The form-factor-agnostic Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) combines Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers and B-Series Blade Servers with networking and storage access in a single converged system that simplifies management and delivers greater cost efficiency and agility with increased visibility and control. The latest expansion of the Cisco UCS portfolio includes the new Cisco UCS C24 M3 Rack Server. This new server increases compute density through more cores and cache balanced with adequate memory capacity, abundant internal disk drives and faster I/O. Together these server improvements and complementary Cisco UCS advancements deliver the combination of features and cost efficiency required to support IT’s diverse server needs.
The Cisco UCS C24 M3 Rack Server is designed for both outstanding economics and internal expandability. The Cisco C24 M3 Rack Server targets entry level virtualization, IT and web infrastructure as well as storage-intensive infrastructure workloads from big data and small to medium databases to file serving and windows storage servers. Building on the success of the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, the Cisco UCS C24 M3 server and the Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card 1225 (VIC 1225) extend the capabilities of the Cisco UCS portfolio in a 2RU form factor with the Intel® Xeon processor E5-2400 product family, which delivers an optimal combination of performance, flexibility, and efficiency gains. In addition, the Cisco UCS C24 M3 offers up to 12 DIMM slots, up to 12, 16 or 24 disk drives, 5 PCI express (PCIe) slots, and two 1 Gigabit Ethernet LAN-on-motherboard (LOM) ports to provide an exceptional internal storage capacity and price-to-performance ratio.
The Cisco UCS C24 M3 server interfaces with Cisco UCS using another Cisco innovation: the Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card 1225. The Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card 1225 is a virtualization-optimized Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) PCIe 2.0 x8 10-Gbps adapter designed for use with Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers. The Virtual Interface Card 1225 is a dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe adapter that can support up to 18 PCIe standards-compliant virtual interfaces, which can be dynamically configured so that both their interface type (network interface card [NIC] or host bus adapter [HBA]) and identity (MAC address and worldwide name [WWN]) are established using just-in-time provisioning. In addition, the Cisco UCS VIC 1225 can support network interface virtualization and Cisco Data Center Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX) technology