Cisco Refreshes UCS B440 M2 and B230 M2 with Intel Xeon E7

UCS B440 M2 Blade ServerCisco announced today the refresh of their UCS B440 M2 and B230 blade servers with the newly announced Intel Xeon E7.  The Cisco UCS B440 M2 is a full-width blade that offers up to 4 Xeon E7-4800 processors and 32 memory slots, for up to 512GB RAM, as well as 4 hot-swap drive bays.  Since the server is a full-width blade, it will have the capability to handle 2 dual-port mezzanine cards for up to 40 Gbps I/O per bladeEach Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis can house up to four B440 M2 servers (maximum 160 per Unified Computing System). 

Cisco UCS B230 M1 Blade ServerThe Cisco UCS B230 M2 offers 32 DIMM slots handling up to 256GB of RAM, 2 x Intel E7-2800 CPUs and 2 x hot-swap drives, all within a half-width form factor.  Each Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis can house up to eight B230 M2 servers (a maximum of 320 per Cisco Unified Computing System). 

Specific speeds of the Intel Xeon E7 CPUs being offered by Cisco were not available at the time of this writing.  Availability is unknown but expected to be around late Q2 2011.

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For more information on the Intel Xeon E7 Product Family, click here.

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  6. LS

    UCS we barely knew you.

    I lamented in an earlier post on this site about the erosion of Cisco margins and the drunken foray into the x86 DMZ.

    After the soon-to-be infamous John Chambers letter, the low margin server business is almost certainly on the chopping block, along with fellow misfit Flip Video. NY Times and other articles this afternoon all mention Cisco servers as being long for this world.

    So long, UCS. You had some cool ideas.

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  8. Andreas Erson

    “Each Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis can house up to four B440 M1 servers (maximum 160 per Unified Computing System).”

    That should probably say “four B440 M2” to reflect the M2 version that is referred to earlier in the paragraph.

  9. Chris Barrett

    Wow…stooping to a new low. I cannot believe that you honestly believe what you are writing. This shows how dishonest some people are in order to win…especially if you have nothing else to offer.

    First of all, JC talks about how well UCS is doing at every earnings call – go read them. Second point is that what has been performing less than expected was not Data Center, but SA & consumer products. Not UCS.

    Finally, you know nothing of Cisco’s margins – why your company would continue to bring this up and tell customers this garbage is beyond me. How would you know what are margins are on a per product basis?

    UCS is the fastest growing product Cisco has ever made. It’s growth is almost exponential. It is a superior product by all measures and provides quantifiable savings and performance gains over any other offering.

    If you want to talk facts – let’s do it. But please spare us your “interpretations” and purposeful spreading of misinformation in order to increase your sales. Since apparently you can not stand on the merit of your products alone.

    Quit hiding as well, let us all know your true identity.

    Full Disclosure: I work for Cisco and every thought here is my own and not of my employer.

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