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.

Flex System is a no-compromise design that integrates servers, storage and networking in one chassis. The solution is easily scalable with the addition of another chassis with the required nodes. With 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 document is a reference to compatibility and interoperability of components inside and connected to Flex System solutions.

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Changes in the May 5 update:

New information:
* New Flex System x280 X6, x480 X6 and x880 Compute Nodes, machine type 7196.
* New table on eXFlash DIMM compatibility, Table 2-6 on page 15.
* Added compute node support information with AAS chassis 893-92X and CMM2, 1.1, “Chassis to compute node compatibility” on page 2.
* Added x240, model 7863-10X to Table 1-2 on page 3.
* Added CMM2 and IBM Fabric Manager compatibility, Table 5-5 on page 69.

Updated information:
* Removed InfiniBand cables that were incorrectly added to the table of Ethernet transceivers and cables, Table 3-4 on page 41.
* EN4132 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet and EN6132 2-port 40Gb Ethernet support x86 BIOS expansion ROM PXE boot, Table 3-16 on page 54
* EN6131 40Gb Switch fully supported by Lenovo XClarity Administrator, Table 5-4 on page 67

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Chassis interoperability
Chapter 2. Compute node component compatibility
Chapter 3. Network interoperability
Chapter 4. Storage interoperability
Chapter 5. Software compatibility


Publish Date
05 September 2012

Last Update
05 May 2015

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