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NVMe Storage for Cisco UCS C-Series Rack and B-Series Blade Servers Data Sheet

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Product overview

The Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS®) is a next-generation data center platform that unites computing, networking, storage, and virtualization resources in a cohesive system designed to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and increase business agility.

As storage moves closer to the server, new opportunities for data center efficiency are arising. When applications that need greater storage performance achieve high availability by using cluster-capable file systems and other means of replicating data, major efficiencies can be gained.

Ultra-low latency Nonvolatile Memory Express (NVMe) storage fully integrated into the Cisco UCS architecture enables servers to provide increased storage reliability and performance compared to spinning media. Organizations also gain the benefits of lower total cost of acquisition and lower TCO through reduced data center power and cooling needs, as well as lower cost per I/O Operations Per Second (IOPS) and lower wattage requirements per IOPS. Bringing storage inside the server on a high-performance NVMe tier can also reduce application licensing costs, making local flash storage a powerful solution for delivering more capabilities on a smaller budget. And all these benefits are more fully optimized on Cisco UCS than on any other server platform.

Cisco UCS implements local storage differently for a uniquely powerful experience. The Cisco UCS platform uses an advanced cooling methodology and zero-oversubscription CPU mapping to provide the highest levels of efficiency as well as best-in-class, consistent performance. Teams can manage hundreds of devices as easily as one with the Cisco® Integrated Management Controller (IMC) or Cisco UCS Manager. Customers can also choose the amount of storage necessary to meet their application needs: from 375 GB all the way up to 76 TB (for example, for a 2-rack-unit [2RU] server).

NVMe storage solutions

NVMe storage solutions offer the following main benefits:

     Reduced TCO: NVMe storage can be used to eliminate the need for SANs and Network-Attached Storage (NAS) or to augment existing shared-array infrastructure. With significant performance improvements available in both cases, Cisco customers can reduce the amount of physical infrastructure they need to deploy, increase the number of virtual machines they can place on a single physical server, and improve overall system efficiency. These improvements provide savings in Capital Expenditures (CapEx) and Operating Expenses (OpEx), including reduced application licensing fees and savings related to space, cooling, and energy use.

     Strategic partnerships: Cisco tests a broad set of NVMe storage technologies and focuses on two major partners: Western Digital (previously HGST [Hitachi Global Storage Technologies]) and Intel. With each partnership, devices are built exclusively in conjunction with Cisco engineering, so customers have the flexibility of a variety of endurance and capacity levels and the most relevant form factors, as well as the powerful management features and robust quality benefits that are unique to Cisco.

Overview

Cisco UCS NVMe storage offers the following main advantages:

     Manageability

     Complete Cisco UCS Manager inventory, service-profile mapping, and firmware updates are supported for one or many Cisco NVMe storage devices.

     Significantly reduce complexity compared to most competing solutions, which require manual Command-Line Interface (CLI) processes for each PCIe-connected device.

     Performance

     Get what you pay for with full CPU-to-PCIe lane connectivity to each storage device (zero oversubscription). For example, a Cisco UCS rack server with six NVMe devices has 6 x 8 = 48 lanes of Generation 3 PCIe (PCIe 3.0) connectivity directly to the CPU. Not all server platforms provide this level of integration; thus, they offer lower performance than Cisco UCS rack servers.

     Gain peace of mind with endurance and performance-state tracking, displayed in Cisco UCS Manager or Cisco IMC.

     Power and cooling algorithms based on device System Management Bus (SMBus) integration provide exceptional power consumption efficiency and consistent performance in any data center, with server inlet temperatures of less than 35°C.

     Flexibility

     Gain best-in-class capacity flexibility with the capability to choose from as little as 800 GB to as much as 30 TB of capacity in a 2RU server, with multiple NVMe device endurance level options, to meet the needs of any application.

     Gain block storage that integrates transparently with Cisco UCS servers to immediately improve performance and relieve I/O bottlenecks.

Product specifications

Table 1 provides general specifications for Cisco UCS NVMe storage, and Table 2 provides performance specifications. Table 3 summarizes server compatibility, and Table 4 summarizes NVMe connectivity features.

Table 1.             General product specifications

Size in GB

Cisco UCS NVMe storage specifications: general

800

1000

1600

1600

3200

3200

Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF; in hours)

2 million

Cisco warranty (in years)

3

Endurance: physical drive-write operations per day (DWPD)*

3

1

3

3

3

3

Server connectivity

Gen 3 PCIe x4

NVMe version

1.2a

1.2

1.2a

1.2

1.2a

1.2

Power consumption (active/idle)

25/4

25/4

25/8

25/4

25/4

25/4

Cisco Product ID (PID) – rack

UCSC-NVMEHW-H800

UCSC-NVMEHW-I1000

UCSC-NVMEHW-H1600

UCSC-NVMEHW-I1600

UCSC-NVMEHW-H3200

UCSC-NVMEHW-I3200

Cisco Product ID (PID) – blade

UCSB-NVMEHW-H800

UCSB-NVMEHW-I1000

UCSB-NVMEHW-H1600

UCSB-NVMEHW-I1600

UCSB-NVMEHW-H3200

UCSB-NVMEHW-I3200

Device partner

Western Digital

Intel

Western Digital

Intel

Western Digital

Intel

Form factor

Small Form Factor (SFF) 2.5"

Small Form Factor (SFF) 2.5"

Small Form Factor (SFF) 2.5"

Small Form Factor (SFF) 2.5"

Small Form Factor (SFF) 2.5"

Small Form Factor (SFF) 2.5"

* Drive-write operations per day are based on a five-year manufacturer’s warranty. 

 

Size in GB

Cisco UCS NVMe storage specifications: general

2000

4000

6400

7680

3200

6400

7680

Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF; in hours)

2 million

Cisco warranty (in years)

3

Endurance: physical drive- write operations per day (DWPD)*

1

1

3

1

30

30

3

Server connectivity

Gen 3 PCIe x4

NVMe version

1.2

1.2

1.2a

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2a

Power consumption (active/idle)

25/8

25/4

25/4

25/8

25/4

25/8

25/8

Cisco Product ID (PID) – rack

UCSC-NVMEHW-I2TBV

UCSC-NVMEHW-I4000

UCSC-NVMEHW-H6400

UCSC-NVMEHW-H7680

UCSC-NVMEXPB-I375

UCSC-NVMEXP-I750

UCSC-NVME-H76801

Cisco Product ID (PID) – blade

UCSB-NVMEHW-I2TBV

UCSB-NVMEHW-I4000

UCSB-NVMEHW-H6400

UCSB-NVMEHW-H7680

UCSB-NVMEXPB-I375

UCSB-NVMEXP-I750

UCSB-NVME-H76801

Device partner

Intel

Intel

Western Digital

Western Digital

Intel

Intel

Western Digital

Form factor

Small Form Factor (SFF) 2.5"

Small Form Factor (SFF) 2.5"

Small Form Factor (SFF) 2.5"

Small Form Factor (SFF) 2.5"

Small Form Factor (SFF) 2.5"

Small Form Factor (SFF) 2.5"

Half-Height, Half- Length (HHHL) PCIe add- on card

* Drive-write operations per day are based on a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty. 

Table 2.             Performance specifications

 

Size in GB

Cisco UCS NVMe storage specifications: performance (up to) at 25 Watts (W)

800

1000

1600

1600

3200

3200

Read throughput (maximum MBps, sequential 64 KB)

3270

3210

3320

3200

3320

3200

Write throughput (maximum MBps, sequential 128 KB)

1520

600

2100

1325

2120

3050

Random read operations at 4-KB block size (IOPS)

755K

309K

818K

559K

821K

636K

Random write operations at 4-KB block size (IOPS)

127K

32K

173K

223K

187K

223K

Random mixed IOPS (70% read and 30% write, 4 KB)

258K

12K

346K

386K

Approximate read latency (microseconds)

-

85

-

85

-

85

Approximate write latency (microseconds)

20

20

20

15

20

15

Cisco Product ID (PID) – rack

UCSC-NVMEHW-H800

UCSC-NVMEHW-I1000

UCSC-NVMEHW-H1600

UCSC-NVMEHW-I1600

UCSC-NVMEHW-H3200

UCSC-NVMEHW-I3200

Cisco Product ID (PID) – blade

UCSB-NVMEHW-H800

UCSB-NVMEHW-I1000

UCSB-NVMEHW-H1600

UCSB-NVMEHW-I1600

UCSB-NVMEHW-H3200

UCSB-NVMEHW-I3200

Device partner

Western Digital

Intel

Western Digital

Intel

Western Digital

Intel

 

 

Size in GB

Cisco UCS NVMe storage specifications: performance (up to) at 25 Watts (W)

2000

4000

6400

7680

375

750

7680

Read throughput (maximum MBps, sequential 64 KB)

3270

3270

3360

3360

2500

2500

6100

Write throughput (maximum MBps, sequential 64 KB)

1170

1940

2230

2230

2200

2200

2230

Random read operations at 4-KB block size (IOPS)

543K

681K

835K

835K

550K

550K

1240K

Random write operations at 4-KB block size (IOPS)

36K

45K

534K

238K

550K

550K

73.2K

Random mixed IOPS (70% read and 30% write, 4 KB)

-

-

534K

238K

500K

500K

239K

Approximate read latency (microseconds)

85

85

-

-

10

10

-

Approximate write latency (microseconds)

15

15

20

20

10

10

20

Cisco product ID (PID) number – rack

UCSC-NVMEHW-I2TBV

UCSC-NVMEHW-I4000

UCSC-NVMEHW-H6400

UCSC-NVMEHW-H7680

UCSC-NVMEXPB-I375

UCSC-NVMEXP-I750

UCSC-NVME-H76801

Cisco product ID (PID) – blade

UCSB-NVMEHW-I2TBV

UCSB-NVMEHW-I4000

UCSB-NVMEHW-H6400

UCSB-NVMEHW-H7680

UCSB-NVMEXPB-I375

UCSB-NVMEXP-I750

UCSB-NVME-H76801

Device partner

Intel

Intel

Western Digital

Western Digital

Intel

Intel

Western Digital

Table 3.             Server compatibility

 

 

Size in GB

Cisco UCS NVMe storage specifications: Cisco server quantity supported

800

1000

1600

1600

3200

3200

Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers

C220 M5

Up to

10

10

10

10

10

10

C240 M5

Up to

10

10

10

10

10

10

C480 M5

Up to

32

32

32

32

32

32

S3260 M4

Up to

0

0

1

0

1

0

C125

Up to

2

2

2

2

2

2

Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers

B200 M5

Up to

2

2

2

2

2

2

B480 M5

Up to

4

4

4

4

4

4

 

 

Storage device form Factor (HHHL or small form factor 2.5")

SFF 2.5"

SFF 2.5"

SFF 2.5"

SFF 2.5"

SFF 2.5"

SFF 2.5”

 

 

Cisco Product ID (PID) – rack

UCSC-NVMEHW-H800

UCSC-NVMEHW-I1000

UCSC-NVMEHW-H1600

UCSC-NVMEHW-I1600

UCSC-NVMEHW-H3200

UCSC-NVMEHW-I3200

 

 

Cisco Product ID (PID) – blade

UCSB-NVMEHW-H800

UCSB-NVMEHW-I1000

UCSB-NVMEHW-H1600

UCSB-NVMEHW-I1600

UCSB-NVMEHW-H3200

UCSB-NVMEHW-I3200

 

 

Device partner

Western Digital

Intel

Western Digital

Intel

Western Digital

Intel

 

 

 

 

Size in GB

Cisco UCS NVMe storage specifications: Cisco server quantity supported

2000

4000

6400

7680

375

750

7680

Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers

C220 M5

Up to

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

C240 M5

Up to

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

C480 M5

Up to

32

32

32

32

32

32

32

S3260 M4

Up to

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

C125

Up to

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers

B200 M5

Up to

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

B480 M5

Up to

4

4

4

4

4

4

0

Storage device form factor (HHHL or small form factor 2.5")

SFF 2.5"

SFF 2.5"

SFF 2.5"

SFF 2.5"

SFF 2.5"

SFF 2.5"

HHHL

Cisco Product ID (PID) – rack

UCSC-NVMEHW-I2TBV

UCSC-NVMEHW-I4000

UCSC-NVMEHW-H6400

UCSC-NVMEHW-H7680

UCSC-NVMEXPB-I375

UCSC-NVMEXP-I750

UCSC-NVME-H76801

 

 

Cisco Product ID (PID) –blade

UCSB-NVMEHW-I2TBV

UCSB-NVMEHW-I4000

UCSB-NVMEHW-H6400

UCSB-NVMEHW-H7680

UCSB-NVMEXPB-I375

UCSB-NVMEXP-I750

UCSB-NVME-H76801

Device partner

Intel

Intel

Western Digital

Western Digital

Intel

Intel

Western Digital

Note:       Mixing of Western Digital and Intel NVMe drives is not supported. Small-Form-Factor (SFF) 2.5-inch and Half-Height, Half-Length (HHHL) devices can be combined as long as the same partner brand is being used.

Table 4.             NVMe connectivity features

Cisco UCS NVMe storage – feature support

Size in GB

Feature

800

1000

1600

1600

3200

3200

Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers

C220M5

Hot insert/pluggable

no

no

no

no

no

no

OS surprise removal

no

no

no

no

no

no

OS informed removal

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

C240M5, C480M5, C125

Hot insert/pluggable

no

no

no

no

no

no

OS surprise removal

no

no

no

no

no

no

OS informed removal

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers

B200M5, B480M5,

Hot insert/pluggable

n/a

OS surprise removal

OS informed removal

Cisco Product ID (PID) – rack

UCSC-NVMEHW-H800

UCSC-NVMEHW-I1000

UCSC-NVMEHW-H1600

UCSC-NVMEHW-I1600

UCSC-NVMEHW-H3200

UCSC-NVMEHW-I3200

 

 

Cisco Product ID (PID) blade

UCSB-NVMEHW-H800

UCSB-NVMEHW-I1000

UCSB-NVMEHW-H1600

UCSB-NVMEHW-I1600

UCSB-NVMEHW-H3200

UCSB-NVMEHW-I3200

Device partner

Western Digital

Intel

Western Digital

Intel

Western Digital

Intel

 

Cisco UCS NVMe storage feature support

Feature

2000

4000

6400

7680

375

750

7680

Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers

C220M5

Hot insert/pluggable

no

no

no

no

no

no

n/a

OS surprise removal

no

no

no

no

no

no

n/a

OS informed removal

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

n/a

C240M5, C480M5, C125

Hot insert/pluggable

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

n/a

OS surprise removal

no

no

no

no

no

no

n/a

OS informed removal

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

n/a

Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers

B200M5, B480M5

Hot insert/pluggable

n/a

OS surprise removal

OS informed removal

Cisco Product ID (PID) – rack

UCSC-NVMEHW-I2TBV

UCSC-NVMEHW-I4000

UCSC-NVMEHW-H6400

UCSC-NVMEHW-H7680

UCSC-NVMEXPB-I375

UCSC-NVMEXP-I750

UCSC-NVME-H76801

 

 

Cisco Product ID (PID) – blade

UCSB-NVMEHW-I2TBV

UCSB-NVMEHW-I4000

UCSB-NVMEHW-H6400

UCSB-NVMEHW-H7680

UCSB-NVMEXPB-I375

UCSB-NVMEXP-I750

UCSB-NVME-H76801

Device partner

Intel

Intel

Western Digital

Intel

Intel

Intel

Western Digital

Note:       Hot-insertion and OS-informed removal are supported only with Cisco IMC Release 2.0(13) and later and depend on the OS version; there is no support under Cisco UCS Manager as of this writing.

Please see individual server specification sheets or the Cisco Commerce for current support of capacities and available PCIe slots because the information may change. Note that the supported number of devices shown in the tables assumes that one PCIe slot is being used for I/O or management of the server; in some cases, a modular LAN-on-motherboard (mLOM) slot can be used for primary server I/O.

Operating system support

To meet the needs of our customers, Cisco UCS supports a broad set of operating systems. For the most up-to-date list, please visit the Cisco UCS hardware and software interoperability matrixes.

Cisco UCS Manager integration features

Cisco UCS C-Series Rack and B-Series Blade Servers

Cisco UCS NVMe storage products are supported as either managed by Cisco UCS Manager or in a standalone Cisco IMC environment. IMC standalone and Cisco UCS Manager support are available for rack servers, and Cisco UCS Manager support is available for blade servers. The minimum IMC version for NVMe support in standalone mode is Release 2.0(13). The minimum version for Cisco UCS Manager support is Release 3.1(2). Use Cisco UCS Manager or Cisco IMC release notes to verify software support for the above listed NVMe drives.

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