Earlier post on Invicta
Cisco Boosts UCS With Invicta Flash Memory, New Nexus Switches
Great information and pictures of how Cisco UCS VIC cards in M3 Blades and Gen 2 UCS (6248-6296) move data.
Endless usefulness in Cisco UCS Monitoring