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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 v2 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 E7-4800 v2 and E7-8800 v2 product families and accelerates access to critical data. This blade server supports up to 60 processor cores, 6.0 TB of memory (using 64-GB DIMMs), 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 E7-4800 v2 and E7-8800 v2 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 1240, and four slots for Cisco UCS VIC 1280, VIC port expander, third-party network adapter or flash cards

Cisco UCS VIC 1240 and 1280 Technology

The Cisco UCS VIC 1240 is a 4-port 10-Gbps Ethernet or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)-capable mLOM designed exclusively for the M3 and M4 generations of the Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers. When used in combination with an optional port expander, the Cisco UCS VIC 1240 can be expanded to up to eight 10-Gbps ports.

The Cisco UCS VIC 1280 is an 8-port 10-Gbps Ethernet or FCoE adapter that further expands Cisco UCS B460 M4 Blade Server bandwidth to 320 Gbps. The Cisco UCS VIC 1240 and 1280 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 1240 and 1280 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

Benefit

Technology

Application Customer Benefit

Lower costs

Cisco SingleConnect

technology

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 Single Connect 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 unified management software allows administrators to create a software model (service profile) of a desired server and then instantiate that server and its I/O connectivity by associating the service profile with a model with specific physical resources.

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

Feature

Benefit

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

Autodiscovery

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
A llows use of user thresholds to optimize environmental management of the blade

Cisco VIC adapter

Cisco UCS VIC 1240is a four-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)-capable adapter.
When used in combination with its port expander card, the Cisco UCS VIC 1240 can be expanded to eight ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet support.

Mezzanine adapters

Provides choice of third-party converged network adapters (CNA), 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 v2 product family

The processor family boosts business intelligence with triple the memory and double the performance. It rapidly processes and analyzes large amounts of data in near real-time. The processor family provides up to 50% more cores and threads, 25% more cache, and twice the average top-bin performance. (For more information, go to http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/ps10265/industry_benchmarks.html.
Up to 6 TB (using 64GB DIMMs) 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.

Specifications

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 6100 and 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects, 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis, and 2100 and 2200 Series Fabric Extenders.

Table 3 summarizes the specifications for the Cisco UCS B460 M4.

Table 3. Product Specifications

Item

Specification

Processors

4 Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 product family CPUs

Processor cores

6, 8, 10, 12, and 15 cores, varying by processor model
Full spectrum of the fastest Intel® Xeon® processor E7-v2 SKUs supporting power ranges from 105 to 155W and from 6 to 15 cores

Memory

96 DIMM slots
Maximum of 6 TB using 64GB DIMMs
Maximum of 6.0 TB when 64-GB DDR3 available

Mezzanine adapter slots

6 (two dedicated for Cisco UCS VIC 1240)

Disk drives

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

SSD and disk-drive options

100GB, 200GB, 400GB and 800GB 6Gb/s SSDs
300GB, 600GB, 900GB 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

Management

Managed from the Cisco UCS 6100 or 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

Specification

Description

Regulatory compliance

Products should comply with CE Markings according to directives 2004/108/EC and 2006/108/EC

Safety

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
EN61000-3-2
EN61000-3-3
KN22 Class A
CNS13438 Class A

EMC: Immunity

EN55024
CISPR24
EN300386
KN24

Warranty Information

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For More Information

For more information about Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers, visit http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10280/index.html or contact your local Cisco representative.