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Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC) 1.5 Data Sheet

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Product Overview

The Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC) is a baseboard management controller that provides embedded server management for Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers. The Cisco IMC enables system management in the datacenter and across distributed branch-office locations. The Cisco IMC supports multiple management interfaces, including a web user interface (Web UI), a command-line interface (CLI), and an XML API that is consistent with the one used by Cisco UCS Manager. The Cisco IMC also supports industry-standard management protocols, including Simple Network Management Protocol Version 3 (SNMPv3) and Intelligent Platform Management Interface Version 2.0 (IPMIv2.0). Figure 1 shows a Cisco IMC screen.

Figure 1. Cisco IMC

Features and Benefits

Table 1 summarizes the features and benefits of the Cisco IMC.

Table 1. Features and Benefits

Feature

Description

Simplified Server Setup and Configuration

Simple firmware upgrade

Out-of-band upgrades

BIOS, Cisco IMC, and Cisco UCS VIC adapter upgrade

Automated Multisystem upgrade

RAID and LOM

Integrated diagnostics

Platform diagnostic suite

Local storage configuration

Out-of-band RAID configuration wizard
Simple, fast configuration of RAID arrays and multiple volumes

vBoot control

Flexible boot target configuration management

Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card (VIC) configuration

Configuration of Cisco UCS VIC
Configuration to enable Ethernet, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Cisco Adapter Fabric Extender (Adapter FEX), and Cisco Data Center Virtual Machine FEX (VM-FEX)
Network interface card (NIC) configuration, which eliminates the need for configuration from the OS

Interfaces

XML API

Easy-to-use programmable interface
Agentless
Microsoft Windows PowerShell support (Cisco PowerTool for standalone Cisco UCS C-Series servers)
Consistent model between Cisco UCS Manager and standalone deployments

WebUI

Access to Cisco IMC configuration and control from a web browser

CLI

CLI for scripted environments

SNMP v1, v2, and v3

Embedded agentless MIB catalog

IPMI v1.5 and v2.0

Support for IPMI tool

Windows Management Interface (WMI)

Support for WMI

Serial over LAN

Support for Serial-over-LAN capability

Remote Administration

Virtual keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM)

Remote access to server console screen

Virtual power on and off

Remote power on, off, and reset from WebUI, KVM, and XML API

Global team collaboration (KVM)

RBAC for distributed global teams
Up to 5 simultaneous administrator sessions

Locally mountable virtual media

Remote mounting of network available mediausing Network File System (NFS) and Common Internet File System (CIFS); KVM mounted or Cisco IMC mounted)
Connectivity support for USB, CD, ISO images, virtual floppy drive images, and remote storage

Serial over LAN

SSH Serial-over-LAN server administration

Network Time Protocol(NTP)

NTP support for remote operations

SNMP

SNMP support from management plane
Use of Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) MIBs
Consistent data format across Cisco UCS Manager and standalone modes

XML API

Agentless out-of-band management

Embedded System Health Monitoring

System health and configuration data

Embedded fault engine, delivering consistent error reporting through Cisco IMC interfaces

System event log

Security compliance and event monitoring and filtering

Audit log

Security compliance and filtering

Technical support data export

Quick access to configuration information, logs, and diagnostic data
Simpler and faster troubleshooting and resolution of technical problems

Watchdog timer

System crash recovery

Nonmaskable interrupt (NMI) generation

Generation of NMI to x86 host
Creation of crash dump file
Debugging of OS crashes

RAID support

Embedded monitoring of entire RAID subsystem: RAID controller, battery backup units, SuperCap batteries, and HDDs

MAC address inventory

Inventory of all physical NIC and LOM MAC addresses

Cisco UCS VIC support

Monitoring of Cisco UCS VIC
Ethernet, Cisco Adapter FEX, Cisco Data Center VM-FEX, and FCoE monitoring

CPU, temperature, fan, and motherboard

Remote status and monitoring of system health
Run-time monitoring
Complete system sensor data

System memory

Inventory, specifications, and health status

Predictive failure analysis

Memory DIMM failure prediction
Battery backup unit or SuperCap battery

Power Management

Dynamic power capping

Data center power management

Power monitoring and reporting

Power management
Compliance reporting

Network Connectivity

Single-wire connection

Simplified connectivity when deployed in a Cisco UCS Manager domain with a Cisco Nexus ® 2232 10GE fabric extender
Support for simplified connection with Cisco UCS VIC 1225
Converged fabric

Dedicated management port

Dedicated management port for installations requiring separate cable connection for data and management

Generic connectivity support

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) support
IPv4 support

Shared LAN-on-motherboard (LOM) mode

Simplified cabling
Management and data traffic over a single wire

Security

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

Cryptographic security

Secure Shell (SSH) 2.0

Cryptographic network protocol for secure data communication

Lightweight Directory Access Point (LDAP) support

Out-of-the-box Microsoft Active Directory integration

Role-based access control (RBAC)

RBAC for separation of concerns in data center operation

Locally stored accounts

Capability to define user accounts locally

Other

Integration with Cisco UCS Manager

Service profile management model
Scalability
Virtual machine migration

Integration with Independent software vendor (ISV) offers

Open XML API specification for integration
Integration with Altiris; Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), and Windows PowerShell

Management Scope

Cisco IMC provides end-to-end management of all the devices in a rack server.

Licensing

Cisco IMC is currently provided at no additional charge with every Cisco UCS rack server.

Why Cisco?

Cisco has significant experience in responding to customer requirements with solid technology innovations for the enterprise data center. Enhancing Cisco’s capability to deliver standards-based solutions is a broad ecosystem of industry-leading partners that provide end-to-end customer solutions and services that can accelerate the transition to an Unified Data Center architecture. Unified computing elevates the traditional product classification of network, server, storage, operating systems, and applications to a data center-wide vision. Cisco Unified Computing Services helps our customers quickly deploy data center resources, simplify ongoing operations, and optimize infrastructure to better meet business needs. For more information about these and other Cisco Data Center Services offerings, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/unifiedcomputingservices.

For More Information

Cisco UCS Manager: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/products/ps10281/index.html

Understanding Cisco UCS Manager Service Profiles (white paper): http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/prod/collateral/ps10265/ps10281/white_paper_c11-590518.html

Manage Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers (white paper): http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/ps10265/ps10281/whitepaper_c11-701809.html

Cisco Unified Computing: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10265/index.html

Integrating with Cisco IM: http://developer.cisco.com/web/unifiedcomputing/c-series-cimc-xml-api