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Cisco UCS M142 Compute Cartridge

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The Building Block of Scale and Flexibility

Cisco UCS M142 Compute Cartridge eliminates the complexity of the traditional server unit, delivering discreet compute and memory, fully separated from the infrastructure components provided by the M4308 Chassis. The UCS M-Series Compute Cartridges and UCS M4308 Modular Chassis provide easy scalability to meet the needs of your applications without over-provisioning.

Features and Capabilities

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

This design allows Cisco to abstract server sub-systems fully into the infrastructure, completely off the compute nodes. The disaggregated sub-components are:

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

This separation of components between the UCS M142 Compute Cartridge and the UCS M4308 Modular Chassis lets us decouple the lifecycles of the sub-systems. Now every sub-component can be refreshed independently, on its own lifecycle schedule, without provoking a major platform refresh.

The UCS M-Series design also allows for smaller increments of scale, letting your applications have the number of compute nodes that they require to achieve the desired performance and availability. No more over-provisioning. No more wasted resources. Everything is under a single management tool for easy scale and management transparency.

With this groundbreaking design, the UCS 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
  • Compute capacity per rack unit

The UCS M-Series Modular Server system features a new 2-rack-unit (2RU) chassis built on the foundation of Cisco innovation in virtual interface card (VIC) technology. The chassis can hold up to eight fully independent UCS M-Series Compute Cartridges. All of the M4308 chassis connect to a pair of Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects with UCS Manager, providing easy, fast scalability with industry-leading UCS management.

UCS M4308 Modular Server Chassis

Learn more about the new Cisco high-density, modular server chassis.

Specifications at a Glance

Cisco UCS M142 Key Features

Processors per node (server)

1 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1200 v3, quad core

Compute nodes (servers) per cartridge

2 independent nodes (servers) per cartridge

Memory per node and per cartridge

32 GB memory per node with 64 GB per cartridge

Compute cartridges per chassis

8 independent front-load cartridges per chassis

Disk Drives

4 x SSD - scaling from 480 GB SATA to 6.4 TB SAS provided by a M4308 Modular Chassis


2 x 40 Gbps provided by a M4308 Modular Chassis


2 x 1400 Watts provided by a M4308 Modular Chassis


Stateless model-based management by Cisco UCS Manager provided by UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects

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