Cisco UCS B460 M4 Blade Server Data Sheet

Cisco UCS B460 M4 Blade Server Data Sheet
Data Sheet
Cisco UCS B460 M4 Blade Server
Product Overview
The new Cisco UCS® B460 M4 Blade Server uses the power of the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 product
family to add new levels of performance and capabilities to the innovative Cisco Unified Computing System™
(Cisco UCS). Cisco UCS (Figure 1) combines Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and C-Series Rack Servers with
networking and storage access resources into a single converged system that greatly simplifies server
management and delivers greater cost efficiency and agility. It also offers advances in fabric-centric computing,
open APIs, and application-centric management, and uses service profiles to automate all aspects of server
deployment and provisioning.
The Cisco UCS B460 M4 (Figure 2) is the flagship of the Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers products, which
address compute- and memory-intensive enterprise-critical workloads. This blade server has the computational
horsepower and memory capacity to satisfy the requirements of the most demanding enterprise-critical applications
such as business intelligence, large-scale databases, in-memory analytics, as well as RISC migration.
Figure 1.
Overview of Cisco UCS
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Figure 2.
Cisco UCS B460 M4 Blade Server
Greater Performance and Architectural Advantages
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.
In addition, the fabric-centric, architectural advantage of Cisco UCS means that you do not need to purchase,
maintain, power, cool, and license excess switches and interface cards in each Cisco UCS blade chassis, enabling
Cisco to design uncompromised expandability and versatility in its blade servers. As a result, with their leading
CPU core count, frequencies, memory slots, expandability, and drive capacities, the Cisco UCS B-Series Blade
Servers offer uncompromised expandability, versatility, and performance.
The Cisco UCS B460 M4 provides:
Four Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800 v2 and E7-8800 v2 product families
96 DDR3 memory DIMM slots
Four hot-pluggable drive bays for Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) or Solid State Disks (SSDs)
SAS controller on board with RAID 0 and 1 support
Two modular LAN on motherboard (mLOM) slots for Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card (VIC)
Six PCIe mezzanine slots, with two dedicated for optional Cisco UCS VIC 1240, and four slots for Cisco
UCS VIC 1280, VIC port expander, third-party network adapter or flash cards
Cisco UCS VIC 1240 and 1280 Technology
The Cisco UCS VIC 1240 is a 4-port 10-Gbps Ethernet or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)-capable mLOM
designed exclusively for the M3 and M4 generations of the Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers. When used in
combination with an optional port expander, the Cisco UCS VIC 1240 can be expanded to up to eight 10-Gbps
The Cisco UCS VIC 1280 is an 8-port 10-Gbps Ethernet or FCoE adapter that further expands Cisco UCS B460
M4 Blade Server bandwidth to 320 Gbps. The Cisco UCS VIC 1240 and 1280 enable a policy-based, stateless,
agile server infrastructure that can present up to 256 PCI Express (PCIe) standards-compliant interfaces to the
host, which can be dynamically configured as either network interface cards (NICs) or host bus adapters (HBAs). In
addition, the Cisco UCS VIC 1240 and 1280 support Cisco® Data Center Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VMFEX) technology, which extends the Cisco UCS fabric interconnect ports to virtual machines, simplifying server
virtualization deployment.
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Powering Mission-Critical Applications
The Cisco UCS B460 M4 Blade Server continues Cisco's commitment to delivering differentiated value, fabric
integration, and ease of management that is exceptional in the marketplace for mission critical applications:
Business intelligence
RISC migration
Decision support
In-memory analytics
Large-scale databases
Large-scale, virtualized applications
Enterprise-critical middleware
Large memory and consolidation workloads
Cisco UCS Servers Change the Economics of the Data Center
IT infrastructure matters now more than ever, as organizations seek to achieve the full potential of IaaS, baremetal, virtualized servers, and cloud computing. Cisco continues to lead in data center innovation with the
introduction of these new, mission-critical server building blocks for Cisco UCS that extends its exceptional
simplicity, agility, and efficiency. New innovations like the Cisco UCS B460 M4 Blade Server bring greater levels of
industry-leading performance and memory locality from IT infrastructure to enterprise applications. In addition,
Cisco UCS is a solution beyond individual rack or blades servers that conveys enormous benefits to customers
(Table 1).
Table 1.
Benefits of UCS Servers
Application Customer Benefit
Lower costs
Cisco SingleConnect
Fewer cables, HBAs, NICs, and switches to purchase, license, power, cool,
and maintain
Greater flexibility
Cisco UCS Manager software: total
hardware abstraction
● Less configuration drift among servers
● Server provisioning times that are reduced from days to minutes
● Servers that are provisioned in an automated and consistent manner
● Future foundation for fast, consistent server provisioning
Total openness
Open APIs
● Unique visibility into Cisco UCS beyond Cisco UCS Manager to UCS
Director and other third-party management tools
In addition, Cisco UCS provides three major innovations that lower both capital and operating expenditures for
server customers: Cisco Single Connect technology, Cisco UCS Manager software, and open APIs.
Cisco Single Connect technology provides a dramatic fabric simplification of networking and cabling
infrastructure: one easy, intelligent, and efficient way to connect rack and blade servers, physical and virtual
environments, LAN and SAN, and management.
Cisco UCS unified management software allows administrators to create a software model (service profile)
of a desired server and then instantiate that server and its I/O connectivity by associating the service profile
with a model with specific physical resources.
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Cisco UCS Manager supports a comprehensive, automation-friendly, open XML API that exposes 9000
points of integration. This facilitates custom development to achieve new levels of system visibility and
control. The XML API for Cisco UCS Manager enables automation-friendly insertion into existing IT staff
skills, tools, processes, and management tools.
In addition, Cisco continues to push the frontier of innovation in all Cisco UCS building blocks and supporting
technologies. For example, new Cisco VIC options, expanded Cisco UCS fabric interconnects and additional fabric
extender options expand both throughput and management simplicity for both blade and rack servers. Cisco Data
Center VM-FEX technology collapses virtual and physical networking into a single infrastructure. Data center
administrators can now provision, configure, manage, monitor, and diagnose virtual machine network traffic and
bare-metal network traffic within a unified infrastructure.
Together these Cisco UCS architectural advantages, software advances, and continuous Cisco innovation,
coupled with unique blade server and chassis design, help make Cisco UCS the first truly unified data center
Features and Benefits
Table 2 summarizes the features and benefits of the Cisco UCS B460 M4 server.
Table 2.
Features and Benefits
Unified fabric
● Decreases total cost of ownership (TCO) by reducing the number of NICs, HBAs, switches, and cables needed
● Enables the Cisco 5108 Blade Server 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
● Helps reduce the number of manual steps required to deploy servers in the data center, improving server policy
consistency and coherency
● Allows servers and support infrastructure to be provisioned in minutes instead of days, shifting IT's focus from
maintenance to strategic initiatives
● Reduces configuration errors significantly as blades are added or repurposed
● Enables 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, Cisco UCS B-Series blades and Cisco UCS C-Series
racks are automatically recognized and configured by Cisco UCS Manager
● Through Cisco UCS Manager, provides extensive environmental monitoring for each blade
Cisco VIC adapter
● Cisco UCS VIC 1240 is a four-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)-capable adapter.
● Allows use of user thresholds to optimize environmental management of the blade
● 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.
Mezzanine adapters
Provides choice of third-party converged network adapters (CNA), VICs, and PCIe flash-memory devices, providing
flexibility, increased application performance, compatibility with industry standards, and network policy coherence for
virtualized environments
Cisco Flexible Flash
● The server includes two internal Cisco Flexible Flash SD cards
Optional local
● Provides support for up to four front-accessible hot-pluggable hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state disks (SSDs).
● Dual SDHC flash card sockets are provided on the front left side of the server for VMware ESXi loading functions.
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Intel® Xeon®
Processor E7 v2
product family
● The processor family boosts business intelligence with triple the memory and double the performance. It rapidly
processes and analyzes large amounts of data in near real-time. The processor family provides up to 50% more
cores and threads, 25% more cache, and twice the average top-bin performance. (For more information, go to
● Up to 6 TB (using 64GB DIMMs) in the Cisco UCS B460 M4 blade server allows faster access to more data, resulting
in quicker answers from today’s most demanding applications Keep data local with up to 1.5 TB of memory per socket
to easily manage data-demanding, transaction-intensive workloads. Intel Run Sure Technology increases system
uptime and data integrity for your business-critical solutions. Hardware-embedded security features provide a safer
environment and better protect data.
● With Integrated PCI Express 3.0, the product family offers extra capacity and flexibility for storage and networking
connections and provides up to twice the amount of I/O bandwidth.
● The processor family offers 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.
Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers are important components of the Cisco UCS environment and are enabled by
Cisco UCS Manager and the Cisco UCS 6100 and 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects, 5100 Series Blade Server
Chassis, and 2100 and 2200 Series Fabric Extenders.
Table 3 summarizes the specifications for the Cisco UCS B460 M4.
Table 3.
Product Specifications
4 Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 product family CPUs
Processor cores
● 6, 8, 10, 12, and 15 cores, varying by processor model
● Full spectrum of the fastest Intel® Xeon® processor E7-v2 SKUs supporting power ranges from 105 to 155W and from
6 to 15 cores
● 96 DIMM slots
● Maximum of 6 TB using 64GB DIMMs
● Maximum of 6.0 TB when 64-GB DDR3 available
Mezzanine adapter
6 (two dedicated for Cisco UCS VIC 1240)
Disk drives
Up to 4 front-accessible hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state disks (SSDs)
SSD and disk-drive
Maximum Internal
Drive controller
● 100GB, 200GB, 400GB and 800GB 6Gb/s SSDs
● 300GB, 600GB, 900GB and 1.2TB HDDs
Up to 4.8 TB
● LSI SAS3004 12Gb/s RAID controller
● RAID 0, 1 support
Flash memory
Two slots for Cisco Flexible Flash SD card
Managed from the Cisco UCS 6100 or 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects by Cisco UCS Manager software
50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C)
-40 to 149°F (40 to 65°C)
Humidity: Operating
5 to 93% noncondensing
5 to 93% noncondensing
Altitude: Operating
0 to 10,000 ft (0 to 3000m); maximum ambient temperature decreases by 1°C per 300m
40.000 ft (12,000m)
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Table 4 summarizes regulatory standards compliance.
Table 4.
Regulatory Standards Compliance: Safety and EMC
Products should comply with CE Markings according to directives 2004/108/EC and 2006/108/EC
● UL 60950-1 No. 21CFR1040 Second Edition
● CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1 Second Edition
● IEC 60950-1 Second Edition
● EN 60950-1 Second Edition
● EC 60950-1 Second Edition
● AS/NZS 60950-1
● GB4943 2001
EMC: Emissions
● 47CFR Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A
● AS/NZS CISPR22 Class A
● CISPR2 2 Class A
● EN55022 Class A
● ICES003 Class A
● VCCI Class A
● EN61000-3-2
● EN61000-3-3
● KN22 Class A
● CNS13438 Class A
EMC: Immunity
● EN55024
● EN300386
● KN24
Warranty Information
Find warranty information at on the Product Warranties page.
Cisco Unified Computing Services
Using a unified view of data center resources, Cisco and our industry-leading partners deliver services that
accelerate your transition to a unified computing environment. Cisco Unified Computing Services helps you quickly
deploy your data center resources and optimize ongoing operations to better meet your business needs. For more
information about these and other Cisco Data Center Services offerings, visit
Why Cisco?
Cisco has significant experience in listening to customer requirements and providing solid technology innovation for
the enterprise data center. Cisco delivers standards-based solutions backed by a broad partner ecosystem of
industry leaders to provide end-to-end customer solutions. Unified computing elevates the traditional product
classification of network, server, storage, operating systems, and applications to a data center-wide vision. Cisco,
as one of the largest technology providers in the world, has the resources, expertise, and customer focus to deliver
on the unified computing vision.
For More Information
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