Cisco extends server line

Unveils four new UCS platforms all based on Intel's Xeon E5

Cisco this week unveiled four new servers for its Unified Computing System converged data center infrastructure platform. Cisco gives an overview of the new servers in a blog post here.

The new servers include two blade and two rack mount systems, all based on Intel's latest Xeon E5 processor. Cisco says the new servers are optimized for workloads ranging from web and IT infrastructure to Web 2.0 and big data.

The Cisco UCS B22 M3 blade server features expandability to 192 GB of RAM -- using 16-GB DIMMs -- two hot-pluggable disk drives, one mLOM slot and one PCIe mezzanine slot, and up to dual 4x 10 Gigabit Ethernet throughput.  It is available now.

The Cisco UCS B420 M3 blade server combines 4-socket computing with the Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 for virtualization and database workloads, Cisco says. It is a full-width blade supporting 1.5 terabytes of memory and uses Cisco's UCS virtual interface card (VIC) for up to 160Gbps of aggregate I/O bandwidth.

The UCS C22 M3 rack server is a 1RU device running Intel's Xeon E5-2400 processor. It offers 12 DIMM slots that support 1600 MHz DIMMs, up to eight disk drives, and two Gen 3 PCIe slots. It also uses Cisco's UCS P81E VIC.

The UCS C24 M3 rack server is a 2RU system that also runs the P81E VIC and the Xeon E5-2400. It provides up to 12 DIMM slots for 1600 MHz DIMMs, 24 disk drives, and 5 Gen 3 PCIe slots.

Cisco also rolled out the UCS VIC1225 virtual interface card, a converged network adapter for Cisco UCS rack servers. It is a dual port 10Gbps VIC that doubles the number of supported PCIe virtual interfaces - either vNICs or vHBAs -- up to 256. Its half height design reserves full height slots in servers for third-party adapters, Cisco says.

The B420, C22 and C24 will ship layer this summer.

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