Virtualization for Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server

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Version X8.10

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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.)
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 VCS-C or VCS-E
See notes

2

4 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Medium VCS-C
or VCS-E
See notes

2

6 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

No

No

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
2.40+ GHz Only

Large VCS-C or VCS-E
See notes

8

8 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

No

No

No

No

Yes
3.20+ GHz Only

No

* See mouse-over column heading for details


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.

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

Click for "IOPS"

5.0 U1, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0
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 VCS-C or VCS-E
See notes

2

4 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Medium VCS-C or VCS-E
See notes

2

6 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

No

No

Yes

All except HX220c M5SX TRC#1

Yes

Yes
2.40+ GHz Only

Large VCS-C or VCS-E
See notes

8

8 GB

Total 132 GB

2 (10Gb)

No

No

No

No

No

Yes
3.20+ GHz Only

No

* See mouse-over column heading for details


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 VCS-C or VCS-E
See notes

2

4 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Medium VCS-C or VCS-E
See notes

2

6 GB

Total 132 GB

2

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Large VCS-C or VCS-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


Version X7.2

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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"

X7.2.3: 4.1, 5.0 U1, 5.1, 5.5
X7.2.2 and earlier: 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

VCS-C or VCE-E
See notes

2

4GB or 6GB (See Notes)

Total 132 GB
1x 4 GB (vDisk 1)
1x128 GB (vDisk 2)

3

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

* See mouse-over column heading for details


Version X7.1

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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"

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

VCS-C or VCE-E
See notes

2

4GB or 6GB (See Notes)

Total 132 GB
1x 4 GB (vDisk 1)
1x128 GB (vDisk 2)

3

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

* See mouse-over column heading for details


Notes on VCS VM Configurations

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

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

For x8.7 or older, the 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 VCS on Virtual Machine Installation Guide.


IOPS and Storage System Performance Requirements

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

Test specifications:

  • Four individual Cisco VCS VMs running X7.2
  • Single C220 M3 TRC running ESXi 5.0.0 (update 1)
  • Processor supporting AESNI feature
  • 6GB of RAM per VM
  • 132GB disk space per VM (for a 4GB virtual disk 1 and a 128GB virtual disk 2)
  • R2XX-LBBU (Raid disk battery backup to enable cache)
  • Four hard disks (450GB SAS 15K RPM 3.5in HDD/hot plug/C200 drive sled)
  • PCI card Intel Quad port GbE Controller (E1G44ETG1P20)
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.