The Cisco UCS C480 ML M5 Rack Server is a purpose-built server for Deep Learning. It is storage- and I/O-optimized to deliver an industry-leading performance for training Models. The Cisco UCS C480 ML M5 delivers outstanding levels of storage expandability and performance options 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 benefits:

  • Fast Deep Learning model training
  • Modularity to right-size storage options to match training requirements
  • Flexibility to expand as storage needs increase
  • Large memory footprint to deliver performance and capacity for large model training
  • Up to 6 Gen3 x4 lanes NVMe drives for extreme I/O performance for faster model training
  • Support for up to four 10/25 or 40/100G Cisco VICs
  • Increased high availability
  • Increased network I/O performance and additional network options


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Cisco UCS 480 ML M5 Rack  Server

Form Factor

4RU rack server


Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs (2)


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

PCIe slots

4 PCIe 3.0 slots

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/SATA HDDs and SSDs

Internal storage

  • Support for up to 24 hot-swappable 2.5-inch Small-Form-Factor (SFF) drives with up to 6 PCIe NVMe drives
  • 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 M.2 SATA SSD drives for installing an operating system or hypervisor

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

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