New Arrival – Cisco C-Series C250 Extended Memory Server

As part of being a Datacenter Cisco Partner we get our hands on all kind of neat toys to play with.  First was the UCS blade chassis which was very cool and continues to be a very compelling compute solution for all types of clients.  Building on the success of UCS blades Cisco came out with its line of C-Series rack mount servers to compete with the likes of Dell and HP.  At first I was a little sceptical if Cisco could compete with servers that had been around for years like the HP DL380 and the Dell PowerEdge.  After seeing the inovation and doing some side by side cost comparison, in my opinion, the C-Series is something clients should definitely take a look at.

So last week a nice surprise showed up at our office, a Cisco C250 extended memory rack server.  I knew we were supposed to be receiving some sort of demo model but was pleasantly surprised when we received the C250.  Now anyone in the IT industry for any amount of time probably doesn’t get very excited about servers.  You’ve probably seen a hundred of them and pretty much if you’ve seen one…….  I certainly share the lack of excitement when it comes to servers but when I opened up the lid on the C250 my initial response was …….. DAMN that’s a @#$%load of memory!  Here’s what I’m talking about.

So fully populated with 48 x 8GB DIMMS gives up 384GB of RAM in a 2U server!  Pair that capability with the new 6 core Intel processors and you’ve got a lot of power in a very small footprint.  In many environments memory usually ends up being the bottleneck when it comes to virtualization but with the memory options you have in this platform I doubt you’ll have an issue.  Aside from the obvious memory architecture it has everything else you’d expect from an enterprise class server:

  • Up to 8 SAS or SATA hard drives
  • Support for RAID 0,1,5,6,50 and 60
  • Up to 5 PCIe cards and flexible NIC/HBA/CNA options
  • 4 GigE ports

If you’re looking at having to upgrade your existing server infrastructure or just starting from scratch, definitely take a look at the Cisco C-Series.

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