ServeRAID C100 and C105 for IBM System x

IBM Redbooks Product Guide


Abstract

The IBM® ServeRAID C100 and ServeRAID C105 are integrated SATA controllers with software RAID capabilities. They are a cost-effective way to provide reliability, performance, and fault-tolerant disk subsystem management to help safeguard your valuable data and enhance availability.

Changes in the December 26 update:
* Updated server support
* Updated drive support
* Updated FoD support

Contents


The IBM® ServeRAID C100 and ServeRAID C105 are integrated SATA controllers with software RAID capabilities. They are a cost-effective way to provide reliability, performance, and fault-tolerant disk subsystem management to help safeguard your valuable data and enhance availability.

Figure 1 shows a screenshot from the configuration utility for ServeRAID C100 and C105 that displays information about the controller.

ServeRAID C100 configuration utility: Controller information
Figure 1. ServeRAID C100 and C105 configuration utility: Controller information


Did you know

The IBM ServeRAID C100 and C105 are integral function of the system planar. There is no additional hardware required. They can be enabled and disabled through the system Human Interface Infrastructure (HII) Configuration Utility, which is used to configure controllers, drive groups, and virtual drives, and to perform other configuration tasks in a pre-boot environment. Once enabled, the IBM ServeRAID C100 and C105 take control of all devices that are connected to the planar SATA ports of the server, including the SATA optical drive, if present.


Part number information

The ServeRAID C100 and C105 are integrated SATA controllers that come standard with supported servers and cannot be ordered separately. The following table provides the ordering part numbers and feature codes for the additional options.

Table 1. Ordering part numbers and feature codes
DescriptionPart numberFeature code
ServeRAID C100 for IBM System xOnboardOnboard
ServeRAID C105 for IBM System xOnboardOnboard
ServeRAID C100 Series RAID 5 Upgrade for IBM System x-FoD*81Y4406A17U
8-Pack ServeRAID C105 Controller Enabler for IBM System x**90Y4349A2V7
* An FoD upgrade for ServeRAID C100 that enables support for RAID 5.
** An FoD upgrade for ServeRAID C105 that enables support for up to eight SATA HDDs.

The 8-pack Enabler and RAID 5 Upgrade option part numbers include the following items:
  • Upgrade authorization letter
  • Feature Activation Instructions


Features

The ServeRAID C100 and C105 have the following standard features:
  • Auto-resume on array rebuild or array reconstruction after loss of system power

    Auto-resume uses non-volatile RAM (NVRAM) to save rebuild progress during a host reboot or power failure to automatically resume from the last checkpoint. Auto-resume ensures that data integrity is maintained throughout the process.

  • Fast initialization for quick array setup

    Fast initialization quickly writes zeroes to the first and last sectors of the virtual drive. This function allows you to immediately start writing data to the virtual drive while the initialization is running in the background.

  • Consistency check for background data integrity

    Consistency check verifies that all stripes in a virtual disk with a redundant RAID level are consistent. The consistency check will mirror data when an inconsistent stripe is detected for a RAID 1.

  • Extensive online configuration options and advanced monitoring and event notification

    Management tools provide convenience for the configuration of logical volumes and alerting when errors have occurred or are about to occur.

  • Global Hot Spare support

    A hot spare rebuilds data from all virtual disks within the disk group in which it is configured. ServeRAID provides the ability to define a physical disk as a hot spare to replace a failed drive. A global hot spare allows any physical drive to be designated as a hot spare for all drive groups that are defined on the controller.

  • Human Interface Infrastructure (HII) Configuration Utility for pre-boot array configuration and management

    HII Configuration Utility is a utility that allows you to configure drive groups and logical drives before installing or booting the operating system.

  • MegaRAID Storage Manager management software

    MegaRAID Storage Manager is an easy-to-use advanced RAID management application that is used across the entire family of ServeRAID controllers. It allows you to configure, monitor, and maintain drive groups, virtual drives, and advanced features with an intuitive GUI reducing administrative efforts and simplifying troubleshooting.



Technical specifications

The following table lists specifications for the ServeRAID C100 and C105 controllers.

Table 2. ServeRAID C100 and C105 specifications
SpecificationC100 (System x M4 servers)C100 (System x M5 servers)C100 (nx460 M4) C105 (System x M4 servers) C105 (Blade servers)
Interface typeSATASATASATASATASATA
Number of portsUp to 6*Up to 6*4Up to 8**2
Port speed3 Gbps6 Gbps2x 3 Gbps, 2x 6 Gbps3 Gbps3 Gbps
Number of physical drives supported#Up to 4Up to 4Up to 4Up to 8**Up to 2
Number of virtual drives supportedUp to 8Up to 8Up to 8Up to 8Up to 8
Virtual drive size support> 2 TB> 2 TB> 2 TB> 2 TB> 2 TB
Stripe unit size64 KB fixed64 KB fixed64 KB fixed64 KB fixed64 KB fixed
RAID levels0, 1, 100, 1, 10, 5†0, 1, 100, 1, 100, 1, 10
SAS HDD supportNoNoNoNoNo
SATA HDD supportYesYesYesYesYes
SAS SSD supportNoNoNoNoNo
SATA SSD supportNoNoYesNoNo
Simple-swap supportYesYesYesYesNo
Hot-swap supportNoNoNoYesYes
Optical drive supportYesYesNoNoNo
Tape drive supportYesYesNoNoNo
Internal connector typeUp to six 7-pin L-shape SATAUp to six 7-pin L-shape SATA1x Mini-SAS2x Mini-SAS (SFF-8087) x42x Drive connectors
Supported serversx3100 M4, x3250 M4x3250 M5nx460 M4x3300 M4, x3530 M4, x3630 M4HS23E, x220
* Up to four ports are used to connect hard drives, and up to two ports are used to connect optical or tape drives (server dependent).
** Eight HDD support requires optional 8-pack Enabler Features on Demand (FoD) upgrade, 90Y4349.
# The maximum number of physical drives supported depends on the server model.
† RAID 5 support requires optional C100 Series RAID 5 FoD upgrade, 81Y4406.


Supported servers

The following table lists the support information for the ServeRAID C100 and C105 controllers and IBM System x®, IBM iDataPlex®, and IBM NeXtScale servers.

Table 3. System x, iDataPlex, and NeXtScale support (Part 1)
Part
number
Description
x3100 M4 (2582)
x3250 M4 (2583)
x3300 M4 (7382)
x3500 M4 (7383, E5-2600)
x3530 M4 (7160)
x3550 M4 (7914, E5-2600)
x3630 M4 (7158)
x3650 M4 (7915, E5-2600)
x3690 X5 (7147)
x3750 M4 (8722)
x3850 X5 (7143)
dx360 M4 (7912, E5-2600)
OnboardServeRAID C100
Y
Y
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
OnboardServeRAID C105
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
Y
N
N
N
N
N
81Y4406ServeRAID C100 Series RAID 5 Upgrade
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
90Y43498-Pack ServeRAID C105 Controller Enabler
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
Y
N
N
N
N
N

Table 3. System x, iDataPlex, and NeXtScale support (Part 2)
Part
number
Description
x3250 M5 (5458)
x3500 M4 (7383, E5-2600 v2)
x3550 M4 (7914, E5-2600 v2)
x3650 M4 (7915, E5-2600 v2)
x3650 M4 HD (5460)
dx360 M4 (7912, E5-2600 v2)
nx360 M4 (5455)
OnboardServeRAID C100
Y
N
N
N
N
N
Y
OnboardServeRAID C105
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
81Y4406ServeRAID C100 Series RAID 5 Upgrade
Y
N
N
N
N
N
N
90Y43498-Pack ServeRAID C105 Controller Enabler
N
N
N
N
N
N
N

The following table lists the support information for the ServeRAID C100 and C105 controllers and IBM BladeCenter® and IBM Flex System™ servers.

Table 4. BladeCenter and Flex System support
Part
number
Product description
HS12 (8028)
HS22 (7870)
HS22V (7871)
HS23 (7875)
HS23E (8038)
HX5 (7872)
HX5 (7873)
x220 (7906)
x222 (7916)
x240 (8737, E5-2600)
x240 (8737, E5-2600 v2)
x440 (7917)
OnboardServeRAID C100
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
OnboardServeRAID C105
N
N
N
N
Y
N
N
Y
N
N
N
N
81Y4406ServeRAID C100 Series RAID 5 Upgrade
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
90Y43498-Pack ServeRAID C105 Controller Enabler
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N

See IBM ServerProven® for the latest information about the System x servers that support each adapter: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/


Supported operating systems

The ServeRAID C100 and C105 support the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Foundation
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for x86
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for x86

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


Supported drives

The ServeRAID C100 supports the SATA drives that are supported in the servers listed in Table 3. The maximum number of drives that can be connected to the controller is limited by the maximum number of internal drive bays for a supported server (either two or four). Supported simple-swap (SS) hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SSDs) and the ServeRAID C100-based servers with which they are supported are listed in the following table.

Table 3. ServeRAID C100: Supported drives
Part numberProduct description
x3100 M4 (2582)
x3250 M4 (2583)
x3250 M5 (5458)
nx360 M4 (5455)
2.5-inch NL SATA SS HDDs
81Y9734IBM 250GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF SS HDD
N
Y
Y
N
81Y9738IBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF SS HDD
N
Y
Y
N
81Y9742IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF SS HDD
N
Y
Y
N
00AD030IBM 250GB 7.2K 6Gbps SATA 2.5'' HDD for NeXtScale System
N
N
N
Y
00AD035IBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps SATA 2.5'' HDD for NeXtScale System
N
N
N
Y
00AD040IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps SATA 2.5'' HDD for NeXtScale System
N
N
N
Y
3.5-inch NL SATA SS HDDs
39M4514500GB 3.5" Simple-Swap SATA II
Y
Y
N
N
81Y9802IBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD
N
N
Y
N
00AD005IBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps SATA 3.5'' HDD for NeXtScale System
N
N
N
Y
81Y9806IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD
N
N
Y
N
00AD010IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps SATA 3.5'' HDD for NeXtScale System
N
N
N
Y
43W7622IBM 1TB 7.2K SATA 3.5" Simple-Swap HDD
Y
Y
N
N
81Y9810IBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD
N
N
Y
N
00AD015IBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps SATA 3.5'' HDD for NeXtScale System
N
N
N
Y
42D0787IBM 2TB 7200 NL SATA 3.5" SS HDD
Y
Y
N
N
81Y9814IBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD
N
N
Y
N
81Y9778IBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" SS HDD
Y
Y
N
N
00AD020IBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps SATA 3.5'' HDD for NeXtScale System
N
N
N
Y
49Y6012IBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD
N
N
N
N
49Y6190IBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" SS HDD
Y
Y
N
N
00AD025IBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps SATA 3.5'' HDD for NeXtScale System
N
N
N
Y
2.5-inch NL SATA HS HDDs
00W1120IBM 100GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
Y
00W1227IBM 256GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD
N
N
N
Y
49Y5834IBM 64GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD
N
N
N
Y

The ServeRAID C105 supports SATA simple-swap and hot-swap hard drives that are supported in the servers listed in Table 3. The maximum number of drives that can be connected to the C105 controller is eight. Supported simple-swap (SS) and hot-swap (HS) SATA HDDs and the ServeRAID C105-based servers with which they are supported are listed in the following table.

Table 4. ServeRAID C105: Supported HDDs
Part numberProduct description
x3300 M4 (7382)
x3530 M4 (7160)
x3630 M4 (7158)
HS23E (8038)
x220 (7906)
2.5-inch NL SATA HS HDDs
81Y9722IBM 250GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
81Y9726IBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
81Y9730IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
2.5-inch NL SATA SS HDDs
81Y9734IBM 250GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF SS HDD
N
Y
N
N
N
81Y9738IBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF SS HDD
N
Y
N
N
N
81Y9742IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF SS HDD
N
Y
N
N
N
3.5-inch NL SATA HS HDDs
81Y9786IBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD
Y
Y
Y
N
N
81Y9790IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD
Y
Y
Y
N
N
81Y9794IBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD
Y
Y
Y
N
N
81Y9798IBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD
Y
Y
Y
N
N
49Y6002IBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD
Y
Y
Y
N
N
3.5-inch NL SATA SS HDDs
81Y9802IBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD
Y
Y
Y
N
N
81Y9806IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD
Y
Y
Y
N
N
81Y9810IBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD
Y
Y
Y
N
N
81Y9814IBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD
Y
Y
Y
N
N
49Y6012IBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD
Y
Y
Y
N
N


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