A Cisco innovation, the Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card (VIC) 1227 is a dual-port, Enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+), 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)-capable, PCI Express (PCIe) modular LAN on motherboard (mLOM) adapter. It is designed exclusively for the M4 generation of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers and the C3160 dense storage servers.
Designed for Flexibility
The capability to define, create, and use interfaces on demand provides a stateless and agile server infrastructure. The personality of the VIC 1227 is determined dynamically at boot time using the service profile associated with the server. The service profile is used to determine the number of PCIe interfaces, type (vNIC or vHBA), identity (MAC address) and World Wide Name (WWN), failover policy, bandwidth, and quality-of-service (QoS) policies.
Cisco Data Center Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX)
The Cisco UCS VIC 1227 implements VM-FEX, which unifies virtual and physical networking into a single infrastructure. They provide virtual-machine visibility from the physical network and consistent network operations model for physical and virtual servers.
Cisco User-Space NIC (usNIC)
The usNIC feature improves the performance of software applications using the Message Passing Interface (MPI) instead of sockets or other communication APIs. It does this through bypassing the kernel when sending and receiving networking packets. The applications interact directly with a Cisco VIC, which improves the networking performance of your high-performance computing application.