The Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS™) is a next-generation data center platform that unites computing, networking, storage access, and virtualization resources into a cohesive system designed to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and increase business agility. The system integrates a low-latency, lossless 10 Gigabit Ethernet unified network fabric with enterprise-class, x86-architecture servers. The system is an integrated, scalable, multichassis platform in which all resources participate in a unified management domain (Figure 1).
Figure 1. The Cisco Unified Computing System is a Highly Available Cohesive Architecture
The Cisco UCS 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis is a crucial building block of the Cisco Unified Computing System, delivering a scalable and flexible blade server chassis for today's and tomorrow's data center while helping reduce TCO.
Cisco's first blade server chassis offering, the Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis (Figure 2), is six rack units (6RU) high and can mount in an industry-standard 19-inch rack. A chassis can house up to eight half-width Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and can accommodate both half- and full-width blade form factors.
Four single-phase, hot-swappable power supplies are accessible from the front of the chassis. These power supplies are 92 percent efficient and can be configured to support nonredundant, N+1 redundant, and grid-redundant configurations. The rear of the chassis contains eight hot-swappable fans, four power connectors (one per power supply), and two I/O bays for Cisco UCS 2208XP Fabric Extenders. A passive midplane provides up to 80 Gbps of I/O bandwidth per server slot and up to 160 Gbps of I/O bandwidth for two slots. The chassis is capable of supporting future 40 Gigabit Ethernet standards.
Figure 2. Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis with Blade Servers Front and Back.
Features and Benefits
The Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis revolutionizes the use and deployment of blade-based systems. By incorporating unified fabric, integrated, embedded management, and fabric extender technology, Cisco UCS allows the chassis to use fewer physical components, has no need for independent management, and enables greater energy efficiency than traditional blade server chassis. This simplicity eliminates the need for dedicated chassis management and blade switches, reduces cabling, and enables Cisco UCS to scale to 20 chassis without adding complexity. The Cisco UCS 5108 chassis is a critical component in delivering the Cisco UCS benefits of data center simplicity and IT responsiveness.
In addition, the Cisco UCS 5108 chassis has the architectural advantage of not having to power and cool excess switches in each chassis. With a larger power budget per blade server, Cisco can design uncompromised expandability and capabilities in its blade servers, as evidenced by the new Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server, with its leading memory slot and drive capacity, and the Cisco UCS B230 M2 Blade Server, with its industry-leading 32-DIMM memory density in a half-width form factor.
Table 1 summarizes the features and benefits of the Cisco UCS 5108.
Table 1. Features and Benefits
Management by Cisco UCS Manager
• Reduces TCO by removing management modules from the chassis, making the chassis stateless
• Provides a single, highly available management domain for all system chassis and rack servers, reducing administrative tasks
• Decreases TCO by reducing the number of network interface cards (NICs), host bus adapters (HBAs), switches, and cables that need to be managed, cooled, and powered
Support for one or two Cisco UCS 2100 or 2200 Series Fabric Extenders
• Eliminates switches from the chassis along with complex configuration and management of those switches, allowing a system to scale without adding complexity and cost
• Allows use of two fabric extenders for both redundancy and aggregation of bandwidth
• Enables bandwidth scaling based on application needs; blades can be configured from 1.25 Gbps to 40 Gbps or more
• Requires no configuration; like all Cisco UCS components, chassis are automatically recognized and configured by Cisco UCS Manager
• Provides investment protection for new fabric extenders and future blade servers
• Supports up to 2x 40 Gigabit Ethernet for every blade server slot when used in high-availability mode
• Provides 8 blades with 1.2 terabits (Tb) of available Ethernet throughput for future I/O requirements
• Provides reconfigurable chassis to accommodate a variety of current and future blade server form factors and functions
Redundant hot-swappable power supplies and fans
• Provides high availability in multiple configurations
• Increases serviceability
• Provides uninterrupted service during maintenance
Hot-pluggable blade servers and fabric extenders
• Provides uninterrupted service during maintenance and server deployment
• Provides extensive environmental monitoring on each chassis
• Allows use of user thresholds to optimize environmental management of the chassis
Efficient front-to-back airflow
• Helps reduce power consumption and increase component reliability
• Requires no specialized tools for chassis installation
• Provides mounting rails for easy installation and servicing
Mixed blade configurations
• Allows up to 8 half-width or 4 full-width blade servers, or any combination thereof, for outstanding flexibility
The Cisco UCS 5100 Series is designed for use in the Cisco UCS environment and requires Cisco UCS Manager, UCS 6100 or 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects, UCS B-Series Blade Servers, and UCS 2100 or 2200 Series Fabric Extenders to function in this integrated environment.
Table 2 summarizes the specifications for the Cisco UCS 5100 Series. Table 3 summarizes regulatory standards compliance.
Table 2. Product Specifications
10.5 in. (26.7 cm); 6RU
17.5 in. (44.5 cm); fits standard 19-inch square-hole rack
32 in. (81.2 cm)
Blade server slots
Fabric extender slots
4x 10 Gigabit Ethernet external ports and 8x 10 Gigabit Ethernet internal ports (Fibre Channel over Ethernet [FCoE] capable) per Cisco UCS 2200 Series Fabric Extender
Four 2500W, 208V (220V outside United States) single-phase, hot-swappable, redundant power supplies, 50 to 60 Hz, with IEC-320 C20 connections
8 hot-swappable fans
Managed from the Cisco UCS 6100 Series Fabric Interconnects by Cisco UCS Manager (redundant management operations when the chassis is configured with two fabric extenders)
1.2 Tb of aggregate throughput; supports 10BASE-KR connections for 8 blades
50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C) (as altitude increases, maximum temperature decreases by 1°C per 300m)
-40 to 149°F (-40 to 65°C); maximum altitude is 40,000 ft
5 to 93% noncondensing
5 to 93% noncondensing
0 to 10,000 ft (3000m); maximum ambient temperature decreases by 1°C per 300m
40,000 ft (12,000m)
Table 3. Regulatory Standards Compliance: Safety and EMC
Products should comply with CE Markings per directives 2004/108/EC and 2006/108/EC
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