This server is a high-performance, memory-intensive, 2RU rack-mount server designed to increase performance and capacity for demanding virtualization and large data-set workloads. This server uses Cisco Extended Memory Technology to increase the overall memory footprint as well as reduce the cost of smaller memory footprints through the use of lower-cost, lower-density memory. The system is built for standalone applications, virtualized workloads in enterprise data centers, service provider environments, and virtual desktop hosting.
The figures in this chapter show an overview of external server features. Internal server features are illustrated in Figure 3-5. Figure 1-1 shows the front panel features of the server.
Figure 1-1 Front Panel Features
Modular drive bay 1
System status LED
Fan status LED
Modular drive bay 2
Temperature status LED
Hard drive fault LED
Power supply status LED
Hard drive activity LED
Network link activity LED
Asset tag (serial number)
KVM console connector (used with KVM cable that provides two USB, one VGA, and one serial connector)
The server provides 16 memory riser sockets and two memory riser options:
When using the standard Intel chipset memory risers, the 16 risers can each hold 2 DIMMs1. This provides a possible total of up to 32 DIMMs and 512 GB of industry-standard DDR32 memory.
When using the optional memory risers that have a memory-expansion ASIC, the 16 risers can each hold 4 DIMMs. This provides a possible total of up to 64 DIMMs and 1024 GB of industry-standard DDR3 memory.
Multi-bit error protection
This server supports multi-bit error protection.
Drives are installed into configurable (one or two) drive bay modules that provide hot-pluggable front-panel access.
Each drive bay module can hold up to eight 2.5in SAS3 or SATA4 hard drives or solid state drives, for a total of 16 drives.
Cisco FlexFlash drives
The server includes one internal Cisco FlexFlash drive (SD card).
This drive is pre-loaded with four virtual drives. The four virtual drives contain, respectively, the Cisco Server Configuration Utility, the Cisco Host Upgrade Utility, the Cisco C-Series server drivers set, and a blank VD on which you can install an OS or a hypervisor.