IBM System x3630 M3 (Withdrawn)

IBM Redbooks Product Guide


Abstract

The IBM® System x3630 M3 is a storage-rich dual-socket 2U server that integrates the leadership features of traditional enterprise server offerings with affordable components to deliver outstanding value to cost-conscious buyers. Based on the Intel Xeon 5600 processor technology, the x3630 M3 offers high performance and maximum storage capacity. It provides up to 28 TB of internal storage capacity for a much lower cost per terabyte than external storage, making it an ideal solution for storage-intensive workloads.

Note: The IBM System x3630 M3 is now withdrawn from marketing. The replacement server is the IBM System x3630 M4.

Contents


Table of contents


Introduction

The IBM® System x3630 M3 is a storage-rich dual-socket 2U server that integrates the leadership features of traditional enterprise server offerings with affordable components to deliver outstanding value to cost-conscious buyers. Based on the Intel Xeon 5600 processor technology, the x3630 M3 offers high performance and maximum storage capacity. It provides up to 28 TB of internal storage capacity for a much lower cost per terabyte than external storage, making it an ideal solution for storage-intensive workloads.

The x3630 M3 helps keep your business running smoothly with availability features that include redundant cooling fan modules and hot-swap/redundant power supplies, RAID protection, and predictive failure analysis. The x3630 M3 also offers a comprehensive suite of systems management tools that help simplify management tasks.

Suggested uses: Web 2.0 applications like online gaming, video/photo sharing, mail serving, community, messaging, web search, file/print, backup, imagery, and transactional data server.

The IBM System x3630 M3
Figure 1. The IBM System x3630 M3

Did you know?

The x3630 M3 is the best choice to maximize internal storage. With support for up to 14 hot-swap 3.5-inch SAS or SATA disk drives, the server can house up to 44 TB of local storage. In addition, comprehensive systems management tools such as the built-in integrated management module, light path diagnostics, Predictive Failure Analysis, and support for IBM Systems Director make it easy to deploy, integrate, service, and manage the server.

Key features

The challenge of a high-performance business is to do more with less—serve more Web pages, handle more secure connections, support more email users. You need to reduce the costs of doing business and improve the service you deliver to your customers while lowering your overall risk. The dual-socket IBM System x3630 M3 can reduce your costs with its new energy-smart design. It can improve service with reduced operational complexity and increased management functionality. It will lower your IT risk with the resiliency that comes from having no single point of failure. And like all IBM servers, the x3630 M3 offers you the trust that comes from IBM global reach, service, and support.

The x3630 M3 is a high-performance rack server that uses significantly less power than previous generations, with unified systems management tools, leading reliability, availability, and serviceability features, and broad system flexibility, housed in a compact 2U mechanical package.

Performance

The x3630 M3 offers numerous features to boost performance and reduce costs:

  • Up to two 6-core Xeon 5600 series processors offering superior performance. Xeon 5600 series processors offer up to 54% better performance than the previous generation 5500 series processors (workload dependent).
  • 12 DIMMs of registered 1333 MHz DDR3 ECC memory provide speed, high availability, and a memory capacity of up to 192 GB with 16 GB DDR3 RDIMMs.
  • Support for 15K RPM SAS disk drives to maximize disk I/O performance and throughput.
  • High-performance 6 Gbps SAS RAID controllers and 15K RPM 6 Gbps SAS disk drives in a variety of capacities to suit your local storage requirements.


Flexibility and scalability

The x3630 M3 has the ability to grow with your application requirements with these features:
  • A choice of 4-core or 6-core processors with clock rates from 1.6 GHz to 3.20 GHz.
  • 12 DIMM sockets allowing memory expansion of up to 192 GB.
  • Five USB 2.0 ports available - two front, two rear, one internal for an embedded hypervisor.
  • Storage bay flexibility: Up to 14 hot-swap 3.5" drive bays for SAS or SATA HDDs (12 accessible from the front and two accessible from the rear). Alternatively, up to 28 hot-swap 2.5" drive bays for HDDs or SSDs (24 accessible from the front and four accessible from the rear)
  • Direct-attach SAS storage with the EXP2512, EXP2524, and EXP3000 storage enclosures is supported. IBM System Storage servers, including network-attached storage (NAS), and iSCSI or Fibre Channel-attached storage, can also be attached.
  • The x3630 M3 provides two PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 I/O slots for increased network or storage connectivity.

Manageability and security

Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the server:
  • The server includes an Integrated Management Module (IMM) to monitor server availability, perform Predictive Failure Analysis, and trigger IBM Systems Director alerts.
  • An optional Virtual Media Key enables additional systems management capabilities, including web-based out-of-band remote control (keyboard video and mouse), remote optical drive support, Windows “blue screen” error capture, and support for LDAP and SSL protocols.
  • Text Console Redirection support allows the administrator to remotely view console text messages over Serial or LAN connections.
  • Integrated industry-standard Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) next-generation BIOS. New capabilities include:
    • Human readable event logs — no more beep codes
    • Complete out-of-band coverage by the Advance Settings Utility to simplify remote setup
    • A complete setup solution, allowing adapter configuration functions to be moved into UEFI
    • Consistent firmware management across an entire product line
  • Integrated IPMI 2.0 support alerts IBM Systems Director to anomalous environmental factors, such as voltage and thermal conditions. It also supports highly secure remote power control using data encryption.
  • IBM Systems Director is included for proactive systems management. IBM Systems Director comes with a portfolio of tools, including IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, IBM Service and Support Manager, and others. IBM Systems Director also offers extended systems management tools for additional server management and increased availability. When a problem is encountered, IBM Systems Director can issue administrator alerts via email, pager, and other methods.
  • IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager provides advanced power management features with actual real-time energy monitoring, reporting, and capping features.

Availability and serviceability

The System x3630 M3 provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:
  • The server offers Chipkill ECC memory protection (when using x4 DIMMs). Chipkill memory is up to 16 times better than standard ECC memory at correcting memory errors. This can help reduce downtime caused by memory errors.
  • The server offers memory mirroring for redundancy in the event of a non-correctable memory failure.
  • Toolless cover removal provides easy access to upgrades and serviceable parts, such as HDDs and memory. Similarly, the Virtual Media Key and the ServeRAID controller can be installed and replaced without tools. This means less time (and therefore less money) spent servicing the server.
  • The server offers hot-swap and redundant power supplies and hot-swap disk drives (redundant when implemented in conjunction with a RAID controller). These features mean greater system uptime.
  • Toolless slides ship with the server that allow the rack server to easily slide into place.
  • The light path diagnostics panel and individual light path LEDs quickly lead the technician to failed (or failing) components. This simplifies servicing, speeds up problem resolution, and helps improve system availability.
  • The three-year (parts and labor) limited onsite warranty provides peace of mind and greater investment protection than a one-year warranty does.

Energy efficiency

The System x3630 M3 has an energy-efficient design with features including the following:
  • Low-voltage processors draw less energy and produce less waste heat than high-voltage processors, thus helping to reduce data center energy costs. Available 4-core Xeon 5600 series processors use only 40 W and 6-core processors consume as little as 60 W.
  • Support for 1.35 V low-voltage DDR3 memory DIMMs that consume 20% less energy.
  • Energy-efficient components, including low-voltage transistors and voltage regulator modules, and power supplies that are up to 90% efficient.
  • Available 675 W high-efficiency power supply with 90%+ efficiency.
  • The server uses hexagonal ventilation holes in the chassis. Hexagonal holes can be grouped more densely than round holes, providing more efficient airflow through the system chassis. This ultimately results in reduced operational costs.
  • An altimeter works in conjunction with the IMM to govern fan rotation based on the readings that it delivers. This saves money under normal conditions because the fans do not have to spin at high speed.

Locations of key components and connectors

Figure 2 shows the front of the models with 2.5-inch drives (top) and 3.5-inch drives (bottom).

System x3630 M3, front view
Figure 2. System x3630 M3 - Front view

Figure 3 shows the rear of the server. Either four 2.5-inch hot-swap drives (as shown) or two 3.5-inch hot-swap drives can be installed using one of the optional rear hot-swap SAS/SATA hard disk drive cages.

System x3630 M3, rear view
Figure 3. System x3630 M3 - Rear view

Figure 4 shows the locations of key components inside the server. The front hot-swap drive bays are not shown.

System x3630 M3, inside view
Figure 4. System x3630 M3 - Inside view

Standard specifications

Table 1. Standard specifications

ComponentsSpecification
Form factor2U rack.
ProcessorUp to two six-core (up to 3.06 GHz) or quad-core (up to 3.2 GHz) Intel Xeon 5600 series processors with QuickPath Interconnect technology up to 6.4 GT/s, and up to 1333 MHz memory speed. Up to two four-core (up to 2.26 GHz) or dual-core (2.0 GHz) Intel Xeon 5500 series processors.
Memory cacheUp to 12 MB L3 for Intel Xeon 5600 series processors. Up to 4 MB L3 for Intel Xeon 5500 series processors.
ChipsetIntel 5500.
Memory DIMM slots12 DDR3 DIMM slots (6 per installed processor).
Memory capacityUp to 192 GB with 16 GB DDR3 RDIMMs and 12 populated DIMM slots (up to 96 GB with six DIMMs per processor).
Memory protectionECC, ChipKill (for x4-based memory DIMMs), and Memory Mirroring.
Disk drive baysUp to 14 hot-swap 3.5-inch SAS/SATA HDDs, or up to 28 hot-swap 2.5-inch SAS/SATA HDDs.
Maximum internal storage Up to 33.6 TB with 1.2 TB 2.5" SAS HDDs, or up to 44.8 TB with 1.6 TB SAS HDDs, or up to 42 TB with 3 TB 3.5" HDDs. Intermix of SAS/SATA is supported.
RAID supportRAID 0, 1, 1E with ServeRAID M1015. Optional upgrade to RAID-5. RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 with ServeRAID M5014 or M5015. Optional upgrade to RAID 6 and 60.
Optical drive baysNone.
Tape drive baysNone.
Network interfacesIntegrated 2-port Gigabit Ethernet.
PCI Expansion slots Two PCI Express 2.0 slots:
  • One PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x8 wired)
  • One PCI Express 2.0 x8 (x8 wired) (for the standard ServeRAID controller)
External portsFront: Two USB 2.0 ports.
Rear: Two USB 2.0, one DB-15 video, one DB-9 serial, one RJ-45 systems management, two RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet network ports.
Internal: One internal USB port for embedded hypervisor.
CoolingIBM Calibrated Vectored Cooling™ with four counter-rotating non-hot-swap fans with N+1 redundancy.
Power supplyUp to two redundant hot-swap 675 W AC or 675 W high-efficiency (HE) AC power supplies with 90%+ efficiency.
Hot-swap components Hard drives, power supplies.
Systems management UEFI, IBM Integrated Management Module (IMM), Predictive Failure Analysis, Light Path Diagnostics, Automatic Server Restart, IBM Systems Director* and IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™, IBM ServerGuide. Optional Virtual Media Key for remote presence (graphics, keyboard and mouse, virtual media).
Security featuresPower-on password, administrator's password.
VideoMatrox G200eV with 16 MB memory integrated into the IMM. Maximum resolution is 1280x1024 at 75 Hz with 16M colors.
Operating systems supported Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, 2008/2008R2, Microsoft Windows Small Business Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11, VMware ESX 4/4.1 and VMware ESXi 4/4.1 embedded hypervisor.
Limited warranty Three-year customer-replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty with 9x5 next-business-day response time.
Service and supportOptional service upgrades are available through IBM ServicePacs®: 24x7 with next business day or 4 hours onsite repair, 1-year or 2-year warranty extension, remote technical support for IBM hardware and selected IBM and third-party (Microsoft, Linux, VMware) software.
DimensionsWidth: 488 mm (19.2 in), depth: 749 mm (29.5 in), height: 87 mm (3.4 in)
WeightMinimum configuration: 16.20 kg (35.68 lb), maximum configuration: 29.20 kg (64.32 lb)
* Effective October 12, 2012, or until supply is depleted, IBM will discontinue the shipment of IBM Systems Director DVDs with IBM System x servers and IBM BladeCenter chassis. IBM Systems Director Express Edition and IBM Systems Director Standard Edition, which include software subscription and support, continue to be available for IBM System x servers and IBM Blade Centers.

The x3630 M3 servers are shipped with the following items:
  • Statement of Limited Warranty
  • Important Notices
  • Rack Installation Instructions
  • Documentation CD that contains the Installation and User's Guide
  • Slides Kit
  • One 2.8 m C13 - C14 power cord


Standard models

The following table lists the standard models. Model C4x is preloaded with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition.

Table 2. Standard models

ModelProcessor
(2 maximum)*
MemoryRAID
adapter
Disk baysDisksNetworkOpticalPower
Supply
(W)
Models announced January 2012
7377-C4x†1x Xeon E5620 2.40 GHz
4C 1 2MB 1066 MHz
1x 8 GBM5015
+ Battery
24x 2.5" HS
(28 max)
1x 300 GB 10K
2.5" HS HDD†
2x GbENone2x 675
High Eff.
Models announced February 2011
7377-A2x1x Xeon E5603 1.60 GHz
4C 4 MB 1066 MHz
1x 4 GBM101512x 3.5" HS
(14 max)
Optional2x GbENone1x 675
7377-B2x1x Xeon E5607 2.26 GHz
4C 8 MB 1066 MHz
1x 4 GBM101512x 3.5" HS
(14 max)
Optional2x GbENone1x 675
7377-C2x1x Xeon E5620 2.40 GHz
4C 1 2MB 1066 MHz
1x 4 GBM501424x 2.5" HS
(28 max)
Optional2x GbENone1x 675
7377-D2x1x Xeon E5645 2.40 GHz
6C 12 MB 1333 MHz
1x 4 GBM501412x 3.5" HS
(14 max)
Optional2x GbENone1x 675
7377-F2x1x Xeon E5649 2.53 GHz
6C 12 MB 1333 MHz
1x 4 GBM501424x 2.5" HS
(28 max)
Optional2x GbENone1x 675
7377-64x1x Xeon X5650 2.66 GHz
6C 12 MB 1333 MHz
1x 4 GBM5015
+ Battery
12x 3.5" HS
(14 max)
Optional2x GbENone1x 675
7377-G2x1x Xeon X5675 3.06 GHz
6C 12 MB 1333 MHz
1x 4 GBM5015
+ Battery
24x 2.5" HS
(28 max)
Optional2x GbENone1x 675
* In the processor column: standard quantity of processors, processor model, core speed, cores, L3 cache, memory speed
‡ The standard disk bays are in the front of the server. The rear disk bays are optional with the addition of a hot-swap SAS/SATA rear hard disk drive cage
† Model C4x is preloaded with Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition
Refer to the Specifications section for information about standard features of the server.

Express models

Express models are preconfigured with additional components such as processors, memory, and disks with the purpose of making the ordering and installation process simpler.

Table 3. Express models

ModelProcessor
(2 maximum)*
MemoryRAID
adapter
Disk baysDisksNetworkOpticalPower
supply
NA
7377-E1U1x Xeon E5620 2.40 GHz
4C 12 MB 1066 MHz
6x 2 GBM5015
+ Battery
12x 3.5" HS
(14 max)
4x 1 TB2x GbENo2x 675 W
7377-E2U1x Xeon E5620 2.40 GHz
4C 12 MB 1066 MHz
5x 4 GBM5015
+ Battery
12x 3.5" HS
(14 max)
6x 1 TB2x GbENo2x 675 W
Latin America
7377-E1U1x Xeon E5620 2.40 GHz
4C 12 MB 1066 MHz
6x 2 GBM5015
+ Battery
12x 3.5" HS
(14 max)
4x 1 TB2x GbENo2x 675 W
7377-E2U1x Xeon E5620 2.40 GHz
4C 12 MB 1066 MHz
6x 4 GBM5015
+ Battery
12x 3.5" HS
(14 max)
6x 1 TB2x GbENo2x 675 W
7377-42U1x Xeon E5630 2.53 GHz
4C 12 MB 1333 MHz
1x 4 GBM501412x 3.5" HS
(14 max)
Optional2x GbENo1x 675 W
7377-D2U1x Xeon E5645 2.40 GHz
6C 12 MB 1333 MHz
1x 4 GBM501412x 3.5" HS
(14 max)
Optional2x GbENo1x 675 W
7377-64U1x Xeon E5650 2.66 GHz
6C 12 MB 1333 MHz
1x 4 GBM5015
+ Battery
12x 3.5" HS
(14 max)
Optional2x GbENo1x 675 W
RCIS
7377-K1G1x Xeon E5606 2.13 GHz
4C 8 MB 1066 MHz
1x 4 GBM5015
+ Battery
12x 3.5" HS
(14 max)
Optional2x GbEMultiburner1x 675 W
7377-K2G1x Xeon E5620 2.40 GHz
4C 12 MB 1066 MHz
1x 4 GBM5015
+ Battery
12x 3.5" HS
(14 max)
Optional2x GbEMultiburner1x 675 W
* In the processor column: standard quantity of processors, processor model, core speed, cores, L3 cache, memory speed.
‡ The standard disk bays are in the front of the server. The rear disk bays are optional with the addition of a rear hot-swap SAS/SATA rear hard disk drive cage.
† Withdrawn from marketing 31 December, 2012.


Processor options

The server supports up to two processors. The following table shows which server models have each processor standard and lists the additional processor options supported by this server. If there is no corresponding where-used model for a particular processor, then this processor is only available through CTO.

Table 4. Processor options

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionModels where used
Intel Xeon 5600 series processors
81Y6703A135Intel Xeon E5603 4C 1.60GHz 4MB 1066MHz 80wA2x
81Y6704A136Intel Xeon E5606 4C 2.13GHz 8MB 1066MHz 80w-
81Y6705A137Intel Xeon E5607 4C 2.26GHz 8MB 1066MHz 80wB2x
69Y12254620Intel Xeon E5620 4C 2.40GHz 12MB 1066MHz 80wC2x, C4x, E1U, E2U
69Y13577716Intel Xeon E5630 4C 2.53GHz 12MB 1066MHz 80w42x
69Y13587717Intel Xeon E5640 4C 2.66GHz 12MB 1066MHz 80w52x
81Y6707A139Intel Xeon E5645 6C 2.40GHz 12MB 1333MHz 80wD2x
81Y6708A13AIntel Xeon E5649 6C 2.53GHz 12MB 1333MHz 80wF2x
81Y6713A13FIntel Xeon L5609 4C 1.86GHz 12MB 1066MHz 40w-
69Y13597718Intel Xeon L5630 4C 2.13GHz 12MB 1066MHz 40w-
69Y12274622Intel Xeon L5640 6C 2.26GHz 12MB 1333MHz 60w-
69Y12294624Intel Xeon X5650 6C 2.66GHz 12MB 1333MHz 95w62x, 64x
81Y6710A13CIntel Xeon X5660 6C 2.80GHz 12MB 1333MHz 95w-
69Y12314626Intel Xeon X5670 6C 2.93GHz 12MB 1333MHz 95w72x
81Y6712A13EIntel Xeon X5672 4C 3.20GHz 12MB 1333MHz 95w-
81Y6711A13DIntel Xeon X5675 6C 3.06GHz 12MB 1333MHz 95wG2x
Intel Xeon 5500 series processors
69Y5251A134Intel Xeon E5503 2C 2.0GHz 4MB 800MHz 80w-
69Y12174612Intel Xeon E5506 4C 2.13GHz 4MB 800MHz 80w22x


Memory options

IBM DDR3 memory is compatibility tested and tuned for optimal System x performance and throughput. IBM memory specifications are integrated into the light path diagnostics for immediate system performance feedback and optimum system uptime. From a service and support standpoint, IBM memory automatically assumes the IBM system warranty, and IBM provides service and support worldwide.

The server supports 12 DIMM slots. When one processor is installed, then only six DIMM slots can be used. When two processors are installed, then all 12 DIMM slots can be used. The server supports single-rank, dual-rank, and quad-rank RDIMMs. The maximum amount of memory is achieved when two processors are installed and 16 GB quad-rank RDIMMs are used for a total of 192 GB (96 GB per CPU).

Each CPU has three memory channels and there are two DIMMs per channel. Maximum memory speed is limited by memory speed supported by the specific processor and by the number and type of DIMMs installed (whichever has a lower memory speed rating), as follows:

  • Intel Xeon 5600 series processors:
    • 1333 MHz when one or two single-rank or dual-rank RDIMMs per channel are installed
    • 1066 MHz when one quad-rank RDIMM per channel is installed
    • 800 MHz when two quad-rank RDIMMs per channel are installed
  • Intel Xeon 5500 series processors: Quad-core and dual-core processors in the x3630 M3 only support memory speed at 800 MHz.

The server supports both 1.5 V and 1.35 V DIMMs. However, mixing the DIMMs with different voltage is not supported. Only systems with Intel Xeon 5600 series processors support the 1.35 V DIMMs.

The following memory protection technologies are supported:
  • ECC
  • ChipKill (for x4-based RDIMMs)
  • Memory mirroring

If memory mirroring is used then DIMMs must be installed in pairs (minimum of one pair per each CPU), and both DIMMs in a pair must be identical in type and size.

The following table lists memory options available for the x3630 M3 server.

Table 5. Memory options
Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
49Y140589402GB (1x2GB, 1Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600
CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM
12-
49Y140689414GB (1x4GB, 1Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600
CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM
12A2x, B2x, C2x, D2x, F2x, 64x, G2x
49Y140789424GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600
CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM
12-
49Y139789238GB (1x8GB, 2Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600
CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM
12C4x
49Y1400893916GB (1x16GB, 4Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-8500
CL7 ECC DDR3 1066MHz LP RDIMM
12-

Internal storage

The IBM System x3630 M3 models come standard with one of the following internal disk storage configurations:

  • 12x 3.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA hard drive bays at the front of the server
  • 24x 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA hard drive bays at the front of the server

In addition, the server supports hot-swap drives at the rear of the server (Figure 3):
  • For models with 3.5-inch drives at the front, two extra 3.5-inch hot-swap hard drive bays
  • For models with 2.5-inch drives at the front, four extra 2.5-inch hot-swap hard drive bays

The following table lists the two rear hot-swap cage assemblies needed to support disk drives at the rear of the server. The same drives that are supported in the front bays are also supported in the rear bays (see the Disk drive options table).

Table 6. Internal storage expansion options
Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
69Y152741882.5-inch Hot Swap Cage Assembly, Rear, 4x 2.5"1
69Y151141863.5-inch Hot Swap Cage Assembly, Rear, 2x 3.5"1

The backplane for the rear hot-swap drives is connected via a SAS cable to the backplane of the front hot-swap bays. This cable (and other cables and mounting hardware) is included with the assemblies listed in the Internal storage expansion options table.

Controllers for internal storage

The following table lists the RAID controllers and additional options used for internal disk storage of the x3630 M3 server.

Table 8. RAID controllers for internal storage

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
46M08310095ServeRAID M1015 SAS/SATA Controller122x, 32x, A2x, B2x
46M08329749ServeRAID M1000 Series Advance Feature Key1-
46M09163877ServeRAID M5014 SAS/SATA Controller142x, 52x, C2x, D2x, F2x
46M08290093ServeRAID M5015 SAS/SATA Controller162x, 72x, 64x, G2x
46M09175744ServeRAID M5000 Series Battery Kit162x, 72x, 64x, G2x
46M09305106ServeRAID M5000 Series Advanced Feature Key1-

The RAID controller in standard models is installed in PCIe slot 4 at the rear of the server (the top slot). Only one RAID controller can be used with the server to support internal HDDs. The two internal ports of the RAID card are connected to the backplane of the front hot-swap drive bays. The backplane incorporates a SAS expander to allow the single RAID card to support all internal drives.

The ServeRAID M1015 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Two Mini-SAS internal connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 10
  • Supports RAID levels 5 and 50 with optional ServeRAID M1000 Series Advanced Feature Key
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • Based on the LSI SAS2008 6 Gbps RAID on Chip (ROC) controller
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Configurable stripe size up to 64 KB

The ServeRAID M5014 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Two Mini-SAS internal connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5000 Advanced Feature Key
  • Performance optimization for SSD drives with optional M5000 Series Performance Accelerator Key
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2108 6 Gbps RAID on Chip (ROC) controller
  • 256 MB of onboard cache
  • Optional Intelligent Li-Ion-based battery backup unit with the ServeRAID M5000 Series Battery Kit

The ServeRAID M5015 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Two Mini-SAS internal connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5000 Advanced Feature Key
  • Performance optimization for SSD drives with optional M5000 Series Performance Accelerator Key
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2108 6 Gbps RAID on Chip (ROC) controller
  • 512 MB of onboard cache
  • Standard Intelligent Li-Ion-based battery backup unit with up to 48 hours of data retention

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks® Product Guides in the RAID adapters category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=raid

Internal drive options

The following table lists hard drive options for internal disk storage in the x3630 M3. The mixing of SAS drives and SATA drives is supported by the server.

Table 7. Disk drive options

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
2.5-inch NL SATA HDD
81Y9730A1AVIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD28
81Y9726A1NZIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD28
42D07525407IBM 500GB 7200 NL SATA 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD28
81Y9722A1NXIBM 250GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD28
2.5-inch NL SAS HDD
81Y9690A1P3IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD28
90Y8953A2XEIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD28
42D07075409IBM 500GB 7200 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD28
2.5-inch 15K SAS HDD
81Y9670A283IBM 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" G2HS HDD28
90Y8926A2XBIBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD28
42D06775536IBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD28
2.5-inch 10K SAS HDD
00AD075A48SIBM 1.2TB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS HDD28
81Y9650A282IBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD28
90Y8872A2XDIBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD28
49Y20035433IBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD28
90Y8877A2XCIBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD28
42D06375599IBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD28
2.5-inch self-encrypting drive (SED)
00AD085A48TIBM 1.2TB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS SED28
81Y9662A3EGIBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED28
90Y8908A3EFIBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED28
90Y8913A2XFIBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED28
44W22645413IBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS SED28
44W22945412IBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS SED28
90Y8944A2ZKIBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED28
2.5-inch SAS-SSD hybrid drive
00AD102A4G7IBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS Hybrid28
2.5-inch Enterprise SSD
49Y6195A4GHIBM 1.6TB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD28
00W1125A3HRIBM 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD28
2.5-inch Enterprise Value SSD
90Y8643A2U3IBM 256GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD28
90Y8648A2U4IBM 128GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD28
49Y5839A3ASIBM 64GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD28
49Y5844A3AUIBM 512GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD28
3.5-inch SATA HDDs
43W76265560IBM 1TB 7200 SATA 3.5'' HS HDD14
39M45305196500GB 7200 RPM 3.5" Hot-Swap SATA II14
3.5-inch NL SATA HDDs
81Y9774A27ZIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" HS HDD14
42D07825415IBM 2TB 7200 NL SATA 3.5" HS HDD14
3.5-inch NL SAS HDDs
81Y9758A281IBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" HS HDD14
42D07675417IBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" HS HDD14
42D07775418IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" HS HDD14
3.5-inch 15K SAS HDDs
44W22345311IBM 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" Hot-Swap HDD14
44W22395312IBM 450GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" Hot-Swap HDD14
44W22445313IBM 600GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" Hot-Swap HDD14

Internal backup units

The server does not support internal tape drive options.

Optical drives

The server does not support internal optical drive options.

I/O expansion options

The server has two available PCI Express slots. One PCI Express x16 (x8 wired) Gen 2 slot is available, and one PCI Express x8 Gen 2 slot is dedicated to the RAID controller. The slot form-factors are as follows:

  • Slot 3: Full-height, half-length
  • Slot 4: Full-height, half-length (dedicated to the RAID Controller)

Note: There is no slot 1 or slot 2 in the x3630 M3. The system board includes an additional internal PCIe riser slot, but this slot is reserved.

Network adapters

The x3630 M3 has two integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports. Integrated NICs have the following features:

  • Intel 82575 chip
  • TCP/UDP, IPv4, and IPv6 checksum offloads
  • TCP Segmentation/Transmit Segmentation Offloading (TSO)
  • Wake on LAN support
  • 802.1Q VLAN tagging support
  • Support for jumbo frames up to 9 KBytes
  • NIC teaming (load balancing and failover) with Intel PROSet software

The following table lists additional, supported network adapters.

Table 9. Network adapters
Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
10 Gb Ethernet
42C1820*1637Brocade 10Gb CNA for IBM System x1
49Y42505749Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter for IBM System x
49Y7950A18ZEmulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II for IBM System x1
95Y3751A348Emulex Dual Port VFAII Adapter & FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x1
81Y9990A1M4Mellanox ConnectX-2 Dual Port 10GbE Adapter for IBM System x1
42C18005751QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM System x1
Gigabit Ethernet
49Y7910A18YBroadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter for IBM System x1
49Y42305767Intel Ethernet Dual Port Server Adapter I340-T2 for IBM System x1
49Y42405768Intel Ethernet Quad Port Server Adapter I340-T4 for IBM System x1
49Y7960A2ECIntel X520 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter for IBM System x1
49Y7970A2EDIntel X540-T2 Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter for IBM System x1
39Y61262944PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter by Intel
42C17802995NetXtreme II 1000 Express Dual Port Ethernet Adapter1
* Withdrawn from marketing

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Networking adapters category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=networkadapters

Storage host bus adapters

The following table lists the storage adapters supported by x3630 M3 server.

Table 10. Storage adapters

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
16 Gb Fibre Channel
81Y1668A2XUBrocade 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x1
81Y1675A2XVBrocade 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x1
81Y1655A2W5Emulex 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x1
81Y1662A2W6Emulex 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x1
00Y3337A3KWQLogic 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x 1
00Y3341A3KXQlogic 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x 1
8 Gb Fibre Channel
46M60503591Brocade 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x1
46M60493589Brocade 8Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x1
42D04943581Emulex 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x1
42D04853580Emulex 8Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x1
42D05103579QLogic 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x1
42D05013578QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x1
4 Gb Fibre Channel
59Y19933886Brocade 4Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x1
59Y19873885Brocade 4Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x1
42C2071*1699Emulex 4Gb FC Dual-Port PCI-E HBA for IBM System x1
42C2069*1698Emulex 4Gb FC Single-Port PCI-E HBA for IBM System x1
SAS
46M09075982IBM 6 Gb SAS HBA Controller1
46M09123876IBM 6Gb Performance Optimized HBA2
* Withdrawn from marketing

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Host bus adapters category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=hba

PCIe SSD adapters

The server supports the High IOPS SSD adapters listed in the following table.

Table 11. SSD adapters

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
support
81Y4535*A1NE320 GB High IOPS SLC Adapter For IBM System x1
81Y4519*5985640 GB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter For IBM System x1
81Y4539*A1ND640 GB High IOPS SLC Duo Adapter For IBM System x1
* Withdrawn from marketing

Power supplies

The server supports up to two redundant power supplies providing N+N redundancy. Most standard models come with one power supply. The following table lists the redundant power supply option available for the x3630 M3 server.

Table 12. Power supplies

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
69Y12134777675 W Redundant Power Supply2*22Y, 32Y, 42Y, 52Y, 62Y, 72Y, A2x, B2x, C2x, D2x, F2x, 64x, G2x
81Y6557A0ZGIBM 675 W High Efficiency Redundant AC Power Supply2*C4x
* One power supply comes standard with every model. Model C4x includes two power supplies.

The AC power supply ships standard with one 2.8 m C13 - C14 power cord.

Integrated virtualization

The server supports VMware ESXi installed on a USB memory key. The key is installed in a USB socket inside the server. The following table lists the virtualization options.

Table 13. Virtualization options

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
41Y8298A2G0IBM Blank USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi Downloads1
41Y82781776IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 41
41Y82873033IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 4.11
41Y8296A1NPIBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 4.1 Update 11
41Y8300A2VCIBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.01
41Y8307A383IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.0 Update 11
41Y8311A2R3IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.11
41Y8382A4WZIBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.1 Update 11
41Y8385A584IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.51

Remote management

The server contains IBM Integrated Management Module (IMM), which provides advanced service-processor control, monitoring, and alerting functions. If an environmental condition exceeds a threshold or if a system component fails, the IMM lights LEDs to help you diagnose the problem, records the error in the event log, and alerts you to the problem. Optionally, the IMM also provides a virtual presence capability for remote server management capabilities.

The IMM provides remote server management through industry-standard interfaces:

  • Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) Version 2.0
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Version 3
  • Common Information Model (CIM)
  • Web browser

The optional virtual media key is required to enable the remote presence and blue-screen capture features. The remote presence feature provides the following functions:
  • Remotely viewing video with graphics resolutions up to 1280x1024 at 75 Hz, regardless of the system state
  • Remotely accessing the server using the keyboard and mouse from a remote client
  • Mapping the CD or DVD drive, diskette drive, and USB flash drive on a remote client, and mapping ISO and diskette image files as virtual drives that are available for use by the server
  • Uploading a diskette image to the IMM memory and mapping it to the server as a virtual drive

The blue-screen capture feature captures the video display contents before the IMM restarts the server when the IMM detects an operating-system hang condition. A system administrator can use the blue-screen capture to assist in determining the cause of the hang condition.

The following table lists the remote management options.

Table 14. Remote management options
Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
46C75275891IBM Virtual Media Key for Entry Systems1

Supported operating systems

The server supports the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition Unlimited Virtualization
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 Datacenter Edition Unlimited Virtualization
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • VMware ESX 4.0
  • VMware ESX 4.1
  • VMware ESXi 4.0
  • VMware ESXi 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)

See the IBM ServerProven® website for the latest information about the specific versions and service levels supported and any other prerequisites:
http://www.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/nos/matrix.shtml

Physical and electrical specifications

Dimensions:

  • Width: 488 mm (19.2 in)
  • Depth: 749 mm (29.5 in)
  • Height: 87 mm (3.4 in)
  • Weight
    • Minimum configuration: 16.20 kg (35.68 lb)
    • Maximum configuration: 29.20 kg (64.32 lb)

Operating environment:
  • Air temperature
    • Server on
      • 10 - 35° C (50 - 95° F); altitude: 0 - 915 m (3,000 ft)
      • 10 - 32° C (50 - 90° F); altitude: 915 - 2,134 m (3,000 - 7,000 ft)
      • 10 - 28° C (50 - 83° F); altitude: 2,134 - 3,050 m (7,000 - 10,000 ft)
    • Server off: 5 - 45° C (41 - 113° F)
    • Shipment: -40 - 60° C (-40 - 140° F)
  • Humidity
    • Server on: 20 - 80%, max dew point 21° C, max rate of change 5° C/hr
    • Server off: 8 - 80%, max dew point 27° C
    • Shipment: 5 - 100%
  • Electrical
    • 100 to 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 7.8 A
    • 200 to 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 3.8 A
    • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately):
      • Minimum configuration: 0.22 kVA
      • Maximum configuration: 0.78 kVA
    • Btu output
      • Minimum configuration: 762 Btu/hr (223 watts)
      • Maximum configuration: 2662 Btu/hr (780 watts)
    • Acoustical noise level emission level: Sound power levels
      • 6.1 bels (idling)
      • 6.1 bels (operating)

Warranty options

The IBM System x3630 M3 has a 3-year onsite warranty with 9x5/next-business-day terms. IBM offers warranty service upgrades through IBM ServicePacs. The IBM ServicePac is a series of prepackaged warranty maintenance upgrades and post-warranty maintenance agreements with a well-defined scope of services, including service hours, response time, and term of service and service agreement terms and conditions.

IBM ServicePac offerings are country-specific. That is, each country might have its own service types, service levels, response times, and terms and conditions. Not all covered types of ServicePacs might be available in particular country. For more information about IBM ServicePac offerings available in your country, see the IBM ServicePac Product Selector at:
https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac.

In general, the types of IBM ServicePacs are:

  • Warranty and maintenance service upgrades
    • One, 2, 3, 4, or 5 years of 9x5 or 24x7 service coverage
    • Onsite repair from next business day to 4 or 2 hours (selected areas)
    • One or 2 years of warranty extension
  • Remote technical support services
    • One or 3 years with 24x7 coverage (severity 1) or 9x5/next business day for all severities
    • Installation and startup support for System x® servers
    • Remote technical support for System x servers
    • Software support - Support Line
      • Microsoft or Linux software
      • VMware
      • IBM Systems Director

The following table explains warranty service definitions in more detail.

Table 15. Warranty service definitions
TermDescription
IBM onsite repair (IOR)A service technician will come to the server's location for equipment repair.
24x7x2 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within two hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service around the clock, every day, including IBM holidays.
24x7x4 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within four hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service around the clock, every day, including IBM holidays.
9x5x4 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within four business hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the customer's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays. If after 1:00 p.m. it is determined that onsite service is required, the customer can expect the service technician to arrive the morning of the following business day. For noncritical service requests, a service technician will arrive by the end of the following business day.
9x5 next business dayA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location on the business day after we receive your call, following remote problem determination. We provide service from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the customer's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays.

Regulatory compliance

The server conforms to the following international standards:

  • FCC - Verified to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules, Class A
  • Canada ICES-003, issue 4, Class A
  • UL/IEC 60950-1
  • CSA C22.2 No. 69950-1-03
  • NOM-019
  • Argentina IEC60950-1
  • Japan VCCI, Class A
  • Australia/New Zealand AS/NZS CISPR 22:2009, Class A
  • IEC-60950-1:2001 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • Taiwan BSMI CNS 13438, Class A; CNS 14336
  • China CCC (4943-2001), GB 9254-2008 Class A, GB 17625.1:2003
  • Korea KN22, Class A; KN24
  • Russia/GOST ME01, IEC-60950-1, GOST R 51318.22-99, GOST R 51318.24-99, GOST R 51317.3.2-2006, GOST R 51317.3.3-99
  • IEC 60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • CE Mark (EN55022 Class A, EN60950-1, EN55024, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3)
  • CISPR 22, Class A
  • TUV-GS (EN60950-1 /IEC60950-1,EK1-ITB2000)

External disk storage expansion

The external disk storage expansion enclosures listed in the following table are available.

Table 16. External storage expansion enclosures

Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity
supported per one M5025
172701XIBM System Storage® EXP300018 (9 per port)
1746A4DIBM System Storage DS3524 Express Dual Controller Storage System -
1746A4SIBM System Storage DS3524 Express Single Controller Storage System-
1746A2DIBM System Storage DS3512 Express Dual Controller Storage System-
1746A2SIBM System Storage DS3512 Express Single Controller Storage System-

The hard disk drives listed in the following table are supported with external expansion enclosures.

Table 17. Hard drive options for external expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported
per one enclosure
EXP3000 Hot-Swap SATA 3.5" Hard Drives
43W76301000 GB Dual Port Hot Swap SATA12
49Y1940IBM 2 TB 7200 Dual Port SATA 3.5'' HS HDD12
EXP3000 Hot-Swap SAS 3.5" Hard Drives
44W2234IBM 300 GB 15K 6 Gbps SAS 3.5" Hot-Swap HDD12
44W2239IBM 450 GB 15K 6 Gbps SAS 3.5" Hot-Swap HDD12
44W2244IBM 600 GB 15K 6 Gbps SAS 3.5" Hot-Swap HDD12

The ServeRAID M5025 RAID controller listed in the following table are supported and connect to external expansion enclosures.

Table 18. RAID controllers for external storage expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported
46M0830 ServeRAID M5025 SAS/SATA Controller1
46M0930 ServeRAID M5000 Series Advance Feature Key*1 per one M5025
81Y4426ServeRAID M5000 Series Performance Accelerator Key*1 per one M5025
* Note: The Advanced Feature Key and Performance Accelerator Key cannot be used at the same time. Only one key can be installed onto the RAID controller.

The ServeRAID M5025 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Two Mini-SAS external connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5000 Advanced Feature Key
  • Performance optimization for SSD drives with optional M5000 Series Performance Accelerator Key
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2108 6 Gbps ROC controller
  • 512 MB of onboard cache
  • Intelligent Li-Ion-based battery backup unit with up to 48 hours of data retention
  • Supports connectivity to the EXP3000, EXP2512, and EXP2524 storage expansion enclosures

For more information about the M5025, see the ServeRAID M5025 SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x at-a-glance guide: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0739.html?Open

The external SAS cables listed in the following table are supported with external expansion enclosures and M5025 RAID controllers.

Table 19. External SAS cables for external storage expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity
supported per enclosure*
39R6531IBM 3 m SAS Cable1
39R6529IBM 1 m SAS Cable1
* Note: The EXP3000 series can be chained with each other. In such a case, one cable is used to connect first EXP3000 to the RAID controller, and every consecutive EXP unit is connected to previous one by one cable.

External disk storage systems

The following table lists the external storage systems that are supported by the server and can be ordered through System x sales channel. The server may support other IBM disk systems that are not listed in this table. Refer to IBM System Storage Interoperability Center for further information, http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic.

Table 20. External disk storage systems

Part numberDescription
1746A2D IBM System Storage DS3512 Express Dual Controller Storage System
1746A2S IBM System Storage DS3512 Express Single Controller Storage System
1746A4D IBM System Storage DS3524 Express Dual Controller Storage System
1746A4S IBM System Storage DS3524 Express Single Controller Storage System
181494HIBM System Storage DS3950 Model 94
181498HIBM System Storage DS3950 Model 98
181492HIBM System Storage EXP395 Expansion Unit
1746A2EIBM System Storage EXP3512 Express Storage™ Expansion Unit
1746A4EIBM System Storage EXP3524 Express Storage Expansion Unit

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Storage Systems category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=externalstorage

External backup units

The server supports the external backup attachment options listed in the following table.

Table 21. External backup options

Part numberDescription
External tape expansion enclosures for internal tape drives
87651UX1U Tape Drive Enclosure
8767HHXHalf High Tape Drive Enclosure
87651NX1U Tape Drive Enclosure (with Nema 5-15P LineCord)
8767HNXHalf High Tape Drive Enclosure (with Nema 5-15P LineCord)
Tape enclosure adapters (with cables)
44E8869USB Enclosure Adapter Kit
40K2599SAS Enclosure Adapter Kit
Internal backup drives supported by external tape enclosures
46C5364 IBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - Internal USB 160 GB Bundle
46C5387 IBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - Internal USB 320 GB Bundle
46C5388 IBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - Internal USB 500 GB Bundle
46C5399IBM DDS Generation 5 USB Tape Drive
39M5636 IBM DDS Generation 6 USB Tape Drive
43W8478IBM Half High LTO Gen 3 SAS Tape Drive
44E8895IBM Half High LTO Gen 4 SAS Tape Drive
49Y9898IBM Half High LTO Gen 5 Internal SAS Tape Drive
External backup units*
362516XIBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - External USB 160 GB Bundle
362532XIBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - External USB 320 GB Bundle
362550XIBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - External USB 500 GB Bundle
3628L3XIBM Half High LTO Gen 3 External SAS Tape Drive (with US line cord)
3628L4XIBM Half High LTO Gen 4 External SAS Tape Drive (with US line cord)
3628L5X IBM Half High LTO Gen 5 External SAS Tape Drive (with US line cord)
3628N3XIBM Half High LTO Gen 3 External SAS Tape Drive (without line cord)
3628N4XIBM Half High LTO Gen 4 External SAS Tape Drive (without line cord)
3628N5XIBM Half High LTO Gen 5 External SAS Tape Drive (without line cord)
3580S3VSystem Storage TS2230 Tape Drive Express Model H3V
3580S4VSystem Storage TS2240 Tape Drive Express Model H4V
3580S5ESystem Storage TS2250 Tape Drive Express Model H5S
3580S5XSystem Storage TS2350 Tape Drive Express Model S53
3572S4RTS2900 Tape Library with LTO4 HH SAS drive & rack mount kit
3572S5RTS2900 Tape Library with LTO5 HH SAS drive & rack mount kit
35732ULTS3100 Tape Library Model L2U Driveless
35734ULTS3200 Tape Library Model L4U Driveless
46X2682†LTO Ultrium 5 Fibre Channel Drive
46X2683†LTO Ultrium 5 SAS Drive Sled
46X2684†LTO Ultrium 5 Half High Fibre Drive Sled
46X2685†LTO Ultrium 5 Half High SAS Drive Sled
46X6912†LTO Ultrium 4 Half High Fibre Channel Drive Sled
46X7117†LTO Ultrium 4 Half High SAS DriveV2 Sled
46X7122†LTO Ultrium 3 Half High SAS DriveV2 Sled
* Note: The external tape drives listed can be ordered through System x sales channel. Server may support other IBM tape drives that are not listed in this table. Refer to IBM System Storage Interoperability Center for further information.
† Note: These part numbers are the tape drives options for 35732UL and 35734UL.

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Backup units category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=tape

Top-of-rack Ethernet switches

The server supports the top-of-rack Ethernet switches from IBM System Networking listed in the following table.

Table 22. IBM System Networking - Top-of-rack switches

Part numberDescription
IBM System Networking - 1 Gb top-of-rack switches
0446013IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000R
7309CFCIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000F
7309CD8IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000DC
7309G52IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8052R
730952FIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8052F
427348EIBM Ethernet Switch J48E
6630010Juniper Networks EX2200 24 Port
6630011Juniper Networks EX2200 24 Port with PoE
6630012Juniper Networks EX2200 48 Port
6630013Juniper Networks EX2200 48 Port with PoE
IBM System Networking - 10 Gb top-of-rack switches
7309DRXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264CS (Rear to Front)
7309DFXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264CS (Front to Rear)
7309BD5IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124DC
7309BR6IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124ER
7309BF7IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124EF
7309G64IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264R
730964FIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264F
7309CR9IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264TR
7309CF9IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264TF
0719410Juniper Networks EX4500 - Front to Back Airflow
0719420Juniper Networks EX4500 - Back to Front Airflow
IBM System Networking - 40 Gb top-of-rack switches
8036BRXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8332 (Rear to Front)
8036BFXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8332 (Front to Rear)
8036ARXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8316R
8036AFXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8316F

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Top-of-rack switches category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=tor

Uninterruptible power supply units

The server supports attachments to the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units listed in the following table.

Table 23. Uninterruptible power supply units

Part numberDescription
Rack-mounted UPS
21304RX IBM UPS 10000XHV
53951AXIBM 1500VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (100V/120V)
53951KXIBM 1500VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (230V)
53952AXIBM 2200VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (100V/120V)
53952KXIBM 2200VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (230V)
53953AX IBM 3000VA LCD 3U Rack UPS (100 V/120 V)
53953JX IBM 3000VA LCD 3U Rack UPS (200 V/208 V)
53956AX IBM 6000VA LCD 4U Rack UPS (200 V/208 V)
53956KX IBM 6000VA LCD 4U Rack UPS (230 V)

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Power infrastructure category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=power

Power distribution units

The server supports attachments to the power distribution units (PDUs) listed in the following table.

Table 24. Power distribution units

Part numberDescription
Switched and Monitored PDUs
46M4002 IBM 1U 9 C19/3 C13 Active Energy Manager DPI® PDU
46M4003 IBM 1U 9 C19/3 C13 Active Energy Manager 60A 3 Phase PDU
46M4004 IBM 1U 12 C13 Active Energy Manager DPI PDU
46M4005 IBM 1U 12 C13 Active Energy Manager 60A 3 Phase PDU
46M4167IBM 1U 9 C19/3 C13 Switched and Monitored 30A 3 Phase PDU
46M4116IBM 0U 24 C13 Switched and Monitored 30A PDU
46M4119IBM 0U 24 C13 Switched and Monitored 32A PDU
46M4134IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 Switched and Monitored 50A 3 Phase PDU
46M4137IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 Switched and Monitored 32A 3 Phase PDU
Enterprise PDUs
71762MX IBM Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 PDU+ (WW)
71762NX IBM Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 PDU (WW)
71763MU IBM Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 3 phase 60A PDU+ (NA)
71763NU IBM Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 3 phase 60A PDU (NA)
39M2816 IBM DPI C13 Enterprise PDU without linecord
39Y8923 DPI 60A Three Phase C19 Enterprise PDU with IEC309 3P+G (208 V) fixed line cord
39Y8941 DPI Single Phase C13 Enterprise PDU without line cord
39Y8948 DPI Single Phase C19 Enterprise PDU without line cord
Front-End PDUs
39Y8934DPI 32amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y8935DPI 63amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y893830amp/125V Front-end PDU with NEMA L5-30P connector
39Y893930amp/250V Front-end PDU with NEMA L6-30P connector
39Y894060amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 60A 2P+N+Gnd connector
Universal PDUs
39Y8951DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ US LV and HV line cords
39Y8952DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ CEE7-VII Europe LC
39Y8953DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ Denmark LC
39Y8954DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ Israel LC
39Y8955 DPI Universal Rack PDU w/Italy LC
39Y8956DPI Universal Rack PDU w/South Africa LC
39Y8957DPI Universal Rack PDU w/UK LC
39Y8958DPI Universal Rack PDU with AS/NZ LC
39Y8959DPI Universal Rack PDU w/China LC
39Y8962DPI Universal Rack PDU (Argentina)
39Y8960DPI Universal Rack PDU (Brazil)
39Y8961DPI Universal Rack PDU (India)
0U Basic PDUs
46M4122IBM 0U 24 C13 16A 3 Phase PDU
46M4125 IBM 0U 24 C13 30A 3 Phase PDU
46M4128 IBM 0U 24 C13 30A PDU
46M4131IBM 0U 24 C13 32A PDU
46M4140 IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 60A 3 Phase PDU
46M4143IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 32A 3 Phase PDU

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Power infrastructure category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=power

Rack cabinets

The server supports the rack cabinets listed in the following table. The Tower-to-Rack Conversion Kit (part number 42C8923, 5Ux20" Tower to Rack Conversion Kit for x3200) is required for the server to be installed in the rack.

Table 25. Rack cabinets

Part numberDescription
201886XIBM 11U Office Enablement Kit
93072PX IBM 25U Static S2 Standard Rack
93072RX IBM 25U Standard Rack
14102RXIBM 25RU standard rack
14104RXIBM 42U S2 standard rack
93074RX IBM 42U Standard Rack
93074XX IBM 42U Standard Rack Extension
93084EX IBM 42U Enterprise Expansion Rack
93084PX IBM 42U Enterprise Rack
93604EX IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Dynamic Expansion Rack
93604PX IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Dynamic Rack
93614EX IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93614PX IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Static Rack
93624EX IBM 47U 1200 mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93624PX IBM 47U 1200 mm Deep Static Rack

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Rack cabinets and options category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=rack

Rack options

The server supports the rack console switches and monitor kits listed in the following table.

Table 26. Rack options

Part numberFeature codeDescription
Monitor kits and keyboard trays
17238BX1723HC1 fc A3EKIBM 1U 18.5" Standard Console
17238EX1723HC1 fc A3ELIBM 1U 18.5" Enhanced Media Console
172317X1723HC1 fc 00511U 17in Flat Panel Console Kit
172319X1723HC1 fc 00521U 19in Flat Panel Console Kit
Console switches
3858D3X3858HC1 fc A4X1Avocent Universal Management Gateway 6000 for IBM
1754D2X1754HC2 fc 6695IBM Global 4x2x32 Console Manager (GCM32)
1754D1X1754HC1 fc 6694IBM Global 2x2x16 Console Manager (GCM16)
1754A2X1754HC4 fc 0726IBM Local 2x16 Console Manager (LCM16)
1754A1X1754HC3 fc 0725IBM Local 1x8 Console Manager (LCM8)
Console cables
00AK142A4X4UM KVM Module VGA+SD Dual RJ45
43V61473757IBM Single Cable USB Conversion Option (UCO)
39M28953756IBM USB Conversion Option (4 Pack UCO)
39M28973754IBM Long KVM Conversion Option (4 Pack Long KCO)
46M53835341IBM Virtual Media Conversion Option Gen2 (VCO2)
46M53825340IBM Serial Conversion Option (SCO)

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Rack cabinets and options category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=rack

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