IBM System x3250 M5

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Abstract

The IBM® System x3250 M5 single-socket 1U rack server is designed for small businesses and first-time server buyers looking for a solution to improve business efficiency. It delivers several IBM innovative features in a compact 1U form factor with a competitive price. The IBM System x3250 M5 provides next-generation performance in an innovative and compact design with flexible configuration options, built-in security, and systems management capabilities, as described in the IBM Redbooks® Product Guide. It leverages the next-generation quad-core Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v3 product family technology.

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Contents


Table of contents


Introduction

The IBM® System x3250 M5 single-socket 1U rack server is designed for small businesses and first-time server buyers looking for a solution to improve business efficiency. It delivers several IBM innovative features in a compact 1U form factor with a competitive price. The IBM System x3250 M5 provides next-generation performance in an innovative and compact design with flexible configuration options, built-in security, and systems management capabilities, as described in the IBM Redbooks® Product Guide. It leverages the next-generation quad-core Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v3 product family technology.

Suggested use: Small-to-medium businesses looking for file and printer servers, web serving, and small business infrastructure.

The following figure shows the IBM System x3250 M5.

The IBM System x3250 M5
Figure 1. The IBM System x3250 M5

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The x3250 M5 offers a flexible and scalable design and a simple upgrade path to eight HDDs plus an optical drive at the same time. The flexible onboard Ethernet solution provides two standard integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports and two additional integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports with an optional software feature for an on-demand upgrade without a need to buy additional hardware. Comprehensive systems management tools with the next-generation Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) make it easy to deploy, integrate, service, and manage.

The x3250 M5 includes features not typically seen in this class of system, such as standard RAID-0, 1, and 10 with the ServeRAID C100 for simple-swap SATA models, remote control capabilities even when the machine is powered off, and basic light path diagnostics on processor, memory, and hard drives. This flexible 1U rack-mountable server is also highly upgradable and expandable, scaling from low-cost, fixed-function models to feature-rich, highly available models.

Key features

The System x3250 M5 server is a compact, cost-effective, single-processor 1U rack server that has been optimized to provide outstanding availability, manageability, and performance features to small-to-medium-sized businesses, retail stores, or distributed enterprises.

Scalability and performance

The x3250 M5 offers numerous features to boost performance, improve scalability, and reduce costs:

  • The Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v3 product family improves productivity by offering affordable single-socket system performance with four-core processors with up to 3.6 GHz core speeds, up to 8 MB of L3 cache.
  • Choice of processors with up to four cores to enable the effective use of multithreaded applications.
  • Intelligent and adaptive system performance with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 allows processor cores to run at maximum speeds during peak workloads by temporarily going beyond processor thermal design power (TDP).
  • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology boosts performance for multithreaded applications by enabling simultaneous multithreading within each processor core, up to two threads per core.
  • Intel Virtualization Technology integrates hardware-level virtualization hooks that allow operating system vendors to better use the hardware for virtualization workloads.
  • Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) significantly improve floating point performance for compute-intensive technical and scientific applications.
  • The four 1600 MHz DDR3 ECC memory UDIMMs provide speed, high availability, and a memory capacity of up to 32 GB.
  • The server offers up to four integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports with a convenient Features on Demand (FoD) upgrade process that does not require the purchase of additional hardware.
  • The server offers PCI Express 3.0 I/O expansion capabilities that improve the theoretical maximum bandwidth by almost 100% (8 GTps per link using 128b/130b encoding) compared to the PCI Express 2.0 (5 GTps per link using 8b/10b encoding).
  • With Intel Integrated I/O Technology, the PCI Express 3.0 controller is integrated into the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v3 product family. Such integration reduces I/O latency and increases overall system performance.
  • Up to eight 2.5-inch hot-swap or simple-swap drive bays or four 3.5-inch hot-swap or simple-swap drive bays provide maximum internal storage capacity in a compact 1U form factor.
  • The use of solid-state drives (SSDs) instead of, or along with, traditional spinning drives (hard disk drives or HDDs) can significantly improve I/O performance. An SSD can support up to 100 times more I/O operations per second (IOPS) than a typical HDD.

Availability and serviceability

The x3250 M5 provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:
  • ECC memory provides error correction not available in PC-class "servers" that use parity memory. Avoiding system crashes (and data loss) due to soft memory errors can mean greater system uptime.
  • Tool-less cover removal provides easy access to upgrades and serviceable parts, such as processor, memory, and adapter cards.
  • The server offers simple-swap or hot-swap drives with support for an affordable IBM ServeRAID or advanced hardware RAID redundancy for data protection and greater system uptime.
  • Solid-state drives (SSDs) offer significantly better reliability than traditional mechanical HDDs for greater uptime.
  • The server offers two redundant hot-swap power supplies and five redundant non-hot-swap fans to provide cost-efficient availability for applications.
  • Basic light path diagnostics detects when system components (processors, memory, and hard disk drives) operate outside of standard thresholds and generates proactive alerts in advance of possible failures, therefore increasing uptime.
  • Built-in Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) continuously monitors system parameters, triggers alerts, and performs recovery actions in case of failure, to minimize downtime.
  • Built-in diagnostics using Dynamic Systems Analysis (DSA) Preboot speed up troubleshooting tasks to reduce service time.
  • Three-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty, next business day 9x5. Optional service upgrades are available.

Manageability and security

Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the x3250 M5:
  • The server includes an Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) to monitor server availability and perform remote management.
  • An integrated industry-standard Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) enables improved setup, configuration, and updates, and simplifies error handling.
  • Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) alerts on memory, SAS/SATA hard disk drives, fans, power supplies, and temperature
  • Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) support enables advanced cryptographic functionality, such as digital signatures and remote attestation.
  • Industry-standard Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) New Instructions (AES-NI) support provides faster and stronger encryption.
  • Intel Execute Disable Bit functionality can help prevent certain classes of malicious buffer overflow attacks when combined with a supporting operating system.
  • Intel Trusted Execution Technology provides enhanced security through hardware-based resistance to malicious software attacks, allowing an application to run in its own isolated space protected from all other software running on a system.
  • IBM Systems Director provides proactive systems management. It offers comprehensive systems management tools that increase uptime, reduce costs, and improve productivity through advanced server management capabilities.

Energy efficiency

The x3250 M5 offers the following energy-efficiency features to save energy, reduce operational costs, increase energy availability, and contribute to a green environment:
  • Energy-efficient planar components help lower operational costs.
  • The x3250 M5 is Energy Star 2.0 compliant. Energy Star is the trusted, US government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, with the goal of helping customers save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. For the Power and Performance Data Sheet, see http://ibm.com/systems/x/hardware/energy-star
  • 80 PLUS certified power supplies enable greater energy savings while providing flexibility to meet your business needs.
  • The optional thermal enhancement option kit allows the use of x3250 M5 servers in environments with temperature limits extended to 40 degrees C. It also helps lower fan speeds depending on the environment's temperature to lower acoustic noise and energy use.
  • The Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v3 product family offers better performance over the previous generation, while fitting into the same TDP limits.
  • Intel Intelligent Power Capability powers individual processor elements on and off as needed, to reduce power draw.
  • Low-voltage Intel Xeon processors draw less energy to satisfy the demands of power and thermally constrained data centers and telecommunication environments.
  • Low-voltage 1.35 V DDR3 memory UDIMMs consume up to 19% less energy compared to 1.5 V DDR3 UDIMMs.
  • Solid-state drives may consume as much as 80% less power than traditional spinning 2.5-inch HDDs.
  • The server uses hexagonal ventilation holes, a part of IBM Calibrated Vectored Cooling™ technology. Hexagonal holes can be grouped more densely than round holes, providing more efficient airflow through the system.

Locations of key components and connectors

The following figure shows the front of the server with eight 2.5-inch hot-swap drive bays (models with 2.5-inch simple-swap or 3.5-inch simple-swap or hot-swap drive bays are also available).

Front view of the IBM System x3250 M5 with eight 2.5-inch hot-swap drive bays
Figure 2. Front view of the IBM System x3250 M5 with eight 2.5-inch hot-swap drive bays

The following figure shows the rear of the server with redundant hot-swap power supplies (models with fixed power supply are also available).

Rear view of the IBM System x3530 M4 with two hot-swap power supplies
Figure 3. Rear view of the IBM System x3250 M5 with hot-swap power supplies

The following figure shows the locations of key components inside the server.

Inside view of the IBM System x3250 M5
Figure 4. Inside view of the IBM System x3250 M5

Standard specifications

The following table lists the standard specifications.

Table 1. Standard specifications

ComponentsSpecification
Form factor1U rack.
ProcessorOne Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v3 product family with four cores up to 3.7 GHz, up to 1600 MHz memory speed, 8 MB L3 cache; or
one Intel Core-i3 processor 4100/4300 product families with two cores up to 3.7 GHz, up to 4 MB L3 cache, and 1600 MHz memory speed (CTO only); or
one Intel Pentium processor G3200/G3400 product families with two cores up to 3.4 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache, and up to 1600 MHz memory speed.
ChipsetIntel C226.
MemoryFour dual inline memory module (DIMM) sockets. Support for UDIMMs. DIMM speeds up to 1600 MHz.
Memory maximumsUp to 32 GB with 4x 8 GB UDIMMs.
Memory protectionECC
Disk drive baysUp to eight 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA drive bays, up to eight 2.5-inch simple-swap drive bays, up to four 3.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA drive bays, or up to four 3.5-inch SATA simple-swap drive bays.
Maximum internal storage Up to 7.2 TB with 900 GB 2.5-inch SAS HDDs, up to 8 TB with 1 TB 2.5-inch NL SAS/SATA HDDs, up to 6.4 TB with 800 GB 2.5-inch SATA SSDs, or up to 12 TB with 3 TB 3.5-inch NL SAS/SATA HDDs. Intermix of SAS/SATA is supported.
RAID supportRAID 0, 1, and 10 with the C100. RAID 0, 1, and 10 with the H1110, M1115, or optional M5110. Optional upgrade to RAID 5 is available for the C100. Optional upgrade to RAID 5 and 50 is available for the M1115.
Optical drive baysOne, for models with 2.5" drives. Support for optional DVD-ROM or Multiburner.
Tape drive baysNone.
Network interfacesUp to four integrated Gigabit Ethernet 1000BASE-T RJ-45 ports with the onboard BCM5719 controller (two ports are enabled, and additional two ports require the optional software FoD upgrade to enable them).
I/O expansion slotsUp to two slots, depending on the riser cards installed. The slots are specified:
  • Slot 1: PCIe 3.0 x4 (x4-wired); dedicated slot for H1110
  • Slot 2: PCIe 3.0 x8 (x8-wired); full-height, half-length
PortsTwo USB 3.0 ports on the front. Four USB 2.0 ports, one DB-15 video port, one DB-9 serial port, and four RJ-45 GbE network ports on the rear. One internal USB port (for embedded hypervisor).
CoolingIBM Calibrated Vectored Cooling with five redundant non-hot-swap system fans.
Power supplyUp to two redundant hot-swap 460 W AC power supplies (80 PLUS certification), or one fixed 300 W AC power supply (80 PLUS certification).
Hot-swap partsHard drives (model dependent) and power supplies (model dependent).
Systems management UEFI, IBM Integrated Management Module II (IMM2), basic light path diagnostics, Automatic Server Restart, IBM Systems Director, and IBM ServerGuide. Optional IMM Advanced FoD Upgrade for remote presence (graphics, keyboard and mouse, virtual media).
Security featuresPower-on password, administrator's password, and TPM.
VideoMatrox G200eR2 with 16 MB memory integrated into the IMM2. Maximum resolution is 1600x1200 at 75 Hz with 16 M colors.
Operating systems supported Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, 2012, and 2008 R2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi) and VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi).
Limited warranty Three-year customer-replaceable unit (CRU) and on-site limited warranty with 9x5 next business day (NBD).
Service and supportOptional service upgrades (country-specific) are available through IBM ServicePac® offerings: 4-hour or 2-hour response time, 8 hours fix time, one-year or two-year warranty extension, remote technical support for IBM hardware and selected IBM and third-party (Microsoft, Linux, VMware) software.
DimensionsHeight: 43 mm (1.7 in.), width: 435 mm (17.1 in.), depth: 576 mm (22.7 in.)
WeightMinimum configuration: 8.6 kg (19.0 lb), maximum: 12.3 kg (27.1 lb)

The x3250 M5 servers are shipped with the following items:
  • Statement of Limited Warranty
  • Important Notices
  • Rack Installation Instructions
  • Documentation CD containing Installation and User's Guide
  • Rack mount kit (static rails, non-sliding; no cable management arm included)
  • One 2.8m, 10A/100-250V, C13 to IEC 320-C14 rack power cable

Standard models

The following table lists the standard models.

Table 2. Standard models

MTM*Intel processor†
(1 maximum)
MemoryRAIDDrive
bays
(std/
max)
DrivesOnboard NIC
(std/max)
I/O
slots
(std/
max)
Optical
drive
Power supply
(std/max)
Models announced July 2014
5458-A3x1x Pentium G3440 3.3GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (53W)1x 4GB 1600MHzC100 4x 3.5" SS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-C3x1x Xeon E3-1231 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 3.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-C5x1x Xeon E3-1231 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzC100 4x 2.5" SS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Optional1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-F3x1x Xeon E3-1241 v3 3.5GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Optional1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-F5x1x Xeon E3-1241 v3 3.5GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Optional1x 460 W HS / 2
5458-G3x1x Xeon E3-1271 v3 3.6GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzM1115 8x 2.5" HS / 8Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Optional1x 460 W HS / 2
Models announced October 2013
5458-A2x1x Pentium G3420 3.2GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (65W)1x 4GB 1600MHzC100 4x 3.5" SS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-B2x1x Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzC100 4x 3.5" SS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-C2x1x Xeon E3-1230 v3 3.3GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 3.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-C4x1x Xeon E3-1230 v3 3.3GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Optional1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-F2x1x Xeon E3-1240 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Optional1x 460 W HS / 2
5458-G2x1x Xeon E3-1270 v3 3.5GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzM1115 8x 2.5" HS / 8Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Optional1x 460 W HS / 2
* x in the Machine Type Model (MTM) represents a country-specific letter (for example, the EMEA MTM is 5458-A2G, and the US MTM is 5458-A2U). Ask your local IBM representative for specifics.
† Processor detail: Processor quantity and model, core speed, L3 cache, memory speed, number of cores, TDP.

For information about standard features of the server, see the "Standard specifications" section.

Express models

The following table lists the express models.

Table 3. Express models (Part 1: Models announced July 2014)

MTM*Intel processor†
(1 maximum)
MemoryRAIDDrive
bays
(std/
max)
DrivesOnboard NIC
(std/max)
I/O
slots
(std/
max
Optical
drive
Power supply
(std/max)
United States
5458-EEU1x Xeon E3-1231 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 3.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-ELU1x Xeon E3-1271 v3 3.6GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzM1115 8x 2.5" HS / 8Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 460 W HS / 2
Canada
5458-ENU1x Xeon E3-1231 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)2x 8GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner2x 460 W HS / 2
Latin America
5458-EEU1x Xeon E3-1231 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 3.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
Asia Pacific (Australia only)
5458-EHM1x Xeon E3-1231 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzC100 4x 3.5" SS / 42x 1TB 7.2K 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
Asia Pacific (Japan only)
5458-EPJ1x Core i3 4150 3.5GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (54W)1x 4GB 1600MHzC100 4x 3.5" SS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-EQJ1x Xeon E3-1231 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Optional1x 460 W HS / 2
Europe
5458-EJG1x Xeon E3-1241 v3 3.5GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 3.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-EKG1x Xeon E3-1241 v3 3.5GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 460 W HS / 2
5458-ELG1x Xeon E3-1271 v3 3.6GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzM1115 8x 2.5" HS / 8Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 460 W HS / 2
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Middle East and Africa (MEA)
5458-EKG1x Xeon E3-1241 v3 3.5GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 460 W HS / 2
5458-ELG1x Xeon E3-1271 v3 3.6GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzM1115 8x 2.5" HS / 8Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 460 W HS / 2
Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
5458-EJG1x Xeon E3-1241 v3 3.5GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 3.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-EKG1x Xeon E3-1241 v3 3.5GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 460 W HS / 2
5458-ELG1x Xeon E3-1271 v3 3.6GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzM1115 8x 2.5" HS / 8Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 460 W HS / 2
* MTM = Machine Type Model
† Processor detail: Processor quantity and model, number of cores, core speed, L3 cache, memory speed, TDP.

Table 3. Express models (Part 2: Models announced October 2013)
MTM*Intel processor†
(1 maximum)
MemoryRAIDDrive
bays
(std/
max)
DrivesOnboard NIC
(std/max)
I/O
slots
(std/
max
Optical
drive
Power supply
(std/max)
United States
5458-EAU1x Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzC100 4x 3.5" SS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-EBU1x Xeon E3-1230 v3 3.3GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-ECU1x Xeon E3-1240 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 460 W HS / 2
Canada
5458-EDU1x Xeon E3-1230 v3 3.3GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)2x 8GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner2x 460 W HS / 2
Asia Pacific (China only)
5458-ERC1x Pentium G3430 3.3GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (65W)1x 4GB 1600MHzC100 4x 2.5" SS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Optional1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-ESC1x Core-i3 4340 3.6GHz 4MB 1600MHz 2C (65W)1x 4GB 1600MHzC100 4x 2.5" SS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Optional1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-ETC1x Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzC100 4x 2.5" SS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Optional1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-EUC1x Xeon E3-1240 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Optional1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-EVC1x Pentium G3430 3.3GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (65W)1x 4GB 1600MHzC100 4x 3.5" SS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-EWC1x Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 3.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-EZC1x Xeon E3-1240 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 3.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
Asia Pacific (Japan only)
5458-EFJ1x Core-i3 4340 3.6GHz 4MB 1600MHz 2C (65W)1x 4GB 1600MHzC100 4x 3.5" SS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-EGJ1x Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Optional1x 460 W HS / 2
Europe
5458-E1G1x Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzC100 4x 3.5" SS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-E4G1x Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-E5G1x Xeon E3-1240 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 460 W HS / 2
5458-E8G1x Xeon E3-1240 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 3.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Middle East and Africa (MEA)
5458-E2G1x Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 3.5" SS / 42x 2TB SATA 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-E4G1x Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-E5G1x Xeon E3-1240 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 460 W HS / 2
5458-E6G1x Xeon E3-1270 v3 3.5GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzM1115 8x 2.5" HS / 8Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 460 W HS / 2
Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
5458-E1G1x Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzC100 4x 3.5" SS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-E3G1x Xeon E3-1240 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzC100 4x 3.5" SS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-E4G1x Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 300 W Fixed / 1
5458-E5G1x Xeon E3-1240 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 460 W HS / 2
5458-E6G1x Xeon E3-1270 v3 3.5GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzM1115 8x 2.5" HS / 8Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 460 W HS / 2
5458-E7G1x Xeon E3-1270 v3 3.5GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 8GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 2.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2Multiburner1x 460 W HS / 2
5458-E8G1x Xeon E3-1240 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)1x 4GB 1600MHzH1110 4x 3.5" HS / 4Open bay 2x GbE / 42 / 2None1x 300 W Fixed / 1
* MTM = Machine Type Model
† Processor detail: Processor quantity and model, number of cores, core speed, L3 cache, memory speed, TDP.

Processor options

The x3250 M5 server supports only one processor, which is already installed in all models. No additional processor options are available. The following table lists all processors available in standard models of x3250 M5 or via CTO. If there is no corresponding where-used model for a particular processor, that processor is only available through the configure-to-order (CTO) process.

Table 4. Processor options

Feature code*DescriptionStandard models where used
Processors announced July 2014
A5H4Intel Celeron Processor G1840 2.8GHz 2MB 1333MHz 2C (53W)
A5UPIntel Celeron Processor G1840T 2.5GHz 2MB 1333MHz 2C (35W)-
A5H3Intel Celeron Processor G1850 2.9GHz 2MB 1333MHz 2C (53W)-
A5DYIntel Core i3 Processor 4150 3.5GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (54W)-
A5E4Intel Core i3 Processor 4150T 3.0GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (35W)-
A5DWIntel Core i3 Processor 4350 3.6GHz 4MB 1600MHz 2C (54W)-
A5E3Intel Core i3 Processor 4350T 3.1GHz 4MB 1600MHz 2C (35W)-
A5DVIntel Core i3 Processor 4360 3.7GHz 4MB 1600MHz 2C (54W)-
A5E1Intel Pentium Processor G3240 3.1GHz 3MB 1333MHz 2C (53W)-
A5E5Intel Pentium Processor G3240T 2.7GHz 3MB 1333MHz 2C (35W)-
A5E0Intel Pentium Processor G3440 3.3GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (53W)A3x
A5UNIntel Pentium Processor G3440T 2.8GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (35W)-
A5DZIntel Pentium Processor G3450 3.4GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (53W)-
A5DQIntel Xeon Processor E3-1231 v3 3.4GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (80W)C3x, C5x
A5DSIntel Xeon Processor E3-1240L v3 2.0GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (25W)-
A5DPIntel Xeon Processor E3-1241 v3 3.5GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (80W)F3x, F5x
A5DNIntel Xeon Processor E3-1271 v3 3.6GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (80W)G3x
A5DRIntel Xeon Processor E3-1275L v3 2.7GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (45W)-
A5DMIntel Xeon Processor E3-1281 v3 3.7GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (82W)-
A5DTIntel Xeon Processor E3-1286 v3 3.7GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (84W)-
A5DUIntel Xeon Processor E3-1286L v3 3.2GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (65W)-
Processors announced October 2013
A4QUIntel Core i3 Processor 4130 3.4GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (54W)-
A4QWIntel Core i3 Processor 4130T 2.9GHz 3MB 1600MH 2C (35W)-
A4QTIntel Core i3 Processor 4330 3.5GHz 4MB 1600MHz 2C (54W)-
A4QVIntel Core i3 Processor 4330T 3.0GHz 4MB 1600MHz 2C (35W)-
A4QSIntel Core i3 Processor 4340 3.6GHz 4MB 1600MHz 2C (54W)-
A4QPIntel Pentium Processor G3220 3.0 GHz 3MB 1333MHz 2C (54W)-
A4QRIntel Pentium Processor G3220T 2.6GHz 3MB 1333MHz 2C (35W)-
A4K7Intel Pentium Processor G3420 3.2GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (54W)A2x
A4QQIntel Pentium Processor G3420T 2.7GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (35W)-
A4QNIntel Pentium Processor G3430 3.3 GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (54W)-
A3UBIntel Xeon Processor E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (80W)B2x
A4K6Intel Xeon Processor E3-1220L v3 1.1GHz 4MB cache 1600MHz 2C (13W)-
A3UAIntel Xeon Processor E3-1230 v3 3.3 GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (80W)C2x, C4x
A4GLIntel Xeon Processor E3-1230L v3 1.8GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (25W)-
A3U9Intel Xeon Processor E3-1240 v3 3.4GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (80W)F2x
A4GKIntel Xeon Processor E3-1265L v3 2.5GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (45W)-
A3U8Intel Xeon Processor E3-1270 v3 3.5GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (80W)G2x
A3U7Intel Xeon Processor E3-1280 v3 3.6GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (82W)-
A3UCIntel Xeon Processor E3-1285 v3 3.6GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (84W)-
A3UDIntel Xeon Processor E3-1285L v3 3.1GHz 8MB cache 1600MHz 4C (65W)-
* No additional processor options are available. The server supports only one processor, which is already included in a standard, CTO, or special bid configuration.

Memory options

IBM DDR3 memory is compatibility tested and tuned for optimal IBM System x® performance and throughput. IBM memory specifications are integrated into the light path diagnostics panel 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 x3250 M5 server has four DIMM slots, and only DDR3 ECC UDIMMs are supported. The processor has two memory channels, and there are two DIMMs per channel.

The following rules apply when selecting the memory configuration:

  • If more than one DIMM is planned to be installed, DIMMs must be installed in a pair, and both DIMMs in a pair must be identical in type and size.
  • Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v3 product family supports up to 1600 MHz memory speeds for one DIMM per channel and two DIMMs per channel configurations provided that the processors support this memory speed.

The x3250 M5 server supports ECC memory protection.

The following table lists the memory options that are available for the x3250 M5 server.

Table 5. Memory options
Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supportedStandard models where used
UDIMMs
00D5012A3QB4GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP UDIMM4A2x, A3x, B2x, C2x, C3x, C5x
00D5016A3QC8GB (1x8GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP UDIMM4C4x, F2x, F3x, F5x, G2x, G3x

Internal storage

The x3250 M5 server supports the following internal storage configurations:
  • Four 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF) SAS/SATA hot-swap drive bays
  • Eight 2.5-inch SFF SAS/SATA hot-swap drive bays
  • Four 2.5-inch SFF SAS/SATA simple-swap drive bays
  • Eight 2.5-inch SFF SAS/SATA simple-swap drive bays
  • Four 3.5-inch large form factor (LFF) SAS/SATA hot-swap drive bays
  • Four 3.5-inch LFF SATA simple-swap drive bays

Standard models ship with four 2.5-inch SFF SAS/SATA hot-swap, eight 2.5-inch SFF SAS/SATA hot-swap, four 3.5-inch SAS/SATA hot-swap, or four 3.5-inch SATA simple-swap drive bays. The following table shows the internal storage upgrade and expansion options available for the x3250 M5 server.

Table 6. Internal storage expansion options
Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supported
46W6577A4GV2.5" Simple Swap HDD Hardware RAID upgrade kit1
46W6576A4GW3.5" Simple Swap HDD Hardware RAID upgrade kit1
00AL348A4VNx3250 M5 HS 2.5" HDD 4 to 8 Upgrade Kit1

Option 46W6577 upgrades standard (see Table 2), Express (see Table 3), or custom (CTO or special bid) models with four 2.5-inch SFF simple-swap drive bays and ServeRAID C100 to hardware RAID models with four or eight SFF simple-swap drive bays. In addition, a supported hardware RAID controller (H1110 for four drive bay models; M1115 or M5110 for four or eight drive bay models) or host bus adapter (HBA) (N2115) is required (not included in the upgrade, it must be purchased separately; see Table 8 for specifics).

Option 46W6576 upgrades standard (see Table 2), Express (see Table 3), or custom (CTO or special bid) models with four 3.5-inch LFF simple-swap drive bays and ServeRAID C100 to hardware RAID models. In addition, a supported hardware RAID controller (H1110, M1115, or M5110) or HBA (N2115) is required (not included in the upgrade, it must be purchased separately).

Option 00AL348 upgrades custom (CTO or special bid) models with four 2.5-inch SFF hot-swap drive bays and hardware RAID controller (M1115 or M5110) or HBA (N2115) to eight 2.5-inch SFF hot-swap drive bays.

H1110 support: Models with four 2.5-inch drive bays and H1110 controller cannot be upgraded to eight drive bays.

Eight drive bays support: Models with 300 W fixed power supply can only support up to four drive bays.

3.5-inch drive bay support: Models with 460 W redundant hot-swap power supplies do not support 3.5-inch drive bays.

An optical drive can be installed internally in models with 2.5-inch hot-swap or simple-swap drive bays (no optical drive support in models with 3.5-inch drive bays).

Controllers for internal storage

The following table lists the internal RAID controllers, HBAs, and the additional options that are used for the internal disk storage of the x3250 M5 server.

Table 7. RAID controllers for internal storage

Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supportedStandard models where used
None#A17TServeRAID C100 for IBM System x1A2x, B2x
81Y4406A17UServeRAID C100 Series RAID 5 Upgrade for IBM System x-FoD1-
81Y4492A1XLServeRAID H1110 SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x1C2x, C4x, F2x
81Y4448A1MZServeRAID M1115 SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x1G2x
81Y4542A1X1ServeRAID M1100 Series Zero Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade 1-
81Y4481A347ServeRAID M5110 SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x1-
81Y4544A1X2ServeRAID M5100 Series Zero Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
81Y4484A1J3ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
81Y4487A1J4ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
81Y4559A1WYServeRAID M5100 Series 1GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
81Y4508A22EServeRAID M5100 Series Battery Kit for IBM System x1*-
81Y4546A1X3ServeRAID M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade for IBM System x1†-
90Y4273A2MCServeRAID M5100 Series Performance Accelerator for IBM System x1-
90Y4318A2MDServeRAID M5100 Series SSD Caching Enabler for IBM System x1-
46C8988A3MWN2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x1-
# The C100 is an onboard IBM ServeRAID controller.
* The ServeRAID M5100 Series Battery Kit (81Y4508) is supported only with ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade (81Y4484).
† The ServeRAID M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade (81Y4546) requires RAID 5 Upgrade with caches (81Y4484, 81Y4487, or 81Y4559).

The C100 is an onboard IBM ServeRAID, and it does not consume a PCIe slot. The H1110 RAID adapter is supported in a dedicated PCIe slot (slot 1). All other hardware RAID adapters and HBAs are supported only in PCIe slot 2.

The following table (Parts 1 and 2) lists drive types and internal drive bay configurations that are supported by the internal RAID controllers and HBAs (SAS HDDs include both SAS and near-line (NL) SAS HDDs, and SATA HDDs include both SATA and NL SATA HDDs).

Table 8. RAID controllers, drive types, and internal drive bays (Part 1: Fixed power supply unit (PSU) models)
RAID controller
(Models with fixed power supply)
Drive type4x 2.5-in.
hot-swap
8x 2.5-in.
hot-swap
4x 2.5-in.
simple-swap
8x 2.5-in.
simple-swap
4x 3.5-in.
hot-swap
4x 3.5-in.
simple-swap
ServeRAID C100SAS HDDNo supportNo supportNo supportNo supportNo supportNo support
SATA HDDNo supportNo supportYesNo supportNo supportYes
SATA SSDNo supportNo supportNo supportNo supportNo supportNo support
ServeRAID H1110SAS HDDYesNo supportYesNo supportYesYes
SATA HDDYesNo supportYesNo supportYesYes
SATA SSDYesNo supportYesNo supportNo supportNo support
ServeRAID M1115SAS HDDYesNo supportYesNo supportYesYes
SATA HDDYesNo supportYesNo supportYesYes
SATA SSDYesNo supportYesNo supportNo supportNo support
ServeRAID M5110SAS HDDYesNo supportYesNo supportYesYes
SATA HDDYesNo supportYesNo supportYesYes
SATA SSDYesNo supportYesNo supportNo supportNo support
N2115 HBASAS HDDYesNo supportYesNo supportYesYes
SATA HDDYesNo supportYesNo supportYesYes
SATA SSDYesNo supportYesNo supportNo supportNo support

Table 8. RAID controllers, drive types, and internal drive bays (Part 2: Redundant PSU models)
RAID controller
(Models with hot-swap power supplies)
Drive type4x 2.5-in.
hot-swap
8x 2.5-in.
hot-swap
4x 2.5-in.
simple-swap
8x 2.5-in.
simple-swap
4x 3.5-in.
hot-swap
4x 3.5-in.
simple-swap
ServeRAID C100SAS HDDNo supportNo supportNo supportNo supportNo supportNo support
SATA HDDNo supportNo supportYesNo supportNo supportNo support
SATA SSDNo supportNo supportNo supportNo supportNo supportNo support
ServeRAID H1110SAS HDDYesNo supportYesNo supportNo supportNo support
SATA HDDYesNo supportYesNo supportNo supportNo support
SATA SSDYesNo supportYesNo supportNo supportNo support
ServeRAID M1115SAS HDDYesYesYesYesNo supportNo support
SATA HDDYesYesYesYesNo supportNo support
SATA SSDYesYesYesYesNo supportNo support
ServeRAID M5110SAS HDDYesYesYesYesNo supportNo support
SATA HDDYesYesYesYesNo supportNo support
SATA SSDYesYesYesYesNo supportNo support
N2115 HBASAS HDDYesYesYesYesNo supportNo support
SATA HDDYesYesYesYesNo supportNo support
SATA SSDYesYesYesYesNo supportNo support

The ServeRAID C100 onboard controller has the following specifications:
  • Onboard SATA controller with IBM ServeRAID capabilities
  • Four internal SATA ports with up to 6 Gbps throughput per port for HDD connectivity
  • One internal 3 Gbps SATA port for SATA CD/DVD-ROM connectivity
  • Five internal 7-pin L-shape SATA connectors
  • Support for RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Support for SATA simple-swap hard drives (Solid-state drives and hot-swap drives are not supported.)
  • Connection to up to four internal drives
  • Support for up to two virtual drives
  • Support for virtual drive sizes greater than 2 TB
  • Fixed stripe unit size of 64 KB
  • Support for MegaRAID Storage Manager management software

The ServeRAID H1110 adapter has the following specifications:
  • Four internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • One x4 mini-SAS internal connector (SFF-8087)
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • Based on the LSI SAS2004 6 Gbps RAID on Chip (ROC) controller
  • PCIe 2.0 x4 host interface
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 1E, and 10
  • Connects to up to four SAS or SATA drives (SAS expanders are not supported.)

The ServeRAID M1115 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8087)
  • Supports connections to SAS/SATA drives and SAS Expanders
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Supports RAID levels 5 and 50 with optional M1100 Series RAID 5 upgrades
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2008 6 Gbps ROC controller

The ServeRAID M5110 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications - hidden DNL:
  • Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8087)
  • Supports connections to SAS/SATA drives and SAS Expanders
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Supports RAID levels 5 and 50 with optional M5100 Series RAID 5 upgrades
  • Supports RAID levels 6 and 60 with the optional M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade
  • Supports 512 MB battery-backed cache or 512 MB or 1 GB flash-backed cache
  • Support for SSD performance optimization with the optional M5100 Series Performance Accelerator and SSD Caching Enabler
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2208 6 Gbps ROC controller

The IBM N2115 SAS/SATA HBA has the following specifications:
  • Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8087)
  • Supports connections to SAS/SATA HDDs and SATA SSDs
  • Optimized for SSD performance
  • No RAID support
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2308 6 Gbps controller

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 drive options for the internal storage of the x3250 M5 server.

Table 9. Drive options for internal storage

Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supported
2.5-inch NL SAS Hot-Swap HDDs
42D07075409IBM 500GB 7200 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD8
90Y8953A2XEIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
81Y9690A1P3IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
2.5-inch NL SATA Hot-Swap HDDs
81Y9722A1NXIBM 250GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
81Y9726A1NZIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD 8
81Y9730A1AVIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
2.5-inch NL SATA Simple-Swap HDDs
81Y9734A1NYIBM 250GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF SS HDD8
81Y9738A1P0IBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF SS HDD8
81Y9742A1P2IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF SS HDD8
2.5-inch SAS Hot-Swap HDDs
90Y8926A2XBIBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
90Y8877A2XCIBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
81Y9670A283IBM 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" G2HS HDD8
90Y8872A2XDIBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
00AJ300A4VBIBM 600GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS HDD8
81Y9650A282IBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
2.5-inch SAS Hot-Swap self-encrypting drives (SEDs)
90Y8908A3EFIBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED8
81Y9662A3EGIBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED8
2.5-inch SAS Simple-Swap HDDs
90Y8935A2ZGIBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2SS HDD8
90Y8895A2ZHIBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2SS HDD8
81Y9674A24JIBM 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" G2SS HDD8
90Y8890A2ZJIBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2SS HDD8
81Y9654A24HIBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF SS HDD8
2.5-inch SATA Hot-Swap Enterprise Value SSDs
49Y5839A3ASIBM 64GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
90Y8648A2U4IBM 128GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
90Y8643A2U3IBM 256GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ355A56ZIBM 120GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ360A570IBM 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ365A571IBM 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ370A572IBM 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
00FN298AS0DIBM 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Entry SSD8
00FN327AS0EIBM 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Entry SSD8
00FN332AS0FIBM 960GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Entry SSD8
2.5-inch SATA Simple-Swap Enterprise Value SSDs
49Y5849A3ATIBM 64GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD8
90Y8668A2UBIBM 128GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD8
90Y8663A2UCIBM 256GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ375A573IBM 120GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ380A574IBM 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ385A575IBM 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ390A576IBM 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD8
3.5-inch SAS Hot-Swap HDDs
49Y6092A3DVIBM 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD4
49Y6097A3DWIBM 450GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD4
49Y6102A3DXIBM 600GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD4
3.5-inch NL SATA Hot-Swap HDDs
81Y9786A22YIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD4
81Y9790A22PIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD4
81Y9794A22TIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD4
81Y9798A22SIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD4
3.5-inch NL SATA Simple-Swap HDDs
81Y9802A22UIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD4
81Y9806A22XIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD4
81Y9810A22WIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD4
81Y9814A22VIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD4
3.5-inch NL SATA 512e Advanced Format Hot-Swap HDDs
00FN113A5VDIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD4
00FN128A5VFIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD4
00FN143A5VHIBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD4
00FN158A5VKIBM 5TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD4
00FN173A5VMIBM 6TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD4
3.5-inch NL SATA 512e Advanced Format Simple-Swap HDDs
00FN118A5VEIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD4
00FN133A5VGIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD4
00FN148A5VJIBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD4
00FN163A5VLIBM 5TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD4
00FN178A5VNIBM 6TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD4

Internal backup units

The x3250 M5 server does not support internal tape drive options or other internal backup units. However, it can be attached to the external tape drives by using USB, SAS, or Fibre Channel connectivity (see Table 24).

Optical drives

The x3250 M5 server supports the optical drive options listed in the following table. Server models with 3.5-inch HDDs do not support an internal optical drive.

Table 10. Optical drives

Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supportedStandard models where used
46M09014161IBM UltraSlim Enhanced SATA DVD-ROM1-
46M09024163UltraSlim Enhanced SATA Multi-Burner1-

IBM UltraSlim Enhanced SATA DVD-ROM (part number 46M0901) supports the following media and speeds for reading:
  • CD-ROM 24X
  • CD-R 24X
  • CD-RW 24X
  • DVD-ROM (4.7 GB) 8X
  • DVD-ROM (dual layer, 8.5 GB) 8X
  • DVD-R (4.7 GB) 8X
  • DVD-R (dual layer, 8.5 GB) 8X
  • DVD+R (4.7 GB) 8X
  • DVD+R (dual layer, 8.5 GB) 8X
  • DVD-RW (4.7 GB) 8X
  • DVD+RW (4.7 GB) 8X
  • DVD-RAM (4.7 GB) 5X

IBM UltraSlim Enhanced SATA Multi-Burner (46M0902) supports the same media and speeds for reading as DVD-ROM (46M0901). This drive also supports the following media and speeds for writing:
  • CD-R 24X
  • CD-RW 24X
  • DVD-R (4.7 GB) 8X
  • DVD-R (dual layer, 8.5 GB) 6X
  • DVD+R (4.7 GB) 8X
  • DVD+R (dual layer, 8.5 GB) 6X
  • DVD-RW (4.7 GB) 6X
  • DVD+RW (4.7 GB) 8X
  • DVD-RAM (4.7 GB) 5X

I/O expansion options

The x3250 M5 server supports two PCIe slots that come standard with all models. The slot form factors are specified:

  • Slot 1: PCIe 3.0 x4 (x4-wired); dedicated slot for the H1110 adapter
  • Slot 2: PCIe 3.0 x8 (x8-wired), full-height, half-length

Network adapters

The x3250 M5 supports up to four integrated Gigabit Ethernet 1000BASE-T RJ-45 ports (two enabled standard, and two enabled optionally with the FoD upgrade). One port (Ethernet port 1) is shared between the IMM2 and the operating system.

The integrated network interface controller (NIC) has the following features:

  • A Broadcom BCM5719 chip
  • Up to four Gigabit Ethernet ports (two enabled standard, and two enabled optionally with the 00AM013 FoD upgrade)
  • NIC Teaming (load balancing and failover)
  • Ethernet features:
    • Compliant with 1 Gb Ethernet IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, and 802.3ab PHY specifications
    • Integrated PHY for 10/100/1000 Mbps for multispeed, full, and half-duplex auto-negotiation
    • Automatic MDI crossover
    • IEEE 802.3x-compliant flow control support
    • IEEE 1588 protocol and 802.1AS time synchronization implementation
    • IEEE802.3az - Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
  • I/O Virtualization features:
    • I/O Virtualization support for VMware NetQueue and Microsoft virtual machine queue (VMQ)
    • Function Level Reset (FLR)
    • IEEE 802.1q Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) tagging support
  • Stateless offload and performance features:
    • TCP, IP, and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) checksum offload
    • TCP segmentation offload (TCO)
    • Large Send Offload (LSO)
    • Receive Side Scaling (RSS) and Transmit Side Scaling (TSS)
    • Message Signal Interrupt (MSI) and Message Signal Interrupt Extension (MSI-X) support
    • Support for jumbo frames up to 9600 bytes

The following table lists additional supported network adapters.

Table 11. Network adapters
Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supported
10 Gb Ethernet
44T1370A5GZBroadcom NetXtreme 2x10GbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x1
49Y7910A18YBroadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter for IBM System x1
00JY820A5UTEmulex VFA5 2x10 GbE SFP+ PCIe Adapter for IBM System x1*
00JY830A5UUEmulex VFA5 2x10 GbE SFP+ Adapter and FCoE/iSCSI SW for IBM System x1*
None**AS3MEmulex VFA5 2x10 GbE SFP+ Integrated Adapter for IBM System x1*
49Y7960A2ECIntel X520-DA2 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter for IBM System x1*
49Y7970A2EDIntel X540-T2 Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter for IBM System x1
00D9690A3PMMellanox ConnectX-3 10GbE Adapter for IBM System x1*
90Y4600A3MRQLogic 8200 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Virtual Fabric Adapter (VFA) for IBM System x1*
00Y5624A3MTQLogic 8200 VFA FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x (FoD)1‡
Integrated NIC Features on Demand (FoD) upgrades
00AM013A4K5Broadcom Ethernet Adapter 5719 - 4 port upgrade1
Gigabit Ethernet
90Y9370A2V4Broadcom NetXtreme I Dual Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x1
00AG500A56KIntel I350-F1 1xGbE Fiber Adapter for IBM System x1
00AG510A56LIntel I350-T2 2xGbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x1
00AG520A56MIntel I350-T4 4xGbE BaseT 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
42C17502975PRO/1000 PF Server Adapter by Intel1
* These adapters require SFP+ optical transceivers or DAC cables that must be purchased separately.
** Configure to order (CTO) only; not available as an option part number
‡ One FCoE/iSCSI license per one QLogic 8200 Dual Port VFA.

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks product guides in the Ethernet and IB adapters category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=networkadapters

Storage host bus adapters

The following table lists the storage host bus adapters (HBAs) that are supported by the x3250 M5 server.

Table 12. Storage adapters

Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supported
Fibre Channel - 16 Gb
81Y1675A2XVBrocade 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x1
81Y1668A2XUBrocade 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x1
81Y1662A2W6Emulex 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x1
81Y1655A2W5Emulex 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x1
Fibre Channel - 8 Gb
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
SAS
46C9010A3MVN2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x1
00AE912A5M0N2225 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x1

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 x3250 M5 server does not support High IOPS SSD adapters.

GPU adapters

The x3250 M5 server does not support graphics processing units (GPUs).

Power supplies

The x3250 M5 server supports one 300 W AC fixed power supply or up to two redundant 460 W hot-swap power supplies. These power supplies are 80 PLUS certified. Standard models come either with one fixed or one hot-swap power supply (model dependent). The following table lists the power supplies. An AC hot-swap power supply option ships standard with one 2.8m, 10A/100-250V, C13 to IEC 320-C14 rack power cable.

Table 13. Power supplies

Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supportedStandard models where used
None*None*IBM 300W Fixed Power Supply Unit1A2x, B2x, C2x, C4x
94Y6236A2E8IBM 460W Redundant Power Supply Unit with 80+ certified2F2x, G2x
* Fixed power supply comes either with standard or custom (special bid or CTO) models.

Eight drive bays support: Models with 300 W fixed power supply can only support up to four drive bays.

3.5-inch drive bay support: Models with 460 W redundant hot-swap power supplies do not support 3.5-inch drive bays.

Integrated virtualization

The x3250 M5 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 14. Virtualization options

Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supported
41Y8298A2G0IBM Blank USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi Downloads1
41Y8382A4WZIBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.1 Update 11
41Y8385A584IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.51

Systems management

The server contains IBM Integrated Management Module II (IMM2), which provides advanced service-processor control, monitoring, and an alerting function. If an environmental condition exceeds a threshold or if a system component fails, the IMM2 lights LEDs to help you diagnose the problem, records the error in the event log, and alerts you to the problem. Optionally, the IMM2 also provides a virtual presence capability for remote server management capabilities.

The IMM2 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 IBM Integrated Management Module Advanced Upgrade 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 1600x1200 at 75 Hz with up to 23 bits per pixel, 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 option.

Table 15. Remote management option
Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supported
90Y3901A1MLIBM Integrated Management Module Advanced Upgrade1

For remote management, IMM2 uses Ethernet port 1. Ethernet port 1 is shared between the IMM2 and the operating system.

Thermal option kit

The thermal option kit allows clients to use x3250 M5 servers in environments with the temperature limits extended to 40 degrees C. It also helps lower fan speeds depending on the environment's temperature to lower acoustic noise and energy use. The following table shows ordering information for the thermal kit.

Table 16. Thermal option kit

Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supported
00J6351A3SDOperating Temperature Enhancement Kit1

Supported operating systems

The server supports the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server 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 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)

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

Physical and electrical specifications

Dimensions and weight (approximate):

  • Height: 43 mm (1.7 in.)
  • Width: 435 mm (17.1 in.)
  • Depth: 576 mm (22.7 in.)
  • Maximum weight: 12.3 kg (27.1 lb).

Shipping dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height: 230 mm (9.1 in.)
  • Width: 590 mm (23.2 in.)
  • Depth: 1000 mm (39.4 in.)
  • Weight (single pack): 12.9 kg (28.4 lb).


Supported environment:
  • Air temperature:
    • Server on: 10 °C - 35 °C (50 °F - 95 °F); altitude: 0 - 914 m (3,000 ft).
    • Server on: 10 °C - 32 °C (50 °F - 89.6 °F); altitude: 914 - 2,134 m (7,000 ft).
    • Server off: 10 °C - 43 °C (50 °F - 109.4 °F).
    • Shipment: -40 °C - 60 °C (-40 °F - 140 °F).
  • Humidity: 8% - 80%
  • Electrical:
    • Models with 460 W redundant hot-swap power supplies:
      • 100 - 127 (nominal) V AC; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 5.3 A
      • 200 - 240 (nominal) V AC; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 2.6 A
    • Models with 300 W hot-swap power supplies:
      • 100 - 127 (nominal) V AC; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 6.0 A
      • 200 - 240 (nominal) V AC; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 3.0 A
    • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately):
      • Minimum configuration: 0.04 kVA
      • Maximum configuration: 0.50 kVA
  • BTU output:
      • Ship configuration: 130 Btu/hr (38 watts)
      • Full configuration: 1720 Btu/hr (504 watts)
  • Noise level:
    • 6.5 bels (operating)
    • 6.5 bels (idle)

Warranty options

The x3250 M5 server has a three-year onsite warranty with 9x5/next business day terms. IBM offers the warranty service upgrades through IBM ServicePac offerings, described in this section. 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, 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 ServicePac offerings might be available in a particular country. For more information about the IBM ServicePac offerings that are available in your country, visit the IBM ServicePac Product Selector:
https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac


The following table explains warranty service definitions in more detail.

Table 17. Warranty service definitions

TermDescription
IBM on-site repair (IOR)A service technician comes to the server's location for equipment repair.
24x7x2 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your client’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 client’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 client’s location within four business hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the client's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays. If it is after 1:00 p.m. and it is determined that onsite service is required, the client 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 client’s location on the business day after we receive your call, following remote problem determination. We provide service from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the client's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays.

In general, the following types of IBM ServicePac offerings are available:
  • Warranty and maintenance service upgrades:
    • One, two, three, four, or five years of 9x5 or 24x7 service coverage
    • Onsite repair from 2 or 4 hours to next business day
    • One or two years of warranty extension
  • Remote technical support services:
    • One or three 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

Regulatory compliance

The server conforms to the following standards:

  • Energy Star 2.0
  • 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. 60950-1
  • NOM-019
  • Japan VCCI, Class A
  • Australia/New Zealand AS/NZS CISPR 22:2006, Class A
  • IEC-60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • Taiwan BSMI CNS 13438, Class A); CNS 14336
  • China CCC (China GB 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
  • 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 x3250 M5 can be connected to external storage expansion enclosures, such as the EXP2500 series, by using either the ServeRAID M5225 or ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controllers. The x3250 M5 can also be attached to supported external storage systems, such as the IBM System Storage® DS3500 series, by using the supported HBAs listed in Table 12.

The following table provides the ordering part numbers for the ServeRAID controllers.

Table 18. M5120 ordering part numbers and feature codes

Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supported
External controllers
00AE938A5NDServeRAID M5225 SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x1
81Y4478A1WXServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x1
ServeRAID M5120 upgrades
81Y4484A1J3ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade for IBM System x1
81Y4487A1J4ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade for IBM System x1
81Y4559A1WYServeRAID M5100 Series 1GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade for IBM System x1
81Y4508A22EServeRAID M5100 Series Battery Kit for IBM System x1
81Y4546A1X3ServeRAID M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade for IBM System x1*
90Y4273A2MCServeRAID M5100 Series SSD Performance Accelerator for IBM System x1*
90Y4318A2MDServeRAID M5100 Series SSD Caching Enabler for IBM System x1*
* One M5100 Series FoD software license is required per server.

Important: The ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller ships standard without a cache. One of the available cache upgrades (81Y4484, 81Y4487, or 81Y4559) is required for the M5120 adapter operations, and it must be purchased together with the controller.

The ServeRAID M5225-2GB SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Eight external 12 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two external x4 mini-SAS HD connectors (SFF-8643)
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 50 standard
  • Optional support for RAID 6 and 60 with the M5200 Series RAID 6 Upgrade
  • 2 GB flash-backed cache standard
  • PCIe x8 3.0 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS3108 12 Gbps ROC controller

The ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Eight external 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two external x4 mini-SAS connectors (SFF-8088)
  • Support for RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Support for RAID levels 5 and 50 with optional M5100 Series RAID 5 upgrades
  • Support for RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade
  • Support for 512 MB battery-backed cache or 512 MB or 1 GB flash-backed cache
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2208 6 Gbps ROC controller
  • Support for connectivity to the EXP2512 and EXP2524 storage expansion enclosures

For more information, see the IBM Redbooks® Product Guide ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0858.html?Open

The ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller supports connectivity to the IBM System Storage external expansion enclosures that are listed in the following table. Up to nine expansion enclosures can be daisy-chained per one M5120 external port. For better performance, distribute expansion enclosures evenly across both M5120 ports.

Table 19. IBM System Storage external expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per one M5120
174712XIBM System Storage EXP2512 Express18
174724XIBM System Storage EXP2524 Express9

The external SAS cables that are listed in the following table support connectivity between external expansion enclosures and the ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller.

Table 20. External SAS cables for external storage expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per one enclosure
39R6531IBM 3 m SAS Cable1
39R6529IBM 1 m SAS Cable1

The following table lists the drives that are supported by EXP2512 external expansion enclosures.

Table 21. Drive options for EXP2512 external expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per one enclosure
3.5" NL SAS HS HDDs
49Y19031TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 3.5" HDD12
49Y19022TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 3.5" HDD12
90Y87203TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 3.5" HDD12
46W09754TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 3.5" HDD12
3.5" SAS HS HDDs
49Y1899300GB 15,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 3.5" HDD12
49Y1900450GB 15,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 3.5" HDD12
49Y1901600GB 15,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 3.5" HDD12

The following table lists the hard disk drives that are supported by EXP2524 external expansion enclosures.

Table 22. Drive options for EXP2524 external expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per one enclosure
2.5" NL SAS HS HDDs
49Y1898500GB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 2.5" HDD24
81Y99521TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 2.5" HDD24
2.5" SAS HS HDDs
49Y1896146GB 15,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD24
81Y9944300GB 15,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD24
00W1595600GB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD24
46W0970900GB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD24
46W09801.2TB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD24
2.5" SAS HS SSDs
49Y6072200GB 6Gb SAS 2.5" SSD24
49Y6077400GB 6Gb SAS 2.5" SSD24

External disk storage systems

The following table lists the external storage systems that are supported by the x3250 M5 server and can be ordered through the System x sales channel. The server might support other IBM disk systems that are not listed in this table. Refer to the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center for further information:
http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic

Table 23. 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
2071CU2IBM Storwize® V3500 LFF Dual Control Enclosure
2071CU3IBM Storwize V3500 SFF Dual Control Enclosure
2072L2CIBM Storwize V3700 LFF Dual Control Enclosure
2072S2CIBM Storwize V3700 SFF Dual Control Enclosure

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

External backup units

The x3250 M5 server can be attached to the external backup units that are listed in the following table.

Table 24. 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
39M5636 IBM DDS Generation 6 USB Tape Drive
00D2786IBM RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 320GB Cartridge
00D2787IBM RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 500GB Cartridge
00D2788IBM RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 1TB Cartridge
44E8895IBM Half High LTO Gen 4 SAS Tape Drive
49Y9898IBM Half High LTO Gen 5 Internal SAS Tape Drive
External backup units*
362532YIBM RDX External USB 3.0 Dock with 320GB Cartridge
362550YIBM RDX External USB 3.0 Dock with 500GB Cartridge
36251TYIBM RDX External USB 3.0 Dock with 1TB Cartridge
3628L5X IBM Half High LTO Gen 5 External SAS Tape Drive (with US line cord)
3628N5XIBM Half High LTO Gen 5 External SAS Tape Drive (without line cord)
* The external tape drives listed can be ordered through the IBM System x sales channel. The server might support other IBM tape drives that are not listed in this table. Refer to the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center for further information.

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 x3250 M5 server can be attached to the top-of-rack Ethernet switches from IBM System Networking that are listed in the following table.

Table 25. IBM System Networking - Top-of-rack switches

Part numberDescription
IBM System Networking - 1 Gb top-of-rack switches
7309BAXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G7028
0446013IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000R
7309CFCIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000F
7309G52IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8052R
730952FIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8052F
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)
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
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 x3250 M5 server can be attached to the uninterruptible power supply units that are listed in the following table.

Table 26. Uninterruptible power supply units

Part numberDescription
Rack-mounted UPS
24195KXIBM UPS5000
21303RXIBM UPS 7500XHV
21304RX IBM UPS 10000XHV
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)
53959KXIBM 11000VA LCD 5U Rack UPS (200V/208V/230V)

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 x3250 M5 server can be attached to the power distribution units (PDUs) that are listed in the following table.

Table 27. 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)
39M2816IBM 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 32 amp/250 V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y8935DPI 63amp/250 V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y893830 amp/125 V Front-end PDU with NEMA L5-30P connector
39Y893930 amp/250 V Front-end PDU with NEMA L6-30P connector
39Y894060 amp/250 V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 60A 2P+N+Gnd connector
Universal PDUs
39Y8951DPI Universal Rack PDU with US LV and HV line cords
39Y8952DPI Universal Rack PDU with CEE7-VII Europe LC
39Y8953DPI Universal Rack PDU with Denmark LC
39Y8954DPI Universal Rack PDU with Israel LC
39Y8955 DPI Universal Rack PDU with Italy LC
39Y8956DPI Universal Rack PDU with South Africa LC
39Y8957DPI Universal Rack PDU with UK LC
39Y8958DPI Universal Rack PDU with AS/NZ LC
39Y8959DPI Universal Rack PDU with 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 x3250 M5 server can be installed in the rack cabinets that are listed in the following table.

Table 28. Rack cabinets

Part numberDescription
201886XIBM 11U Office Enablement Kit
93072RXIBM 25U Standard Rack
93072PXIBM 25U Static S2 Standard Rack
93634EXIBM 42U 1100mm Dynamic Expansion Rack
93634PXIBM 42U 1100mm Dynamic Rack
93604EXIBM 42U 1200mm Deep Dynamic Expansion Rack
93604PXIBM 42U 1200mm Deep Dynamic Rack
93614EXIBM 42U 1200mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93614PXIBM 42U 1200mm Deep Static Rack
93084EXIBM 42U Enterprise Expansion Rack
93084PXIBM 42U Enterprise Rack
93074RXIBM 42U Standard Rack
93074XXIBM 42U Standard Rack Extension
93624EXIBM 47U 1200mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93624PXIBM 47U 1200mm Deep Static Rack
93634BXIBM PureFlex System 42U Expansion Rack
93634DXIBM PureFlex System 42U Expansion Rack
93634AXIBM PureFlex System 42U Rack
93634CXIBM PureFlex System 42U Rack
99564XXIBM S2 42U Dynamic Standard Expansion Rack
99564RXIBM S2 42U Dynamic Standard 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 x3250 M5 server can be attached to the rack console switches and monitor kits that are listed in the following table.

Table 29. 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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