Which of the following Cisco UCS servers combine standalone server capabilities with blade server swapability?
- C-Series servers
- UCS Mini servers
- B-Series servers
- E-Series servers
Of the available options, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) E-Series servers combine standalone server capabilities with blade server swapability. Cisco UCS E-Series servers have similar capabilities to the standalone C-Series servers and do not require connectivity to a UCS fabric. In a small office environment, Cisco UCS E-Series servers are capable of providing the network connectivity and capabilities of a C-Series server along with the availability of B-Series servers.
Cisco UCS C-Series servers are not hot-swappable, nor are they blade servers. Cisco UCS C-Series servers are rack-mount standalone servers that can operate either with or without integration with Cisco UCS Manager. For administrators who are more familiar with traditional Ethernet networks than UCS Fabric Interconnect, C-Series servers will most likely be simpler to deploy and feel more familiar than other Cisco UCS server products.
Cisco UCS B-Series servers are hot-swappable, but they cannot operate as standalone servers. Cisco UCS B-Series servers are blade servers that are installed in a UCS blade chassis. These blade servers can connect only to Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect, not directly to a traditional Ethernet network. Blade servers in a chassis are typically hot-swappable, unlike the components of a rack-mount server. Therefore, blade server configurations are less likely to result in prolonged downtime if hardware fails.
Cisco UCS Mini servers do not operate as standalone servers. Cisco UCS Mini servers are a compact integration of a Cisco UCS 5108 blade chassis, Cisco UCS 6324 Fabric Interconnects, and Cisco UCS Manager. Unlike other Cisco UCS servers, the UCS Mini server requires a special version of Cisco UCS Manager for management. It is possible to connect Cisco UCS C-Series servers to Cisco UCS Mini servers in order to expand their abilities.