Why UCS?

Cisco UCS: Superior Multilayered Protection
Simple, Flexible, and Powerful Management Capabilities: Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC)

The Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC) is a baseboard management controller that provides embedded server management for the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers. The Cisco IMC enables system management in the datacenter and across distributed branch-office locations.

Cisco IMC supports multiple management interfaces, including a web user interface (Web UI), a command-line interface (CLI), and an XML API that is consistent with the one used by the Cisco UCS Manager. Cisco IMC also supports industry-standard management protocols, including Simple Network Management Protocol Version 3 (SNMPv3) and Intelligent Platform Management Interface Version 2.0 (IPMIv2.0).

Cisco IMC is available in Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

Powerful and Configurable Networking: Cisco Virtual Interface Cards (VIC)

The Cisco Virtual Interface Cards (VIC) is PCIe-compliant interfaces that support up to 256 PCIe devices with dynamically configured type (NIC or HBA), identity [MAC address or worldwide name (WWN)], fabric failover policy, bandwidth, and QoS policy settings. With Cisco VICs, server configuration— including I/O configuration—becomes configurable on demand, making servers stateless resources that can be deployed to meet any workload need at any time, without any physical reconfiguration or recabling required.

Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card (VIC)

  UCS VIC 1385 UCS VIC 1387
Form Factor PCIExpress

(half height)

Modular LOM
Connectivity PCIe 3.0 x 16

form factor

PCIe 3.0 x 8

form factor

Network Thoughput 80 GB 80 GB
VXLAN/NVGRE
SMB Direct
RDMA
usNIC

Ability to Integrate into a Fully Managed Environment: Cisco UCS Manager & Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects

The Cisco UCS Manager integrates blade and rack servers into a single self-aware, self-integrating, unified system. It quickly and accurately configures computing, network, storage, and storage-access resources to increase compliance and reduce the chance of errors that can cause downtime. It uses a role- and policy-based approach that helps organizations more easily align policies and configurations with workloads, and it automates system configuration through a “create once, deploy many” approach. Cisco UCS Manager acts as a single point of management and monitoring for the entire system. It is embedded software that runs on the system’s fabric interconnects, typically in a redundant, high-availability configuration. It can be accessed through an intuitive GUI, command-line interface (CLI), or XML API.

The Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects provide a single point of connectivity and management for the entire system. Typically deployed as an active-active pair, the system’s fabric interconnects integrate all components into a single, highly available management domain controlled by Cisco UCS Manager. The fabric interconnects manage all I/O efficiently and securely at a single point, resulting in deterministic I/O latency regardless of a server or virtual machine’s topological location in the system.

  • Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects support line-rate, lossless 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE connectivity
  • Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects can be used to create Cisco UCS domains containing blade or rack servers
  • Cisco UCS 6300 Series Fabric Interconnects support line-rate, lossless 40 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE connectivity
  • Cisco UCS 6324 Fabric Interconnects can be used to create a self-contained Cisco UCS Mini solution for branch offices and remote locations

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