Compute layer VxBlock System 1000 includes Cisco UCS 6332-16UP Fabric Interconnects with four or six 40 Gb links connected to a pair of 40 Gb capable Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 or 93180LC-EX Switches. Alternatively, the FIs can connect to a pair of 10 Gb capable Cisco Nexus 93180YC-FX Switches using 4 x 10 Gbps break-out cables. Cisco UCS Servers provide computing power within the VxBlock System 1000. Each FI also has multiple ports reserved for FC ports. These ports connect to Cisco SAN switches and carry FC traffic between the compute layer and the storage layer. SAN port channels carrying FC traffic are configured between the FIs and upstream Cisco MDS switches. The Cisco UCS 6332-16UP Fabric Interconnects can be configured with 8, 12, or 16 FC connections per FI. FEX within the Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis connect to FIs over converged networking. In a Cisco UCS Gen 3 environment, two or four 40 GbE connections on each FEX connect northbound to the FIs, regardless of the number of blades in the chassis. Cisco UCS C-Series Servers can connect directly to ports on FIs. Optionally, a pair of Cisco Nexus 2348UPQ FEXs can be used for increased Cisco UCS C-Series server scalability. These connections carry IP and FC traffic. By default, servers in the VxBlock System 1000 boot VMware vSphere ESXi from local mirrored SD cards. Booting from SAN is optional. The following table lists the compute hardware components that can be included in the VxBlock System 1000: Component Model Cisco UCS Gen 3 FIs Cisco UCS 6332-16UP (required) Cisco UCS Gen 3 FEX Cisco UCS 2304, Cisco Nexus 2348UPQ Chassis Cisco UCS 5108 B-Series Servers Cisco B200 M4, B260 M4, B420 M4, B460 M4, B200 M5, B480 M5 C-Series Servers Cisco C220 M4, C240 M4, C220 M5, C240 M5, Child TopicsCisco UCS Fabric Interconnects The default Cisco UCS 6332-16UP Fabric Interconnects are 40 port, 16-Gb FC, and 40-Gb Ethernet capable switches. The Cisco UCS FIs run the Cisco UCS Manager application and database. Each VxBlock System 1000 contains at least two FIs that form a high availability cluster. Cisco UCS Servers The Cisco UCS data center platform unites compute, network, and storage access. Compute server connectivity Each Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server contains at least one physical VIC that passes converged FC and IP network traffic through the chassis mid-plane to the FEXs. Cisco UCS B-Series server connectivityHalf-width M4 blade servers can be configured to contain a VIC 1340. Cisco UCS C-Series Server direct connect Cisco UCS Manager supports an option to connect the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Mount Server directly to the FIs. Cisco UCS C-Series Gen 3 Fabric Extender connectionThe Cisco Nexus 2348UPQ Fabric Extender allows for a greater number of 10 GbE rack mount servers. Mixed Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series servers Cisco UCS has a unique architecture that integrates compute, data network access, and storage network access into a common set of components under a single-pane-of-glass management interface. Cisco Trusted Platform ModuleThe Cisco Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a computer chip that securely stores artifacts such as measurements, passwords, certificates, or encryption keys that are used to authenticate the Converged System. The Cisco TPM provides authentication and attestation services that enable safer computing in all environments. Disjoint Layer 2 configuration Traffic is split between two or more different networks at the FI in a Disjoint Layer 2 configuration to support two or more discrete Ethernet clouds. Bare metal support policySince many applications cannot be virtualized due to technical and commercial reasons, Converged Systems support bare metal deployments, such as non-virtualized operating systems and applications.