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Cisco Unified Computing System Adapters

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Cisco offers a variety of adapter cards designed for use with Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and C-Series Rack Servers. All Cisco UCS network adapters:

  • Allow for the reduction of the number of required network interface cards and host bus adapters
  • Are managed using Cisco UCS Manager software
  • Feature dual 10 Gigabit connections
  • Can be used in a redundant configuration with two fabric extenders and two fabric interconnects
  • Enable a "wire-once" architecture that allows cabling to be configured once, with features enabled and configured using software
  • Support fibre channel multipathing
Models Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card 1280 Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card 1240 Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card 1225 Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card 1380 Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card 1340 Cisco UCS Virutal Interface Card 1385 Cisco UCS Virutal Interface Card 1387
Maximum Interfaces (vNIC or vHBA) 256 256 256 256 256 256 256
Interface Type Dynamic Dynamic Dynamic Dynamic Dynamic Dynamic Dynamic
VM-FEX Hardware Hardware Hardware Hardware Hardware Hardware Hardware
Failover Handling Hardware, no driver needed Hardware, no driver needed Hardware, no driver needed Hardware, no driver needed Hardware, no driver needed Hardware, no driver needed Hardware, no driver needed
Form Factor Mezzanine Modular LOM PCIExpress(half height) Mezzanine Modular LOM PCIExpress(half height) Modular LOM
Connectivity PCIe 2.0 x 16 form factor PCIe 2.0 x 16 form factor PCIe 2.0 x 16 form factor PCIe 3.0 x 16 form factor PCIe 3.0 x 16 form factor PCIe 3.0 x 16 form factor PCIe 3.0 x 8 form factor
Network Thoughput 80 GB 40-80* GB 20 GB 80 GB 40-80* GB 80 GB 80 GB (limited by PCIe BW ~64G)
VXLAN/NVGRE No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
SMB Direct No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
RDMA No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
usNIC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
UCS Server Compatibility UCS M2 (B200, B230, B440) and M3 Blades UCS M3 Blades UCS M2 (C260, C240) and M3 Rack Servers UCS M3 and M4 Blades UCS M3 and M4 Blades UCS C220 M4, C240 M4, C460 M4 UCS C220 M4, UCS C240 M4 and C3160 Servers

* With use of Port Expander Card for the VIC 1240 and 1340 in the optional mezzanine slot

Models Cisco UCS M72KR-E Emulex Converged Network Adapter Cisco UCS M72KR-Q QLogic Converged Network Adapter Cisco UCS M71KR Emulex Converged Network Adapter1 Cisco UCS M71KR QLogic Converged Network Adapter1
Total Interfaces 4 4 4 4
Interface Type Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Ethernet Interfaces 2 2 2 2
Fibre Channel Interfaces 2 2 2 2
VM-FEX Software Software Software Software
Failover Handling Software via bonding driver Software via bonding driver Hardware, no driver needed Hardware, no driver needed

1 Hardware-enabled Ethernet NIC teaming feature will be available for these products in future version releases.

Models Cisco UCS 82598KR CI 10-GE Adapter Cisco UCS M61KR-I Intel Converged Network Adapter Cisco UCS NIC M51KR-B Broadcom BCM57711 Network Adapter
Total Interfaces 2 2 2
Interface Type Fixed Fixed Fixed
Ethernet Interfaces 2 2 2
Fibre Channel Interfaces 0 0* 0
VM-FEX Software Software Software
Failover Handling Software, via bonding driver Software via bonding driver Software via bonding driver

* Will have Fibre Channel support in the future