Virtualization for Cisco Expressway

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Version X12.5

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ALERT! This page has been updated to reflect compatibility with the latest M5 hardware. Click here to download support for M4 and older hardware.

Co-residency support= Full
Supported Versions of VMware vSphere ESXi=
Click for "IOPS"
6.0, 6.5, 6.7 (For application fresh installs on ESXi 6.5 (VMFS5 or 6) and/or vCenter 6.5. Does not apply to ESXi version upgrades.)
Component &
Capacity Point

VM Configuration Requirements
click to download OVA file

Supported Hardware (Latest)
Click here to download support of older/non-orderable servers

vCPU

vRAM

vDisk

vNIC

UCS Tested Reference Configurations

UCS or 3rd-party Specs-based on Intel Xeon

Small Expressway-C or Expressway-E
See notes

2

4 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes
1.80+ GHz Only

Medium Expressway-C or Expressway-E
See notes

2

6 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes
2.40+ GHz Only

Large Expressway-C or Expressway-E
See notes

8

8 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

No

No

No

No

Yes
3.20+ GHz only

No

 


Version X8.11.3

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ALERT! This page has been updated to reflect compatibility with the latest M5 hardware. Click here to download support for M4 and older hardware.

Co-residency support= Full
Supported Versions of VMware vSphere ESXi=
Click for "IOPS"
5.5, 6.0, 6.5 (For application fresh installs on ESXi 6.5 (VMFS5 or 6) and/or vCenter 6.5. Does not apply to ESXi version upgrades.) ; HX TRC 6.0 only
Component &
Capacity Point

VM Configuration Requirements
click to download OVA file

Supported Hardware (Latest)
Click here to download support of older/non-orderable servers

vCPU

vRAM

vDisk

vNIC

UCS Tested Reference Configurations

UCS or 3rd-party Specs-based on Intel Xeon

Small Expressway-C or Expressway-E
See notes

2

4 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Medium Expressway-C or Expressway-E
See notes

2

6 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes
2.40+ GHz Only

Large Expressway-C or Expressway-E
See notes

8

8 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

No

No

No

No

Yes
3.20+ GHz only

No

 


Version X8.10 and X8.11

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ALERT! This page has been updated to reflect compatibility with the latest M5 hardware. Click here to download support for M4 and older hardware.

Co-residency support= Full
Supported Versions of VMware vSphere ESXi=
Click for "IOPS"
5.5, 6.0, 6.5 (For application fresh installs on ESXi 6.5 (VMFS5 or 6) and/or vCenter 6.5, use minimum OVA file version X8.10.1 - s42700x8_10_1.ova. Does not apply to ESXi version upgrades.) ; HX TRC 6.0 only
Component &
Capacity Point

VM Configuration Requirements
click to download OVA file

Supported Hardware (Latest)
Click here to download support of older/non-orderable servers

vCPU

vRAM

vDisk

vNIC

UCS Tested Reference Configurations

UCS or 3rd-party Specs-based on Intel Xeon

Small Expressway-C or Expressway-E
See notes

2

4 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Medium Expressway-C or Expressway-E
See notes

2

6 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

No

No

Yes

Only C240 M5SX TRC#2

Yes

Yes
2.40+ GHz Only

Large Expressway-C or Expressway-E
See notes

8

8 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

No

No

No

No

Yes
3.20+ GHz only

No

 


Version X8.9

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ALERT! This page has been updated to reflect compatibility with the latest M5 hardware. Click here to download support for M4 and older hardware.

Only C240 M5SX TRC#2

Co-residency support= Full
Supported Versions of VMware vSphere ESXi=
Click for "IOPS"
5.0 U1, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 ; HX TRC 6.0 only
Component &
Capacity Point

VM Configuration Requirements
click to download OVA file

Supported Hardware (Latest)
Click here to download support of older/non-orderable servers

vCPU

vRAM

vDisk

vNIC

UCS Tested Reference Configurations

UCS or 3rd-party Specs-based on Intel Xeon

Small Expressway-C or Expressway-E
See notes

2

4 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Medium Expressway-C or Expressway-E
See notes

2

6 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

No

No

Yes

Only C240 M5SX TRC#2

Yes

Yes
2.40+ GHz Only

Large Expressway-C or Expressway-E
See notes

8

8 GB

Total 132 GB

2 (10Gb)

No

No

No

No

No

Yes
3.20+ GHz only

No

 


Version X8.1, X8.2, X8.5, X8.6, X8.7 and X8.8

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ALERT! This page has been updated to reflect compatibility with the latest M5 hardware. Click here to download support for M4 and older hardware.

Co-residency support= Full
Supported Versions of VMware vSphere ESXi=

Click for "IOPS"

X8.7 - X8.8: 5.0 U1, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0
X8.1.1 - X8.6: 4.1, 5.0 U1, 5.1, 5.5
X8.1: 4.1, 5.0 U1, 5.1
Component &
Capacity Point

VM Configuration Requirements
click to download OVA file

Supported Hardware (Latest)
Click here to download support of older/non-orderable servers

vCPU

vRAM

vDisk

vNIC

UCS Tested Reference Configurations

UCS or 3rd-party Specs-based on Intel Xeon

Small Expressway-C or Expressway-E
See notes

2

4 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Medium Expressway-C or Expressway-E
See notes

2

6 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Large Expressway-C or Expressway-E
See notes

8

8 GB

Total 132 GB

2 (10Gb)

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

* See mouse-over column heading for details


Notes on Expressway VM Configurations

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Cisco Expressway on the Cisco Business Edition 6000 requires only 4GB memory.

vDisk 1 = 4 GB, vDisk 2 = 128 GB.

For x8.7 and older, Large VM configuration requires 10Gb NIC and the host CPU must support the AES-NI instruction set (and it must not be masked by ESXi).

Testing was performed on a Cisco UCS C220 M3S platform. Based on evidence from this testing we do not expect there to be any issues with other supported hardware options.

For more information, see Cisco Expressway on Virtual Machine Installation Guide.


IOPS and Storage System Performance Requirements

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This section provides the IOPS data for a Cisco Expressway system under load.

Test results:
Activity Average IOPS Average r/w latency Peak read latency Peak write latency
Performance Test* 5 0.5ms 15ms 2ms
Software upgrade 35 5ms 300ms 160ms
Core dump 40 10ms 100ms 10ms
Burnin test suite 35 50ms 400ms 60ms
* Performance test comprised 100 simultaneous interworked and encrypted calls at 768kbp/s

Note that Cisco VCS software X7.2 and later takes advantage of AES acceleration on Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instruction set available on the Cisco C2xx family of servers. This provides enhanced performance for encrypted calls.