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What are the differences between UCS Blade Servers and Rack Servers

 

 

Introduction

 

Cisco UCS B-series blade servers sits inside the UCS chassis and are managed by UCS manager running on Fabric Interconnect. Cisco UCS C-series rack server are independent 1RU or 2RU size servers, which can be independently managed or via UCS FI.

 

 

UCS Blade Server vs Rack Server

 

The following table lists the differences between the Blade Servers and Rack Servers:

 

Blade Servers

Rack Servers

Sits into UCS blade chassis

Sits on a rack

Can’t operate independently. Requires UCS infrastructure

Can operate independently

Connects only to UCS Fabric Interconnect

Can connect to any Ethernet switch including UCS Fabric   Interconnect

Managed from the UCS Fabric   Interconnect by Cisco UCS Manager

Features Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) and   thus can be managed independently or from Cisco UCS Manager if connected to a   UCS Fabric Interconnect

Supports RAID 0 and 1 only

Supports built-in RAID 0 and 1 for SATA drives. RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10 support through a PCIe LSI MegaRAID   Controller

Supports Gigabit Ethernet Mezz cards and Converged Network   Adapter Mezz cards

Supports Gigabit Ethernet PCIe cards, Converged Network   Adapter PCIe cards and Fibre Channel HBA PCIe cards.

Supports up to two front-accessible,   hot-swappable SAS drives for local storage

Supports up to 4 front-accessible,   hot-swappable, internal 3.5-inch SAS or SATA drives

No support for PCIe slots

Support for up to 2 PCIe 2.0 slots

No support for optical drive

Optional front panel optical drive for   CD and DVD media

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