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Convergent Infrastructure (CI) Comparison Matrix

Below is a side-by-side comparison of the Converged Infrastructure (CI) available today.

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IBM PureFlex Cisco UCS VCE Vblock NetApp FlexPod
Supported Operation Systems Windows, Red Hat x86,Suse x86, Aix and IBMi, Linux on Power (Red Hat & SUSE) Windows, Red Hat, SUSE Windows, Red Hat, SUSE Windows, Red Hat, SUSE
Blade/Node Chassis Flex System Enterprise Chassis 8721/7893 (10U) Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis (6U) Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis (6U) Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis (6U)
Maximum number of compute nodes supported 14 half-wide (single bay), or seven full-wide (two bays), or three double-height full-wide (four bays). Mixing is supported. 4 full-wide, or 8 half-wide nodes 4 full-wide, or 8 half-wide nodes 4 full-wide, or 8 half-wide nodes
Max compute nodes Half-Width 14 nodes 8 nodes 8 nodes 8 nodes
Max Server per Chassis Full-Width 7 nodes 8 nodes 8 nodes 8 nodes
Max CPU Cores per Chassis 224 128 128 128
Max Processor Sockets per Node 2 or 4 Scockets 2 or 4 Scockets 2 or 4 Scockets 2 or 4 Scockets
2-Socket Memory Capacity Max Socket Memory Capacity Max 768 GB (x240),256 GB (p260) 192,256, 384,512 GB (4 Blade Models) 192,256, 384,512 GB (4 Blade Models) 192,256, 384,512 GB (4 Blade Models)
4-Socket Memory Capacity Max 512GB (p460) 384,512 GB and 1 TB (3 Blade Models) 384,512 GB and 1 TB (3 Blade Models) 384,512 GB and 1 TB (3 Blade Models)
Node/Blade CPU Intel® Xeon, Power 7 Intel® Xeon Intel® Xeon Intel® Xeon
Node Internal Disk Drive Two 2.5" HDD or two 1.8" SSD 2x 2.5-in. SFF SAS or 15mm SATA or SSD 2x 2.5-in. SFF SAS or 15mm SATA or SSD 2x 2.5-in. SFF SAS or 15mm SATA or SSD
Half-Wide Node I/O Throughput 80 Gbps 40 Gbps 40 Gbps 40 Gbps
Half-Wide Node
Mezzanine I/O Adapter Slots
2 1 1 1
Full-Wide Node
Mezzanine I/O Adapter Slots
2 2 2 2
Chassis hot-swappable power supplies Min-Max Two to Six hot-swappable (6 x 2500W Power Supplies) Four hot-swappable(4 x 2500W Power Supplies) Four hot-swappable(4 x 2500W Power Supplies) Four hot-swappable(4 x 2500W Power Supplies)
Nodes/Blades models x240
x440
p260
p460
p24L
UCS B200 M2 Blade Server
UCS B200 M3 Blade Server
UCS B230 M1 Blade Server
UCS B230 M2 Blade Server
UCS B250 M2 Ext. Memory Blade Server
UCS B440 M1 High-Perf. Blade Server
UCS B440 M2 High-Perf. Blade Server
UCS B200 M2 Blade Server
UCS B200 M3 Blade Server
UCS B230 M1 Blade Server
UCS B230 M2 Blade Server
UCS B250 M2 Ext. Memory Blade Server
UCS B440 M1 High-Perf. Blade Server
UCS B440 M2 High-Perf. Blade Server
UCS B200 M2 Blade Server
UCS B200 M3 Blade Server
UCS B230 M1 Blade Server
UCS B230 M2 Blade Server
UCS B250 M2 Ext. Memory Blade Server
UCS B440 M1 High-Perf. Blade Server
UCS B440 M2 High-Perf. Blade Server
Supported Hypervisors ESX, ESXi, Hyper-V, KVM, PowerVM ESX, ESXi, Hyper-V ESX, ESXi ESX, ESXi, Hyper-V
Standard Storage Storwize® V7000 N/A Open Standard VNX 5300, 5500, 5700 or 7500 NetApp FAS2240, FAS3240
Storage Protocal SAN (FCoE, FC, iSCSI), NAS (CIFS, NFS) N/A Open Standard SAN (FCoE, FC, iSCSI), NAS (CIFS, NFS) SAN (FCoE, FC, iSCSI), NAS (CIFS, NFS)
Supported disk drives 2.5" 10K HDD 300GB, 450GB, 600GB, 900GB
2.5" 15K HDD 146GB, 300GB
3.5" 7.2K HDD 2TB, 3TB
N/A Open Standard 100/200 GB EFD, 300/600 GB 15K SAS, 2 TB 7.2K NL-SAS DS2246 (2.5” SAS SFF 10K RPM 450GB/600GB)
DS4243 (3.5” SATA 7.2K RPM 1TB/2TB/3TB; 3.5" SAS 15k
RPM, 450GB/600GB; 3.5” SSD 100GB)
DS14mk2 ( 3.5” FC 450GB/600GB, 3.5” SATA 1TB/2TB)
Supported RAID types RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 N/A Open Standard RAID 1, 5, 6 RAID DP
System Networking IP EN4093 10Gb Scalable Switch (fc-3593)
EN2092 1Gb Ethernet Scalable Switch (fc-3598)
EN4091 10Gb Ethernet Pass-thru (fc-3700)
Cisco Nexus 5010, 5020, 5548UP, and 5596UP and the NX-OS operating system. Cisco Nexus 5548 & 3750 switches Cisco Nexus 5548UP switches
Fibre Channel Switch FC3171 8Gb SAN Switch (fc-3595)
FC3171 8Gb SAN Pass-thru (fc-3591)
FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switch (fc-3770)
FC5022 24-port 16Gb ESB SAN Scalable Switch (fc-3771)
Nexus 5548UP 1/2/4/8-Gbps native FC unified ports Cisco MDS 9148 8GB SAN Nexus 5548UP 1/2/4/8-Gbps native FC unified ports
Networking Protocol Ethernet 10GB/40GB
FCoE
Inifiband 8Gb/16Gb
Fibre Channel
Ethernet 10GB/40GB
FCoE
Fibre Channel
Ethernet 10GB/40GB
FCoE
Fibre Channel
FC; FCoE; IP SAN (iSCSI); NFS; CIFS; HTTP; FTP
Chassis Fabric interconnects Flex System Fabric EN4093 10Gb Scalable Switch (fc- 3593) one or two Cisco UCS 2100 or 2200 Series Fabric Extenders one or two Cisco UCS 2100 or 2200 Series Fabric Extenders Two Cisco UCS 6120, 6248 fabric interconnects
Fabric Extender N/A one or two Cisco UCS 2100 or 2200 Series Fabric Extenders one or two Cisco UCS 2100 or 2200 Series Fabric Extenders Cisco UCS 2232 Series Fabric Extenders
InfiniBand switch IB6131 InfiniBand Switch (QDR/FDR) (fc-3699)
Management appliance Chassis Management Module (CMM) on Chassis andFlex System Manager (FSM) 8731-A1x N/A Advanced Management Pod (AMP)
User Interface Management Flex System Manager Cisco UCS Manager
Cisco DCNM
EMC PowerPath/VE
Cisco UCS Manager
EMC Unisphere Manager
EMC VNX Local Protection Suite
EMC VNX Remote Protection Suite
EMC VNX Application Protection Suite
EMC VNX Fast Suite
EMC VNX Security and Compliance Suite
EMC Ionix Unified Infrastructure Manager (UIM)
EMC Secure Remote Support (ESRS) on Windows
VMware vSphere Server Enterprise Plus
VMware vCenter
VMware vShield Manager
Cisco UCS Manager
Cisco DCNM
NetApp Operations Manager NetApp Virtual Storage Console