Configure Cisco UCS E-Series Blade

Cisco UCS E-Series Blade Servers for Cisco 2900&3900 Series

The trend towards Datacenter consolidation has resulted in reduction in application software deployed at branch location. However for business continuity and application performance reasons some applications must still be deployed at branch infrastructure network. UCS E-Series blade servers gives users the flexibility of running these applications on blade servers inside Cisco ISR G2 series routers. This reduces the amount of space and power consumption by the traditional server infrastructure and lowers the cost of deploying and managing applications at branch. E-Series servers are ideal solution for retail stores, bank branches, clinics and small hospitals where space is a constraint and IT help is not readily available. E-Series servers are ideal solutions for hosting AD, DNS, DHCP, and file & print services at branch location. They are also an ideal way for customers to introduce virtualization in their branches.

E-Series servers are supported on Cisco 2911, 2921, 2951, 3925, 3925E, 3945, and 3945E ISR routers running Cisco IOS Software Release 15.2(4)M. These servers operate independent of the ISR G2 router and communicate with the router through two internal network interfaces; one L3 connection to router processor and one L2 connection to router multi-gigabit fabric backplane switch. They can also directly connect to the network, without using the router interface, by using the integrated external Gigabit Ethernet ports. In case the router IOS is reloaded the server does not reloads, however any connection through the router interface will not work; although any direct connection via the integrated external Ethernet ports will still work. If the router is hard booted or during a power fluctuation the server will reload.

Power consumption on the units are as follows:

  • Cisco UCS E140S: 65 watts
  • Cisco UCS E140D or 140DP: 140 watts
  • Cisco UCS E160D or 160DP: 160 watts

Operating systems and hypervisors supported on E-Series servers:

  • Operating systems

– Windows Server 2008 R2

– Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.2

– SUSE Linux 11 SP2

– Oracle Linux Release 6 update 2

  • Hypervisors

– Microsoft Hyper-V

– VMware vSphere 5.0 U1

– Citrix XenServer 6.0

PCIe cards supported on E-Series servers:

E100-PCIE-4PGE: 4-port Gigabit Ethernet PCIe card, RJ-45, for double-wide Cisco UCS E-Series

E100-PCIE10GEFCOE: 1-port SFP+ PCIe card, with 10 Gigabit Ethernet FCoE support, for double-wide Cisco UCS E-Series

Cisco UCS E-Series Server Blades hardware support is covered by the Cisco SMARTnet contract for the router in which the module will reside. Non-embedded VMware offerings are not supported by Cisco (they are not covered by Cisco SMARTtnet Service), but instead are supported by VMware.