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The Building Block of Scale and Flexibility

Eliminate the complexity of the traditional server unit. Our M142 Compute Cartridge delivers discreet computing and memory completely separated from the infrastructure components of the Cisco UCS M4308 Modular Chassis. Both cartridge and chassis provide easy scalability to meet the needs of your applications without overprovisioning.

Features and Capabilities

The Cisco UCS M142 Compute Cartridge is a core component of the Cisco UCS M-Series Modular Server solution. It delivers a new unique infrastructure to meet the needs of today’s highly parallelized and distributed applications. It is part of the Cisco composable infrastructure portfolio.

The M142 Compute Cartridge features Intel Xeon Processors E3-1200 v3 and E3-1200 v4, which provide excellent CPU performance per watt.

The design allows Cisco to abstract server subsystems completely into the infrastructure and completely off the computing nodes. The disaggregated subcomponents are:

  • Power
  • Cooling
  • I/O
  • Disk drives
  • Management

With this separation of components between the M142 Compute Cartridge and the M4308 Modular Chassis, we can decouple the lifecycles of the subsystems. Now every subcomponent can be refreshed independently, on its own lifecycle schedule, without provoking a major platform refresh.

The M-Series design also allows for smaller increments of scale, so your applications gain the number of computing nodes they require to achieve the desired performance and availability. No more overprovisioning. No more wasted resources. Everything is under a single management tool for easy scale and management transparency.

With this groundbreaking design, the M-Series provides a highly dense, modular, and power-efficient platform designed to meet the needs of parallelized workload. It provides optimal:

  • Performance per watt
  • Computing capacity per rack unit

The Cisco UCS M-Series Modular Server system features a 2-rack-unit (RU) chassis built on the innovative foundation of Cisco Virtual Interface Card (VIC) technology.

The chassis can hold up to eight completely independent M142 Compute Cartridges with two servers per cartridge (16 total servers per chassis). All M4308 chassis connect to a pair of Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects with Cisco UCS Manager. The result is easy and fast scalability with industry-leading Cisco UCS management.

Specifications at a Glance

Cisco UCS M142 Key Features

Unit of scale By UCS M4308 Modular Chassis
Processors per node (server) 1 x Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 v3 or v4, two or four core
Computing nodes (servers) per cartridge 2 independent nodes (servers) per cartridge
Memory Up to 64 GB per cartridge
M142 Series Compute Cartridges per chassis 8 independent front-loading cartridges per chassis
Hard drives 4 x SSD: Scaling from 480 GB SATA to 6.4 TB SAS provided by a M4308 Modular Chassis
I/O 2 x 40 Gbps provided by a M4308 Modular Chassis
Power 2 x 1400W provided by a M4308 Modular Chassis
Management Stateless model-based management by Cisco UCS Manager provided by Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects

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