Enterprise Solid State Drives for IBM System x Servers (Withdrawn)

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Abstract

IBM® solid-state drive (SSDs) use nonvolatile flash memory rather than spinning magnetic media to store data. Designed for enterprise blades and servers, the SSDs leverage the extensive history of IBM meeting enterprise customer expectations in product development, qualification, and ongoing support on a worldwide basis. IBM offers the highest quality enterprise storage devices for enterprise computing environments.

Note: All of the solid-state drives listed in this document have been withdrawn from marketing and are no longer available for ordering from IBM. See the Internal storage category for Product Guides on other SSDs available from IBM System x.

Contents


IBM® Solid State Drives (SSDs) use nonvolatile flash memory rather than spinning magnetic media to store data. Designed for enterprise blades and servers, the SSDs leverage the extensive history of IBM of meeting enterprise customer expectations in product development, qualification, and ongoing support on a worldwide basis. IBM offers the highest quality enterprise storage devices for enterprise computing environments.

IBM SSDs deliver the performance, power, size, and reliability required for IBM BladeCenter® and IBM System x® application servers. For cost-effective reliability and endurance, and to let customers chose the correct drive to meet business requirements, the IBM SSD family offers both SLC and enterprise-grade MLC technology. With up to 200 GB capacity in a 1.8-inch form factor, this powerful drive provides data loss protection upon power failure. In addition, IBM SSDs support the SATA interface, meaning that there are no compatibility issues. Figure 1 shows a 1.8" solid state drive.

1.8" solid state drive
Figure 1. 1.8" solid state drive

Did you know

In terms of I/O operations per second, SSDs can be used in enterprise environments to replace multiple traditional spinning disks, thereby improving application performance, power consumption, reliability, and the total cost of ownership. However, SSDs can also be used as a fast virtual memory paging device to reduce the need for more expensive memory DIMMs, which can lead to reduced server acquisition costs.

SSDs simplify local storage infrastructure to help maintain overall maintenance and cooling cost, while providing remote storage solutions for end-to-end data availability as part of the enterprise ecosystem. SSDs are an appropriate solution for local OS booting, read-intensive applications, and some local storage space. Having originally been developed for the telco and federal marketplace, these SATA-based drives are highly rugged and reliable, and consume very low power. Increasingly, solid state storage is becoming a practical component in balancing datacenter cost, reliability, and manageability.


Part number information

Table 1 lists the information for ordering part numbers and feature codes.

Table 1. Ordering part numbers and feature codes
DescriptionPart numberFeature code†
IBM 50 GB SATA 2.5" SFF Slim-HS High IOPS SSD 43W7714*3745*
IBM 50 GB SATA 2.5" SFF HS High IOPS SSD 43W7722*3756*
IBM 50 GB SATA 2.5" SFF NHS High IOPS SSD43W7706*5598*
IBM 50 GB SATA 1.8" MLC SSD43W77265428
IBM 200 GB SATA 1.8" MLC SSD43W77465420
IBM 200 GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS SSD43W7718A2FN
IBM 200 GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS SSD43W77425419
† x-config feature code
* Withdrawn, not available for ordering.


SSD technology

SSDs differ from traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) in many ways, but there is one key difference: no moving parts. Where HDDs contain spinning disks and movable heads that read and write data on the disks, SDDs use solid-state (chip-based) memory to store data. This difference provides SSDs with the following advantages over HDDs:
  • High performance input/output operations per second (IOPS): Significantly increases performance I/O subsystems.
  • Durability: Less susceptible to physical shock and vibration.
  • Longer lifespans: SSDs are not susceptible to mechanical wear.
  • Lower power consumption: SSDs use as little as 2.1 watts of power per drive.
  • Quieter and cooler running capabilities: Less floor space required, lower energy costs, and a greener enterprise.
  • Lower access times and latency rates: About 10 times faster than the spinning disks in an HDD.

SSDs use NAND-based nonvolatile flash memory, the same technology used by USB storage devices, memory cards, mobile phones, and other portable electronic devices that require data storage. However, the type of NAND flash memory that an SSD employs for data storage and retrieval is a key factor for determining the appropriate environment for which the device is employed. Where one methodology might be adequate for the type of usage and environment that the device is intended for (such as a laptop model designed for the consumer market), it might not be feasible for enterprise-class markets where high-performance standards and reliability are key factors for data storage.

Two methods currently exist for facilitating NAND flash memory: single-level cell (SLC) and multi-level cell (MLC). The following sections provide information about each of these technologies.

Single-level cell (SLC) SSDs

SLC flash memory stores data in arrays of floating-gate transistors, or cells, 1 bit of data to each cell. This single bit per cell methodology results in faster transfer speeds, higher reliability, and lower power consumption than that provided by HDDs. SLC SSDs are two-to-three times more expensive to manufacture than MLC devices.

Multi-level cell (MLC) SSDs

The basic difference between SLC flash memory and MLC flash memory technologies is storage density. In comparison with SLC flash memory, which allows only two states to be stored in a cell, thereby storing only one bit of data per cell, MLC flash memory is capable of storing up to four states per cell, yielding two bits of data stored per cell.

Tables 2 and 3 illustrate the differences.

Table 2. SLC single-bit flash memory states
ValueState
0Full
1Erased

Table 3. MLC dual-bit flash memory states
ValueState
00Full
01Partially programmed
10Partially erased
11Erased

MLC flash memory can be further delineated into two categories:
  • Consumer-grade MLC (cMLC): Used in consumer (single user) devices such as USB storage devices, memory cards, mobile phones, and so on.
  • Enterprise-grade MLC (eMLC): Designed specifically for use in commercial (multiple-user) enterprise environments.

Both cMLC and eMLC flash memory have the advantage of higher data density and the resultant lower cost-per-bit ratio. For practical reasons, this is where the similarities end. The high-density storage model employed by both technologies results in lower write endurance ratios and higher rates of cell degradation than SLC flash memory, greatly reducing the lifetime of the device. For cMLC devices, this does not pose any issues, as the lifetime expectancies are considered adequate for consumer-grade devices. This makes cMLC flash memory ideal for lower-cost, consumer-targeted devices such as memory cards and mobile devices, where cost and market factors outweigh performance and durability.

eMLC provides longer endurance through trimming of components and optimizing certain parameters in the firmware. In addition, eMLC SSDs employ over-provisioning data storage capacity and wear-leveling algorithms that evenly distribute data when the drives are not being heavily utilized. This results in a sixfold increase in write cycles and reduced concerns about cell degradation. While it does not yet match the performance and durability SLC flash memory, it still exceeds lifetime expectancy requirements for enterprise applications.

For industries where enterprise performance and durability is essential, IBM SSDs employ eMLC NAND flash memory to leverage the cost-effective characteristics of MLC flash memory with the performance and reliability of SLC technology.

Table 4 shows the NAND flash memory types used in each currently available SSD option.

Table 4. SSD technology used
DescriptionPart numberTechnology used
IBM 50 GB SATA 2.5" SFF Slim-HS High IOPS SSD 43W7714SLC
IBM 50 GB SATA 2.5" SFF HS High IOPS SSD*43W7722SLC
IBM 50 GB SATA 2.5" SFF NHS High IOPS SSD*43W7706SLC
IBM 50 GB SATA 1.8" MLC SSD43W7726eMLC
IBM 200 GB SATA 1.8" MLC SSD43W7746eMLC
IBM 200 GB SATA 2.5-inch MLC HS SSD43W7718eMLC
IBM 200 GB SATA 2.5-inch MLC SS SSD43W7742eMLC
* Withdrawn from marketing, not available for ordering.


Features and benefits

Table 5 provides a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of SLC and MLC flash. As shown in Table 3, the IBM SSD options are all either SLC or eMLC. As a result, the feature discussions below apply to those technologies and not cMLC.

Table 5. Benefits of SLC and MLC
SLCcMLCeMLC HDD
High densityNYYY
Low cost per bitNYYY
DurabilityYNYN
Low power consumptionYYYN
Read/write speeds (IOPS) (4 K blocks)4000/160020,000/300030,000/20,000320/180
Data stabilityYNYN
Projected life5 years1 year5 years5 years

High-density storage

As explained in the previous section, the MLC flash memory methods employ multiple bit-per-cell technology, thus resulting in higher data density compared to SLC technology. This means that drives are available in larger capacities.

Cost per bit

At present, HDD storage still has a clear pricing advantage, with a cost per gigabyte ratio as high as 1:10 compared with SDD storage, depending on factors such as drive size, array configuration, and the type of NAND flash memory used (SLC flash cost-per-bit is three times as much as MLC flash). However, this gap has been closing as SDD technology becomes less expensive and more prevalent.

One solution to offset costs is to use SDDs for server drives that only perform the most I/O-intensive operations, such as boot drives, caching, and swap space. This provides lower latency rates and higher throughput for application-critical operations. SDDs can also be employed in RAID arrays for fault tolerance and data sharing.

Durability

Because flash memory does not have the mechanical limitations of traditional spinning hard drives, SSDs are less susceptible to shock and vibration and have a higher tolerance for wide temperature and humidity ranges.

Low power consumption

Replacing HDDs with SSDs results in a lower cost and greener enterprise. Because there are fewer storage devices needed, fewer resources (such as controllers, switches, and racks) are needed, resulting in:
  • A smaller footprint in the enterprise
  • Quieter operation
  • Reduced cooling requirements
  • Reduced power requirements
  • Reduced floor space

These reductions result in an overall lower total cost of ownership.

Performance

Because there are no moving parts, startup times are small because no spin-up or seek time is required. For example, when an HDD retrieves a large file, it searches for the file in passes with each revolution of the spinning disk, resulting in access times of 10 - 15 ms on average. An SSD can retrieve the same file as quickly as 0.1 ms. This makes SDD server usage ideal for applications where throughput is more important than capacity, such as video distribution and financial analysis.

The improved application performance of SSDs results in increased and more reliable transactions in less time. A comparison of IBM high-performance SSDs with traditional enterprise-level HDDs demonstrates a dramatic increase in overall I/O operations per second (IOPS), as shown in Table 6.

Table 6. IOPS comparison
HDD (3.5" 15 K)HDD (2.5" 15 K)SLC SSD MLC SSD
Write IOPS 300250160020,000
Read IOPS 390300400030,000
Cost per IOPS ($)$0.52 (146 GB)$0.83 (146 GB)$0.09 (50 GB)$0.04 (50 GB)
Note: All results with 4 K block transfers

Stated another way, if your application's demands can be met by implementing a large RAID array of HDDs, you can use far fewer SSDs and achieve the same performance.

Data reliability

SLC and eMLC solid-state drives utilize several techniques to ensure data stability and retention:
  • Wear-leveling algorithms that evenly distribute data across the drive.
  • Garbage collection that uses an algorithm to select the blocks in the memory to erase and rewrite.
  • For correctable errors, the drives use an ECC scheme (twenty-four 9-bit symbols using Reed Solomon).
  • For uncorrectable errors, the drives use the Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements (RAISE) scheme, which allows the controller to rebuild data that was located on a failed flash page or block somewhere else on the drive.
  • For undetectable errors, there is data path protection (CRC-32 bit).

SATA

Migrating your enterprise storage to SSD is relatively painless because solid state drives support the SATA protocol used by HDDs. Coexistence is also possible because of this. Figure 2 shows the x3690 X5 with 1.8-inch SSDs and 2.5-inch SAS drive bays.

Eight solid state drives installed in an x3690 X5 server (up to 24 supported)
Figure 2. Eight solid state drives installed in an x3690 X5 server (up to 24 supported)



Specifications

Table 7 presents technical specifications for the 2.5-inch drives and Table 8 presents the specifications for the 1.8-inch drives.

Table 7. Specifications - 2.5-inch drives
SpecificationIBM 50GB SATA
2.5" SFF Slim-HS
High IOPS SSD
IBM 50GB SATA
2.5" SFF HS
High IOPS SSD
IBM 50GB SATA
2.5" SFF NHS
High IOPS SSD
IBM 200 GB SATA
2.5" MLC HS SSD
IBM 200 GB SATA
2.5" MLC SS SSD
Part number43W771443W772243W770643W771843W7742
InterfaceSATA ISATA ISATA ISATA IISATA II
Hot-swap driveYesYesNoYesNo
Form factor2.5" SFF2.5" SFF2.5" SFF2.5" SFF2.5" SFF
Capacity50 GB50 GB50 GB200 GB200 GB
IOPS read*40004000400030,00030,000
IOPS write*16001600160020,00020,000
Sequential read rate80 MBps 80 MBps 80 MBps 250 MBps250 MBps
Sequential write rate50 MBps 50 MBps 50 MBps 250 MBps250 MBps
Shock, operating 2 ms: 60 Gs 2 ms: 60 Gs 2 ms: 60 Gs2 ms: 200 Gs2 ms: 200 Gs
Shock, nonoperating2 ms: 300 Gs2 ms: 300 Gs2 ms: 300 Gs1 ms: 1500 Gs1 ms: 1500 Gs
Temperature, operating0 - 70°C0 - 70°C0 - 70°C0 - 70°C0 - 70°C
Temperature, nonoperating–40 - 70°C–40 - 70°C–40 - 70°C-40 - 90°C-40 - 90°C
Power operating2.1 W2.1 W2.1 W2.0 W2.0 W
Power idle0.5 W0.5 W0.5 W0.6 W0.6 W
* Results with 4 KB block transfers

Table 8. Specifications - 1.8-inch drives
SpecificationIBM 50GB SATA
1.8" MLC SSD
IBM 200GB SATA
1.8" MLC SSD
Part number43W772643W7746
InterfaceSATA IISATA II
Hot-swap driveYesYes
Form factor1.8" SFF1.8" SFF
Capacity50 GB200 GB
IOPS read*20,00020,000
IOPS write*30003000
Sequential read rate140 MBps150 MBps
Sequential write rate18 MBps35 MBps
Shock, operating1 ms: 1500 Gs1 ms: 1500 Gs
Shock, nonoperating1 ms: 1500 Gs1 ms: 1500 Gs
Temperature, operating0 - 70°C0 - 70°C
Temperature, nonoperating–40 - 90°C–40 - 90°C
Power operating1 W1 W
Power idle0.8 W0.8 W
* Results with 4 KB block transfers


Warranty

There is a 1-year, customer-replaceable unit (CRU), limited warranty.


Supported servers

The solid state drives and supported RAID controllers can be installed in the System x and IBM iDataPlex® servers identified in Table 9 and the BladeCenter and IBM Flex System™ servers identified in Table 10.

Table 9. Supported System x and iDataPlex servers (Part 1)

Part
number

Feature
code†

Product description

x3200 M3 (7327, 7328)

x3250 M3 (4251, 4252)

x3400 M3 (7378, 7379)

x3500 M3 (7380)

x3550 M3 (7944)

x3620 M3 (7376)

x3630 M3 (7377)

x3650 M3 (7945)

x3755 M3 (7164)


43W7714*

3745

IBM 50GB SATA 2.5" SFF Slim-HS High IOPS SSD

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

Y

N

N

43W7722*

3746

IBM 50GB SATA 2.5" SFF HS High IOPS SSD

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

43W7706*

5598

IBM 50GB SATA 2.5" SFF NHS High IOPS SSD

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

43W7726

5428

IBM 50GB SATA 1.8" MLC SSD

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

43W7746

5420

IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC SSD

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

43W7718

A2FN

IBM 200GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS SSD

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

N

43W7742

5419

IBM 200GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS SSD

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y
† x-config feature code
* Withdrawn, not available for ordering.

Table 9. Supported System x and iDataPlex servers (Part 2)

Part
number

Feature
code†

Product description

x3100 M4 (2582)

x3250 M4 (2583)

x3300 M4 (7382)

x3500 M4 (7383)

x3530 M4 (7160)

x3550 M4 (7914)

x3630 M4 (7158)

x3650 M4 (7915)

x3690 X5 (7147)

x3750 M4 (8722)

x3850 X5 (7143)


43W7714*

3745

IBM 50GB SATA 2.5" SFF Slim-HS High IOPS SSD

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

N

43W7722*

3746

IBM 50GB SATA 2.5" SFF HS High IOPS SSD

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

43W7706*

5598

IBM 50GB SATA 2.5" SFF NHS High IOPS SSD

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

43W7726

5428

IBM 50GB SATA 1.8" MLC SSD

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

43W7746

5420

IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC SSD

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

43W7718

A2FN

IBM 200GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS SSD

N

N

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

43W7742

5419

IBM 200GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS SSD

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y
† x-config feature code
* Withdrawn, not available for ordering.

Table 10. Supported BladeCenter and Flex System servers

Part
number

Feature
code†

Product description

HS12 (8028)

HS22 (7870)

HS22V (7871)

HS23 (7875)

HS23E (8038)

HX5 (7873)

x220 (7906)

x240 (8737)

x440 (7917)

43W7714*

3745

IBM 50GB SATA 2.5" SFF Slim-HS High IOPS SSD

N

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

43W7722*

3746

IBM 50GB SATA 2.5" SFF HS High IOPS SSD

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

43W7706*

5598

IBM 50GB SATA 2.5" SFF NHS High IOPS SSD

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

43W7726

5428

IBM 50GB SATA 1.8" MLC SSD

N

N

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

43W7746

5420

IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC SSD

N

N

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

43W7718

A2FN

IBM 200GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS SSD

N

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

43W7742

5419

IBM 200GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS SSD

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N
† x-config feature code
* Withdrawn, not available for ordering.

See the IBM ServerProven® website for the latest compatibility information for System x, BladeCenter, iDataPlex and Flex System servers: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/

Supported storage controllers

The solid-state drives require a supported disk controller. Table 11 lists the System x controllers that support solid-state drives installed in a supported server. Table 12 lists the BladeCenter and Flex System controllers that support solid-state drives installed in a supported server.

Table 11. RAID controllers for System x and iDataPlex servers supported with internal SSDs (Part 1)

Part
number

Feature
code†

Product description

x3200 M3 (7327, 7328)

x3250 M3 (4251, 4252)

x3400 M3 (7378, 7379)

x3500 M3 (7380)

x3550 M3 (7944)

x3630 M3 (7377)

x3650 M3 (7945)


81Y4478

A1WX

ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Onboard

Onboard

ServeRAID M5110e SAS/SATA Controller

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

81Y4481

A347

ServeRAID M5110 SAS/SATA Controller

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

81Y4448

A1MZ

ServeRAID M1115 SAS/SATA Controller

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

81Y4492

A1XL

ServeRAID H1110 SAS/SATA Controller

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

N

46M0830

0094

ServeRAID M5025 SAS/SATA Controller

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

90Y4304

A2NF

ServeRAID M5016 SAS/SATA Controller

N

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

46M0829

0093

ServeRAID M5015 SAS/SATA Controller

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

46M0916

3877

ServeRAID M5014 SAS/SATA Controller

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

46M0831

0095

ServeRAID M1015 SAS/SATA Controller

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

46M0969

3889

ServeRAID B5015 SSD Controller

N

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

49Y4731

9742

ServeRAID-BR10il SAS/SATA Controller v2

Y

Y

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

Onboard

Onboard

ServeRAID C105

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Onboard

Onboard

ServeRAID C100

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

46M0912

3876

IBM 6Gb Performance Optimized HBA

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

46M0907

5982

IBM 6Gb SAS HBA

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y
† x-config feature code

Table 11. RAID controllers for System x and iDataPlex servers supported with internal SSDs (Part 2)

Part
number

Feature
code†

Product description

x3300 M4 (7382)

x3500 M4 (7383)

x3550 M4 (7914)

x3650 M4 (7915)

x3690 X5 (7147)

x3750 M4 (8722)

x3850 X5 (7143)


81Y4478

A1WX

ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Onboard

Onboard

ServeRAID M5110e SAS/SATA Controller

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

81Y4481

A347

ServeRAID M5110 SAS/SATA Controller

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

N

N

81Y4448

A1MZ

ServeRAID M1115 SAS/SATA Controller

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

N

Y

81Y4492

A1XL

ServeRAID H1110 SAS/SATA Controller

Y

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

46M0830

0094

ServeRAID M5025 SAS/SATA Controller

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

90Y4304

A2NF

ServeRAID M5016 SAS/SATA Controller

N

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

46M0829

0093

ServeRAID M5015 SAS/SATA Controller

N

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

46M0916

3877

ServeRAID M5014 SAS/SATA Controller

N

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

46M0831

0095

ServeRAID M1015 SAS/SATA Controller

N

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

46M0969

3889

ServeRAID B5015 SSD Controller

N

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

49Y4731

9742

ServeRAID-BR10il SAS/SATA Controller v2

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Onboard

Onboard

ServeRAID C105

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Onboard

Onboard

ServeRAID C100

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

46M0912

3876

IBM 6Gb Performance Optimized HBA

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

46M0907

5982

IBM 6Gb SAS HBA

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y
† x-config feature code

Table 12. RAID controllers for BladeCenter and Flex System servers supported with internal SSDs

Part
number

Feature
code†

Product description

HS22 (7870)

HS22V (7871)

HS23 (7875)

HS23E (8038)

HX5 (7873)

x220 (7906)

x240 (8737)

x440 (7917)

90Y4390

A2XW

ServeRAID M5115 SAS/SATA Controller

N

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

Y

90Y4750

A1XJ

ServeRAID H1135 Controller

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Onboard

Onboard

ServeRAID C105

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Onboard

Onboard

Integrated LSI SAS2004

N

N

Y

N

N

N

N

N

46C7167

5490

ServeRAID-MR10ie (CIOv) Controller

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Onboard

Onboard

Integrated LSI SAS1064e

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

46M6908

5765

SSD Expansion Card for IBM BladeCenter HX5

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

N
† x-config feature code

See the IBM ServerProven website for the latest information about the adapters supported by each System x server type: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/


Supported operating systems

Solid state drives operate transparently to users, storage systems, applications, databases, and operating systems. The controllers that support SSDs are supported by the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Foundation
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x86 Edition
  • 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 Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 AS for AMD64/EM64T
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 AS for x86
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition with Xen
  • 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 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • 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 ESX 4.0
  • VMware ESX 4.1
  • VMware ESXi 4.0
  • VMware ESXi 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5

See the IBM ServerProven website for the latest information about the specific versions and service packs supported: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/. Click System x servers, then Disk controllers to see the support matrix. Click the check mark that is associated with the System x server in question to see the details of the operating system support.


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