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Cisco Systems UCS C-Series

Veeam Ready - Repository
Alliance Partner:

Cisco Systems

Alliance Product:

UCS C-series

Program Category:

Veeam Ready - Repository

Category Description:

Verified backup storage that supports all Veeam backup and restore features.

Article ID:

101

Veeam Product:
  • Veeam Backup & Replication 12
Features and Attributes:
  • Backup Target - Disk DAS
Publication date:

2016-08-22

Last modified date:

2023-06-22

This Veeam Ready test was performed with storage having a configuration that includes SSD/Flash.  As such, this classification only applies to similar configurations in which the same amount or more SSD drives are used.  The use of non-SSD drives may negatively impact performance.

Product Details

Model number: Cisco UCS C240 M5 SFF Rack Server (26-drive version)
Storage Category: RAID Storage Array
Drive quantity, size, type: 24x 1.9 TB 1.9 TB 2.5 inch Enterprise Value 12G SAS SSD
Storage configuration: RAID 6 (23 drive SPAN with 1 Global Hot Spare)
Firmware version: Cisco UCS 4.2 Firmware
Connection protocol and speed: 4x25Gbe, Direct Attached Storage
Additional support: All models and configurations of Cisco UCS C240 M5 SFF Rack Server with specifications equivalent or greater than the above

General product family overview:
The UCS C240 M5 SFF server extends the capabilities of Cisco’s Unified Computing System portfolio in a 2U form factor with the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, 3200 MHz DDR4 memory, and the new 512GB Intel Optane Persistent Memory Modules (PMem).

Veeam Testing Configuration

Veeam Build Number: 12.0.0.1420

Vendor recommended configuration

Vendor Settings:

  • Caching used: LSI RAID controller has 2GB cache
  • Read/write caching: Virtual Drive configuration through LSI RAID Controller
    Strip Size – 256KB
    Write Cache Policy – Write Back Good BBU
    Write Back:
    Data is first written to the controller cache memory, and when the cache receives acknowledgment from the host, data is flushed to the disks. Data is written to the disks when the commit operation occurs at the controller cache. The controller sends a data transfer completion signal to the host when the controller cache has received all the data in a transaction.
    Write Back with Battery Backup: Battery backup is used to provide data integrity protection in the event of a power failure. Battery backup is always recommended for enterprise deployments
    Read Policy – ReadAhead
    Always Read Ahead:
    The controller reads sequentially ahead of requested data and stores the additional data in cache memory, anticipating that the data will be needed soon.
  • Array deduplication used in testing: No
  • Array compression used in testing: No

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