Cisco HyperFlex HX220c Edge M5 Data Sheet

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Rich digital experiences need always-on, local, high-performance computing that is close to users. Retail, finance, education, healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing organizations, and remote and branch offices in general, are all pushing computing to the network edge. Cisco HyperFlex™ Edge Nodes bring the robust feature set of Cisco HyperFlex systems to your edge environments with low-cost, easy-to-deploy, cloud-managed solutions.

Designed for the edge

While enterprise applications have been migrating to centralized data centers and to the cloud, the Internet edge has been moving to branch and remote locations closer to user devices and organizational touchpoints. Cisco HyperFlex Edge Nodes are designed to work in simplified two- to four-node clusters using existing 1, 10, and 25 Gigabit Ethernet networks. These nodes are available in one-rack-unit (1RU) hybrid and all-flash, two-rack-unit (2RU) hybrid and all flash, and 2RU short-depth form factors. With the same easy deployment and management as all Cisco HyperFlex systems, Cisco HyperFlex Edge Nodes deliver the power of hyperconvergence to a multitude of edge locations, or can act as the sole cluster supporting a small or medium-size business.

Cisco HyperFlex HX220c Edge M5

Cisco HyperFlex Edge is deployed as a preintegrated cluster with a unified pool of resources that you can quickly provision, adapt, scale, and manage to efficiently power your remote-office and branch-office (ROBO) locations. Physically, the system is delivered as a cluster of three hybrid, all-flash, or all-NVMe nodes that are integrated using your existing Gigabit Ethernet switch (Figure 1). All nodes use Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs and next-generation DDR4 memory and offer 12-Gbps SAS throughput. As a result, these sixth-generation servers offer faster processing, more cores, and a faster, larger memory capacity than previous-generation nodes.


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Cisco HyperFlex Edge delivers a preintegrated cluster for remote-office and branch-office locations

Features and benefits

Table 1.           Summary of features and benefits of the Cisco HyperFlex Edge system.




  High memory capacity, from 128 GB to 3 TB of memory

Intel Xeon
Scalable CPUs

High performance
  14-nanometer (nm) processor technology
  Massive processing power
  Top-of-the-line memory-channel performance
  Improved scalability and intercore data flow
  Intel Automated Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2)
  Supports highly densive virtual machine deployments
  Offers flexible virtualization technology that optimizes performance for virtualized environments, including processor support for migration and direct I/O
Efficiency and security
  Low-power, high-speed DDR4 memory technology
  Automated energy efficiency reduces energy costs by automatically putting the processor and memory in the lowest available power state while delivering the performance required
  Hardware-assisted security advancements


  Easy deployment in existing edge locations
  Use of existing top-of-rack 1 Gigabit Ethernet or 10/25 Gigabit Ethernet swiching networks for cluster communication
  Support for single and dual switch configurations


  Support for up to 2 PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 slots
  Flexibility, increased performance, and compatibility with industry standards
  High I/O bandwidth, increased flexibility, and backward compatibility with support for PCIe 2.0

Virtualization optimization

  I/O virtualization and Intel Xeon Scalable processor features, extending the network directly to virtual machines Consistent and scalable operational model
  Increased security and efficiency with reduced complexity
  Capability to move virtual machine security features and policies from rack to rack or rack to blade

Cloud-based management

Cisco Intersight™ simplifies operations across on-premises data centers, edge sites, and public clouds.
  Use a software-as-a-service platform that bridges applications with infrastructure
  Gain instant access to clusters regardless of where they are deployed
  Correlate visibility and management across bare-metal servers, hypervisors, Kubernetes, and serverless and application components
  Transform operations with artificial intelligence to reach needed scale and velocity
  Collaborate and work smarter and faster by automating lifecycle workflows
  Support compliance and governance with extensible, open capabilities that natively integrate with third-party platforms and tools
  Proactively respond to impending issues with a recommendation engine that determines when capacity needs to be scaled
Additional management capabilities include:
  Optional Installation wizard for automated configuration
  Support for the VMware vSphere plug-in
  Support for the Cisco HyperFlex Connect interface with an HTML 5 presentation layer accessible on desktop and laptop computers and mobile devices


  Support for all-flash, hybrid, or all-NVMe devices

Enterprise data protection

  Pointer-based snapshot capabilities
  Native snapshots for iSCSI LUNs, including a consistency group for snapshot operations, instantaneous snapshot creation, and RESTful APIs for snapshot creation and third-party backup use
  Snapshot integration with MEDITECH-BridgeHead for electronic health records and databases
  Near-instant cloning
  Inline deduplication and compression
  Native replication for disaster recovery
  N:1 replication for data center clusters with fabric interconnects and more than 4 nodes, as well as a flexible retention policy for local and remote point-in-time copies
  Data-at-rest encryption using self-encrypting drives and enterprise key management integration


  Locking bezel option to protect against unauthorized access to disk drives


  Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform Software (software subscription)

Product specifications

Table 2.           Specifications for Cisco HyperFlex Edge systems.




  3RU of rack space for the cluster


  3 Cisco HyperFlex HX220c M5SX Nodes or HX220c M5SX All Flash Nodes


  One or two 2 nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs per node


  3 Intel UPI channels per processor, each capable of 10.4 gigatransfers per second (GTPS)

Chip set

  Intel C621 series


  24 DDR4 DIMM slots per node
  Support for DDR4 registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) and Load-Reduced DIMMS (LRDIMMs)
  Advanced error-correcting code (ECC)
  Independent channel mode
  Lockstep channel mode

PCIe slots

  6 PCIe 3.0 slots per cluster (2 PCIe slots per node)
  Support the following cards:
o  Intel X550-T2 dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet network interface card
o  Intel XXV710-DA2 dual-port 25 Gigabit Ethernet network interface card
o  Intel i350 quad-port 1 Gigabit Ethernet network interface card
o  Intel X710-DA2 dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet network interface card

Exansion slots

  1 full-height, ¾ length slot with x24 connector and x16 lane
  1 half-height, half-length slot with x24 connector and x16 lane
  Dedicated SAS HBA slot

Modular LAN on Motherboard (mLOM) slot

  1 dedicated mLOM spot supports the following cards:
o  Cisco 1457 Quad Port Virtual Interface Card (10/25 Gigabit Ethernet)
o  Quad Port Intel i350 1-Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 Network Interface card


  All-flash-memory, all-NVMe, or hybrid storage configurations (combination of hard-disk drives [HDDs], and solid-state-disks [SSDs])
  High-capacity configurations for the Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform capacity layer:
o  HX220c M5 Node: 3 to 8 x 1.2-TB SATA HDDs
o  HX220c M5 All Flash Node: 3 to 8 x 3.8-TB or 960-GB SSD drives
  1 x 240-GB NVMe SSD log drive
  Caching or write log drive:
o  HX220c M5 Node: 1 NVMe SSD caching drive
o  HX220c M5 All Flash Node: 1 NVMe SSD write-logging drive
  Cisco 12-Gbps Modular SAS host bus adapter (HBA) with internal SAS connectivity M.2 SATA SSD drive for boot

Embedded network interface card (NIC)

  Dual 10-Gbps Intel x550 Ethernet ports per node
(1-Gbps connection usable for Cisco HyperFlex Edge)
  Support for the wake-on-LAN (WoL) standard

Cisco® Integrated Management Controller (IMC)

  Provides video using the ASPEED Pilot 4 video and graphics controller
  Connection to Cisco UCS management or the Cisco HyperFlex dashboard for automated configuration through a unified interface
  Integraded baseboard management controller (BMC)
  IPMI 2.0 compliant for management and control
  One 10/100/1000 Ethernet out-of-band management interface
  Command-line interface (CLI) and web GUI management tool for automated, lights-out management
  Keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM) console

Advanced reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features

  Highly available and self-healing architecture
  Robust reporting and analytics
  Hot-swappable, front-accessible drives
  Dual-redundant fans and hot-swappable, redundant power supplies for enterprise-class reliability and uptime Convenient latching lid for easy access to internal server
  Tool-free CPU insertion, enabling processor upgrades and replacements with less risk of damage
  Tool-free access to all serviceable items, and color-coded indicators to guide users to hot-pluggable and serviceable items
  Nondisruptive rolling upgrades
  Cisco Call Home and onsite 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week (24 x 7) support options

Front-panel connector

  1 KVM console connector per node
(supplies 2 USB connectors, 1 VGA connector, and 1 serial connector)

Front-panel locator LED

  Helps direct administrators  to specific servers in large data center environments

Additional rear connectors

  1 Gigabit Ethernet management port
  2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports per node
  1 RS-232 serial port (RJ45 connector)
  1 Video Graphics Array (VGA) video port (DB15 connector)
  2 USB 3.0 ports
  1 flexible modular LAN on motherboard (mLOM) slot

Power and cooling

  One or two hot-swappable power supplies
  Second power supply provides 1+1 redundancy
  1050W (AC and DC options), 1600W
  7 hot-swappable fans for front-to-rear cooling

Rail-kit options

  Cisco ball-bearing rail kit with optional reversible cable-management arm
  Cisco friction rail kit with optional reversible cable-management arm


  Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform Software (software subscription)


Ordering information

For a complete list of part numbers, refer to the Cisco HyperFlex Edge specification sheet.

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