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Updated:September 18, 2016
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® MCS 7825-I2 Media Convergence Server is a powerful platform for Cisco Unified Communications applications. It occupies only 1 rack unit (1RU) while providing the features most requested in a server platform at a very economical price point.
• Intel dual-core, Pentium D, 2.8-GHz or 3.4-GHz processor with an 800-MHz front side bus (FSB) and 4 MB of Layer 2 cache
• 2 GB of installed PC2-4200 memory, error correction code (ECC), Double Data Rate 2 (DDR2), synchronous dynamic RAM (SDRAM); 8 GB maximum
• Two integrated 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet network-interface-card (NIC) ports
• Two 80-GB serial-advanced-technology-attachment (SATA) hard disk drives configured in Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) level 1
• No floppy diskette drive installed
• Quick-deployment third-party rail kit
• 350W autoranging, Power Factor Correction (PFC) power supply
• 1RU (1.75-in.-high [4.5-cm]) form factor, 22 in. (56 cm) deep
The Cisco MCS 7825-I2 supports the following applications:
• Cisco Unified CallManager-Up to 1000 IP phones per server and 4000 IP phones per cluster
• Cisco Emergency Responder-Up to 12,000 IP phones
• Cisco Unified IP Interactive Voice Response (IP IVR)
• Cisco Unified MeetingPlace® Express
• Cisco Unified IP Queue Manager
• Cisco Unity® Unified Messaging
Primary Features and Benefits
The Cisco MCS 7825-I2 is a robust, highly available server platform designed to support today's IP communications applications. It uses a single Intel dual-core, Pentium D, 2.8- or 3.4-GHz processor with an 800-MHz FSB.
The Cisco MCS 7825-I2 supports up to 8 GB of DDR2 memory. The increased processor performance coupled with DDR memory allows customers to retrieve and process information faster and more efficiently. DDR memory executes twice the number of operations per cycle than traditional SDRAM memory, effectively doubling the data exchange rate between memory and processors.
Variable-Speed Fan Support
The Cisco MCS 7825-I2 includes variable-speed fans to reduce operating noise. Through the use of temperature sensors within the server, the speed of the fans is adjusted to maintain the proper cooling, reducing the noise generated by the fans by operating them only when required and at a speed based upon the cooling requirements.
SATA and Integrated RAID
The Cisco MCS 7825-I2 server supports enhanced serviceability through integrated RAID level 1 and front-accessible, simple-swap SATA hard disk drives. If a hard drive fails, user data is preserved on the mirrored drive, and system administrators can easily replace the failing drive without removing the server from the rack, reducing downtime and providing data reliability in a compact, highly cost-effective server.
System Error LEDs
The Cisco MCS 7825-I2 provides a system error LED and system locator LED on the front of the server to make pinpointing system problems easier than ever. When a system error occurs, this indication is made on the front panel of the Cisco MCS 7825-I2. If no failures have occurred, the system error LED is not lit.
DAT Tape Drive Support
The Cisco MCS 7825-I2 can support an optional 36-/72-GB USB external Digital Audio Tape (DAT) drive, which connects through the USB 2.0 port on the server. It is available as either an external tape drive (part number DAT-USB-EXT-72=) or as a rack-mounted drive (part number DAT USB-RM-72=).
Table 1 gives specifications of the Cisco MCS 7825-I2.
Table 1. Specifications of Cisco MCS 7825-I2
Processor at Product Introduction
Intel Pentium D dual core
Processor internal clock speed
2.8 or 3.4 GHz
Level 2 cache
Basic input/output system (BIOS) type
Memory bus clock
PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM
Error checking and correction (ECC)
Total RAM slots
2 GB (2 x 1 GB)
IBM mezzanine ServeRAID-8e controller
Embedded to planar
Battery-backed write caching
RAID levels supported
Hard disk installed
2 x 80 GB
Hard disk RPM
Hard disk I/O transfer rate
Hard disk average seek time
Hard disk interface type
2 onboard 10/100/1000 cards
2 RJ-45 connectors on back of server
10BASE-T cable support
EIA Category 3, 4, or 5 unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) (2 or 4 pair) up to 328 ft (100m)
100BASE-TX cable support
EIA Category 5 UTP (2 pair) up to 328 ft (100m)
1000BASE-T cable support
EIA Category 6 UTP (recommended), 5E UTP, or 5 UTP (2 pair) up to 328 ft (100m)
PCI-X non-hot plug 66-MHz and 64-bit slots
1 (full height, three-fourths length)
PCI-X non-hot plug 66-MHz and 64-bit slots
1 (half height, half length)
Note: The Cisco MCS 7825-I2 is not qualified for use with Cisco Unity voice cards for traditional private-branch-exchange (PBX) integrations.
USB 2.0 ports
4 (2 at front and 2 at back of chassis)
External Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) port
• Power-on and privileged access password functions control access to the data and server setup program on the server.
• Selectable boot sequence can prevent unauthorized installation of software or removal of data from the diskette drive.
Equipment Approvals and Safety
• FCC-Verified to comply with Part 15 of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules, Class B
• Canada Information Collection and Evaluation Standard (ICES)-003, issue 3, Class B
• UL/IEC 60950-1*
• CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-03
Maximum input power
Autoranging AC input
Input low range
100 to 127 (nominal) VAC; 50-60 Hz; 6.0a
Input high range
200 to 240 (nominal) VAC; 50-60 Hz; 3.0a
Input kVA approximately
Maximum configuration 0.290 kVA
Air temperature-Server on
50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C)
Air temperature-Server off
104 to 140°F (40 to 60°C)
8 to 80% (noncondensing)
7000 ft (2133m)
BTU rating, full configuration
989 Btu/hr (290W)
Sound emissions, idle
6.5 bel (operating)
7 fans installed (two are in power supply)
Included for standard third-party rack
30.0 lb (12.7 kg)
1.75 in. (43 mm)
17.32 in. (440 mm)
22.0 in. (559 mm)
Equipment Approvals and Safety
• FCC-Verified to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules, Class A
• Canada ICES-003, issue 4, Class A
• UL/IEC 60950-1
• CAN C22.2 No. 60950-1-03
*This server is certified by the respective UL and NOM agencies.
Table 4 gives ordering information for server spare parts.
Table 4. Ordering Information for Server Spare Parts
Spare Part Number
Spare pair 1-GB SDRAM dual in-line memory modules (DIMMs) for Cisco MCS 7825-I2 server
Spare 80-GB SATA hard disk drive, cold-pluggable
Identifying Server CPU Speed
As the Cisco MCS 7825-I2 matures, the processor speeds will change as Intel retires slower processors and replaces them with faster processors. Table 5 provides the Cisco manufacturing part number shown on the chassis to help identify the processor speed of any individual server.
Table 5. Manufacturing Part Numbers by Processor Speed
Manufacturing Part Number Located on Server
Intel Dual-Core, Pentium D, 2.8 GHz
Initial production of server
Intel Dual-Core, Pentium D, 3.4 GHz
Processor revision due to end of life of the 2.8-GHz 920 processor by Intel
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