Brand new Cisco UCS M5 C-Series

This is the second and last part of a small blog series about Cisco’s brand new UCS M5 series. In this blog: C-Series and GPUs.

Cisco UCS C220 M5 Rack Server


Record-breaking performance in a dense 1RU form factor for a wide range of workloads including virtualization, web, collaboration, cloud, and bare metal applications

What’s new

  • Support for Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors
  • Support for 2666 MHz DDR4 DIMMS with new capacity point of 128GB
  • GPU support (max 1 per server) – post-FCS
  • Increased storage density – up to 10 SFF per 1RU
  • 10GbE Embedded LOM
  • Modular Internal FlexStorage Option: Mirrored SD Card or M.2 SATA @ FCS with SW RAID
  • New SSD and NVMe Options
  • Post FCS: 3D XPoint Memory, M.2 NVMe 

Cisco UCS C240 M5 Rack Server


Unrivaled performance for a wide range of enterprise workloads including big data analytics, collaboration, databases, virtualization, and high performance applications

What’s new

  • Support for Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors
  • Support for 2666 MHz DDR4 DIMMS with new capacity point of 128GB
  • Hot-swap rear SFF drives with centralized RAID
  • 10GbE Embedded LOM
  • Modular Internal FlexStorage Option: Mirrored SD Card or M.2 SATA @ FCS with SW RAID
  • New SSD and NVMe Options
  • Post FCS: 3D XPoint Memory, M.2 NVMe 

Cisco UCS C480 M5 4S Rack Server

Designed for the most demanding server workloads such as in-memory database, EDA, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, and CPU / GPU rendering

  • Stand-alone or UCS-managed operations
  • Ultimate scale-up platform

New Drive Sleds for C-Series M5 Rack Servers

  • Smaller 2.5-in sled design enables better density (up to 10 drives) in the 1U server
  • Older M4 generation drive PIDs will not work with new M5 chassis
  • M5 blade servers will continue to use the older generation PIDs
  • 3.5-in sled will be redesigned to match the 2.5-inch brand identity

M4 – M5 comparison

GPUs

  • Manageability: UCS Manager and CIMC integration – Firmware, vBios, Service Profiles
  • Performance: Run at PCIe Gen 3 speed –Cisco + NVIDIA engineering collaboration fixed issues
  • Flexibility/Performance: Supported with all high-bin CPUs – significant mechanical/thermal work done by Cisco to overcome these limitations
  • Performance: Test up to 35c in Heat chambers with all max configs. Ensure no GPU throttling (requires fan algorithm integration and for some servers, custom baffling).

Brand new Cisco UCS M5 B-Series

Last week, Cisco announced the brand new Cisco M5 blades and services. In this post a brief summary about the technical details.

New Technologies and features

  • Support for the new Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and later, drop- in compatible follow-on processor
  • Support for 2666-MHz (and future faster) DDR4 memory and 3D XPoint DIMMs (when available from Intel CY18)
  • Support for additional PCIe NVMe storage offerings
  • Additional GPU support
  • Support for 1400 series VIC when available
  • Support for M.2 (“gum stick” form factor) bootable mirrored SATA drives (post-FCS PCIe NVMe)

What about M4??

There is a overlap between selling and supporting M4 and M5, this overlap is at least 12 months. End of Sale of UCS M4 is not before calender year 2023:

And now… Specs and pictures!

Cisco UCS B200 M5 Blade Server

  • Support for Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors
  • Support for 2666 MHz DDR4 DIMMS with new capacity point of 128GB
  • Up to 2 NVIDIA® P6 GPU
  • Modular Internal FlexStorage Option: Mirrored SD Card or M.2 SATA with SW RAID
  • New SSD and NVMe Options
  • Post FCS: 3D XPoint Memory, M.2 NVMe

Cisco B480 M5 4S Blade Server

  • Designed for a wide range of compute-intensive and memory-intensive enterprise workloads
    including virtualization and database applications
  • Balanced high performance platform with industry leading compute density, I/O bandwidth, and memory footprint

In the next blog post, everything new about the UCS M5 C series (rack servers) and GPU’s!

 

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