Cisco UCS Invicta Series Solid State Systems

Cisco UCS Invicta Scaling System Data Sheet

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Product Overview

What if you could accelerate the performance of your mission-critical workloads? Transactions could be processed instantaneously. Users could analyze data and make better decisions faster. Batch processing jobs would go faster. And other important processes would deliver better performance. And what if you could easily reshape your infrastructure as demands on it change? Now you can. Cisco’s leadership in high-performance, scalable, solid-state systems is dramatically improving application performance while simplifying data center operations.

Meet the Cisco UCS Invicta Scaling System: the first truly enterprise-class, scalable, solid-state architecture. As a next-generation modular architecture, the Cisco UCS Invicta Series delivers the highest sustained write throughput in the industry. It supports all standard networking and file protocols. And it can serve up application workloads from a multitenant architecture in which applications coexist without performance degradation.

Compared to similar technologies, the Cisco UCS Invicta OS outperforms. It was designed to use NAND flash memory for sustained high throughput, a high rate of I/O operations per second (IOPS), ultra-low latency, and fast write performance.

Cisco’s application-centric approach, combined with a modular, scalable, high-performance architecture, let you improve 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.

Features and Benefits

Table 1 summarizes the features and benefits of the Cisco UCS Invicta Scaling System.

Table 1. Features and Benefits



Cisco UCS Invicta OS

Enables the appliance to achieve high throughput, high IOPS rate, and ultra-low latency
Greatly extends useful life of multilevel cell (MLC) media
Optimizes write requests for flash-memory architecture-wear-leveling algorithms by committing all writes across the entire appliance
Reduces power consumption and floor space for energy and space savings

Expandability and scalability

Through scale-up and scale-out architecture, provides flexibility to increase throughput or capacity, based on workload demands

Data protection

Through write protection buffer, delivers confirmed writes in the event of a power loss
Uses asynchronous and open target replication to let you replicate data to a variety of targets for increased flexibility, security, and availability


Preserves existing investment without limiting options to build an enterprise infrastructure


Configures the appliance in a few easy steps
Simplifies performance monitoring, automated support setup, role assignment, and management with tools for mirroring, replication, and other functions

Data reduction

Provides up to 10x deduplication rate
Reduces space requirements

Thin provisioning

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

Product Specifications

Table 2 lists the hardware specifications for the Cisco UCS Invicta Scaling System.

Table 2. Cisco UCS Scaling System Specifications



Capacity (TB)

6 to 144 TB RAW

Scaling architecture

Up to 2 scaling system routers (SSRs)
Up to 6 scaling system nodes (SSNs)


Up to 1.2 million

(For 4K cryptologically random writes)


Up to 7.2 GBps


200 microseconds

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

8RU base configuration; 16RU fully expanded

Power consumption

3 50W per node
1, 400W base unit
2,800W fully expanded


10-Gbps Ethernet

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 E5-2680 v2


24 DIMM slots

16-GB dual-rank 1.35V

PCIe slots

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


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

Front-panel connectors

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

Front-panel locator LED

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

Additional rear connectors

Additional interfaces include 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 per node or router)

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 for 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)

Regulatory Standards

Table 3 provides regulatory standards compliance information for the Cisco UCS Scaling System 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
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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