Cisco UCS C480 M5 Rack Server Data Sheet

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The Cisco UCS® C480 M5 Rack Server delivers a no-compromise balance of performance, expansion capabilities, and flexibility to scale in a 4-Rack-Unit (4RU) form-factor.

Cisco UCS® C480 M5 Rack

Product overview

The Cisco UCS C480 M5 Rack Server is a storage- and I/O-optimized enterprise-class rack server that delivers industry-leading performance for in-memory databases, big data analytics, virtualization, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and bare-metal applications. The C480 M5 delivers outstanding levels of expandability and performance for standalone or Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) managed environments in a 4RU form-factor. And because of its modular design, you pay for only what you need. It offers these new latest capabilities:

      Four new second-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs (up to 28 cores per socket)

      Four existing Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs (up to 28 cores per socket)

      Support for two-or four-processor configurations

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

      Support for higher-density DDR4 memory, from 6 TB (128G DDR4 DIMMs) to 12 TB (256G DDR4 DIMMs)

      Memory speeds increase from 2666 MHz to 2933 MHz

      Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules (DCPMM) – 128G, 256G, and 512G[1]

      Up to 18 TB using 24x256G DDR4 DIMMs and 24x512G Intel® Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules

      Up to 4 GPUs (2-CPU configuration) or 6 GPUs (4-CPU configuration) with offerings from NVIDIA and AMD

      12 PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 slots

    Six x8 full-height, full length slots

    Six x16 full-height, full length slots

      Flexible storage options with support up to 32 Small-Form-Factor (SFF) 2.5-inch, SAS, SATA, and PCIe NVMe disk drives

      Cisco® 12-Gbps SAS Modular RAID Controller in a dedicated slot

      Internal Secure Digital (SD) and M.2 boot options

      Dual embedded 10 Gigabit Ethernet LAN-On-Motherboard (LOM) ports

Features and benefits

Table 1 summarizes the features and benefits of the Cisco UCS C480 M5.

Table 1.      Main features and benefits



High-capacity memory support of up to 12 TB using 256-GB DIMMs and 18 TB using Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules

Large memory footprint to deliver performance and capacity for in-memory computing

Modular storage support with up to 24 front-accessible and 8 top-loading hot-swappable Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) and Solid-State Disks (SSDs) or PCIe NVMe drives

  Modularity to right-size storage options to match application requirements
  Flexibility to expand as storage needs increase

Support for up to 12 PCIe Generation 3.0 slots

  Increased I/O for performance and flexibility
  Support for up to 6 Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) to support deep-learning workloads

Scalable CPU configurations

Capability to scale from 2 sockets to 4 sockets using C480 M5 server modules as business needs change

Up to 4 GPUs (2 CPU) or 6 GPUs (4 CPU) supported

Increased performance of VDI, analytics, and database solutions

Hot-swappable, redundant power supplies

Increased high availability

Integrated dual 10-Gbps Ethernet

Increased network I/O performance

Storage and I/O optimized for industry-leading performance

The Cisco UCS C480 M5 is a storage and I/O-optimized enterprise-class rack server that delivers industry-leading performance for:

      In-memory databases

      Big data analytics

      Virtualization and VDI workloads

      Bare-metal applications

C480 M5 servers can be deployed as standalone servers or in a Cisco UCS managed environment. When used in combination with Cisco UCS Manager, the C480 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. It 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)

      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 C480 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 2 lists the specifications for the Cisco UCS C480 M5 Rack Server.

Table 2.      Specifications



Form factor

4RU rack server


Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs and second-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs (2 or 4)


48 DDR4 DIMM slots: 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256 GB; up to 2933 MHz

PCIe expansion

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

RAID controllers

Internal controllers:

  Cisco 12-Gbps Modular RAID Controller (PCIe 3.0) with 4-GB Flash-Backed Write Cache (FBWC), providing enterprise-class data protection for up to 24 SAS and SATA HDDs and SSDs
  12-Gbps 9460-8i RAID controller with 2-GB FBWC provides support for up to 8 SAS and SATA HDDs and SSDs in the auxiliary drive modules
  PCIe NVMe switch card for up to 8 PCIe NVMe drives in the auxiliary drive module

Internal storage

Support for up to 32 hot-swappable 2.5-inch Small Form Factor (SFF) drives

  Up to 24 front loading 2.5-inch SAS/SATA HDDs and SSDs and PCIe NVMe drives
  Up to 8 top loading 2.5-inch SAS/SATA/PCIe HDDs and SSDs or NVMe drives in the C480 M5 auxiliary drive module
  DVD drive option

Embedded Network Interface Cards (NICs)

Dual 10GBASE-T Intel x550 Ethernet ports

Power supplies

Hot-pluggable, redundant 1600W AC

Other storage

  Dual internal Cisco FlexFlash SD cards (32, 64, and 128 GB) for installing an operating system or hypervisor
  Support for RAID 0 mirroring between SD cards
  Dual M.2 SATA SSD drives


  Cisco IMC

Rack options

Cisco ball-bearing 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 3 lists the system requirements for the server.

Table 3.      System requirements



Cisco UCS Manager (optional)

Release 3.2(2) or later

Cisco IMC

Release 3.1(2) or later

Ordering information

For ordering information, see the Cisco UCS C480 M5 server specifications sheet.

For information about installing or upgrading your server, see the Cisco UCS C480 M5 hardware installation guide.

Warranty information

Cisco UCS C480 M5 Rack Servers have a 3-year Next-Business-Day (NBD) hardware warranty and 90-day software warranty.

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[1] Requires a DDR4 DIMM for deployment (e.g. 12 Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules require 12 DDR4 DIMMs). 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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