The Cisco® UCS B440 M2 High-Performance Blade Server delivers the performance, scalability and reliability to power computation-intensive, enterprise-critical applications. By extending the agility and total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) benefits of unified computing to a wider range of workloads, the Cisco UCS B440 M2 helps IT departments free resources and respond more quickly to business demands.
The Cisco UCS B440 M2 is based on industry-standard server technologies and provides:
• Two or four multicore Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800 product family for up to 40 processing cores
• Even better power performance than the B440 M1 with next generation memory buffers
• 32 DIMM slots for industry-standard double-data-rate 3 (DDR3) memory
• Four optional front-accessible, hot-pluggable Small Form Factor (SFF) hard drives with an LSI Logic SAS2108 controller and integrated RAID
• Two dual-port mezzanine-card connections for up to 80 Gbps of redundant I/O throughput
• Remote management through an integrated service processor that also implements policy established in Cisco UCS Manager software
• Local keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM) access through a front console port on each server
• Out-of-band access by remote KVM, Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, and virtual media (vMedia) as well as the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI)
The Cisco UCS B440 M2 is a full-width blade server (Figure 1); up to four of these high-density four-socket servers can reside in the six-rack-unit (6RU) Cisco UCS 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis.
Figure 1. Cisco UCS B440 M2 High-Performance Blade Server
Table 1 provides an overview of the Cisco UCS B440 M2.
Table 1. Cisco UCS B440 M2 Overview
Number of Processor Sockets
Maximum Memory Capacity
Memory Size and Speed
Size and Form Factor
Maximum Number of Servers per Chassis
Maximum Number of Servers per Cisco Unified Computing System™
Cisco UCS B440 M2
32 registered DIMMs (RDIMMs); up to 1 TB
4-, 8-, 16- and 32-GB DDR3; error-correcting code (ECC) RDIMMs
Up to 80 Gbps of redundant I/O
Features and Benefits
The Cisco UCS B440 M2 blade server is designed to power the most demanding enterprise applications such as large-data-set and transaction-intensive databases, enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, and decision-support systems (DSSs). Powered by the scalable performance and new reliability and security features of Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800 product family, the Cisco UCS B440 M2 helps widen the scope of workload virtualization and unifies performance-intensive standalone applications within an integrated, simplified infrastructure. Advanced silicon-level reliability and security features automatically manage hardware errors and protect from malicious software attacks, maintaining data integrity and increasing the availability of enterprise-critical services. The Cisco UCS B440 M2 balances up to 40 processing cores and 1 TB of main memory with combined I/O throughput of up to 160 Gbps. These performance capabilities combined with comprehensive silicon and system-level reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features place this server in the mission-critical class of systems.
Cisco's innovative service profile technology embedded in Cisco UCS Manager provisions Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and their I/O properties (for more information, please see Cisco UCS Manager At-a-Glance). Infrastructure policies needed to provision servers and deploy applications, such as policies for power and cooling, security, identity, hardware health, and Ethernet and storage networking, are encapsulated in the service profiles. Use of service profiles helps reduce the number of manual steps needed for provisioning, the opportunities for human error, and server and network deployment times. In addition, service profiles improve policy consistency and coherency across the entire Cisco Unified Computing System.
Every Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server uses converged network adapters (CNAs) for access to the unified fabric. This design reduces the number of adapters, cables, and access-layer switches while still allowing traditional LAN and SAN connectivity. This Cisco innovation reduces capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx), including administrative overhead and power and cooling costs. Among the I/O options, and unique to the Cisco Unified Computing System, the Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card (VIC) 1280 delivers up to 256 dynamic virtual adapters and interfaces, all tightly integrated with Cisco UCS Manager and VMware vCenter Server. Incorporating Cisco VM-FEX technology, this advanced fabric interface unifies virtual and physical networking into a single infrastructure. It provides virtual-machine visibility from the physical network and a consistent network operations model for physical and virtual servers. Two of these high-performance adapters can be employed to make use of the significant processing capacity of the Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800 product family in the Cisco UCS B440 M2.
The Cisco UCS B440 M2 delivers an optimized balance of processing performance, memory capacity, advanced I/O, and mission-critical reliability in a high-density form factor. This powerful building block extends the capability of the Cisco Unified Computing System to help IT architects deliver enterprise-critical services with higher levels of efficiently, agility, and control than ever before.
Table 2 summarizes the features and benefits of the Cisco UCS B440 M2.
Table 2. Features and Benefits
• Decreases TCO by reducing the number of network interface cards (NICs), host bus adapters (HBAs), switches, and cables needed
Integration with Cisco UCS Manager service profiles
• Helps reduce the number of manual steps required to deploy servers in the data center, improving server policy consistency and coherency
• Allows servers and support infrastructure to be provisioned in minutes instead of days, shifting IT's focus from maintenance to strategic initiatives
• Requires no configuration; as with all components in the Cisco Unified Computing System, blades are automatically recognized and configured by Cisco UCS Manager
• Through Cisco UCS Manager, provides extensive environmental monitoring for each blade
• Allows use of user thresholds to optimize environmental management of the blade
• Offers choice of CNAs and virtual interface adapters, providing flexibility, increased performance, compatibility with industry standards, and network policy coherence for virtualized environments
Optional local storage
• Provides support on each blade for up to four front-access hot-swappable drives for local storage, providing redundancy options and ease of serviceability
• Supports RAID 0, 1 and 5
• Supports SFF SAS hard disk drives (HDDs) and SATA solid state drives (SSDs)
Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800 product family
• Provide performance, reliability and security capabilities to meet the diverse needs of a virtualized environment as well as the most computation-demanding standalone applications
• Use Intel Turbo Boost Technology and Intel Intelligent Power Technology to adapt processor performance to application demands and intelligently scale energy use based on utilization, reducing costs while still delivering the performance required
• Offer advanced reliability features, including Machine Check Architecture Recovery, to automatically monitor, report, and recover from hardware errors to maintain data integrity and keep mission-critical services online
Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers are designed for use in the Cisco Unified Computing System environment with Cisco UCS Manager and Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects, 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis, and 2200 Series Fabric Extenders to function in this integrated environment.
Table 3 summarizes the specifications for the Cisco UCS B440 M2. Table 4 summarizes regulatory standards compliance.
Table 3. Product Specifications
• 2 or 4 Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800 product family
• 6, 8, or 10 cores, varying by processor model
• 32 DIMM slots
• Maximum of 1 TB
• Support for DDR3 RDIMMs
Mezzanine adapter slots
• 2 per Cisco UCS B440 M2
• Up to 4 front-accessible, hot-swappable, 2.5-inch SAS HDDs or SATA SSDs per blade
Hard drive options
• 146-GB and 300-GB 6 Gb SAS 15K rpm HDDs
• 300-GB, 600-GB an 900-GB 6 Gb SAS 10K rpm HDDs
• 100-GB, 200-GB and 300-GB Enterprise Performance SSDs
• 100-GB and 400-GB Enterprise Value SSDs
• LSI SAS2108 controller with RAID 0 and 1 support
• Optional RAID 5 support
• Optional write cache battery backup unit
• Managed from the Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects by Cisco UCS Manager
• 50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C)
• -40 to 149°F (-40 to 65°C)
• 5 to 93% noncondensing
• 5 to 93% noncondensing
• 0 to 10,000 ft (0 to 3000m); maximum ambient temperature decreases by 1°C per 300m
• 40.000 ft (12,000m)
Table 4. Regulatory Standards Compliance: Safety and EMC
Products should comply with CE Markings according to directives 2004/108/EC and 2006/108/EC
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