First Look at Cisco’s AMD Blade Server

This week at Cisco Live, Cisco unveiled their first blade server built with an AMD processor.  Here is a first look at it.

Built with the 4th Generation AMD EPYC (aka, “Genoa”) the Cisco UCS X215c blade server appears to be a single-width node, like the UCS X210c M7.

Based upon the image captured at Cisco Live, the USC X215c blade server looks to support the following:

        • Up to 2 CPus
        • 12 DIMMs / CPU at 1 DIMM per Channel
        • mLOM
        • Rear mezzanine adapter
        • Front mezzanine adapter

It is unclear on what the power requirements will be, details on if it’s an air cooled only product, or what AMD Genoa CPUs will be offered.  I have not found any official specifications, but the Cisco website states it will be orderable in “mid-June.”

Kevin Houston is the founder of With over 27 years of experience in the x86 server marketplace Kevin has a vast array of competitive x86 server knowledge and certifications as well as an in-depth understanding of VMware virtualization. He has worked at Dell Technologies since August 2011 and is a Principal Engineer supporting the Southeast Enterprise Region and is also a CTO Ambassador for the Office of the CTO at Dell Technologies.

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