IBM Flex System Interoperability Guide

An IBM Redpaper publication


To meet today’s complex and ever-changing business demands, you need a solid foundation of compute, storage, networking, and software resources. This system must be simple to deploy, and be able to quickly and automatically adapt to changing conditions. You also need to be able to take advantage of broad expertise and proven guidelines in systems management, applications, hardware maintenance, and more.

The IBM® PureFlex™ System combines no-compromise system designs along with built-in expertise and integrates them into complete and optimized solutions. At the heart of PureFlex System is the IBM Flex System™ Enterprise Chassis. This fully integrated infrastructure platform supports a mix of compute, storage, and networking resources to meet the demands of your applications.

The solution is easily scalable with the addition of another chassis with the required nodes. With the IBM Flex System Manager™, multiple chassis can be monitored from a single panel. The 14 node, 10U chassis delivers high speed performance complete with integrated servers, storage, and networking. This flexible chassis is simple to deploy, and scales to meet your needs in the future.

This IBM Redbooks publication is a reference to compatibility and interoperability of components inside and connected to IBM PureFlex System and IBM Flex System solutions.

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Changes in the December 4 update:
* The x440 with E5-4600 v2 processors does not currently support the CN4054 Virtual Fabric Adapter Upgrade
* The x240 M5 does not currently support the Storage Expansion Node

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Chassis interoperability
Chapter 2. Compute node component compatibility
Chapter 3. Software compatibility
Chapter 4. Storage interoperability


Publish Date
05 September 2012

Last Update
04 December 2014

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