Cisco UCS C220 M5 Rack Server Data Sheet

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Cisco UCS® C220 M5 Rack Server

The Cisco UCS® C220 M5 Rack Server delivers record-breaking performance for space-constrained environments.

Product overview

The Cisco UCS C220 M5 Rack Server is among the most versatile general-purpose enterprise infrastructure and application servers in the industry. It is a high-density 2-socket rack server that delivers industry-leading performance and efficiency for a wide range of workloads, including virtualization, collaboration, and bare-metal applications. The Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers can be deployed as standalone servers or as part of the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) to take advantage of Cisco’s standards-based unified computing innovations that help reduce customers’ Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and increase their business agility.

The Cisco UCS C220 M5 server extends the capabilities of the Cisco UCS portfolio in a 1-Rack-Unit (1RU) form factor. It incorporates the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, supporting up to 20 percent more cores per socket, twice the memory capacity, 20 percent greater storage density, and five times more PCIe NVMe Solid-State Disks (SSDs) compared to the previous generation of servers. These improvements deliver significant performance and efficiency gains that will improve your application performance. The C220 M5 delivers outstanding levels of expandability and performance in a compact package, with:

      Latest (second generation) Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs with up to 28 cores per socket

      Supports first-generation Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs with up to 28 cores per socket

      Up to 24 DDR4 DIMMs for improved performance

      Support for the Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory (128G, 256G, 512G)[1]

      Up to 10 Small-Form-Factor (SFF) 2.5-inch drives or 4 Large-Form-Factor (LFF) 3.5-inch drives (77 TB storage capacity with all NVMe PCIe SSDs)

      Support for 12-Gbps SAS modular RAID controller in a dedicated slot, leaving the remaining PCIe Generation 3.0 slots available for other expansion cards

      Modular LAN-On-Motherboard (mLOM) slot that can be used to install a Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card (VIC) without consuming a PCIe slot

      Dual embedded Intel x550 10GBASE-T LAN-On-Motherboard (LOM) ports

Powering Next-generation applications

The Cisco UCS C220 M5 Rack Server is well-suited for a wide range of workloads, including:

      IT and web infrastructure

      High-performance virtual desktops

      Medium-sized and distributed databases



      Public cloud

C220 M5 servers can be deployed as standalone servers or in a Cisco UCS managed environment. When used in combination with Cisco UCS Manager, the C220 M5 brings the power and automation of unified computing to enterprise applications, including Cisco® SingleConnect technology, drastically reducing switching and cabling requirements.

Cisco UCS Manager uses service profiles, templates, and policy-based management to enable rapid deployment and help ensure deployment consistency. If also enables end-to-end server visibility, management, and control in both virtualized and bare-metal environments.

The Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC) delivers comprehensive out-of-band server management with support for many industry standards, including:

      Redfish Version 1.01 (v1.01)

      Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) v2.0

      Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) v2 and v3


      Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)

      Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP)

      HTML5 GUI

      HTML5 virtual Keyboard, Video, and Mouse (vKVM)

      Command-Line Interface (CLI)

      XML API

Management Software Development Kits (SDKs) and DevOps integrations exist for Python, Microsoft PowerShell, Ansible, Puppet, Chef, and more. For more information about integrations, see Cisco DevNet.

The C220 M5 is Cisco Intersight ready. Cisco Intersight is a new cloud-based management platform that uses analytics to deliver proactive automation and support. By combining intelligence with automated actions, you can reduce costs dramatically and resolve issues more quickly.

Product specifications

Table 1 lists the specifications for the Cisco UCS C220 M5 Rack Server.

Table 1.        Specifications



Form factor

1RU rack server


Intel Xeon Scalable processors (1 or 2) or second-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors (1 or 2)


24 DDR4 DIMM slots: 8, 16, 32, 64, and 128 GB up to 2666 MHz

Support for the Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory (128G, 256G, 512G)

PCIe expansion

2 PCIe 3.0 slots plus 1 dedicated 12-Gbps RAID controller slot and 1 dedicated mLOM slot

RAID controllers

  Internal controllers: Cisco 12-Gbps Modular RAID Controller (PCIe 3.0) with 1- or 2-GB Flash-Backed Write Cache (FBWC), providing enterprise-class data protection for up to 10 SAS and SATA Hard-Disk Drives (HDDs), SSDs, or NVMe PCIe SSDs; or Cisco 12-Gbps Modular SAS Host Bus Adapter (HBA)
  External controller: Cisco 12-Gbps 9400-8e SAS HBA

Internal storage

Backplane options:

  Up to 10 x 2.5-inch SAS and SATA HDDs and SSDs and up to 2 NVMe PCIe drives
  Up to 10 x 2.5-inch NVMe PCIe drives
  Up to 4 x 3.5-inch SAS and SATA HDDs and SSDs and up to 2 NVMe PCIe drives

Embedded Network Interface Cards (NICs)

Dual 10GBASE-T Intel x550 Ethernet ports


Dedicated mLOM slot that can flexibly accommodate 1-, 10-, 25-, 40-, and 100-Gbps adapters

Power supplies

Hot-pluggable, redundant 770W AC, 1050W AC, 1050W DC, and 1600W AC

Other storage

  Dual internal Cisco FlexFlash Secure Digital (SD) cards (32, 64, and 128 GB) for installing an operating system or hypervisor
  Support for RAID 0 mirroring between SD cards
  Dedicated Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) MicroSD card (32 GB) for server utilities
  Dual M.2 SATA SSD or NVMe


  Cisco IMC
  Cisco IMC Supervisor
  Cisco UCS Manager
  Cisco UCS Central Software
  Cisco UCS Director
  Cisco UCS Performance Manager

Rack options

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

Hardware and software interoperability

See the Cisco Hardware and Software Interoperability List for a complete listing of supported operating systems and peripheral options

System requirements

Table 2 lists system requirements for the server.

Table 2.        System requirements



Cisco UCS Manager (optional)

Release 3.2(1) or later

Cisco IMC

Release 3.1(1) or later

Ordering information

For information about installing or upgrading your server, see the Cisco UCS C220 M5 hardware installation guide.

For ordering information, see:

      Cisco UCS C220 M5 SFF rack server specification sheet

      Cisco UCS C220 M5 LFF rack server specification sheet

Warranty information

Cisco UCS C220 M5 Rack Servers have a 3-year Next-Business-Day (NBD) hardware warranty and 90-day software warranty.

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Product environmental information

Product environmental information for users per Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/424

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[1] Requires a DDR4 DIMM for deployment. The sizes of DCPMM must be the same and the DDR4 DIMMS must the same. But between the DCPMM and DIMMs, the sizes may vary, as shown in the 18-TB configuration described earlier in this data sheet.

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