With more than 48,000 customers on a global scale, the Cisco UCS B200 M4 Blade Server holds the second world position in x86 blade servers by market share in terms of revenue according to quarterly data on IDC servers dated November 2015. Classes of machines unify computing, networks and access to storage and virtualization in the same convergent system.
The model you have selected for this article (Cisco UCS B200 M4 Blade Server) is part of the fourth generation of Cisco UCS servers and is based on the range of Intel Xeon E5 processors (one or two E5-2600 V3 processors), although according to the manufacturer is prepared to support the new Intel E5 v4 processors when they are available In terms of memory, it provides up to 1.5 Terabytes with 64 Gb DIMMs. The total bandwidth reaches up to 80 Gbps and the internal storage capacity using two hard disks can be scaled up to 3.2 Terabytes. Another fact that should be taken into account is that a Cisco UCS chassis (six rack units) can accommodate up to eight such blade servers. It has a reduced format and its features also include two slots for SD memory cards of 32 or 64 Gb.
Optimized for the data center and the computer cloud, its design allows working both in virtualized environments and those that are not, increasing performance, flexibility and energy efficiency to process the business applications that are currently being demanded most such as: web infrastructures, distributed databases, ERP and CRM applications, and virtual desktops; at the same time it simplifies the management tasks through UCS Manager.
The UCS Manager option provides unified, built-in management of all hardware and software components in Cisco UCS, controlling multiple chassis and managing resources for virtual machines. Similarly, it helps to reduce management and administration expenses; it is compatible with the data center automation; provides policy-based administration with profiles and service templates; and facilitates the operation of workloads on Cisco UCS servers, both virtualized and physical, among other benefits.