The Cisco UCS B230 – the Goldilocks Blade Server

Sept 14, 2010

As the fairy tale goes, Goldilocks thought the chairs were either too big or too small. Unfortunately, she could have also been describing many blade servers out there today – they’re either too big (taking up too many expensive blade chassis/mini-rack slots) or they’re too small (providing too little memory). In a direct response to this problem, Cisco has developed the first blade server that isn’t too big or too small, but “just right”…

On Tuesday, September 14th Cisco announced the 13th server in the UCS server portfolio – the Cisco UCS B230 M1. This innovative blade has a unique form factor and memory density relative to the rest of the industry. This is a breakthrough form factor that offers the highest memory density and up to 16 cores in a single slot blade. A 6U blade chassis can now hold up to 256 DIMMs and 128 cores. This means you can put more blades, more memory, and more cores in a smaller space, reducing costs and complexity.

May 2011: The Cisco B230 M2 just announced. The M2 supports the Intel E7-2800 processor family and adds support for 16 GB DIMMs (512GB per server or 28TB per rack)

To truly understand how very cool this server is, we need to compare it to the latest blade servers from Cisco’s competitors.

As you can see in the chart above, the Cisco B230s pack an impressive punch in a single 42U rack – 56 servers delivering 896 cores and 14+ TB of RAM.

Here’s a closer look at the B230 M1:

The B230 will ship supporting the following processors:

The B230 will ship supporting the following mezzanine-based network adapters:

The B230 has achieved two performance benchmarking world records:

  • SPECjbb2005
    #1 2-Socket x86 world record: Intel Xeon 7560 Scored 1,015,802 BOPS on Cisco UCS B230 M1
  • SPECjAppServer2004
    #1 world record dual-node:  Intel Xeon 7560 Scored 11,283.80 JOPS on Cisco UCS B230 M1


2011-05-06 Update: B230 M2 Information Added
2010-09-20 Update: B230 Benchmark Achievements Added

Sep 14th, 2010 | Posted in Cisco UCS