Cisco HyperFlex HX240c M5 Data Sheet

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Today’s applications are diverse and distributed, living across a complex, multidomain world—from enterprise data centers and private and public clouds, to campus, branch, and edge locations. Cisco HyperFlex™ systems with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors deliver hyperconvergence with power and simplicity for any application, anywhere. Engineered with Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) technology, and managed through the Cisco Intersight™ cloud operations platform, Cisco HyperFlex systems can power applications and data no matter where they reside, optimize operations from your core data center to the edge and into public clouds, and increase agility by accelerating DevOps practices.

Simplicity you can build on

With hybrid small-form-factor (SFF) and large-form-factor (LFF), or all-flash-memory storage configurations and cloud-based management, Cisco HyperFlex HX240c M5 Nodes are deployed as a preintegrated cluster with a unified pool of resources that you can quickly provision, adapt, scale, and manage to efficiently power your applications and your business (Figure 1). Based on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, these servers have faster processors, more cores, and faster and larger-capacity memory than previous-generation servers. In addition, they are ready for Intel 3D XPoint nonvolatile memory, which can be used as both storage and system memory, increasing your virtual server configuration options and flexibility for applications.

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Cisco HyperFlex systems

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Cisco HyperFlex HX240c M5 Node family

The Cisco HyperFlex HX240c M5 Node family delivers high disk capacity (up to 23 drives) in a 2-socket, 2RU package ideal for storage-intensive applications. Physically, the system is delivered as a cluster of three or more Cisco HyperFlex HX240c M5 Nodes, HX240c M5 All Flash Nodes, or HX240c M5 LFF Nodes. The nodes are integrated into a single system by a pair of Cisco UCS 6200 or 6300 Series Fabric Interconnects, creating clusters that deliver the performance and storage capacity needed by workloads. All nodes use Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs and next-generation DDR4 memory and offer 12-Gbps SAS throughput.  

Hybrid configurations

The HX240c M5 Node family can be deployed with various Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and C-Series Rack Servers to create a hybrid cluster. Incorporating Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, these HX-Series nodes offer an improved price-to-performance ratio that ranks them among the best values in the industry. Cloud-based management makes it easy for you to scale your cluster to support more workloads and deliver the performance, bandwidth, and low latency that your users and applications need.

Features and benefits

Table 1.        Summary of features and benefits of the Cisco HyperFlex HX240c M5 Node and HX240c M5 All Flash Node.

Feature

Benefit

Memory

  High memory capacity, with 3 TB of memory supported

Intel Xeon
Scalable CPUs

High performance
  14-nanometer (nm) processor technology
  Massive processing power
  Top-of-the-line memory-channel performance
  Improved scalability and intercore data flow
  Intel Automated Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2)
Agility
  Supports highly dense virtual machine deployments
  Offers flexible virtualization technology that optimizes performance for virtualized environments, including processor support for migration and direct I/O
Efficiency and security
  Low-power, high-speed DDR4 memory technology
  Automated energy efficiency reduces energy costs by automatically putting the processor and memory in the lowest available power state while delivering the performance required
  Hardware-assisted security advancements

Unified network fabric

  Low-latency, lossless, 2 x 40 Gigabit Ethernet connections
  Wire-once deployment model, eliminating the need to install adapters and re-cable racks and switches when changing I/O configurations
  Fewer interface cards, cables, and upstream network ports to purchase, power, configure, and maintain

Expansion

  Support for up to 6 PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 slots
  Flexibility, increased performance, and compatibility with industry standards
  High I/O bandwidth, increased flexibility, and backward compatibility with support for PCIe 2.0

Virtualization optimization

  I/O virtualization and Intel Xeon Scalable processor features, extending the network directly to virtual machines
  Consistent and scalable operational model
  Increased security and efficiency with reduced complexity
  Capability to move virtual machine security features and policies from rack to rack or rack to blade

Cloud-based management

Cisco Intersight™ simplifies operations across on-premises data centers, edge sites, and public clouds.
  Use a software-as-a-service platform that bridges applications with infrastructure
  Gain instant access to clusters regardless of where they are deployed
  Correlate visibility and management across bare-metal servers, hypervisors, Kubernetes, and serverless and application components
  Transform operations with artificial intelligence to reach needed scale and velocity
  Collaborate and work smarter and faster by automating lifecycle workflows
  Support compliance and governance with extensible, open capabilities that natively integrate with third-party platforms and tools
  Proactively respond to impending issues with a recommendation engine that determines when capacity needs to be scaled
Additional management capabilities include:
  Support for the VMware vSphere plug-in
  Support for the Cisco HyperFlex Connect interface with an HTML 5 presentation layer accessible on desktop and laptop computers and mobile devices

Storage

  Support for all-flash, hybrid (HDD and SSD memory), or all-NVMe devices
  Deliver high-capacity configurations for the HX Data Platform capacity layer

Enterprise data protection

  Pointer-based snapshot capabilities
  Native snapshots for iSCSI LUNs, including a consistency group for snapshot operations, instantaneous snapshot creation, and RESTful APIs for snapshot creation and third-party backup use
  Snapshot integration with MEDITECH-BridgeHead for electronic health records and databases
  Near-instant cloning
  Inline deduplication and compression
  Native replication for disaster recovery
  N:1 replication for data center clusters with fabric interconnects and more than 4 nodes, as well as a flexible retention policy for local and remote point-in-time copies
  Data-at-rest encryption using self-encrypting drives and enterprise key management integration

Security

  Locking bezel option to protect against unauthorized access to disk drives
  Trusted Platform Module (TPM), a chip (microcontroller) that can securely store artifacts, including passwords, certificates, and encryption keys, that are used to authenticate the platform (node)
  Supports TPM 1.2 SPI

Software

  Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform Software (software subscription)
  VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 software preinstalled (ESXi 6.5 is supported but is not preinstalled)

Product specifications

Table 2.        Common pecifications for Cisco HX240c M5 Node and HX240c M5 All Flash Node systems.

Feature

Common specifications across the HX240c M5 Node family

Chassis

  2RU of rack space per node

Processors

  One or two 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs per node

Interconnect

  3 Intel UPI channels per processor, each capable of 10.4 gigatransfers per second (GTPS)

Chip set

  Intel C621 series

Memory

  Capability to use 16-, 32-, 64-, or 128-GB DIMMs
  24 slots for RDIMMs, LRLDIMMs or TSV DIMM modules per node
  Advanced error-correcting code (ECC)
  Independent channel mode
  Lockstep channel mode

Storage

  All-flash-memory, all-NVMe, or hybrid storage configurations
(combination of hard-disk drives [HDDs], and solid-state-disks [SSDs])
  Cisco 12-Gbps Modular SAS host bus adapter (HBA) with internal SAS connectivity M.2 SATA SSD drive for boot

PCIe

  Up to 6 PCIe slots

Exansion slots

  4 full-height, full-length slots
  2 slots capable of graphics processing unit (GPU) support for enhanced virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) capabilities
  3 full-height, full-length slots
  3 full-height, half-length slots

Modular LAN on Motherboard (mLOM) slot

  Up to 256 I/O devices programmable on demand for hypervisor and virtual machine support
  2 x 40-Gbps network connectivity to Cisco UCS 6300 Series Fabric Interconnects
  Support for 10-Gbps QSFP-to-SFP adapters (QSAs) for connection to Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects

Network

  Dual 10-Gbps Ethernet ports per node

Cisco® Integrated Management Controller (IMC)

  Integraded baseboard management controller (BMC)
  IPMI 2.0 compliant for management and control
  1 x 10/100/1000 Ethernet out-of-band management interface
  Command-line interface (CLI) and web GUI management tool for automated, lights-out management
  Keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM) console

Advanced reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features

  Highly available and self-healing architecture
  Robust reporting and analytics
  Hot-swappable, front-accessible drives
  Dual-redundant fans and hot-swappable, redundant power supplies for enterprise-class reliability and uptime Convenient latching lid for easy access to internal server
  Tool-free CPU insertion, enabling processor upgrades and replacements with less risk of damage
  Tool-free access to all serviceable items, and color-coded indicators to guide users to hot-pluggable and serviceable items
  Nondisruptive rolling upgrades
  Cisco Call Home and onsite 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week (24 x 7) support options

Front-panel connector

  1 KVM console connector per node
(supplies 2 USB connectors, 1 VGA connector, and 1 serial connector)

Front-panel locator LED

  Helps direct administrators  to specific servers in large data center environments

Additional rear connectors

  1 Gigabit Ethernet management port
  2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports
  1 RS-232 serial port (RJ45 connector)
  1 Video Graphics Array (VGA) video port (DB15 connector)
  2 USB 3.0 ports

Power and cooling

  One or two hot-pluggable power supplies
  Second power supply provides 1+1 redundancy
  1050W or 1600W
  6 hot-swappable fans

Rail-kit options

  Cisco ball-bearing rail kit with optional reversible cable-management arm
  Cisco friction rail kit with optional reversible cable-management arm

Software

  Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform Software (software subscription)

 

Table 3.        Individual model specifications for Cisco HyperFlex Edge systems.

Feature

  HX240c M5

  HX240c M5 All Flash

  HX240c M5 LFF

Storage

  3 to 23 SATA HDDs for the Data Platform capacity layer
  1 NVMe SSD log drive
  1 NVMe SSD caching drive
  Optional self-encrypting drives
  6 to 23 SSD drives for the Data Platform capacity layer
  1 NVMe SSD log drive
  1 NVMe SSD write-logging drive
  Optional self-encrypting drives
  Up to 12 LFF (3.5-inch) SAS or SATA HDDs and SSDs
  Up to 2 SFF (2.5-inch) NVMe PCIe SSDs, using a size-adapter sled
  1 NVMe SSD log drive
  1 NVMe SSD write-logging drive
  One slot for a micro-SD card

Network interface cards supported

  Cisco UCS VIC 1387
  Intel X550-T2 dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet network interface card
  Intel XXV710-DA2 dual-port 25 Gigabit Ethernet network interface card
  Intel i350 quad-port 1 Gigabit Ethernet network interface card
  Intel X710-DA2 dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet network interface card
  Cisco Virtual Interface Cards
  Intel i350 quad-port 1 Gigabit Ethernet network interface card

 

Ordering information

For a complete list of part numbers, refer to the HX240c M5 Node, HX240c M5 All Flash Node, and HX240c M5 LFF Node specification sheets.

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