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Cisco UCS B260 M4 Blade Server Data Sheet

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Product Overview

The Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS®) combines Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and C-Series Rack Servers with networking and storage access into a single converged system that greatly simplifies server management and delivers greater cost efficiency and agility with increased visibility and control (Figure 1). Cisco UCS automates all aspects of server deployment and provisioning through model-based service profiles: software objects that contain all attributes necessary to provision servers.

Figure 1.      Cisco UCS Overview

The new Cisco UCS B260 M4 Blade Server (Figure 2) is the new server building block in Cisco's innovative server and Cisco UCS solutions. The increased performance of this new blade server continues the evolution of Cisco’s revolutionary Cisco UCS platform with its advances in fabric-centric computing, open APIs, application-centric management, and hardware infrastructure abstraction.

Figure 2.      Cisco UCS B260 M4 Blade Server

Increased Performance and Architectural Advantage

The Cisco UCS B260 M4 combines the power of two Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v3 product family and accelerates access to critical data. This blade server supports up to 36 processor cores, 3.0 TB of memory, 2.4 TB of internal storage, and 160 Gbps of overall Ethernet throughput. In addition, the Cisco UCS B260 M4 server's innovative modular design offers the capability to upgrade to a 4-socket Cisco UCS B460 M4 server in a cost-effective manner. Simply add another blade module, along with the Cisco UCS M4 Scalability Connector, to double the computing, memory, and I/O capabilities of the server.

These innovative capabilities enable the Cisco UCS B260 M4 Blade Server to deliver the performance and enterprise-critical stability for memory-intensive workloads, such as database, virtualization, and consolidation applications. These mission-critical business workloads then become a competitive advantage by enabling you to harness the value of your most important data assets.

The fabric-centric, architectural advantage of Cisco UCS also means that you do not need to purchase additional power, cooling, and warranties or maintain excess switches and interface cards in each Cisco UCS blade chassis. This feature gives you uncompromised expandability and versatility in your blade servers. As a result, the Cisco UCS B260 M4 server is another example of a Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server product that delivers leading computing, memory, and I/O performance, resulting in exceptional performance levels and expandability options for applications.

The Cisco UCS B260 M4 provides:

   Two Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v3 product family

   48 DDR3 memory DIMM slots

   Two hot-pluggable drive bays for Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) or Solid State Disks (SSDs)

   SAS controller on board with RAID 0 and 1 support

   Three PCIe mezzanine slots, with one dedicated for optional Cisco UCS VIC 1340, and two slots for Cisco UCS VIC 1380, VIC port expander, or flash cards

   Cost effective option to upgrade to the Cisco UCS B460 M4 4-socket blade server

Cisco UCS VIC 1340 and 1380 Technology

The Cisco UCS VIC 1340 is a 2-port 40-Gbps Ethernet or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)-capable mLOM designed exclusively for the M4 generation of the Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers. When used in combination with an optional port expander, the Cisco UCS VIC 1340 can be enabled to fully support both 40-Gbps ports.

The Cisco UCS VIC 1380 is a dual-port 40-Gbps Ethernet or FCoE adapter that further expands Cisco UCS B260 M4 Blade Server bandwidth to 160 Gbps. The Cisco UCS VIC 1340 and 1380 enable a policy-based, stateless, agile server infrastructure that can present up to 256 PCI Express (PCIe) standards-compliant interfaces to the host, which can be dynamically configured as either network interface cards (NICs) or host bus adapters (HBAs).
In addition, the Cisco UCS VIC 1340 and 1380 support Cisco® Data Center Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM‑FEX) technology, which extends the Cisco UCS fabric interconnect ports to virtual machines, simplifying server virtualization deployment.

Powering Mission-Critical Applications

The Cisco UCS B260 M4 continues Cisco's commitment to delivering differentiated value, fabric integration, and ease of management that is exceptional in the marketplace for mission critical applications:



   Large-memory applications

   Consolidation workloads

Cisco UCS Servers Change the Economics of the Data Center

IT infrastructure matters now more than ever, as organizations seek to achieve the full potential of IaaS, bare-metal, virtualized servers, and cloud computing. Cisco continues to lead in data center innovation with the introduction of new, mission-critical, server building blocks for Cisco UCS that extend its exceptional simplicity, agility, and efficiency. New innovations such as the Cisco UCS B260 M4 bring greater performance and memory locality from IT infrastructure to enterprise applications. In addition, Cisco UCS is a system beyond individual rack or blades servers that conveys enormous benefits to customers (Table 1).

Table 1.       Benefits of Cisco UCS Servers



Application Customer Benefit

Lower costs

Cisco Single Connect technology

Fewer cables, HBAs, NICs, and switches to purchase, license, power, cool, and maintain

Greater flexibility through total hardware abstraction

Cisco UCS Manager software

  Less configuration drift among servers
  Server provisioning times that are reduced from days to minutes
  Servers that are provisioned in an automated and consistent manner
  Future foundation for fast, consistent server provisioning

Total openness

Open APIs

Unique visibility into Cisco UCS beyond Cisco UCS Manager to Cisco UCS Director and other third-party management tools

Cisco UCS provides three major innovations that lower both capital and operating expenditures for server customers: Cisco Single Connect technology, Cisco UCS Manager software, and open APIs.

   Cisco SingleConnect technology provides a dramatic fabric simplification of networking and cabling infrastructure: one easy, intelligent, and efficient way to connect rack and blade servers, physical and virtual, LAN and SAN, and management.

   Cisco UCS Manager helps reduce management and administration expenses, which are among the largest items in most IT budgets. The UCS Manager can manage up to 160 servers and thousands of Cisco UCS components in multiple chassis. The embedded management software and all the managed components are part of a UCS domain.

   Cisco UCS Manager supports a comprehensive, open XML API that exposes 9000 points of integration. This facilitates custom development to achieve new levels of system visibility and control. The XML API for Cisco UCS Manager enables automation-friendly insertion into existing IT staff skills and tools and IT processes and management tools.

In addition, Cisco continues to push the frontier of innovation in all Cisco UCS building blocks and supporting technologies. New Cisco VIC options, expanded Cisco UCS fabric interconnects, and additional fabric extender options expand both throughput and management simplicity for both blade and rack servers. Cisco Data Center VM-FEX technology collapses virtual and physical networking into a single infrastructure. Data center administrators can now provision, configure, manage, monitor, and diagnose virtual machine network traffic and bare-metal network traffic within a unified infrastructure. Together, these Cisco UCS architectural advantages and software advances and Cisco’s continuous innovation, coupled with unique blade server and chassis design, make Cisco UCS the first truly unified data center platform and the best choice for both your virtual and bare-metal workloads.

Features and Benefits

Table 2 summarizes the features and benefits of the Cisco UCS B260 M4 server.

Table 2.       Features and Benefits



Unified fabric

  Decreases total cost of ownership (TCO) by reducing the number of NICs, HBAs, switches, and cables needed
  Enables the Cisco 5108 Blade Server Chassis to eliminate in-chassis HBAs, NICs, and switches and reallocates the saved power to denser, more powerful blade servers with more DIMM slots, and better per-blade performance compared to alternative offerings

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
  Reduces configuration errors significantly as blades are added or repurposed
  Enables service profile movement from blade to blade, rack server to blade, blade to rack server, or blade to blade in another chassis


  Requires no configuration; as with all components in Cisco UCS, Cisco UCS B-Series blades and Cisco UCS CSeries racks are automatically recognized and configured by Cisco UCS Manager

Extensive monitoring

  Through Cisco UCS Manager, provides extensive environmental monitoring for each blade
  Allows use of user thresholds to optimize environmental management of the blade

Cisco VIC adapter

  Cisco UCS VIC 1340 is a 2-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet, FCoE-capable adapter
  When used in combination with its port expander card, the Cisco UCS VIC 1340 can be enabled to fully support both 40-Gbps ports

Mezzanine adapters

  Provides choice of VICs, and PCIe flash memory devices, providing flexibility, increased application performance, compatibility with industry standards, and network policy coherence for virtualized environments

Cisco Flexible Flash

  The server includes two internal bays for Cisco Flexible Flash Cards

Optional local storage

  Provides support for up to two front-accessible hot-pluggable hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state disks (SSDs)


  Innovative modular design allows customers to easily, quickly, and cost-effectively upgrade to a Cisco UCS B460 M4 and double the computing, memory, and I/O capabilities

Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v3 product family

  The processor boosts business intelligence by rapidly processing and analyzing large amounts of data in near real time, with up to 20% more cores and threads, up to 20% more cache, and nearly 40% higher top-bin performance (For more information, go to servers/ performance.)
  Up to 3 TB of memory in the Cisco B260 M4 blade server allows faster access to more data, resulting in quicker answers from today’s most demanding applications. Keep data local with up to 1.5 TB of memory per socket to handily manage data-demanding, transaction-intensive workloads. Intel Run Sure Technology increases system uptime and data integrity for your business-critical solutions. Hardware embedded security features provide a safer environment and better protect data
  Advanced reliability features, including Machine Check Architecture Recovery, help you 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 critical components of the Cisco UCS environment and are enabled by the Cisco UCS Manager and Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects, 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis, and 2200 Series Fabric Extenders.

Table 3 summarizes the specifications for the Cisco UCS B260 M4.

Table 3.       Product Specifications




  2 Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v3 product family CPUs

Processor cores

  4, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 cores, varying by processor model
  Full spectrum of the fastest Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v3 product family supporting power ranges from
115 to 165W and from 4 to 18 cores


  48 DIMM slots
  Maximum of 3 TB using 64GB DIMMs

Mezzanine adapter slots

  3 (one dedicated for Cisco UCS VIC 1340)

Disk drives

  Up to 2 front-accessible hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state disks (SSDs)

SSD and disk drive options

  120GB, 480GB and 960GB 6Gb/s SSDs
  300GB, 450GB, 600GB, and 1.2TB HDDs

Maximum Internal Storage

  Up to 2.4 TB

Drive controller

  LSI SAS3004 12Gb/s RAID controller
  RAID 0 and 1 support

Flash memory

  Two slots for Cisco Flexible Flash SD card


  Managed from the Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects by Cisco UCS Manager software

Temperature: Operating

  50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C)

Temperature: Nonoperating

  -40 to 149°F (-40 to 65°C)

Humidity: Operating

  5 to 93% noncondensing

Humidity: Nonoperating

  5 to 93% noncondensing

Altitude: Operating

  0 to 10,000 ft (0 to 3000m); maximum ambient temperature decreases by 1°C per 300m

Altitude: Nonoperating

  40.000 ft (12,000m)

Table 4 summarizes regulatory standards compliance.

Table 4.       Regulatory Standards Compliance: Safety and EMC



Regulatory compliance

Products should comply with CE Markings according to directives 2004/108/EC and 2006/108/EC


  UL 60950-1 No. 21CFR1040 Second Edition
  CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1 Second Edition
  IEC 60950-1 Second Edition
  EN 60950-1 Second Edition
  IEC 60950-1 Second Edition
  AS/NZS 60950-1
  GB4943 2001

EMC: Emissions

  47CFR Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A
  AS/NZS CISPR22 Class A
  CISPR2 2 Class A
  EN55022 Class A
  ICES003 Class A
  VCCI Class A
  KN22 Class A
  CNS13438 Class A

EMC: Immunity


Warranty Information

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