Following on from last weeks big announcements and the teaser on the new M4 line-up I am pleased to say I can now post the details of that new line-up.
The new M4 servers, are based on the Intel Grantley-EP Platform, incorporating the latest Intel E5-2600 v3 (Haswell EP) processors. These new processors are available with up to an incredible 18 Cores per socket and support memory speeds up to a blistering 2133MHz.
Which in real terms means far denser virtualised environments and higher performing bare metal environments, which equates to less compute nodes required for the same job, and all the other efficiencies having a reduced footprint brings.
The new models being announced today are:
The stand out details for me here, are that the two new members of the C-Series Rack Mount family now come with a Modular LAN on Motherboard (mLOM) the VIC 1227 (SFP) and the VIC 1227T (10GBaseT). Which means this frees up a valuable PCIe 3.0 slot.
The C220M4 has an additional 2 x PCIe 3.0 Slots which could be used for additional I/O like the VIC1285 40Gb adapter or the new Gen 3 40Gb VIC1385 adapter. The PCIe slots also support Graphic Processing Units (GPU) for graphics intensive VDI solutions as well as PCIe Flash based UCS Storage accelerators.
In addition to all the goodness you get with the C220 the C240 offers 6 PCIe 3.0 Slots, 4 of which are full height, full length which should really open up the 3rd party card offerings.
Also worth noting that in addition to the standard Cisco Flexible Flash SD cards, the C240 M4 also has an optional 2 internal small form factor (SFF) SATA drives. Ideal if you want to keep a large foot printed operating system physically separate from your front facing drives.
And now for my favourite member of the Cisco UCS Server family, the trusty, versatile B200, great to see this blade get “pimped” with all the M4 goodness, as well as some great additional innovation.
So on top of the E5-2600v3 CPU’s supporting up to 18 Cores per socket, the ultra-fast 2133MHz DDR4 Memory, as well as the new 40Gb ready VIC 1340 mLOM, what I quite like about the B200M4 is the new “FlexStorage” Modular storage system.
Many of my clients love the statelessness aspects of Cisco UCS and to exploit this to the Max, most remote boot. And while none of them have ever said, “Colin it’s a bit of a waste, I’m having to pay for, and power an embedded RAID controller, when I’m not even using it”, well now they don’t have to, as the drives and storage controllers are now modular and can be ordered separately if required, or omitted completely if not.
But if after re-mortgaging your house you still can’t afford the very pricey DDR4 Memory, worry ye not, as the M3 DDR3 Blades and Rack mounts certainly aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon.
Until next time.
Take care of that Data Center of yours!