The Cisco UCS S3260 server uses a multigenerational modular server architecture (Figure 2) and employs Cisco's blade technology expertise to increase investment protection, allowing you to upgrade the main system components (Figure 3) without the need to migrate data from one system to another.
The Cisco UCS® S3260 Storage Server (Figure 1) is a modular, high-density, high-availability, dual-node storage- optimized server well suited for service providers, enterprises, and industry-specific environments. It provides dense, cost-effective storage to address your ever-growing data needs. Designed for a new class of data-intensive workloads, it is simple to deploy and excellent for applications for big data, data protection, software-defined storage environments, scale-out unstructured data repositories, media streaming, and content distribution.
The Cisco UCS S3260 server helps you achieve the highest levels of data availability and performance. With dual-node capability that is based on the 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable and Intel Xeon Scalable processor, it features up to 840 TB of local storage in a compact 4-Rack-Unit (4RU) form factor. The drives can be configured with enterprise-class Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) redundancy or with a pass-through Host Bus Adapter (HBA) controller. Network connectivity is provided with dual-port 40-Gbps nodes in each server, with expanded unified I/O capabilities for data migration between Network-Attached Storage (NAS) and SAN environments. This storage-optimized server comfortably fits in a standard 32-inch-depth rack, such as the Cisco R 42610 Rack.
The Cisco UCS B200 M5 server is a half-width blade. Up to eight servers can reside in the 6-Rack-Unit (6RU) Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis, offering one of the highest densities of servers per rack unit of blade chassis in the industry. You can configure the B200 M5 to meet your local storage requirements without having to buy, power, and cool components that you do not need.
The Cisco UCS B200 M5 provides these main features:
Advanced Storage Management
Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) management helps significantly reduce management and administration expenses by automating routine tasks to increase operational agility. Cisco UCS management provides enhanced storage management functions for the Cisco UCS S3260 and all Cisco UCS servers. Storage profiles give you flexibility in defining the number of storage disks and the roles and uses of these disks and other storage parameters. You can select and configure the disks to be used for storage by a virtual drive.
A logical collection of physical disks is called a disk group, and a disk group configuration policy defines the way that a disk group is created and configured. A disk group can be partitioned into virtual drives. Each virtual drive appears as an individual physical device to the operating system. The policy specifies the RAID level to be used for the disk group. It also specifies either manual or automatic selection of disks for the disk group and roles for the disks. This feature allows optimization of the storage resources without additional overhead and licensing costs.