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Cisco UCS for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI Data Sheet

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Cisco UCS C240 M5L Rack Server (QLogic) with Cisco UCS 6332 Fabric Interconnect

Overview

Cisco UCS® for Microsoft Azure HCI offers highly available and scalable software-defined hyperconverged and storage systems based on Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Storage Spaces Direct technology.

If you run your business on Microsoft software, you need a solution that uses hardware designed specifically for Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct. Look no further. Cisco and Microsoft have partnered to deliver a solution that accelerates access to data, provides comprehensive data management tools, and is powered by the latest 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors to set a new standard of excellence.

Main benefits

Cisco UCS for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI offers these main benefits:

      Provides unified management: Cisco UCS Manager service profiles help ensure consistent server setup. They integrate with Microsoft System Center and PowerShell toolkit and, when combined with the Cisco Intersight solution, enable cloud management expansion to meet future requirements.

      Delivers fault tolerance: Built-in resiliency handles storage, server, and switch failures with continuous availability. Larger deployments can also be configured for chassis and rack fault tolerance. When hardware fails, just swap it out; the software heals itself, with no complicated management steps.

      Provides massive resilient storage: Help ensure the security of your critical data for applications, databases, and hybrid-cloud initiatives with Cisco UCS for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI.

      Reduces operating expenses (OpEx): Integrated storage with enterprise-class performance, reliability, and capabilities allows one team to manage your entire Microsoft environment.

      Provides enterprise-class performance: The Cisco UCS C240 M5L Rack Server (Figure 1) uses the latest Intel Xeon Scalable processor technology. With a configuration of up to 3 TB per server and up to 16 servers, the system infrastructure can accommodate your enterprise-class workloads. The solution uses 40 Gigabit Ethernet end to end to help ensure enough bandwidth for large workloads. It uses RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) to enable Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) to help ensure that performance requirements are met.

      Offers true scalability: Start with from 4 to 16 servers in increments of 1, configure 24 to 56 Intel processor cores per server, configure 384 GB to 3 TB of system memory per server, configure a 32- to 144-TB Hard-Disk Drive (HDD) per server, and configure Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) storage to help ensure enterprise-class performance. To scale out, simply add drives or servers; Storage Spaces Direct will automatically configure the new drives and begin using them. Storage efficiency and performance improve predictably at scale.

      Get exceptional availability: Users of Azure Stack HCI will benefit because the system does not have a single point of failure. If a server fails, Cisco UCS Manager can assign the service profile for the workload to another server in the cluster that may be running a lower-priority workload. The profile is reassigned, and another server can replace the failed node, all without the user taking any action. Also, if a fabric interconnect fails, its partner fabric interconnect maintains a copy of its configuration. Therefore, a replacement fabric interconnect can be cabled in and the configuration restored from the partner fabric interconnect.

      Delivers one-stop support: If you require a Windows Server 2019 license, one can be optionally provided to each server within the system configuration. Cisco can also provide level-1 and level-2 support, with level-3 support directed to Microsoft. One phone call to Cisco can address your support requirements.

      Global world-class support: Microsoft and Cisco work together to help ensure that all support issues are handled in a timely manner. Cisco® support is bundled with every system, providing the highest level of solution support for our valued customers. Customers can contact either support organization for support-related issues. A simple set of questions help ensure that your call is routed to the correct support team within Cisco or Microsoft to provide support for Cisco UCS for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI.

Cisco UCS C240 M5L Rack Server

Figure 1.       

Cisco UCS C240 M5L Rack Server

Solution example

Table 1 and Figure 2 show a sample configuration.

Table 1.        Sample configuration components

Configuration name

Description

Part number

UCS-MAH-B00R00

Windows OS

Windows Server 2019

Solution type and profile

Premium hyperconverged solution, with capacity profile

Form factor

Rack-mount 2-rack-unit (2RU) nodes

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0

Yes

CPU

Intel Xeon Scalable processor

Core count

12 – 28 cores: up to 56 cores per server

Memory

384 GB to 3 TB per server

Host bus adapter (HBA)

Cisco 12-Gbps modular SAS HBA

 

Network interface card (NIC)

Quantity

Type

RDMA type

 

1

QLogic QL45412H dual-port 40-Gbps NIC

RoCE

 

Drives (per-node minimum)

Type

Quantity

Size

Category

Cache

NVMe

2 to 4

1.6, 3.2, and 6.4 TB

Mixed use

Capacity

HDD

8 to 12

4, 8, 10, and 12 TB

Mixed use

Switch

Cisco UCS 6332 Fabric Interconnect

Sample configuration

Sample configuration

Ordering information

Table 2 lists the part numbers for the solution. The solution has a 4-node minimum configuration and is expandable to 16 nodes.

Table 2.        Ordering information

Part number

Description

Quantity

UCSC-C240-M5L

UCS C240 M5 12 LFF plus 2 rear drives without CPU, mem, HD, PCIe, PS

4

CON-OSP-CC240M5L

SNTC 24X7X4OS UCS C240 M5 12 LFF

4

UCSC-PCI-1-C240M5

Riser 1 incl 3 PCIe slots (x8, x16, and x8); slot 3 req CPU2

4

UCSC-PSU1-1050W

Cisco UCS 1050W AC power supply for rack server

8

CAB-C13-CBN

Cabinet jumper power cord, 250 VAC 10A, C14-C13 connectors

8

UCSC-RAILB-M4

Ball Bearing Rail Kit for C220 and C240 M4 and M5 rack servers

4

CIMC-LATEST

IMC SW (recommended) latest release for C-Series Servers.

4

UCS-MSTOR-M2

Mini storage carrier for M.2 SATA/NVMe (holds up to 2)

4

UCSC-BBLKD-L2

C-Series M5 LFF drive blanking panel

16

UCSC-SAS-M5

Cisco 12-Gbps modular SAS HBA (max 16 drives)

4

UCSC-BBLKD-S2

UCS C-Series M5 SFF drive blanking panel

8

UCSX-TPM2-002

Trusted Platform Module 2.0 for UCS servers

4

UCSC-PCI-2B-240M5

Riser 2B incl 3PCIe slots (x8, x16, and x8) supports GPU plus rear NVMe

4

UCS-M2-960GB

960GB SATA M.2

8

UCS-MR-X32G2RT-H

32GB DDR4-2933-MHz RDIMM/2Rx4/1.2v

48

UCSC-PCIE-QD40GF

QLogic QL45412H dual-port 40G NIC

4

UCSC-NVME-H32003

Cisco HHHL AIC 3.2T HGST SN260 NVMe Extreme Perf High Endrnc

8

UCS-SID-INFR-OI

Other infrastructure

4

UCS-SID-WKL-MSFT

Microsoft

4

UCS-HD8T7K4KAN

8 TB 12G SAS 7.2K RPM LFF HDD (4K)

32

UCSC-HS-C240M5

Heat sink for UCS C240 M5 rack servers 150W CPUs & below

8

UCS-CPU-I5218

Intel 5218 2.3GHz/125W 16C/22MB DCP DDR4 2666MHz

8

N2K-C2348UPQ

N2K-C2348UPQ-10GE (10GE UP FEX; 48x1/10GE SFP+ ; 6x40G QSFP), airflow/power option

2

CON-SNT-C2232TME

SNTC-8X5XNBD N2K-C2232TM-E-10GE

2

CAB-C13-C14-2M

Power cord jumper, C13-C14 connectors, 2-meter length

4

N2200-PAC-400W-SN

N2200-PAC-400W power supply - service specific

4

N2K-C2232-FAN-SN

N2K-C2232-FAN-SN - service specific

2

N2232TP-E-FA-BUN

Standard airflow/AC pack: N2K-C2232TM-E-10GE plus uplink module

2

CON-SNT-C2232TME

SNTC-8X5XNBD N2K-C2232TM-E-10GE

2

CAB-C13-C14-2M

Power cord jumper, C13-C14 connectors, 2-meter length

4

N2200-PAC-400W-SN

N2200-PAC-400W power supply - service specific

4

N2K-C2232-FAN-SN

N2K-C2232-FAN-SN - service specific

2

N2232TP-E-FA-BUN

Standard airflow/AC pack: N2K-C2232TM-E-10GE plus uplink module

2

CON-SNT-C2232TME

SNTC-8X5XNBD N2K-C2232TM-E-10GE

2

CAB-C13-C14-2M

Power cord jumper, C13-C14 connectors, 2-meter length

4

N2200-PAC-400W-SN

N2200-PAC-400W power supply - service specific

4

N2K-C2232-FAN-SN

N2K-C2232-FAN-SN - service specific

2

N2232TP-E-FA-BUN

Standard airflow/AC pack: N2K-C2232TM-E-10GE plus uplink module

2

CON-SNT-C2232TME

SNTC-8X5XNBD N2K-C2232TM-E-10GE

2

CAB-C13-C14-2M

Power cord jumper, C13-C14 connectors, 2-meter length

4

N2200-PAC-400W-SN

N2200-PAC-400W power supply - service specific

4

N2K-C2232-FAN-SN

N2K-C2232-FAN-SN - service specific

2

N2232TP-E-FA-BUN

Standard airflow/AC pack: N2K-C2232TM-E-10GE plus uplink module

2

CON-SNT-2232TEFA

SNTC-8X5XNBD standard airflow/AC

2

UCS-FI-6332-U

UCS 6332 1RU Fabric Interconnect/no PSU/32 QSFP+ ports/8p Lic

2

CON-OSP-FI6332U

Power cord jumper, C13-C14 connectors, 2-meter length

2

CON-OSP-FI6332U

Onsite 24x7x4, UCS 6332 IRU fabric interconnect/no PSU/32 QS

2

UCS-ACC-6332

UCS 6332/ 6454 chassis accessory kit

2

UCS-FAN-6332

UCS 6332/ 6454 fan module

8

UCS-PSU-6332-AC

UCS 6332 power supply/100-240VAC

4

CAB-C13-C14-2M

Power cord jumper, C13-C14 connectors, 2-meter length

4

QSFP-H40G-AOC1M

40GBASE Active Optical Cable, 1m

2

QSFP-H40G-AOC2M

40GBASE active optical cable, 2m

4

QSFP-H40G-CU3M

40GBASE-CR4 passive copper cable, 3m

8

N10-MGT016

UCS Manager v4.0

2

CON-ISV1-MSWSS19S

ISV 24x7 Windows Server 2019

1

DC-MGT-SAAS

Cisco Intersight product family

1

DC-MGT-ONPREM-EST

Cisco Intersight On-Prem Hybrid SaaS – Essentials

4

GLC-TE

1000BASE-T SFP transceiver module for Category 5 copper wire

2

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Why choose Cisco?

For 10 years Cisco, with the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS), has partnered with Microsoft to deliver system infrastructures that provide leading performance, availability, security, and ease of management. Through Cisco UCS Manager, workloads do not need to be tied to individual servers, as Cisco UCS Manager is hosted on the Cisco UCS 6332 Fabric Interconnects. Thus, each server is configured exactly the same, a new server can be added in minutes, and servers can easily be repurposed if needed.

Note that configurations must adhere to the specifications provided in the Cisco Validated Design to be fully supported by Microsoft and Cisco.

For more information

For more information about Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, visit https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/servers-unified-computing/ucs-c-series-rack-servers/datasheet-c78-739279.html.

For more information about the Cisco UCS 6332 Fabric Interconnect, visit https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/servers-unified-computing/ucs-6332-fabric-interconnect/index.html.

For more information about Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, visit https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/storage/storage-spaces/storage-spaces-direct-overview.

For more information about Cisco UCS and Microsoft, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/microsoft.

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