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Cisco UCS Invicta C3124SA Appliance Data Sheet

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Product Overview

The Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS®) Invicta C3124SA Appliance delivers powerful, easy‑to‑manage application acceleration for data-intensive workloads. With the Cisco UCS Invicta C3124SA, customers can dynamically manage the mix of performance and efficiency they need to support real-time decision making that can move their business forward.

The Cisco UCS Invicta OS enables the UCS Invicta Appliance to outperform similar technologies. The OS was explicitly designed to use NAND flash memory to sustain high throughput, a high I/O operations per second (IOPS), and ultra-low latency while overcoming the write performance and longevity challenges typically associated with flash memory.

Imagine all of your mission-critical application workloads performing faster. Cisco’s application-centric approach allows customers to quickly and efficiently configure IT infrastructure to support resource intensive applications, real-time analytics, and decision making. Consider the impact on your business if transactions, analysis, batch jobs, desktops, and other important processes consistently performed at maximum speed. Cisco’s solid-state systems products dramatically improve the performance of many types of workloads:

   Analytics and intelligence: Extract, integrate, and analyze data up to 10 times faster.

   Batch processing: Run batches without interrupting other workflow.

   E-mail: Reduce time delays by a factor of up to 50.

   Online transaction processing: Remove performance bottlenecks between servers and memory.

   Video: Complete more transcoding tasks in significantly less time.

   Virtual desktops: Improve overall user experience with desktops that launch faster and respond quickly while virus scanning.

   Database loads: Dramatically reduce query response times.

   High-performance computing (HPC): Leverage low latency IO requests to speed time sensitive applications.

In today’s world of increasing business demands and technology requirements, customers need to process and react to data faster. Applications now require a higher level of performance, and IT departments need infrastructure that can be quickly shaped and reshaped as opportunities demand. This is where Cisco’s leadership in high-performance, solid-state systems that accelerate application performance and simplify data center operations shines.

Features and Benefits

Table 1 summarizes the features and benefits of the Cisco UCS Invicta C3124SA Appliance.

Table 1.       Features and Benefits



Cisco UCS Invicta OS

  Enables the UCS C3124SA Appliance to achieve high throughput, high IOPS, and ultra-low latency.
  Greatly extends the useful life of the flash media.
  Treats write requests in a manner that best accommodates flash architecture-wear-leveling algorithms by committing all writes across the entire appliance.
  Reduces power consumption and floor space, leading to energy and space savings.

Data protection

  Write-protection buffer delivers confirmed writes in the event of a power loss.
  Asynchronous replication enables users to replicate data to multiple targets for increased flexibility, security, and availability.


  Users can use their current environments without limiting options to build an enterprise infrastructure.


  Users can configure the UCS Invicta Appliance with only a few easy steps.
  The GUI provides performance monitoring; advanced autosupport setup; role assignment; and management tools for replication, snapshots, and other functions.

Data Reduction

  Provides up to 10x deduplication rate.
  Reduces space requirements for more efficient use.

Thin Provisioning

  Eliminates the cost of unused, over allocated memory.
  Saves space and resources.

Product Specifications

Table 2 lists the hardware specifications for the Cisco UCS Invicta C3124SA Appliance.

Table 2.       Cisco UCS Invicta C3124SA Appliance Specifications



Capacity (TB)

6, 12, and 24 TB


Performance: Up to 290,000

De-duplication: Up to 218,000

*IOPS measured using 4K blocks under a 100% random read workload


Up to 1160 MB/s


Less than 1 ms

* Mean latency over test period

Drive protection


Redundant fans and power supplies

  Dual-redundant fans and power supplies for enterprise-class reliability and uptime
  Power efficiency through Cisco® Common Form-Factor Platinum Power Supplies

Form factor


Power consumption



10-Gbps Ethernet and 1/10 Gbps BASE-T

8-Gbps Fibre Channel

OS support

Microsoft Windows, Linux, Red Hat, Solaris, VMware vSphere, and Citrix XenServer



Management Integration

Cisco UCS Director


Fibre Channel, iSCSI

Power outage protection

Write protection buffer


Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family


24 DIMM slots

16-GB dual rank 1.35V

PCIe slots

2 PCIe Generation 3, x16 slots: both full height, 3/4 length (10.5-in)


24 front-accessible, hot-swappable, 2.5-inch SATA drives

Front-panel connector

One KVM console connector (supplies 2 USB, 1 VGA, and 1 serial connector)

Front-panel locator LED

Indicator to help direct administrators to specific servers in large data center environments

Additional rear connectors

Additional interfaces including a VGA video port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 Gigabit Ethernet dedicated management port, quad 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and an RJ-45 serial port

Physical dimensions (HxWxD)

2RU: 3.4 x 17.5 x 28.0 in. (8.7 x 44.5 x 71.2 cm)

Temperature: Operating

41 to 104°F (5 to 40°C); derate the maximum temperature by 1°C per every 305m of altitude above sea level

Temperature: Nonoperating

-40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C)

Humidity: Operating

10 to 90% 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)

Boot drive

32-GB SD-card boot drive

Regulatory Standards

Table 3 provides regulatory standards compliance information for the Cisco UCS Invicta C3124SA Appliance.

Table 3.       Regulatory Standards Compliance: 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
  IEC 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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