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Cisco UCS C460 M2 High-Performance Rack Server Data Sheet

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Product Overview

Cisco® UCS C-Series Rack 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 an entry point to 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 C460 M2 High-Performance Rack Server (Figure 1) is designed with the performance and reliability to power computation-intensive, enterprise-critical standalone applications and virtualized workloads. The system is a four-rack-unit (4RU) rack server supporting the Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800 and E7-8800 product family, up to 2 terabyte (TB) of double-data-rate 3 (DDR3) memory in 64 slots, and 12 Small Form Factor (SFF) hot-pluggable SAS, SATA or SSD drives. Abundant I/O capability is provided by 10 PCI Express (PCIe) slots supporting the Cisco UCS C-Series network adapters, with an eleventh PCIe slot reserved for a hard disk drive array controller card. Additional I/O is provided by two Gigabit Ethernet LAN-on-motherboard (LOM) ports, two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and two dedicated out-of-band (OOB) management ports. The following list summarizes the specifications:

   Two or four multicore Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800s and E7-8800s, for up to 40 processing cores

   64 dual inline memory module (DIMM) slots for industry-standard DDR3 memory

   Up to 12 front-accessible, hot-swappable, 2.5-inch SAS, SATA drives or SSDs

   Ten PCIe slots: eight Generation 2 and two Generation 1, and four half-length and six three-quarter-length

   Remote management through an integrated service processor that also implements policy established in Cisco UCS Manager

   Local keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM) access through front console ports on each server

   OOB access by remote KVM, Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, and virtual media (vMedia) as well as Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI)

Figure 1.      Cisco UCS C460 M2 Server


With the addition of the Cisco UCS C460 M2 server, the Cisco Unified Computing System portfolio offers customers more options to tailor system capabilities to application demands, eliminating waste and delivering balanced scalability. Whether they are core and thread, processor, memory, or capacity intensive, both standalone applications and virtual machine stacks can be handled with accuracy on the Cisco Unified Computing System.

Supporting up to 1 TB of DDR3 memory in 64 DIMM slots, the Cisco UCS C460 M2 server, when combined with the Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800 and E7-8800 product family enables reliable, powerful, 64-bit multicore servers offering industry-leading performance, expanded memory and I/O capacity, and advanced reliability well suited for the most demanding enterprise and mission-critical workloads, large-scale virtualization, and large-node high-performance computing (HPC) applications. The Cisco UCS C460 M2 server gives customers the capability to handle the most demanding applications. Applications that are memory-bound today will benefit from the increased performance and memory, allowing a wider range of performance-intensive and enterprise-critical applications as well as increased virtual machine deployments and greater server consolidation.

From a memory-cost perspective, the server can be populated with low-cost 4- or 8-GB DIMMs, for a total of up to 256 or 512 GB of main memory, delivering exceptional value to Cisco customers. Large memory footprints are possible using 4 or 8 GB DIMMs, no rip and replace like servers with fewer DIMM slots.

Customers gain the benefits of the Cisco UCS C460 M2 server’s high-capacity memory when very large memory footprints are required or when large, low-cost memory footprints are desirable, as in the following examples:

   Large virtualized environments

   Database applications

   Java-based workloads

   Traditional HPC applications

   Enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications

Features and Benefits

The Cisco UCS C460 M2 server expands the scope of virtualization to a wider range of demanding data center workloads and adds scale-up capability to meet the needs of computation-intensive standalone applications. In addition, the Cisco UCS C460 M2 offers an entry point to the Cisco Unified Computing System. It increases customer choice by providing unique benefits in a rack 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 C460 M2 server.

Table 1.       Features and Benefits



High-capacity memory

  Up to 2 TB of main memory using 16-GB DIMMs, or 256 GB of main memory with 4-GB DIMMs
  Substantially increased memory footprint, increasing performance and capacity for demanding virtualization and large-data-set standalone workloads
  Reduced number of servers and decreased licensing costs with higher virtual-to-physical consolidation ratios
  64 DIMM slots, offering a more cost-effective memory footprint because higher-density DIMMs can be replaced by less expensive, lower-density DIMMs

10-Gbps unified network fabric

  Low-latency, lossless, 10-Gbps Ethernet and industry-standard Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) fabric options available
  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, P81E Virtual Interface Card, I/O virtualization, and Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800 and E7-8800 product family, extending the network directly to virtual machines
  Consistent and scalable operating 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 operation 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

Support for up to 10 PCIe 2.0 slots

  Flexibility, increased performance, and compatibility with industry standards
  An additional, eleventh slot available to configure RAID support through optional LSI MegaRAID controller
  PCIe 2.0 slots, which double bandwidth over the previous generation and offer more flexibility while maintaining compatibility with PCIe 1.1

Multicore Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800 and
E7-8800 product family

  New levels of processor scalability, memory, and I/O capacity to address IT’s greatest and most critical ERP, customer relationship management (CRM), database, analytics, and virtualization challenges, with exceptional hardware and software support
  Top-of-the-line processors to deliver leading performance for mission-critical business solutions with outstanding economics that create new possibilities
  Advanced reliability features and new security features including Machine Check Architecture Recovery to automatically manage hardware errors and protect against malicious software attacks, maintaining data integrity and increasing the availability of mission-critical services
  Intelligent performance that automatically adapts to the diverse needs of a virtualized environment as well as the most computation-demanding standalone applications
  Intel Turbo Boost Technology and Intel Intelligent Power Technology, which adapt processor performance to application demands and intelligently scale energy use based on utilization, reducing costs while still delivering the performance required

Hot-swappable SAS, SATA or SSD drives

  Up to 12 front-accessible, hot-swappable, SFF, SAS, SATA or SSD drives
  Support for 7,200 and 10,000-RPM drives that deliver both value and capacity
  Support for 15,000-RPM drives for utmost performance
  Capability to match storage characteristics to application requirements through the choice of high-capacity (500 GB) economical SATA drives or high-performance enterprise-class SAS drives (146, 300, 600 GB) and 100-GB SSD

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 12 SAS, SATA or SSD drives

Cisco UCS Integrated Management Controller (IMC)

  Web user interface for server management, administration, and virtual media
  Virtual media support for remote KVM and CD/DVD drives as if local
  IPMI 2.0 support for OOB management through third-party enterprise management systems
  Command-line interface (CLI) for server management

Integrated Dual 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 C460 M2 server.

Table 2.       Product Specifications




  2 or 4 multicore Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800 and E7-8800 product family
  Choice of processors: Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800 and E7-8800 product family


  Up to 64 DIMM slots
  Support for DDR3 registered DIMMs
  Advanced error-correcting code (ECC)
  Mirroring option
  Double device data correction (DDDC)

PCIe slots

  10 PCIe 2.0 slots available (total of 11 slots available: one is a dedicated SAS riser slot; Generation 2 x8):
   Slot 1: PCIe Gen2 x8, 3/4 length, hot plug
   Slot 2: PCIe Gen2 x8, 3/4 length, hot plug
   Slot 3: PCIe Gen2 x8 1/2 length
   Slot 4: PCIe Gen2 x4, 1/2 length
   Slot 5: PCIe Gen2 x16, 3/4 length
   Slot 6: PCIe Gen2 x8, 3/4 length, hot plug
   Slot 7: PCIe Gen2 x8, 3/4 length, hot plug
   Slot 8: PCIe Gen1x4, 3/4 length
   Slot 9: PCIe Gen1 x4, 1/2 length
   Slot 10: PCIe Gen2 x4, 1/2 length

Hard drives

Up to 12 front-accessible, hot-swappable, 2.5-inch SAS, SATA or SSD drives

Hard disk options

  146-GB SAS; 15,000 RPM
  300-GB SAS; and 10,000 RPM
  600-GB SAS; and 10,000 RPM
  500-GB SATA; 7200 RPM
  1-TB SATA; 7200 RPM
  100-GB SSD;

Optical drive

24x CD±R/RW DVD±R/RW optical drive

Integrated graphics

Matrox G200 core embedded into the ServerEngines Pilot-2 baseboard management controller (BMC)


  Integrated ServerEngines Pilot-2 BMC
  IPMI 2.0 compliant for management and control
  Two 10/100BASE-T OOB management interfaces
  CLI and WebGUI management tool for automated, lights-out management

Front-panel connector

Ease of access to front-panel VGA video port and 3 USB ports

Front-panel status LEDs

5 LED status indicators: for the CPU, memory, power supply, and LAN status and the system ID

Additional rear connectors

Additional interfaces: VGA video port, serial port connector, and 2 USB 2.0 ports

Physical dimensions
(H x W x D)

4RU: 6.84 x 16.7 x 27.7 in. (173.74 x 424.18 x 703.58 mm)

Temperature: Operating

50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C)

Temperature: Nonoperating

-40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C)

Humidity: Operating

5 to 93% noncondensing

Humidity Nonoperating

95%, noncondensing at temperatures of 77 to 86°F (25 to 30°C)

Altitude: Operating

 -100 to 5000 ft (-30 to 1500m)

Altitude: Nonoperating

40,000 ft (12,000m)

Regulatory Standards

Table 3 lists regulatory standards compliance information.

Table 3.       Regulatory Standards Compliance: Safety and EMC




  UL60 950
  CSA60 950
  AS/NZS 3562
  EN60 950 and 73/23/EEC
  IEC 60 950
  EMKO-TSE (74-SEC) 207/94
  GOST-R 50377-92

EMC: Emissions

  Certified to FCC Class A; tested to CISPR 22 Class A, EN 55022 Class A and 89/336/EEC, VCCI Class A, AS/NZS 3548 Class A, ICES-003 Class A, GB9254-1998, MIC Notice 1997-42 Class A, and GOST-R 29216-91 Class A, BSMI CNS13438

EMC: Immunity

  Verified to comply with EN55024, CISPR 24, GB9254-1998, MIC Notice 1997-41, and GOST-R 50628-95

Ordering Information

This section provides a direct link to the Cisco Ordering Tool and lists part numbers for customer convenience (Table 4).

To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering homepage. To download software, visit the Cisco Software Center.

Table 4.       Ordering Information

Product Name

Part Number

UCS C460 M2 Rack Server with DVD-RW and 1 PSU. CPUs, memory, HDD, PCIe cards, Rail Kit and Redundant PSU must be ordered below.


For a complete list of Product ID numbers (PIDS) please refer to the corresponding SpecSheet.

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