Cisco UCS C240 M4

 

 

The enterprise-class Cisco UCS C240 M4 server extends the capabilities of the Cisco UCS portfolio in a 2RU form factor. Based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 andv3 series, it delivers an outstanding combination of performance, flexibility, and efficiency. In addition, the Cisco UCS C240 M4 offers outstanding levels of internal memory and storage expandability with exceptional performance. It supports:

 

   Up to 24 DDR4 DIMMs at speeds up to 2400 MHz 

   Up to 6 PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 slots (4 full-height, full-length)

   Up to 24 small form factor (SFF) drives or 12 large form factor (LFF) drives, 

   Support for 12-Gbps SAS drives

   A modular LAN-on-motherboard (mLOM) slot for n Cisco virtual interface card (VIC) 

   2 x 1 Gigabit Ethernet embedded LOM ports

    Supports up to two double-wide NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs), 

    (RAS) features with tool-free CPU insertion, Flexible Flash (FlexFlash) SD cards.

 

Feature

Benefit

DDR4 Memory

24 slots for registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) or load-reduced DIMMs (LRDIMMs) that deliver significant improvement in application performance. The Cisco UCS C240 M4 server supports up to 3 DIMMs per channel at 2400-MHz speeds

1 or 2 Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 and v3 product family CPUs

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 and v3 product family is designed to deliver the best combination of performance, built-in capabilities, and cost-effectiveness:

  Over twice the performance and more cores (up to 22 cores per socket) than the previous generation Intel Xeon processor
  Low power, high speed DDR4 memory technology
  Increased performance with Intel AVX2
  Increased in virtual machine density
  Automated energy efficiency that reduces energy costs by automatically putting the processor and memory in the lowest available power state while still delivering the performance required and flexible virtualization technology that optimizes performance for virtualized environments, including processor support for migration and direct I/O
  Cisco UCS C-Series servers keep pace with Intel Xeon processor innovation by offering the latest processors that increase processor frequency and improve security features. With the increased performance provided by the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 and v3 product family, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers offer an improved price-to-performance ratio, making Cisco UCS servers among the best values in the industry

Support for up to 6 PCIe 3.0 slots, 4 of which are full-height, full-length

  Flexibility, increased performance, and compatibility with industry standards
  Substantially increased bandwidth compared to the previous generation, with more flexibility and backward compatibility with PCIe 2.0
  Greater I/O performance and flexibility

Support for a modular LAN-on-motherboard (mLOM) slot

  New to the Cisco UCS C240 M4 server, the mLOM slot can be used to install a Cisco VIC or third-party NIC without consuming a PCIe slot, providing greater I/O expandability

40-Gbps unified network fabric

  Low-latency, lossless, 40-Gbps Ethernet and industry-standard FCoE and native Fibre Channel fabric
  Wire-once deployment model: changing I/O configurations no longer requires you to install adapters and cables, racks and switches
  Fewer interface cards, cables, and upstream network ports to purchase, power, configure, and maintain

Virtualization optimization

  Cisco Data Center Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX) and Adapter FEX technologies, I/O virtualization, and Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 and v3 product family features, extending the network directly to virtual machines
  Consistent and scalable operational model
  Increased security and efficiency with reduced complexity
  Capability to move virtual machine security features and policies from rack to rack or rack to blade

Unified management (when integrated into Cisco UCS)

  Can be deployed as a standalone server or in a UCS-managed environment
  When combined with Cisco UCS, the entire solution can be managed as a single entity with Cisco UCS Manager, improving operational efficiency and flexibility
  Service profiles and templates implement role- and policy-based management, enabling more effective use of skilled server, network, and storage administrators
  Automated provisioning and increased business agility, allowing data center managers to provision applications in minutes rather than days by associating a service profile with a new added or repurposed Cisco UCS C240 M4 server
  Capability to move service profiles from rack server to another rack server, blade to rack server, or rack to blade server in minutes instead of hours or days

High-capacity, flexible, hot-swappable internal storage

  Up 24 small form-factor (SFF) or 12 large form-factor (LFF) drives plus 2 optional SFF boot drives and optional NVMe PCIe SSDs for local storage, providing redundancy options and ease of serviceability
  Balanced performance and capacity to meet application needs:
   NVMe PCIe SSDs
   SATA SSDs
   15K rpm SAS drives for highest performance
   10K rpm SAS drives for high performance and value
   7.2K rpm SATA drives for high capacity and value

Cisco 12-Gbps SAS Modular RAID controller

  Cisco 12Gbps Modular RAID PCIe Gen 3.0 controller provides enterprise-class data protection for up to 24 SAS, SATA, or SSDs.
  RAID card is plugged into a dedicated PCIe slot, leaving all remaining PCIe slots available for other I/O expansion cards.
  Available with configurable DDR3 Cache memory: 1-, 2-, or 4-GB flash-backed write cache (FBWC) options
  RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and 60 supported.

Software RAID option

  The software RAID option supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 for up to 8 SATA HDDs or SSDs.

Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC)

  Web user-interface for server management; remote keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM); virtual media; and administration
  Virtual media support for remote CD and DVD drives as if local
  Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0 support for out-of-band management through third-party enterprise management systems
  Command-line interface (CLI) for server management
  Provides UCS visibility and control to management ecosystem partners using a comprehensive XML API

Advanced reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features

  Hot-swappable, front-accessible drives
  Redundant Cisco FlexFlash SD cards
  Dual-redundant fans and hot-swappable, redundant power supplies for enterprise-class reliability and uptime
  Convenient latching lid for easy access to internal server
  Tool-free CPU insertion allows for processor upgrades and replacements with reduced risk of damage
  Tool-free access to all serviceable items, and color-coded indicators to guide users to hot-pluggable and serviceable items

Security Features

  Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a chip (microcontroller) that can securely store artifacts used to authenticate the platform (server). These artifacts can include passwords, certificates, or encryption keys. TPM 1.2 SPI-based and TPM 2.0 modules are supported.
  Locking bezel option can be mounted to the front of the chassis to prevent unauthorized access to the drives.

Cisco Flexible Flash (FlexFlash) Secure Digital (SD) cards

  The server supports two redundant internal Cisco FlexFlash SD cards, which can be used to install a boot OS or embedded hypervisor
  Cisco FlexFlash SD cards also support Utility mode with out-of-band update of utility partitions

High Performance for Data-Intensive Applications

The Cisco UCS C240 M4 Rack Server with the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 and v3 product family is well suited for a wide range of storage and I/O-intensive applications such as:

   Big data

   Collaboration

   Small and medium-sized business (SMB) databases

   Virtualization and consolidation

   Storage servers

   High-performance appliances

The Cisco UCS C240 M4 can be deployed as standalone servers or as part of the Cisco Unified Computing System, which unifies computing, networking, management, virtualization, and storage access into a single integrated architecture that enables end-to-end server visibility, management, and control in both bare-metal and virtualized environments. Within a Cisco UCS deployment, the Cisco UCS C240 M4 takes advantage of Cisco’s standards-based unified computing innovations, which significantly reduce customers’ total cost-of-ownership (TCO) and increase business agility.