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Cisco UCS C200 M1 High-Density Rack-Mount Server

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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 1, 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 C200 M1 High-Density Rack-Mount Server is a high-density server with balanced compute performance and I/O flexibility (Figure 1). This price-to-performance optimized two-socket, one-rack-unit (1RU) rack-mount server is designed to balance simplicity, performance, and density for web infrastructure and mainstream data center, small-office, and remote-office applications. Its single-rack-unit size makes it useful for service providers offering dedicated or multi-tenant hosting, and its economical price makes it well suited to the appliance market.

Figure 1. Cisco UCS C200 M1 Server


The Cisco UCS C200 M1 server is a high-density general-purpose two-socket server optimized to deliver high performance in a compact, 1RU form factor. Based on Intel ® Xeon ® 5500 series processors, the server provides excellent performance and value for workloads including the following:

• Horizontally scaled applications such as web servers in which both performance and density are important

• Application server workloads where multiple processor cores contribute directly to higher performance

• Infrastructure applications including mail and messaging servers, firewalls, file and print servers, and intrusion-detection systems

• Small-office and remote-office applications

• Service provider infrastructure for both shared and dedicated hosting models

Features and Benefits

The Cisco UCS C200 M1 server extends Cisco's product portfolio to meet the needs of customers that choose to deploy rack-mount servers. The server enables organizations to deploy systems incrementally -- using as many or as few servers as needed -- on a schedule that best meets the organization's timing and budget.
Designed to operate both in standalone environments and as part of the Cisco Unified Computing System, the server combines high-capacity disk storage and I/O configurations with Cisco innovations, including a unified network fabric and network-aware Cisco VN-Link technology.
The server brings differentiation and value to what has been a commodity market with products not optimized to meet the needs of virtualized data centers. Available from Cisco and its data center network infrastructure (DCNI) partners, the server advances the rack-mount server market with the features outlined in Table 1.

Table 1. Features and Benefits



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 maintain

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

Quad-core Intel Xeon 5500 series processors

• 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 4 front-accessible, hot-swappable, internal 3.5-inch SAS or SATA drives, providing redundancy options and ease of serviceability
• Balanced performance and capacity to best meet application needs:
• 15,000-RPM SAS drives for highest performance
• 7200-RPM SAS drive for high capacity and performance
• 7200-RPM SATA II drives for high capacity and value

RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10 support

• A choice of RAID controllers to provide data protection for up to 4 SAS or SATA drives
• Options include built-in RAID 0 and 1 support for SATA drives; RAID 0 and 1 for SAS or SATA drives through a mezzanine card; and RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10 support through a PCIe LSI MegaRAID Controller

Cisco UCS Integrated Management Controller

• Web user interface for server management; remote keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM); virtual media; and administration
• Virtual media support for remote KVM and CD and DVD drives as if local
• 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

Fast-memory support

12 DIMM slots supporting up to 96 GB of 1333-MHz memory for optimal performance

Redundant fans and power supplies

Dual-redundant fans and power supplies for enterprise-class reliability and uptime

Support for up to 2 PCIe 2.0 slots

• Flexibility, increased performance, and compatibility with industry standards
• PCIe 2.0 slots, which double bandwidth over the previous generation and offer more flexibility while maintaining compatibility with PCIe 1.1
• * I/O performance and flexibility with 1 low-profile x8, half-length and 1 full-height x16, half-length slot

Integrated dual-port 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 read/write access to CD and DVD media

Product Specifications

Table 2 lists the specifications for the Cisco UCS C200 M1 server.

Table 2. Product Specifications




• 1 or 2 Intel Xeon Series 5500 processors
• Choice of processors: Intel Xeon X5570, X5550, E5540, E5520, L5520, or E5504


• 12 DIMM slots for up to 96 GB of memory using 8-GB DIMMs
• Support for DDR3 registered DIMMs
• Advanced ECC
• Mirroring option

PCIe slots

• 2 PCIe Gen 2.0 slots available
• 1 x16 full-height and 1 x8 low-profile slots, both half-length
• x16 connector on full-height slot and x8 connector on low-profile slot

Mezzanine card

LSI 1064 Controller-Based Mezzanine Card (RAID 0, 1 or 1E; 4 ports)

Hard drives

Up to 4 front-accessible, hot-swappable, 3.5-inch SAS or SATA drives

Hard disk options

• 250-GB SATA; 7200 RPM
• 500-GB SATA; 7200 RPM
• 146-GB SAS; 15,000 RPM
• 300-GB SAS; 15,000 RPM
• 1-TB SAS; 7200 RPM

Optical drive

24x CD-R/RW DVD±R/RW read/write optical drive

Integrated graphics

Matrox G200 core embedded into the ServerEngines Pilot-2 Baseboard Management Controller (BMC)

Cisco UCS Integrated Management Controller

• Integrated ServerEngines Pilot-2 BMC
• IPMI 2.0 compliant for management and control
• One 10/100BASE-T out-of-band management interface
• CLI and WebGUI management tool for automated, lights-out management

Front-panel connector

Ease of access to front-panel video, 2 USB ports, and serial console

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 (H x W x D)

1RU: 1.7 x 16.9 x 27.8 in. (4.32 x 42.93 x 70.61 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); maximum ambient temperature decreases by 1°C per 300m)

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
• 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
• KN22 Class A
• CNS13438 Class A

EMC: Immunity

• EN55024
• KN 61000-4 Series, KN 24

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1Future capability planned to follow the product's first customer shipment (FCS).