Cisco Cloud Services Platform 5000 Series Data Sheet

Data Sheet

Available Languages

Download Options

  • PDF
    (358.1 KB)
    View with Adobe Reader on a variety of devices
Updated:March 10, 2020

Bias-Free Language

The documentation set for this product strives to use bias-free language. For the purposes of this documentation set, bias-free is defined as language that does not imply discrimination based on age, disability, gender, racial identity, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and intersectionality. Exceptions may be present in the documentation due to language that is hardcoded in the user interfaces of the product software, language used based on RFP documentation, or language that is used by a referenced third-party product. Learn more about how Cisco is using Inclusive Language.

Available Languages

Download Options

  • PDF
    (358.1 KB)
    View with Adobe Reader on a variety of devices
Updated:March 10, 2020


The Cisco Cloud Services Platform (CSP) 5000 Series is a turnkey, open Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) platform based on x86 and RHEL Kernal-based Virtual Machine (KVM). It is optimized for the networking data plane and for operational simplicity, and can be managed with orchestration or as standalone network platform.

Product Overview

Cisco Cloud Services Platform (CSP) 5000 Series platforms are x86 Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) software and hardware platforms for the data center, regional hub, and colocation Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). The platforms enable enterprise IT teams or service providers to quickly deploy any Cisco or third-party network virtual service with Cisco’s Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) or any other northbound management and orchestration system. Or they can be used standalone through a simple, built-in native web user interface, a Command-Line Interface (CLI), a Representational State Transfer (REST) API, and NETCONF/YANG interfaces. The Cisco CSP 5000 Series comes in either 1-rack-unit (Figure 1) or 2RU form factors to fit the requirements of Virtual Network Functions (VNF) and network-service chains in network and compute.

Related image, diagram or screenshot

Figure 1.         

Cisco CSP 5200 (1 RU) and CSP 5400 (2RU)

The CSP 5000 Series can be deployed within data centers, regional hubs, colocation centers, the WAN edge, the DMZ, and even at a service provider’s Point of Presence (PoP), hosting various Cisco and third-party VNFs (see Figure 2).

Related image, diagram or screenshot

Figure 2.         

Where to Deploy the CSP 5000 Series in the Network

Features and Benefits

Table 1 outlines key features and benefits of the CSP 5000 Series.

Table 1.           Features and Benefits



Single Root I/O Virtualization
(SR-IOV), Open vSwitch Data Plane Development Kit (OVS-DPDK)

The optimized data plane provides near-line rates for SR-IOV-enabled VNFs and provides high throughput with OVS DPDK interfaces.

Uniform web, CLI, and REST API

The CSP 5000 supports NETCONF/YANG, which enables consistent behavior across different interfaces.

CLI interface

Cisco IOX CLI interface reduces training and learning time.

Prominent Feature/Differentiator/Capability

Most applications have been virtualized over the past decade, and now the same trend is occurring in network services. With this trend, often referred to as network functions virtualization or NFV, network services can be deployed and managed much more flexibly, because they can be implemented in a virtualized environment using x86 computing resources instead of purpose-built dedicated hardware appliances. The CSP 5000 Series can assist you in making this technology transition.

In data centers and colocation facilities today, network services primarily run on purpose-built hardware appliances. This approach is inflexible in that you are locked into a single function on each physical network appliance for the life of the appliance, resulting in under-utilized resources. You often have to wait weeks or even months for new hardware.

Some of today’s challenges for data center teams deploying virtual network services include:

     Keeping pace with the server team. Can the network, security, and load balancer teams deploy a virtual network service within minutes?

     Commercial hypervisor product and support costs

     OpenStack complexity, which is still too complex for many organizations

     OpenStack overhead, which requires five to eight hosts just to get started

     Little or no access to a VMware vCenter Server or Microsoft System Center VMM and computing resources

     Lack of a tool set to manage virtual services

     Lack of Linux OS expertise

     Low comfort level with dedicated hardware appliances

The CSP 5000 Series addresses these requirements with a solution that provides the agility of software with the performance of hardware to reduce both time and expense. From the edge of your network to your server farm or point of presence, you can virtualize services with the CSP 5000 to optimize your resource use, hosting several virtual services per node and extending your equipment lifecycle through reuse. And faster deployment of new virtual services can help you better support your users and applications.

Some benefits of the CSP 5000 include:

     Operational simplicity

     Turnkey appliance that can be up and running in five minutes

     Open NFV platform for both Cisco and third-party VNFs

     Network-friendly CLI syntax and intuitive GUI

     Increased automation and operational agility

Platform Support/Compatibility

The CSP 5000 series supports a wide variety of Cisco and third-party Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) from third-party vendors, including firewalls, load balancers, and other value-added services. Some supported VNFs include:

     Cisco Cloud Services Router (CSR) 1000V virtual router

     Cisco IOS® XRv 9000 Router

     Cisco Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv)

     Cisco Firepower™ NGFW Virtual

     Cisco Prime® Virtual Network Analysis Module (vNAM)

     Cisco Virtual Wide Area Application Services (vWAAS)

     Cisco Web Security Virtual Appliance (WSAv)

     Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) for Cisco Nexus® 1000V Series Switch deployments

     Cisco Virtual Supervisor Module (VSM) for Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch deployments

     Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM)

Several third-party VNFs can be run on the CSP 5000, but for the best experience customers should deploy VNFs that are certified as a part of the Cisco third-party VNF ecosystem. For information on the Cisco third-party VNF ecosystem and which VNFs are certified and supported on the CSP 5000 visit:

Product Specifications

Table 2 outlines the product specifications for the CSP 5000 Series.

Table 2.           Product Specifications




1 1RU based on the Cisco UCS® C220 M5 Rack Server

1 2RU based on the Cisco UCS C240 M5 Rack Server


2x Intel® Xeon E5-2600 v3 and v4 Series processors


16-GB DDR4-2666-MHz

32- GB DDR4-2666-MHz

Up to 24 DIMM slots

Network interface cards

Intel i550 LAN on motherboard (LOM) (2 x 10G Base T)

Intel i350 PCIe (4 x 1 Gigabit Ethernet)

Intel X520 dual-port 10G SFP+ adapter

Intel X710 quad-port 10G SFP+ NIC

Intel XL710 dual-port 40G QSFP+ NIC


PCIe passthrough

Single-root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV):

  Virtual Ethernet bridge (VEB)
  Virtual Ethernet port aggregator (VEPA) Open Virtual Switch (OVS) with DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit)

Port channeling

PCIe slots

1RU platform: Up to 2x PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 slots

2RU platform: Up to 6x PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 slots

Hard drives


Hot-swappable, front-accessible drives

1RU platform: Up to 8x drives

2RU platform: Up to 24x drives


Cisco 12-gigabit modular RAID controller with 2-GB cache

Cisco 12-gigabit modular RAID controller with 4-GB cache

Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC)

Integrated Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) IPMI 2.0 compliant for management and control

1x 10/100/1000 Ethernet out-of-band management interface

CLI and web GUI management tool for automated, lights-out management KVM

Management and operations




Secure Shell Version 2 (SSHv2) Syslog

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

Multiple virtual serial consoles (for supporting the Cisco IOS XRv 9000 Router and other VNFs)

Cisco FlexFlash

2 x 64-GB Secure Digital (SD) cards

Internal USB

16-GB USB flash drive

Rail kit

Ball-bearing rail kit

Power supplies

1RU platform: Cisco UCS 770W AC power supply for rack server (2)

2RU platform: Cisco UCS 1050W AC power supply for rack server (2)

VNF disk types

IDE and VirtIO

VNF image types






Access control

Ability to disable any unused interfaces

Option to dedicate CSP 2100 management port

Option to dedicate VNF management port

Management Access Control List (ACL)

Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)



Day-zero config file support

Ability to save service templates

REST API and NetConf/Yang

Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) integration


Local (HDDs or SSDs) NFS

  Support loading a VNF image from an NFS location
  Allocate NFS disk location for VM creation

Support for multiple disks (local or NFS)


Pool resources to n number of nodes

Scale-out on demand

Automate resource management

GUI supports up to 10x nodes


Appliance-level running configuration backup and restore (local or NFS storage)

VNF data backup and restore (local or NFS storage)

Ordering Information

The Cisco CSP 5000 is orderable and shipping, hardware and software options are as follows:

Table 3.           System and Ordering Information








Rack Size




CPU Cores







On Board Processors



Redundant Power

(110/220 VAC)

1540 Watt Total (2x770) included

2100W (2x1050) included



12 x 2 DIMM = 24 Slots

Configure 16 or 32 GB DIMMS in quantities of; 4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22 or 24

  16GB DIMM options; Maximum 384GB
  32GB DIMM options; Maximum Max 756GB


Disk slot(small form)

10 (useable 8)



Disk Options

1.2TB(HDD) or 960GB (SSD)

1.2TB(HDD) or 960GB (SSD)


Disk Capacity

1.2*8/2=4.8TB(HDD) or 3.8TB(SSD)

14.4 T(HDD) or 11.5TB(SSD)


On Board NICs (LOM)

2x10 GbE


Max NIC ports

14 (2x4+4+2)



PCIe NIC Slots

2 slots

2x10G X520 or 4x10G X710

6 slots

2x10G X520 or 4x10G X710


VIC Slots


Table 4.           Virtual interface Card (VIC) and Network Interface Card (NIC) Options

Virtual Interface Card (VIC) 4x10/25 GbE SFP28 (VIC 1457)

4x10/25 GbE SFP28

Network Interface Card (NIC) 1GbE (i350)

Y (Optional Add-in) 4x1GbE RJ45

Network Interface Card (NIC) 2x10GbE SFP+ (i520)


Network Interface Card (NIC)  4x10GbE SFP+ (i710)


To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering webpage. To download software, visit the Cisco Software Center.

The CSP 5000 series is included in the standard Cisco Technology Migration Program (TMP). Refer to the guide and contact your local Cisco account representative for program details.

The CSP 5000 series have a 90-day limited liability warranty.

Cisco and Partner Services

Services from Cisco and our certified partners can help you transform the branch-office experience and accelerate business innovation and growth. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to create a clear, replicable, optimized branch-office footprint across technologies. Planning and design services align technology with business goals and can increase the accuracy, speed, and efficiency of your deployment. Technical services can help you improve operational efficiency, save money, and mitigate risk. Optimization services are designed to continuously improve performance and help your team succeed with new technologies. For more information, visit

Cisco Capital

Flexible Payment Solutions to Help you Achieve your Objectives

Cisco Capital makes it easier to get the right technology to achieve your objectives, enable business transformation and help you stay competitive. We can help you reduce the total cost of ownership, conserve capital, and accelerate growth. In more than 100 countries, our flexible payment solutions can help you acquire hardware, software, services and complementary third-party equipment in easy, predictable payments. Learn more.

Learn more