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Cisco taps AMD EPYC processors to power its new servers

Cisco taps AMD EPYC processors to power its new servers

Cisco is expanding its UCS server portfolio with new server systems powered by AMD EPCY processors. The new systems called Cisco UCS C4200 Series Rack Server Chassis and Cisco UCS C125 M5 Rack Server Node, have been built to help organizations meet demands for high performance and scale-out infrastructure.

The C4200 Chassis can hold up to four nodes in 2 rack units (RU). It can provide up to 128% higher processor core density than the two-socket UCS M5 rack servers. “The C4200 chassis takes a modular approach, but optimizes for compute density,” said Cisco.

The scale-out applications require more servers and data center space. The new approach by Cisco will allow organizations to get up to 50% more server density as compared to the UCS C220 M5 rack server.

Cisco claimed that C4200 can offer 33% more memory bandwidth than the existing UCS M5 rack servers. Further, it will remove the silos related to new fabric and management to enable high-density computing. the C4200 systems will well-suit the compute-intensive workloads like scientific simulations, financial models, and analytics applications.

The administrators will be able to manage the C4200 Series Rack Server Chassis using the same cloud-based console used to configure other UCS machines.

“This long-term persistence and consistency of management and operations is the hallmark of UCS. These new C-Series multinode servers extend our UCS portfolio to offer greater efficiency for scale-out computing clusters, yet are seamlessly deployed and managed right alongside B-Series Blade Servers, other C-Series Rack Servers, S-Series Dense Storage Servers, and HyperFlex Systems,” wrote Kaustubh Das, VP, Strategy and Product Management, Cisco’s Computing Systems Product Group, in a blog post.

The UCS C125 M5 server node with AMD EPYC processors will provide 14% more cores than the other UCS M5 server. The new server node supports up to 2TB of memory, and two sockets, where each socket allows 32 cores.

“UCS isn’t just a server, it’s a system. This idea of providing different computing architectures (rack, blade, storage optimized, converged and hyperconverged) that are optimized to the unique needs of different workloads, yet managed as a singular system, is still unique to UCS and core to our design philosophy,” added Kaustubh Das.

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With the new servers, Cisco has now joined the growing list of tech giants who tapped AMD EPYC processors. Last year, Microsoft had embrace the EPYC processors for Azure cloud instances, and Dell EMC used it for PowerEdge servers.

The UCS C4200 and C125 are expected to be available in calendar Q3 of 2018.

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