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  1. 1. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public information. Page 1EnterpriseApplicationSolutions withCisco UCS ServersBrochure In Collaboration With
  2. 2. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 2Enterprise Application Solutionswith Cisco UCS ServersCisco® solutions reflect aprofound understandingof enterprise applicationrequirements.With a comprehensive line of Cisco Unified ComputingSystem™ (Cisco UCS®) blade and rack servers,mapping servers to specific application requirementshas never been easier. All Cisco UCS servers are basedon Intel® Xeon® processors, which form the core oftoday’s efficient data centers.End-to-End Application DesignBusinesses consider application solutions, not justhardware, as crucial factors in their decision-makingprocesses—and Cisco focuses on delivering solutions.Businesses need high-performance solutions thatsupport their applications end to end. They needsolutions that incorporate servers, networks, andstorage. They need solutions that enable applicationsto perform and scale effectively, with lower total cost ofownership (TCO). Solutions based on Cisco UCS are:• Optimized to support your applications• Designed with the right balance of CPU, memory,network, and storage access resources• Tested and validated with Cisco Validated Designs,which accelerate application deployment and reduceriskSingle Unified SystemCisco UCS is the first solution to incorporate rackand blade servers as well as virtual machines into asingle system that is physically distributed yet centrallymanaged. Cisco’s unique architecture gives applicationsthe resiliency they need to meet the demands of yourbusiness and scale dynamically to meet your changingneeds. Cisco UCS offers:• Single unified system that eliminates the need formanual, time-consuming, error-prone assembly ofcomponents into solutions• Unified management that automates the setting ofevery aspect of a server’s identity, configuration, andconnectivity, accelerating deployment and reducingdowntime.• Unified fabric that provides high-bandwidth, low-latency access to every resource, increasing flexibilityand performance while reducing cost• Simplified architecture that eliminates multiplelayers of switching and cabling, reducing capitalexpenditures (CapEx), operating costs (OpEx), andcomplexityCisco UCS® with Intel®Xeon® ProcessorsProven ApplicationPerformanceRenowned application performance is notjust a claim: It is a fact, validated by morethan 70 world-record-setting performancebenchmarks. Withintelligent Intel®Xeon® processors,Cisco hasdemonstrated howwell it runs physical,virtualized, andcloud-computingworkloads; mission-critical businessapplications;enterprisemiddleware; database management systems;and high-performance computing solutions.Setting world performance records onbenchmarks, Cisco UCS delivers the rawpower of Intel Xeon processors for betterapplication performance.© 2012 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 1Cisco UCS B200 M3: Dominating the Landscapefor Oracle E-Business Suite PerformanceCisco continues a tradition of enterprise applicationperformance leadership with four new worldrecords on Oracle E-Business Suite benchmarks,demonstrating that Cisco Unified Computing System™(Cisco UCS®) powers business-critical softwarebetter than any other server vendor.In four of the Oracle E-Business Suite Standard Benchmarks, the Cisco UCS B200M3 Blade Server powered by the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family delivers thebest performance of any server, regardless of configuration or number of processorcores. Cisco does not just set four new top marks—Cisco continues its commitmentto Oracle software performance by demonstrating record-setting performanceover time.The Oracle E-Business Suite Standard Benchmark simulates global enterpriseworkloads with varying data model sizes to demonstrate performance and scalabilityacross a range of scenarios. Results are certified by an independent auditor, anddetailed benchmark reports are published on the Oracle website.• Cisco is the first to demonstrate results on the Oracle E-Business SuiteApplications R12 (12.1.3) Large Model Order-to-Cash Benchmark with a scorePerformance BriefSeptember 2012HighlightsWorld-Record-Setting Results• Four new world-record OracleE-Business Suite Applications R12benchmark results demonstrate theperformance leadership of the CiscoUnified Computing System™ (CiscoUCS™) with Intel® Xeon® processorsand EMC® VNX™ storage poweringOracle database and enterpriseapplications.Outperforming the Competition• These world records include resultsthat outperform IBM Power 7 by morethan 63 percent, and Oracle Sun bymore than 6 percent.Proven Track Record• Cisco has a tradition of establishingperformance records for OracleE-Business Suite, and four of itsprevious world records remainunchallenged. Cisco’s performanceproves the versatility of the enterprisemultitier application performance thatCisco UCS can deliver.Cost-Effective Performance• The benchmark results demonstratehow well the Cisco® solution, basedon open standards x86-architectureprocessors, can outperformproprietary RISC processor–basedsystems, and that It can save one-thirdon Oracle Database license costs.0300600800050100150200250Oracle E-BusinessSuite 12.1.2LinesperHour(Thousands)Oracle E-BusinessSuite 12.1.3Oracle E-BusinessSuite 12.1.2Oracle E-BusinessSuite 12.1.3EmployeesperHour(Thousands)CiscoUCSB200M3221,239CiscoUCSB200M3232,739IBM135,399Power370CiscoUCSB200M3835,189CiscoUCSB200M3839,865IBMPower370702,576OracleSunServerX3-2L789,515Large Model Order-to-Cash Extra-Large Model PayrollFigure 1. Cisco Sets Four World Records for Oracle E-Business Suite Applications
  3. 3. Cisco understands that effectiveapproaches to big data requiremore than just technology. Theymust deliver tangible results tobusinesses.Cisco UCS is an excellent fit for big data challenges,increasing agility to expand business opportunities,scalability to manage growth, and resiliency to managerisk—all with management and operation efficiency thatdramatically reduces TCO. Cisco SmartPlay bundlesmake big data deployment fast and economical.Joint Solutions from the LeadersThe leaders in big data, including Cloudera, Greenplum,MarkLogic, Oracle, NetApp, and ParAccel, partner withCisco to provide a broad range of big data solutions.Cisco and its partners understand the importanceof effective technology infrastructure. Cisco UCS isthe only partner platform for Oracle NoSQL and isthe exclusive hardware reference for ParAccel andGreenplum MR.Cisco Common Platform ArchitectureThe Cisco Common Platform Architecture (CPA)for big data applications offers network scalability,performance, management, and monitoring to:• Simplify operations• Increase modularity• Reduce risk• Lower TCOCisco UCS rack servers provide the essential balancebetween processor performance, I/O performance, anda range of storage solutions to deliver agile big datainfrastructure. Cisco UCS fabric interconnects establisha common management plane to scale up and out usingboth single- and multi-rack form factors. Cisco virtualinterface cards (VICs) provide I/O flexibility, with thenumber and type of I/O devices created on demand.For More Information• Please visit http://www.cisco.com/go/bigdata• View Cisco SmartPlay solutions for Big Data© 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 3Unified and Integrated Management• Get integrated, unified management withCisco UCS Manager• Manage up to 10,000 servers and associatedinfrastructure with Cisco UCS CentralSoftwareScalable and Predictable Performance• Get a high-performance platform with IntelXeon processors and up to 384 internal diskdrives per rack• Scale linearly without degrading performanceor increasing management challenges• Achieve predictable performance with uniformnetwork latency between nodesIntegration with Enterprise Applications• Host both enterprise applications and big dataapplications in the same system to simplifymanagement and accelerate movementbetween applicationsReduced Risk• With pretested and validated architectureaccelerates time to value while reducing riskLower TCO• Reduce TCO through simplified architectureand integrated, unified managementBig Data: Common Platform ArchitectureCisco Smart-Play SolutionCisco UCS Servers Memory Storage Capacity Big Data ApplicationBig Data HighCapacity16x C240 M3 withIntel Xeon E5-26402048 GBper rack576 TB per rack Industry-leading storage density; ideal excellent for high-capacity Hadoop deployments.Big Data HighPerformance16x C240 M3 withIntel Xeon E5-26904096 GBper rack384 TB per rack Balanced computing power, I/O bandwidth, and storagecapacity for high-performance Hadoop and NoSQLdatabase deployments.Big Data High-PerformanceSAS Half Rack8x C240 M3 withIntel Xeon E5-26902048 GBper rack115.2 TB per rack High performance for demanding massively parallelprocessing (MPP) databases.2x Cisco UCS 6248UP or6296UP Fabric Interconnects2x Cisco Nexus 2232PP10GE Fabric Extendersin Each RackFirst Rack Additional Racks16x Cisco UCS RackServers per RackCisco SmartPlay Solutions Make Big Data Deployment Fastand Economical
  4. 4. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 4Microsoft Exchange Server: Scalability and FlexibilityMicrosoft Exchange Server onCisco UCS delivers outstandingscalability and performance fortens of thousands of mailboxes.With Cisco UCS and Microsoft Exchange Server,companies can consolidate their entire messagingsystem onto a single, flexible infrastructure, supportingboth bare-metal and virtualized components side byside with a single management interface.Excellent ROI and TCOHosting Microsoft Exchange Server on Cisco UCSyields:• Increased return on investment (ROI), with excellentconsolidation ratios of physical servers onto virtualservers using Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSpherefor better utilization of the entire infrastructure• Radically simplified server configuration, greatlyreduces server deployment times and lowers initialcosts• Inherent support for virtualization and scalability,reducing the need for additional hardware to supportgrowth—and when additional servers are needed,Cisco UCS servers can be deployed in minutes to aknown and trusted configuration, supporting a lowRTO (recovery time objective) allowing staff to get onwith normal business operations• Better use of current of staff expertise, helpingorganizations comply with data center policies andbest practices, leading to reduced TCO for yourMicrosoft Exchange Server environmentReliability, Availability, and MobilityThe solution is:• Designed for high availability and fast disasterrecovery so that employees never have to be withoutaccess to their email anywhere or from any device• Deployed with prescriptive guidance using CiscoValidated Designs, which help create a highly secure,optimized environment and accelerate deploymentwhile reducing risk Security and ComplianceThe combination of Microsoft Exchange Server andCisco UCS helps organizations:• Comply with legal discovery rules and implementpolicies for retention and deletion of email, making iteasy to monitor compliance• Enforce compliance through automated deploymentand role-based administration, eliminating the risk ofmanual configuration errors that can cause downtimeFor More InformationPlease visit http://www.cisco.com/go/microsoft.Cisco UCSWins Best ofTechEd 2012BreakthroughTechnology AwardCisco UCS servers and Cisco UCS Managercompletely automate configuration for low-level hardware, BIOS, and configurationsettings, enabling solutions to be quicklydeployed, cloned, and managed—evenremotely. Cisco UCS servers also can befully managed using Microsoft PowerShell orMicrosoft System Center Orchestrator.BusinessSizeStorageConfigurationCisco UCSServerBenefits for Microsoft Exchange ServerSmall andmediumsizedInternal C240 M3Rack ServerThe Cisco UCS C240 M3 supports a standalone configuration that balancesprocessing power, memory capacity (up to 768 GB), I/O bandwidth, and up to 36TB of internal storage. Cisco SmartPlay pricing is available.Small andmediumsizedShared C220 M3Rack ServerThe Cisco UCS C220 M3 supports the same balance of resources and intelligentIntel Xeon processors with low-latency, high-bandwidth connectivity to sharedstorage systems. Cisco SmartPlay pricing is available.Large Shared B200 M3Blade ServerThe Cisco UCS B200 M3 delivers the power of the Intel Xeon processor E5family in a blade form factor. The server supports up to 768 GB of main memoryto support virtualized Microsoft Exchange Server deployments, and the CiscoUCS VIC 1240 with the optional port expander card provides up to 80 Gbps ofbandwidth for IP network and storage access.
  5. 5. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 5Organizations of all sizes arebringing collaboration toolsonline, bringing remote andvirtual workers together to formbetter teams.Accelerate collaboration tool deployment using CiscoUCS with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 running onMicrosoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. CiscoUCS with Cisco validated configurations helps ensureinteroperability, decreases complexity, and increasesefficiency for any size business.Better Balance of ResourcesCisco brings a better balance of computing, I/O,storage, and virtualization resources to organizations,providing the flexibility to use Microsoft SharePoint 2010in a virtualized environment or on bare metal and thecapability to change deployment models without costlydelays. Cisco UCS delivers:• Excellent response times to users, where and whenthey need it• Fast, on-demand deployment of resources (inminutes rather than days or months)• Cost-effective options that support both local andnetworked storage• Continuous availability with no single point of failurein the system’s network fabric• Radically simplified configuration with integratedmanagement that spans both rack and blade servers,helping reduce total cost of ownership (TCO)Easy ScalabilityTo meet the needs of the ever-growing user base,businesses need to plan for growth. Microsoft’s flexiblearchitecture together with Cisco’s excellent range ofserver and connectivity options helps organizationsscale computing and storage resources to meetincreasing demands.For small, standalone environments, a single CiscoUCS C240 M3Rack Server cansupport MicrosoftSharePoint with upto 36 TB of internalstorage. Thissolution can scaleto increase capacityand redundancythrough the additionof two servers.To handle evenmore users, webfront-end serverscan be hosted onCisco UCS C220M3 Rack Servers,and the Cisco UCS C240 M3 servers can be used asstorage servers. For blade server environments, theCisco UCS B200 M3 can support both functions withup to 80 Gbps of bandwidth to access shared storage.Cisco SmartPlay bundles make ordering simple anddeployment easy.For More InformationPlease visit http://www.cisco.com/go/microsoft.Microsoft SharePoint: Scale as Your Collaboration Needs GrowCisco UCS C220 M3CONSOLECisco UCS C240 M310 GigabitEthernetVirtualPortChannel(vPC)vPC vPCCONSOLECisco UCS C240 M3CONSOLECisco Nexus 5548UP SwitchesCisco Supports Microsoft SharePoint with Servers That Have Massive Storage Capacity and HighPerformance for Web Front-End ServersCisco UCSServerBenefits for Microsoft SharePoint 2010Cisco UCSC240 M3Rack ServerWith up to 36 TB of internal disk storage and up to 768 GB of memory, the Cisco UCS C240 M3 can act as astandalone Microsoft SharePoint server, and it can act as a storage server with multiple web front-end servers.Cisco SmartPlay pricing is available.Cisco UCSC220 M3Rack ServerThe Cisco UCS C220 M3 supports the same balance of resources as the Cisco UCS C240 M3 but with lessinternal storage capacity, making it excellent to use as a web front-end server or to manage the MicrosoftSharePoint database in a shared-storage environment.Cisco UCSB200 M3Blade ServerThe Cisco UCS B200 M3 provides up to 768 GB of main memory to support virtualized Microsoft SharePointinstances, with to 80 Gbps of bandwidth for the IP network and access to shared storage systems in enterpriseenvironments.
  6. 6. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 6Microsoft SQL Server: Higher Performance and Lower CostIncrease Microsoft SQL Serverperformance with Cisco servers.Organizations using Cisco servers gain the power,flexibility, and management simplicity needed tomeet Microsoft SQL Server workload demands whileincreasing IT agility.Start with standalone servers for performance andbandwidth, or connect servers through Cisco UCS forautomated configuration, simplified management, andmassive I/O flexibility that provides SAN and network-attached storage (NAS) access. The integrationof Microsoft SQL Server with Cisco UCS providesapplications exceptional connectivity to your enterprisedata.Demanding I/O PerformanceMicrosoft SQL Server demands a balance of I/Operformance and capacity, making architecture andsystem resources important considerations whenchoosing a system. Cisco servers and Microsoft SQLServer perform well for small and medium-sizedbusinesses by providing massive amounts of internalstorage. Cisco servers support medium-sized to largebusinesses with low-latency, high-speed connectivityto storage. Cisco servers provide mission-criticalenvironments the performance and reliability theyneed, including the Intel Xeon processor E7 family foroptimized performance.The range of solutions that Cisco offers provideexcellent performance, scalability, and flexibility,enabling IT departments to start small and easily scaleto meet growing workload needs. For organizationsconsolidating workloads onto a smaller number ofservers, Cisco servers are designed with enhancedvirtualization support so that companies choosing Ciscoget excellent performance from virtualized MicrosoftSQL Server instances.For More InformationPlease visit http://www.cisco.com/go/microsoft.Record-SettingPerformance with LowerCostIn its inaugural TPC-H™ result, Ciscoasserted industry leadership in partnershipwith Microsoft, establishing Cisco UCS asthe fastest 4-socket Intel Xeon processor–powered platform for running Microsoft SQLServer at the 1,000 GB scale factor.More information for the benchmark cited above isprovided on page 11BusinessEnvironmentCisco UCSServerMaximumMemoryIntel XeonProcessorFamilyBenefits with Microsoft SQL Server SoftwareSmall toMedium sizedC240 M3Rack Server768 GB E5-2600 • Excellent for small online transaction processing (OTP) ordecision-support systems• High storage density in 2 rack units• Flexibility to support 12 Large Form-Factor (LFF) or 24 SmallForm-Factor (SFF) disk drives• Up to 36 TB of storage with 12 LFF drives• Low-cost network connectivity with 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports• Economical performance with the Intel Xeon processor E5 familyMedium sizedto largeB200 M3Blade Server768 GB E5-2600 • Up to 80 Gbps of I/O capacity• Equal connectivity to SAN or NAS storage• Lower licensing cost with 2-socket serverLarge(blade serverenvironment)B420 M3Blade Server1.5 TB E5-4600 • Large memory capacity for greater performance• Up to 160 Gbps of I/O capacity• 4-socket server performance at an economical priceLarge(rack serverenvironment)C260 M2Rack Server1 TB E7-2800 • Massive memory capacity for greater caching• I/O flexibility and bandwidth with 6 PCIe slots• Up to 16 SFF disk drives for up to 16 TB of internal storage• Built-in dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports• Reliability enhanced by the Intel Xeon processor E7 familyMission critical C460 M2High-PerformanceRack Server2 TB E7-4800 • Extreme memory capacity• I/O flexibility and bandwidth with 10 PCIe slots• Up to 12 SFF disk drives for up to 12 TB of internal storage• Built-in dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports• Reliability enhanced by the Intel Xeon processor E7 family
  7. 7. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 7Oracle software propelsbusinesses worldwide, andCisco has established a traditionof providing record-settingperformance and running Oraclesoftware at lower cost.Oracle software is essential for many businessfunctions. Oracle Database and Oracle Real ApplicationClusters (RAC) support online transaction processingthat enables all forms of commerce. Oracle E-BusinessSuite is a comprehensive suite of global businessapplications that help organizations make betterdecisions and reduce cost. Oracle E-Business Suitesupports business functions ranging from customerrelationship management (CRM) to supply chainmanagement (SCM). After business transactions arecompleted, Oracle NoSQL Database helps analyzemassive amounts of data to enable better businessdecisions in the future.Oracle Runs Better on Cisco UCSOracle software runs better on Cisco UCS because ofCisco’s unique architectural advantages which no othervendor can offer:• Unified management supports predefined andprogrammed deployment so that best practicescan be implemented through automation. Scalingof existing applications is now rapid, accurate, andrepeatable.• Unified fabric ties servers together with low-latency10 Gigabit performance. Cisco Unified Fabric carriesIP networking, storage, and management traffic withwireline-quality security. With Cisco UCS, Cisco isthe first company to certify Oracle RAC software ona unified fabric, proving Cisco’s performance andsecurity.• Cisco virtual interface cards support an I/Oenvironment in which the number and type of devicescan be configured on demand using either Ethernetor Fibre Channel. Used with Cisco Data Center VirtualMachine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX) technology, CiscoVICs directly connect virtual machines to the network,providing the same visibility and control normallyreserved for physical devices.• Intel Xeon processors power Cisco UCS servers witha price:performance ratio that makes traditional RISCprocessor–based systems obsolete. Although manyvendors use the same processors, only Cisco bringstheir power to life with the architecture of Cisco UCS.Better Performance at Lower CostThe proof of superior architecture is better performanceat lower cost. Cisco demonstrates the depth of itscommitment to Oracle software by establishing atradition of record-setting performance on both theTransaction Processing Council TPC-C Benchmark andOracle E-Business Suite Standard Benchmarks.For More InformationFor more information about Cisco UCS servers runningOracle software, please visit http://www.cisco.com/go/oracle.Oracle: Enterprise-Leading Business Application PerformanceCisco UCSServerRole Record-Setting Oracle PerformanceC240M3 RackServerSmall and medium-sizedbusinesses needing largeamounts of internal storageFootnote 1. The Cisco UCS C240 M3 claimed the fastest TPC-C benchmarkresults for any 2-socket server, even among competitors using the exact sameprocessor, and outperforming a 2-processor IBM POWER7 system by 34% with32% lower cost (for more information see page 11).B200 M3BladeServerMedium-sized and largebusinesses using sharedstorageFootnote 2. The Cisco UCS B200 M3 delivered the best performance of anyserver, regardless of configuration or number of processor cores, on the OracleE-Business Suite 12.1.2 Order-to-Cash Benchmark. The record includesoutperforming an IBM POWER7 processor-based server by more than 63% (formore information see page 11).Record SettingPerformance from CiscoBest 2-Socket Server TPC-C™ ResultsCisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server1Best Oracle E-Business Suite PerformanceCisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server2More information for the benchmarks cited above isprovided on page 11.
  8. 8. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 8SAP: Higher Performance, Greater EfficiencyCisco understands that betterbusiness decisions rely on SAPinfrastructure for fast access toreliable information.Cisco UCS eliminates the challenges that keep SAPapplications from delivering the right information at theright time. With an innovative and unified architecture,Cisco UCS reduces SAP landscape sprawl, improvesvisibility into virtualized SAP environments, and shortensresponse time for SAP workloads at a lower cost.The Right Platform for SAP WorkloadsDesigned with the knowledge that no two SAPdeployments are identical, Cisco UCS offers choice andflexibility in server deployment. IT departments can runSAP enterprise applications on high-performance CiscoUCS blade or rack servers that support incrementalscaling in a consolidated footprint.A Leading Platform for SAP HANACisco UCS and SAP HANA deliver the massive scale-out capabilities needed for big data,growth-oriented applications, andanalytics. IT departments can rapidlyscale deployments to many nodes inhigh-performance, highly availableconfigurations. Using more serversand distributing data-loading andanalysis tasks takes advantage ofmassively parallel processing todeliver outstanding response. Userscan choose either EMC or NetAppstorage and take advantage of SAPIT Process Automation by Cisco forspecial SAP HANA features.Streamlined SAP Deployment andManagementReliable, repeatable workflow automation built into CiscoUCS and Cisco Tidal Software helps streamline SAPdeployment and migration processes.• Perform troubleshooting procedures and isolateincidents to improve technical monitoring.• Automate tasks for Run SAP operations andprocedures to improve system administration.• Automate incident response and corrective actionprocesses to improve service desk operations.• Perform custom operations and procedures acrossheterogeneous landscapes, including custom systemcopy procedures before and after system refreshes,for improved SAP landscape operation.For More InformationPlease visit http://www.cisco.com/go/sapOptimized Performancefor Virtualized SAPEnvironmentsCisco Data Center VM-FEX technologyeliminates the burden of virtual machineswitching from the hypervisor, giving SAPapplications access to more host CPU cyclesand I/O throughput.The combination of Cisco UCS and CiscoData Center VM-FEX technology delivers anintegrated solution that enables performancegains through support for up to 11 percentmore users and through reduced databaseaccess latency, effectively accelerating userqueries by up to 29 percent.See http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns340/ns517/ns224/ns944/whitepaper_c11_703103.pdffor more information.SAPEnvironmentCisco UCSServerBenefits with SAP Enterprise Applications SAP HANA Blade Server Scale-Out SolutionsSmall tomediumsizedB200 M3Blade Server• Up to 80 Gbps of I/O capacity• Equal connectivity to SAN or NAS storage• Lower licensing costs with 2-socket server• Up to 8 TB of memory• EMC or NetApp external storage• High availability and disaster recovery across data centersMediumsized to largeB420 M3Blade Server• Large memory capacity for higher performance• Up to 160 Gbps of I/O capacity• 4-socket server at an economical priceSAP HANA Rack Server All-in-One SolutionsMissioncriticalC460 M2High-PerformanceRack Server• Extreme memory capacity• I/O flexibility and bandwidth with 10 PCIe slots• Up to 12 TB of internal storage• Extra-small, small, and medium-sized rack-mount solutions• Up to one-half TB of compressed user data• Sized to fit in one Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Server with internalstorage
  9. 9. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 9Cisco is uniquely positionedto enable businesses to takeadvantage of the shift tothe next-generation virtualworkspace.Traditional physical desktop infrastructures are evolvingto support an adaptive virtualized workspace. Ciscoand its partners bring you a full range of desktop andapplication virtualization solutions that are collaborative,mobile, and secure.Reduced TCO and Improved ROICisco provides a complete suite of validated andtested desktop and application virtualization designs tolower costs and manage deployment risks. Solutionsfrom Cisco offer reduced complexity, with fewerinstallation steps and a simple, integrated, single pointof management across both Cisco UCS blade andrack servers. This simplification enables businesses togain competitive advantages and improve productivitywithout compromising performance or availabilityachieving a superior ROI.Superior SecuritySolutions deployed with Cisco UCS provide flexible andsecure access, with increased control and compliance.This security is delivered through:• Detailed security policy access control with CiscoUCS and Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches• Enhanced security with segmentation of virtualdesktops using Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG)integrated with Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches• Secure, efficient, virtualization-aware networkingwith Cisco VICs that directly connect virtual desktopsto the network, leaving more CPU cycles to deliverbetter desktop performance• High-performance, low-latency 10-Gbps unifiedfabric that carries IP, storage, and management trafficover a single network, reducing CapEx and OpEx• Cisco virtual desktop solutions provide consistentsecurity policy enforcement networkwide, supportingdata protection, access control, and bettercompliance with industry regulationsBroad Range of SolutionsCisco collaborates with and supports all major desktopvirtualization vendors, including Citrix, VMware, andMicrosoft. This collaboration together with the broadrange of Cisco UCS configurations results in solutionsthat can fit nearly any company’s needs today andinto the future. Cisco virtual desktop solutions providegreater desktop density—up to 186 virtual machinesper server—supported with industry-leading memorycapacities and excellent performance with Intel Xeonprocessors and Intel VT-d technology. Organizationscan start small with the balanced configuration andscale out by adding Cisco UCS blade or rack servers tomeet user demand quickly and efficiently.For More InformationPlease visit:• http://www.cisco.com/go/vdi• http://www.cisco.com/go/solutionpak.For information on the Cisco Solution for Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, please visit:• http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns340/ns517/ns224/ns944/fle_sb_citrix.pdfVirtual Desktop: Next-Generation Workspaces with Reduced TCOOption Cisco UCSServerMaximumMemoryMaximumStorageVirtual Desktop ApplicationBalancedconfiguration(70 to 80users)C260 M2Rack Servers2 Intel XeonprocessorsE7-2830128 GB 2.4 TB Balanced processor, memory, and disk storage for small andmedium-sized businesses or branch and remote officesPerformanceconfiguration(140 to 150users)C260 M2Rack Server2 Intel XeonprocessorsE7-2870256 GB 2.4 TB Enhanced performance through the use of the Intel Xeonprocessor E7-2870 with more cores and greater memory forsmall and medium-sized businessesScalablememory andconfiguration(1000 users)B200 M3Blade Server768 GB External storagerecommendedEnhanced performance combined with massive memory andstorage capability to support more users and more virtualizedapplicationsPower-userconfigurationB230 M2Blade Server512 GB External storagerecommendedIncreased processor density, memory capacity, and networkbandwidth to handle knowledge and power worker requirements
  10. 10. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 10Cisco understandsthat customers needmore than servers:they need solutions.Cisco Understands EnterpriseApplicationsCisco makes massive investments in the design ofsome of the highest performing servers availableanywhere—servers that can be used on their own orintegrated into unified systems. Cisco designs, tests,and validates its servers and solutions to acceleratedeployment and reduce cost. Solutions using Ciscoservers deliver world-record performance running real-world applications.The Heartbeat of ApplicationsCisco understands that CPU power is the heartbeat ofany application, and that today’s multicore processorsrequire a better balance of CPU, memory, and I/Ocapacity to deliver application performance that goesbeyond that of the competition, helping organizationsreduce their TCO.Understanding Virtualized EnvironmentsCisco was the first to recognize that virtualizedenvironments achieve better performance andeconomies of scale when 2-socket servers are pairedwith large memory footprints. Cisco has led the industryby offering servers with high memory capacity since2009, when Cisco UCS was first delivered.Balancing CPU Power with I/OBandwidthWhen enterprise applications are matched with themost powerful Intel Xeon processors and sufficientmemory, they have a voracious appetite for networkand storage access bandwidth. Cisco responded tothose application demands with virtual interface cardsthat directly connect network and storage resources toservers and virtual machines alike and then deliver up to160 Gbps of network and storage bandwidth to a singleblade server.Every Application is DifferentCisco earned its reputation for understandingapplications and solutions through its investment inresearch and development, to optimize applicationperformance. Cisco makes these optimizations availableto customers in the form of tested and validatedsolutions that help accelerate deployment and reducecosts and risks.Making Information Technology MoreEffectiveApplication solutions are enhanced when deployed aspart of Cisco UCS. They become ever more scalable,available, manageable and secure. Cisco UCS providesan intelligent infrastructure and a unified fabric thatstreamlines application deployment as part of anautomated, repeatable process.Higher Level of UnderstandingCisco understands that businesses deploy applications,not hardware, and they see delivering solutions asthe most important factor in their decision-makingprocesses. Businesses need high-performancesolutions with end-to-end support for their applications.These solutions must incorporate servers, networks,and storage, to help applications perform and scale,and they must do so with lower TCO. When customerschoose Cisco, they are choosing to work with acompany that fully understands what is needed todeliver real solutions to meet real application needs.For More InformationPlease visit:• http://www.cisco.com/go/dcv• http://www.cisco.com/go/ucs• http://www.cisco.com/go/datacenterapps• http://www.cisco.com/go/ucsatworkCisco UCS® with Intel®Xeon® Processors
  11. 11. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 11Cisco UCS with Intelligent Intel XeonProcessorsCisco UCS is based on industry-standard, x86-architecture serverswith Cisco innovations and intelligentIntel Xeon processors. Ciscointegrates them into a system witha better balance of resources.thatbrings processor power to life. Cisco UCS servers areequipped with the two most advanced microprocessorfamilies from Intel:• Intel Xeon processor E7 family: The Intel Xeonprocessor E7 family is designed to meet the mission-critical IT challenge of managing and keepingbusiness-critical data secure. Powerful, reliableservers such as the Cisco UCS C460 M2 High-Performance Rack Server are equipped with the top-of-the-line Intel Xeon processor E7 family to deliverperformance that is excellent for the most data-demanding workloads, with improved scalability andincreased memory and I/O capacity. These featureshelp businesses quickly adapt to short-term changesin business needs while addressing requirementsfor long-term business growth. Advanced reliabilityand security features help maintain data integrity,accelerate encrypted transactions, and increasethe availability of mission-critical applications. Thepowerful and reliable Intel Xeon processor E7 productfamily delivers flexibility for business-critical solutions.• Intel Xeon processor E5 family: The Intel Xeonprocessor E5 family is at the core of a flexible andefficient data center that meets diverse businessneeds. This family of processors is designedto deliver versatility, with the best combinationof performance, built-in capabilities, and costeffectiveness. The Intel Xeon processor E5 familydelivers exceptional performance to a broad rangeof data center environments and applications:from virtualization and cloud computing to designautomation and real-time financial transactions. Withthese processors, I/O latency is dramatically reducedwith Intel Integrated I/O, which helps eliminate databottlenecks, streamline operations, and increaseagility.More Information About PerformanceBenchmarks Cited In This DocumentTransaction Processing Performance Council (TPC)BenchmarksThe results cited on page 6 are based on thedetailed benchmarks available at http://www.tpc.org/tpch/default.asp as of January 29, 2013:• Cisco UCS C460 M2 High-Performance RackServer, 134,117 QphH™@1000GB, $1.30 USD perQphH™@1000GB, available December 7, 2011The comparative results cited on page 7 are basedon the detailed benchmarks available at http://www.tpc.org/tpcc/default.asp as of January 29, 2013:• Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server, 1,609,186.39tpmC™ at US$0.47/tpmC™; available September 27,2012• IBM POWER 780 Server Model 9179-MHB,1,200,011.00 tpmC at US$0.69/tpmC™; availableOctober 13, 2010Oracle Application BenchmarksThe performance comparisons described on page 7are derived from detailed benchmark reports publishedby Oracle at http://www.oracle.com/us/solutions/benchmark/apps-benchmark/results-166922.html as ofJanuary 29, 2013. The systems cited in this documentwere configured as follows:• Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server was configuredwith two 2.90-GHz Intel Xeon processors E5-2690(16 cores total) and 128 GB of memory; was runningOracle Linux 5.7 (64-bit), Oracle E-Business SuiteR12 (12.1.2), and Oracle 11g Database (;64-bit); and was connected to EMC VNX5300storage system, configured using Oracle AutomaticStorage Management (ASM) with 600-GB RAID 5storage for data.• IBM Power 730 Express Server was configured withtwo 3.72-GHz IBM POWER7 processors (12 corestotal) and 48 GB of memory; was running IBM AIX 6.1TL04 (64-bit), Oracle E-Business Suite R12 (12.1.2),and Oracle 11g Database (; 64-bit); and wasconnected to an IBM Storwize V7000 storage array.For More InformationFor more information about Cisco UCS performanceon industry benchmarks, please visit http://www.cisco.com/go/ucsatwork.Cisco UCS Performance
  12. 12. Cisco has more than 200 offices worldwide. Addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers are listed on the Cisco Website at www.cisco.com/go/offices.Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. To view a list of Cisco trademarks, go to this URL: www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third party trademarks mentioned arethe property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company (1110R). Intel, the Intel logo, Xeon, and Xeon Inside are trademarks or registered trademarks ofIntel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. TPC-C, tpmC, $/tpmC, TPC-H, QppH, QttH, and QphH are trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). LE-37501-01 03/13Americas HeadquartersCisco Systems, Inc.San Jose, CAAsia Pacific HeadquartersCisco Systems (USA) Pte. Ltd.SingaporeEurope HeadquartersCisco Systems International BV Amsterdam,The NetherlandsEnterprise Application Solutions with Cisco UCS Servers