An FI is the core component of a UCS solution. FIs are typically configured as highly available clustered pairs in production environments. It's possible to run a single FI-based design as a proof of concept test deployment before actually implementing it in production. FIs provide the following two capabilities:
- Network connectivity to both LAN and SAN
- UCS infrastructure management through the embedded management software, UCSM, for both hardware and software management
FIs are available in two generations, namely Cisco UCS 6100 series and Cisco UCS 6200 series. The core functionality is the same in both generations; however, UCS 6200 series has a newer generation Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), higher throughput, ...