A Little UCS Geekery

Here are two quick pics of the innards, or at least the motherboard, of a UCS B230 M1 blade.  One of the B230s in our FlexPod had some kind of issue and was swapped soon after arrival at our data center.  Seeing it in the chassis doesn’t give you a full picture of just how small these blades, especially the half-width ones, really are.  Eyeballing it, I’d say the B230 is about as deep as a pair of my laptops (13″ MacBook Pro) side by side.

Check out the 32 DIMM sockets – they support up to 256GB of RAM.  When I look back on the first computers I ever played with – a Commodore 64 at home, Trash 80’s, then Apple IIe’s at school, it still freaks me out a little bit thinking of the computing power and memory packed into these UCS blades.  What are we going to be deploying in 25 years?

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3 Responses to A Little UCS Geekery

  1. Shaun says:

    Question, so what do you think of Cisco’s foray into the PC world? I mean we have Cisco WAAS devices which use HP and IBM servers and so far I’m not impressed with how they manage and work with the hardware. The IOS is brilliant and I love what the WAAS does but them working with Server equipment worries me.

    Are those actual Cisco devices or re-branded HP/Dell/IBM blades? I’m really interested in these flexpod’s and possibly what we could could use them for in our secondary Data Centre (for our Pre-Prod and possibly DR site).

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on that.

    • Mike Stanley says:

      I haven’t had any experience with the Cisco WAAS devices, so I can’t speak to them. From what I just read, it sounds like they do something similar to Citrix’s Branch Repeater, or what I think they used to call WANScaler.

      The blades, though, are actual Cisco devices, not re-branded HP/Dell/IBM. Check this Cisco blog for info on just how far UCS has come in two years. This quote is huge, imo:

      At 5,400 strong and growing, more than 30% of UCS customers have placed repeat orders, with an average of 4 repeat buys each. Customers from across all industry segments: Enterprise, Commercial, Service Provider and Public Sector, have invested in UCS solutions throughout the globe.

      From my perspective, as a new UCS/FlexPod customer, the biggest wins for UCS are footprint, density, enormous memory capacity, and energy efficiency. All of those are very important, but since we’re a university, I’d say all of them reinforce energy efficiency and together tell a great story about moving towards smarter, more responsible IT.

  2. Shaun says:

    Cool, thanks for the reply!

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