Cisco UCS C250 M1 Extended-Memory Rack

Cisco UCS C250 M1 Extended-Memory Rack
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Cisco UCS C250 M1 Extended-Memory Rack-Mount Server
Product Overview
Cisco® UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers extend unified computing innovations to an industry-standard form factor
to help reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and increase business agility. Designed to operate both in standalone
environments and as part of the Cisco Unified Computing System™*, the series employs Cisco technology to help
customers handle the most challenging workloads. The series incorporates a standards-based unified network fabric,
Cisco VN-Link virtualization support, and Cisco Extended Memory Technology. It supports an incremental
deployment model and protects customer investments with a future migration path to unified computing.
The Cisco UCS C250 M1 Extended-Memory Rack-Mount Server is a two-socket, two-rack-unit (2RU) rack-mount
server featuring patented Cisco Extended Memory Technology (Figure 1). It is designed to increase performance and
capacity for demanding virtualization and large-data-set workloads. It also can reduce the cost of smaller memory
footprints. This server is built for virtualized workloads in enterprise data centers, service provider environments, and
virtual desktop hosting. The system also helps increase performance for large-data-set workloads, including database
management systems and modeling and simulation applications. Applications that are memory bound today will
benefit by the 384 GB of addressable memory that the Cisco UCS C250 M1 server offers.
Figure 1.
Cisco UCS C250 M1 Server
With 48 DIMM slots available, the Cisco UCS C250 M1 server holds a unique design space among two-socket
servers based on Intel® Xeon® 5500 series processors. From a memory capacity perspective, it can alleviate memory
bottlenecks in situations in which costly four-socket servers might otherwise be necessary, helping improve the priceto-performance ratio for running large-memory-footprint applications. From a memory-cost perspective, the server
can be populated with low-cost 4-GB DIMMs for a total of up to 192 GB of main memory. This memory configuration
delivers a memory footprint that other two-socket, Intel Xeon 5500 series processor–based systems require 16-GB
DIMMS to achieve. From a memory capacity perspective, the server can be populated with 8-GB DIMMs for a total of
up to 384 GB of memory.
These benefits of Cisco Extended Memory Technology can be harnessed by customers when very large memory
footprints are required, or when large, low-cost memory footprints are desirable, as in the following examples:
Large virtualized environments can host more or larger virtual machines with the server’s larger memory
footprint, and with higher performance in cases in which existing implementations are memory bound.
Database applications will thrive in virtualized and nonvirtualized environments, as the server uses the
combination of a large memory footprint and the fastest Intel processors
Future capability planned to follow the product’s first customer shipment (FCS).
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Traditional high-performance computing (HPC) applications can benefit from the server’s performance and
memory footprint, including memory-intensive engineering design automation (EDA) and geophysical
modeling applications. EDA applications and oil and seismic applications can now expand beyond the 144-GB
memory capacity of other two-socket servers and speed up the applications with a larger (384 GB) or a more
economical (192 GB) memory footprint. Other memory-bound HPC applications are likely to see performance
accelerations on a Cisco UCS C250 M1 server.
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications can run with improved performance with large data sets in
main memory when hosted on the Cisco UCS C250 M1 server.
Features and Benefits
The Cisco UCS C250 M1 server extends Cisco unified computing innovations—including Cisco Extended Memory
Technology—to an industry-standard, rack-mount form factor. It is the first rack-mount server available anywhere with
a built-in future migration path to unified computing. It increases customer choice by providing unique benefits in a
rack-mount server, bringing differentiation and value to what has traditionally been a market with products not
optimized to meet the needs of virtualized data centers. Table 1 summarizes the features and benefits of the Cisco
UCS C250 M1 server.
Table 1.
Features and Benefits
Cisco Extended Memory Technology
● Up to 384 GB of main memory using 8-GB DIMMs or 192 GB of main memory with 4-GB
● Substantially increased memory footprint, increasing performance and capacity for demanding
virtualization and large-data-set workloads
● Reduced number of servers and decreased licensing costs with higher virtual-to-physical
consolidation ratios
● 48 DIMM slots, offering a more cost-effective memory footprint as smaller-density DIMMs can
be substituted for more expensive, higher-density DIMMs
10-Gbps unified network fabric
● Low-latency, lossless, 10-Gbps Ethernet and industry-standard Fibre Channel over Ethernet
(FCoE) fabric
● Wire-once deployment model in which changing I/O configurations no longer means installing
adapters and recabling racks and switches
● Fewer interface cards, cables, and upstream network ports to purchase, power, configure, and
Virtualization optimization
● Cisco VN-Link technology, I/O virtualization, and Intel Xeon 5500 series processor features,
extending the network directly to virtual machines
● Consistent and scalable operational model
● Increased security and efficiency with reduced complexity
Unified management* (when integrated into
the Cisco Unified Computing System)
● Entire solution managed as a single entity with Cisco UCS Manager, improving operational
efficiency and flexibility
● Service profiles and templates that implement role- and policy-based management, enabling
more effective use of skilled server, network, and storage administrators
● Automated provisioning and increased business agility, allowing data center managers to
provision applications in minutes rather than days
Redundant, hot-swappable power supplies
Increased availability
Redundant, hot-swappable, frontaccessible fans
Increased serviceability, leading to less down time
Support for up to 5 PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0
● Flexibility, increased performance, and compatibility with industry standards
● I/O performance and flexibility with 2 x16 slots or 3 x8 slots
● One of the 5 slots available to configure RAID support through optional LSI MegaRAID
● PCIe 2.0 slots, which double bandwidth over the previous generation and offer more flexibility
while maintaining compatibility with PCIe 1.1
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Quad-core Intel Xeon 5500 series
● Intelligent performance that automatically adjusts processor performance to meet application
demands, increasing performance when needed and achieving substantial energy savings
when not
● Automated energy efficiency that reduces energy costs by automatically putting the processor
and memory in the lowest available power state while still delivering the performance required
● Flexible virtualization technology that optimizes performance for virtualized environments,
including processor support for migration and direct I/O
Hot-swappable SAS and SATA drives
● Up to 8 front-accessible, hot-swappable, small form-factor (SFF) 6G SAS or SATA drives
● Support for 10,000–RPM drives that deliver both value and capacity
● Support for 15,000-RPM drives for utmost performance
● Capability to tailor storage characteristics to application requirements through the choice of
high-capacity (500 GB) and economical SATA drives or high-performance enterprise-class SAS
drives (73, 146, and 300 GB)
RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and 60 support
A choice of two RAID controller options to provide data performance and protection for up to 8 SAS
or SATA drives
Cisco UCS Integrated Management
● Web user interface for server management, administration, and virtual media
● Virtual media support for remote keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM) and CD/DVD drives as if
● Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0 support for out-of-band management
through third-party enterprise management systems
● Command-line interface (CLI) for server management
Integrated 4 Gigabit Ethernet
● Outstanding network I/O performance and increased network efficiency and flexibility
● Increased network availability when configured in failover configurations
Optical drive
Direct front-panel access to CD and DVD media
Product Specifications
Table 2 lists the specifications for the Cisco UCS C250 M1 server.
Table 2.
Product Specifications
● 2 Intel Xeon 5500 series processors
● Choice of processors: Intel Xeon X5570, X5550, or E5540
● Up to 48 DIMM slots
● Support for DDR3-1333MHz registered DIMMs
● Support for DDR3-1333MHz low-voltage DIMMs
● Advanced ECC
● Mirroring option
PCIe slots
● 5 PCIe 2.0 slots available
◦ 3 low-profile, half-length x8 slots
◦ 2 full-height, half-length x16 slots
◦ x16 connectors on all slots
Hard drives
Hard disk options
Up to 8 front-accessible, hot-swappable, 2.5-inch SAS or SATA drives
● 73-GB SAS; 6G, 15,000 RPM
● 146-GB SAS; 6G, 10,000 RPM
● 300-GB SAS; 6G, 10,000 RPM
● 500-GB SATA; 7200 RPM
Optical drive
24x CD±R/RW DVD±R/RW optical drive
Integrated graphics
Matrox G200 core embedded into the ServerEngines Pilot-2 BMC
Cisco UCS Integrated Management
● Integrated ServerEngines Pilot-2 BMC
● IPMI 2.0 compliant for management and control
● Two 10/100BASE-T out-of-band management interfaces
● CLI and WebGUI management tool for automated, lights-out management
Baseboard management controller (BMC)
Integrated ServerEngines Pilot-2 BMC
Front-panel connector
Ease of access to front-panel video, 2 USB ports, and serial console
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Front-panel locator LED
Indicator to help direct administrators to specific servers in large data center environments
Additional rear connectors
Additional interfaces include a DB-15 video port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and a DB-9 serial port
Physical dimensions (HxWxD)
2RU: 3.39 x 17.5 x 28 in. (8.61 x 44.45 x 71.12 cm)
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)
Altitude: Nonoperating
40,000 ft (12,000m)
Regulatory Standards
Table 3 lists regulatory standards compliance information.
Table 3.
Regulatory Standards Compliance: Safety and EMC
● UL 60950-1 No. 21CFR1040
● CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1
● NOM-10-SCFI-10993
● IRAM IEC60950-1
● CB IEC60950-1
● EN 60950-1
● IEC 60950-1
● GOST IEC60950-1
● SABS/CB IEC6095-1
● CCC*/CB GB4943-1995
● CNS14336
● CB IEC60950-1
● AS/NZS 60950-1
● GB4943
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
● EN60601
● KN22 Class A
● CNS13438 Class A
EMC: Immunity
● EN50082-1
● EN61000-6-1
● EN55024
● EN300386
● KN 61000-4 Series
Part Number Ordering Information
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Cisco Unified Computing Services: Cisco C-Series Rack-Mount Servers
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your transition to a Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Server solution. Cisco Unified Computing Services help you
quickly deploy the servers, optimize ongoing operations to better meet your business needs, and migrate to Cisco’s
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