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Updated:March 2, 2007
Cisco® Unified Communications is a comprehensive IP communications system of voice, video, data, and mobility products and applications. It enables more effective, more secure, more personal communications that directly affect both sales and profitability. It brings people together by enabling a new way of communicating-where your business moves with you, security is everywhere, and information is always available...whenever and wherever it is needed. Cisco Unified Communications is part of an integrated solution that includes network infrastructure, security, mobility, network management products, lifecycle services, flexible deployment and outsourced management options, end-user and partner financing packages, and third-party communications applications.
The Cisco MCS 7825-I3 Media Convergence Server is an entry-level server platform used for Cisco Unified Communications solutions. An integral part of a complete, scalable architecture for a new generation of high-quality IP voice solutions that run on enterprise data networks, the Cisco MCS 7825-I3 is an easily deployed, cost-effective solution that delivers the high performance and availability demanded by today's enterprise networks. At only 1 rack unit (1RU) high, the Cisco MCS 7825-I3 offers tremendous power in a low-profile chassis that minimizes rack space and offers the following features:
• Intel Dual-Core Xeon 3050 2.13-GHz processor with an 1066-MHz front side bus (FSB) and 2 MB of Layer 2 cache
• 2-GB PC2-5300 double-data-rate 2 (DDR2) Error Checking and Correcting (ECC) memory (must be installed in pairs)
• Two 160-GB cold-swap serial advanced technology attachment (SATA) hard disk drives configured as Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) 1
• Cisco Unified IP Interactive Voice Response (IVR) 3.1
• Cisco Unified IP IVR 3.5
• Cisco Unified IP IVR 4.x
• Cisco Unified IP IVR 5.x
• Cisco Unified MeetingPlace® Express 2.0
• Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express VT 2.0
• Cisco Unity 4.x
• Cisco Unity 5.x
• Cisco Unity Connection 1.x
• Cisco Unity Connection 2.x
Key Features and Benefits
The Cisco MCS 7825-I3 is a robust, highly available server platform designed to support today's unified communications applications. It uses a single Intel Dual-Core Xeon 3050, 2.13-GHz processor with a 1066-MHz FSB.
Serviceable SATA Disk Drives
The Cisco MCS 7825-I3 is configured with two 160-GB SATA "cold-pluggable" disk drives, which are accessible to the end user through openings in the front bezel of the server. If a drive fails, the user can schedule server downtime, power down the server, and replace the failed SATA drive by simply removing it (each drive is equipped with a front latch that positively mates the drive to the server) and replacing it with an unconfigured spare drive.
DAT Tape Drive Support
The Cisco MCS 7825-I3 can support a 36-/72-GB universal-serial-bus (USB) external Digital Audio Tape (DAT) drive (part number DAT-USB-EXT-72=) or an optional 36-/72-GB USB rack-mount DAT drive (part number DAT-USB-RM-72=). This tape drive connects through one of the USB 2.0 ports provided by the Cisco MCS 7825-I3 server.
Cisco MCS 7825-I3 for Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express
Cisco MCS 7825-I3 for Cisco Unified Presence
Cisco MCS 7825-I3 for Cisco Unity
Cisco MCS 7825-I3 for Cisco Unity Connection 1.x
Cisco MCS 7825-I3 for Cisco Unity Connection 2.x
Spare Two 1024-MB SDRAM DIMM for Cisco MCS 7825-I3
Spare 160-GB cold swap SATA drive for Cisco MCS 7825-I3
Identifying CPU Speed of Server
As the Cisco MCS 7825-I3 matures, the processor speeds will be changed as Intel replaces slower processors. The following table provides the Cisco manufacturing part number that will be shown on the chassis to help identify any processor speed of any individual server.
Table 13. Manufacturing Part Numbers by Processor Speed
Manufacturing Part Number Located on Server
Intel Dual-Core Xeon 3050, 3.2 GHz
Initial production of the servers with the following part numbers:
Using the Cisco Lifecycle Services approach, Cisco and its partners offer a broad portfolio of end-to-end services to support the Cisco Unified Communications system. These services are based on proven methodologies for deploying, operating, and optimizing IP communications solutions. Initial planning and design services, for example, can help you meet aggressive deployment schedules and minimize network disruption during implementation. Operate services reduce the risk of communications downtime with expert technical support, and optimize services enhance solution performance for operational excellence. Cisco and its partners offer a system-level service and support approach that can help you create and maintain a resilient, converged network that meets your business needs.