Cisco UCS B260 M4 Blade Server Data Sheet

Cisco UCS B260 M4 Blade Server Data Sheet
Data Sheet
Cisco UCS B260 M4 Blade Server
Product Overview
The Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) combines Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and C-Series
Rack Servers with networking and storage access into a single converged system that greatly simplifies server
management and delivers greater cost efficiency and agility with increased visibility and control (Figure 1). Cisco
UCS automates all aspects of server deployment and provisioning through model-based service profiles: software
objects that contain all attributes necessary to provision servers.
Figure 1.
Cisco UCS Overview
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The new Cisco UCS B260 M4 Blade Server (Figure 2) is the new server building block in Cisco's innovative server
and Cisco UCS solutions. The increased performance of this new blade server continues the evolution of Cisco’s
revolutionary Cisco UCS platform with its advances in fabric-centric computing, open APIs, application-centric
management, and hardware infrastructure abstraction.
Figure 2.
Cisco UCS B260 M4 Blade Server
Increased Performance and Architectural Advantage
The Cisco UCS B260 M4 combines the power of two Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2, E7 v3, or E7 v4 product family
and accelerates access to critical data. This blade server supports up to 48 processor cores, 3.0 TB of memory,
3.2 TB of internal storage, and 160 Gbps of overall Ethernet throughput. In addition, the Cisco UCS B260 M4
server's innovative modular design offers the capability to upgrade to a 4-socket Cisco UCS B460 M4 server in a
cost-effective manner. Simply add another blade module, along with the Cisco UCS M4 Scalability Connector, to
double the computing, memory, and I/O capabilities of the server.
These innovative capabilities enable the Cisco UCS B260 M4 Blade Server to deliver the performance and
enterprise-critical stability for memory-intensive workloads, such as database, virtualization, and consolidation
applications. These mission-critical business workloads then become a competitive advantage by enabling you to
harness the value of your most important data assets.
The fabric-centric, architectural advantage of Cisco UCS also means that you do not need to purchase additional
power, cooling, and warranties or maintain excess switches and interface cards in each Cisco UCS blade chassis.
This feature gives you uncompromised expandability and versatility in your blade servers. As a result, the Cisco
UCS B260 M4 server is another example of a Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server product that delivers leading
computing, memory, and I/O performance, resulting in exceptional performance levels and expandability options
for applications.
The Cisco UCS B260 M4 provides:
Two Intel Xeon processor E7 v2, E7 v3 or E7 v4 product family
48 DDR3 or DDR4 memory DIMM slots
Two hot-pluggable drive bays for Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) or Solid State Disks (SSDs)
SAS controller on board with RAID 0 and 1 support
Three PCIe mezzanine slots, with one dedicated for optional Cisco UCS VIC 1340, and two slots for Cisco
UCS VIC 1380, VIC port expander, or flash cards
Cost effective option to upgrade to the Cisco UCS B460 M4 4-socket blade server
Cisco UCS VIC 1340 and 1380 Technology
The Cisco UCS VIC 1340 is a 2-port 40-Gbps Ethernet or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)-capable mLOM
designed exclusively for the M4 generation of the Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers. When used in combination
with an optional port expander, the Cisco UCS VIC 1340 can be enabled to fully support both 40-Gbps ports.
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The Cisco UCS VIC 1380 is a dual-port 40-Gbps Ethernet or FCoE adapter that further expands Cisco UCS B260
M4 Blade Server bandwidth to 160 Gbps. The Cisco UCS VIC 1340 and 1380 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 1340 and 1380 support Cisco® Data Center Virtual Machine Fabric Extender
(VM-FEX) technology, which extends the Cisco UCS fabric interconnect ports to virtual machines, simplifying
server virtualization deployment.
Powering Mission-Critical Applications
The Cisco UCS B260 M4 continues Cisco's commitment to delivering differentiated value, fabric integration, and
ease of management that is exceptional in the marketplace for mission critical applications:
Large-memory applications
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,
bare-metal, virtualized servers, and cloud computing. Cisco continues to lead in data center innovation with the
introduction of new, mission-critical, server building blocks for Cisco UCS that extend its exceptional simplicity,
agility, and efficiency. New innovations such as the Cisco UCS B260 M4 bring greater performance and memory
locality from IT infrastructure to enterprise applications. In addition, Cisco UCS is a system beyond individual rack
or blades servers that conveys enormous benefits to customers (Table 1).
Table 1.
Benefits of Cisco UCS Servers
Application Customer Benefit
Lower costs
Cisco Single Connect
Fewer cables, HBAs, NICs, and switches to purchase, license, power, cool,
and maintain
Greater flexibility through total
hardware abstraction
Cisco UCS Manager
● 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 Cisco UCS
Director and other third-party management tools
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 SingleConnect 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, LAN and SAN, and management.
Cisco UCS Manager helps reduce management and administration expenses, which are among the largest
items in most IT budgets. The UCS Manager can manage up to 160 servers and thousands of Cisco UCS
components in multiple chassis. The embedded management software and all the managed components
are part of a UCS domain.
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Cisco UCS Manager supports a comprehensive, 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 and tools and IT
processes and management tools.
In addition, Cisco continues to push the frontier of innovation in all Cisco UCS building blocks and supporting
technologies. 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 and
software advances and Cisco’s continuous innovation, coupled with unique blade server and chassis design, make
Cisco UCS the first truly unified data center platform and the best choice for both your virtual and bare-metal
Features and Benefits
Table 2 summarizes the features and benefits of the Cisco UCS B260 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 components in Cisco UCS, Cisco UCS B-Series blades and Cisco UCS
C-Series racks are automatically recognized and configured by Cisco UCS Manager
Extensive monitoring
● 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
● Cisco UCS VIC 1340 is a 2-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet, FCoE-capable adapter
● When used in combination with its port expander card, the Cisco UCS VIC 1340 can be enabled to fully support
both 40-Gbps ports
Mezzanine adapters
● Provides choice of 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 bays for Cisco Flexible Flash Cards
Optional local storage
● Provides support for up to two front-accessible hot-pluggable hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state disks (SSDs)
● Innovative modular design allows customers to easily, quickly, and cost-effectively upgrade to a Cisco UCS B460
M4 and double the computing, memory, and I/O capabilities
Intel Xeon Processor E7
v2, E7 v3 or E7 v4
product family
● The processor boosts business intelligence by rapidly processing and analyzing large amounts of data in near real
time. For more information, go to
● Up to 3 TB of memory in the Cisco B260 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
handily 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
● Advanced reliability features, including Machine Check Architecture Recovery, help you automatically monitor,
report, and recover from hardware errors to maintain data integrity and keep mission-critical services online
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Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers are critical components of the Cisco UCS environment and are enabled by the
Cisco UCS Manager and Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects, 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis, and
2200 Series Fabric Extenders.
Table 3 summarizes the specifications for the Cisco UCS B260 M4.
Table 3.
Product Specifications
● 2 Intel Xeon processor E7 v2, E7 v3 or E7 v4 product family
Processor cores
● Up to 24 cores per processor, varying by processor model
● Full spectrum of the fastest Intel Xeon processors supporting power ranges from
115 to 165W and from 4 to 24 processor cores
● 48 DIMM slots (DDR3 with Intel Xeon E7 v2 and E7 v3 processor, DDR4 with intel Xeon E7 v4 processor)
● Maximum of 3 TB using 64GB DIMMs
Mezzanine adapter slots
● 3 (one dedicated for Cisco UCS VIC 1340)
Disk drives
● Up to 2 front-accessible hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state disks (SSDs)
SSD and disk drive options
● 120GB, 480GB and 1.6TB 6Gb/s 7mm high SSDs (with Intel Xeon E7 v4 processors)
● 120GB, 480GB and 960GB 6Gb/s SSDs (with Intel Xeon E7 v2 and E7 v3 processors)
● 300GB, 450GB, 600GB, and 1.2TB HDDs (with Intel Xeon E7 v2 and E7 v3 processors)
Maximum Internal Storage
● Up to 3.2 TB
Drive controller
● LSI SAS3004 12Gb/s RAID controller
● RAID 0 and 1 support
Flash memory
● Two slots for Cisco Flexible Flash SD card
● Managed from the Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects by Cisco UCS Manager software
Temperature: Operating
● 50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C)
Temperature: Nonoperating
● -40 to 149°F (-40 to 65°C)
Humidity: Operating
● 5 to 93% noncondensing
Humidity: Nonoperating
● 5 to 93% noncondensing
Altitude: Operating
● 0 to 10,000 ft (0 to 3000m); maximum ambient temperature decreases by 1°C per 300m
Altitude: Nonoperating
● 40.000 ft (12,000m)
Table 4 summarizes regulatory standards compliance.
Table 4.
Regulatory Standards Compliance: Safety and EMC
Regulatory compliance
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
IEC 60950-1 Second Edition
AS/NZS 60950-1
GB4943 2001
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EMC: Emissions
47CFR Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A
CISPR2 2 Class A
EN55022 Class A
ICES003 Class A
VCCI Class A
KN22 Class A
CNS13438 Class A
EMC: Immunity
Warranty Information
Find warranty information at on the Product Warranties page.
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