Power and cabling requirements

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A FlexPod design has minimum requirements for power and cabling.

Power requirements

Power requirements for FlexPod Datacenter differ based on the location where the FlexPod Datacenter configuration is installed.

For more data about the maximum power that is required and for other detailed power information, consult the technical specifications for each hardware component listed in the section Technical Specifications and References: Hardware Components.

For detailed Cisco UCS power data, see the Cisco UCS power calculator.

For NetApp storage controller power data, see the NetApp Hardware Universe. Under Platforms, select the storage platform that you want to use in the configuration (FAS/V-Series or AFF). Select the ONTAP version and storage controller, and then click the Show Results button.

Minimum cable requirements

The number and type of cables and adapters that are required vary per FlexPod Datacenter deployment. The cable type, transceiver type, and number are determined during the design process based on your requirements. The table below lists the minimum number of cables required.

Hardware Model number Cables required

Cisco UCS chassis

Cisco UCS 5108

At least two twinaxial cables per Cisco UCS 2104XP, 2204XP, or 2208XP module

Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects

Cisco UCS 6248UP

  • Two Cat5e cables for management ports

  • Two Cat5e cables for the L1, L2 interconnects, per pair of fabric interconnects

  • At least four twinaxial cables per fabric interconnect

  • At least four FC cables per fabric interconnect

Cisco UCS 6296UP

Cisco UCS 6332-16UP

Cisco UCS 6454

Cisco UCS 6332

  • Two Cat5e cables for management ports

  • Two Cat5e cables for the L1, L2 interconnects, per pair of fabric interconnects

  • At least four twinaxial cables per fabric interconnect

Cisco UCS 6324

  • Two 10/100/1000Mbps management ports

  • At least two twinaxial cables per fabric interconnect

Cisco Nexus 5000 and 7000 Series Switches

Cisco Nexus 5000 Series

  • At least two 10GbE fiber or twinaxial cables per switch

  • At least two FC cables per switch (if FC/FCoE connectivity is required)

Cisco Nexus 7000 Series

Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

Cisco Nexus 9000 Series

At least two 10GbE cables per switch

NetApp FAS controllers

AFF A-Series

  • A pair of SAS or SATA cables per storage controller

  • At least two FC cables per controller, if using legacy FC

  • At least two 10GbE cables per controller

  • At least one GbE cable for management per controller

  • For ONTAP, eight short twinaxial cables are required per pair of cluster interconnect switches

FAS Series

NetApp disk shelves

DS212C

Two SAS, SATA, or FC cables per disk shelf

DS224C

DS460C

NS224

Two 100Gbps copper cables per disk shelf