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 18 update:
* New Flex System Carrier-Grade Chassis
* Added x240 machine types 7863 and 8956 (IBM AAS) to the operating system support table, Table 5-1 on page 68
* Added x880/x480/x280 X6, type 7196 to the operating system support table, Table 5-2 on page 69
* Added new transceivers and cables to 3.2.1, “Transceivers for Ethernet switches” on page 43
* Updated Lenovo XClarity supported endpoints and host operating system support
* The x240 M5 now supports the NVIDIA K1 and K2 GPUs in the PCIe Expansion Node
* Updated the tables of supported operating systems

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
18 May 2015

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