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Cisco UCS B460 M4 Blade Server Data Sheet

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Product Overview

The new Cisco UCS® B460 M4 Blade Server uses the power of the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v3 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

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 v3 product families and accelerates access to critical data. This blade server supports up to 72 processor cores, 6.0 TB of memory,
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 v3 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 1340, and four slots for Cisco UCS VIC 1380, VIC port expander, or flash cards

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 expanded to up to four 40-Gbps ports.

The Cisco UCS VIC 1380 is a dual-port 40-Gbps Ethernet or FCoE adapter that further expands Cisco UCS B460 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 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, bare-metal, 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 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 environments, 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.

   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 platform.

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

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, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)-capable adapter.
  When used in combination with its port expander card, the Cisco UCS VIC 1340 can be expanded to 4 ports of 40 Gigabit Ethernet support.

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 memory

  The server includes two internal Cisco Flexible Flash SD cards
  Dual SDHC flash card sockets are provided on the front left side of the server for VMware ESXi loading functions.

Optional local storage

  Provides support for up to four front-accessible hot-pluggable hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state disks (SSDs).

Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v3 product family

  The processor family boosts business intelligence by rapidly processing and analyzing large amounts of data in near real-time. The processor family provides up to 20% more cores and threads, 20% more cache, and nearly 40% higher top-bin performance. (For more information, go to
  Up to 6 TB of memory 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 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects, 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis, 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 v3 product family CPUs

Processor cores

  4, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 cores, varying by processor model
  Full spectrum of the fastest Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v3 SKUs supporting power ranges from 115 to 165W and from 4 to 18 cores


  96 DIMM slots
  Maximum of 6 TB using 64GB DIMMs

Mezzanine adapter slots

6 (two dedicated for Cisco UCS VIC 1340)

Disk drives

Up to 4 front-accessible hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state disks (SSDs)

SSD and disk-drive options

  120GB, 480GB and 960GB 6Gb/s SSDs
  300GB, 450GB, 600GB and 1.2TB HDDs

Maximum Internal storage

Up to 4.8 TB

Drive controller

  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 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
  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
  KN22 Class A
  CNS13438 Class A

EMC: Immunity


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