IBM System x3100 M4

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Abstract

The System x3100 M4 single socket tower 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 with a competitive price, either in a compact mini-tower form factor or standard tower form factor with hot-swap power supplies and disk drives. The IBM System x3100 M4 provides next-generation performance in an innovative and compact design with flexible configuration options, built-in security, and systems management capabilities. It leverages the next-generation dual-core and quad-core Intel Xeon processor technology.

Changes in the March 12 update:
* Updated drive tables
* Updated Ethernet adapter table
* Updated operating systems list
* Updated the top-of-rack switch table

Contents


Table of contents


Introduction

The System x3100 M4 single socket tower 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 with a competitive price, either in a compact mini-tower form factor or standard tower form factor with hot-swap power supplies and disk drives. The IBM System x3100 M4 provides next-generation performance in an innovative and compact design with flexible configuration options, built-in security, and systems management capabilities. It leverages the next-generation dual-core and quad-core Intel Xeon processor technology.

Suggested uses: Retail/kiosks, and SMBs, looking for file and printer servers, Web serving, small business infrastructure, and virtual desktops for small workgroups.

The IBM System x3100 M4
Figure 1. The IBM System x3100 M4 (compact mini-tower shown)

Did you know?

The System x3100 M4 server is a compact, cost-effective, single-processor tower or rack-mountable server that has been optimized to provide outstanding availability, manageability, and performance features to small-to-medium-sized businesses, retail stores, or distributed enterprises. It supports the latest Intel Xeon E3-1200 v2 family of processors (formerly codenamed "Ivy Bridge") for applications that require performance and stability, as well as Core i3, Pentium and Celeron processors for applications that require lower cost.

The system includes features not typically seen in this class of system, such as standard, embedded RAID-0/1, remote control capabilities even when the machine is powered off, and Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) on processor and memory. Some models also support hot-swap redundant power supplies and hot-swap disk drives.

Key features

Often small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) have limited IT budget and resources, and rely on partners or multitalented employees to help manage the company’s network. Business needs for efficiency improvement and retention of critical data require the use of a server that is easy to get up and running quickly and is dependable. You need to squeeze as much as possible out of your IT dollars, while saving cost on features not needed in an SMB environment. The IBM System x3100 M4 is an ideal first server to meet those business needs. It was built for speed, yet eliminates costly design features found in general-purpose servers that are unnecessary for smaller businesses.

Scalability and performance

The x3100 M4 offers numerous features to boost performance, improve scalability, and reduce costs:

  • The single-socket x3100 M4 supports the new quad-core Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 v2 family of processors ("Ivy Bridge"), to offer impressive computing power in a space-saving mini-tower design.
  • Choice of processors with up to 4 cores to enable the effective use of multi-threaded applications.
  • Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 v2 family supports Intel Hyer-Threading Technology (except the Xeon E3-1220L) and Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 to maximize performance.
  • Up to 32GB of high-speed DDR3 system memory with four DIMM sockets.
  • Memory speeds up to 1600 MHz supported on models with Xeon Processor E3-1200 v2.
  • Four available high-performance PCI Express 3.0 or 2.0 slots, depending on the processor selected.
  • Up to four internal 3.5-inch simple-swap SATA II HDDs on some models offer low-cost/high-capacity storage of up to 3 TB each.
  • Up to eight internal 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA HDDs on some models offers maximum scalability and performance.
  • Integrated ServeRAID-C100 software RAID controller supports RAID 0, 1 and 10. Hardware RAID options available.
  • Integrated dual-port Gigabit Ethernet provides increased network throughput and redundancy with efficient slot-saving integration.
  • An available 5.25-inch drive bay supports either a half-high tape drive or an RDX Removable Disk Cartridge drive, for cost-effective data backup. A DVD-ROM drive is standard in a dedicated bay.
  • Seven USB 2.0 ports, two on the front and four on the back. In addition, there is one internal port for use with a tape drive or RDX Removable Disk Cartridge drive.

Availability and serviceability

The x3100 M4 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 CPU, memory, and adapter cards.
  • Hot-swap drive bays available on some models combined with RAID capabilities offer the potential of no downtime in the event of a drive failure.
  • The Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) detects when system components (for example, processors, memory, hard disk drives) operate outside of standard thresholds and generates pro-active alerts in advance of possible failure, therefore increasing uptime.
  • Built-in Integrated Management Module Version II (IMM2) continuously monitors system health, triggers alerts, and performs recovering actions in case of failures to minimize downtime.
  • Built-in diagnostics using Dynamic Systems Analysis (DSA) Preboot speeds up troubleshooting tasks to reduce service time.
  • A DVD-ROM drive is standard in a dedicated bay for easy software installation.
  • Redundant hot-swap power supports on some models helps keep the server always running
  • Three-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty, next business day 9x5. Optional service upgrades available.

Manageability and security

Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the x3100 M4:
  • The server includes an Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) to monitor server availability and perform remote management (some features require optional license upgrades).
  • Integrated industry-standard Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) enables improved setup, configuration, and updates, and simplifies error handling.
  • Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 support enables advanced cryptographic functionality, such as digital signatures and remote attestation.
  • Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 v2 family supports Industry-standard Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) NI support for faster, stronger encryption.
  • IBM Systems Director is included for proactive systems management. It offers comprehensive systems management tools that help to increase up-time, reduce costs, and improve productivity through advanced server management capabilities.
  • Intel Execute Disable Bit functionality can help prevent certain classes of malicious buffer overflow attacks when combined with a supporting operating system.


Energy efficiency

The x3100 M4 offers the following energy-efficiency features to save energy, reduce operational costs, increase energy availability, and contribute to the green environment:
  • Energy-efficient planar components help lower operational costs.
  • Available 350 W power supply or 300 W 80 PLUS certified power supply.
  • The Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v2 product family offers significantly better performance over the previous generation while fitting into the same thermal design power (TDP) limits.
  • Low-voltage Intel Xeon processors draw less energy to satisfy demands of power and thermally constrained data centers and telecommunication environments.
  • 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

Figures 2 and 3 show the front and rear of the server.


Figure 2. Front view of the System x3100 M4


Figure 3. Rear view of the System x3100 M4

Figure 4 shows the locations of key components inside the server.

Inside view of System x3100 M4
Figure 4. Inside view of System x3100 M4 (photo is of system with fixed power supplies)

Standard specifications

Table 1. Standard specifications

ComponentsSpecification
Form factorCompact mini-tower which can be converted to a 4U rack form factor (models with fixed power supplies) or standard tower which can be converted to a 5U form factor (models with hot-swap power supplies), using an optional Tower-to-Rack conversion kit.
ProcessorOne quad-core Intel Xeon E3-1200 or Xeon E3-1200 v2 series processor (up to 3.6 GHz/8 MB/1600 MHz) or one dual-core Intel Core i3 processor (up to 3.4 GHz/3 MB/1333 MHz), or one dual-core Pentium processor (up to 3.1 GHz/3 MB/1333 MHz) or one Intel Celeron (1.6 GHz/1 MB/1066 MHz)
Memory cacheUp to 8 MB L3 for Intel Xeon E3-1200 and E3-1200 v2 processors. Up to 3 MB L3 for Intel Core i3 and Pentium processors.
ChipsetIntel C202.
Memory DIMM slots4 DDR3 DIMM slots.
Memory capacityUp to 32 GB with 8 GB DDR3 UDIMMs and four populated DIMM slots. RDIMMs are not supported.
Memory protectionECC.
Disk drive baysUp to four 3.5" Simple Swap SATA HDDs.
Maximum internal storage Up to 16 TB with 4 TB 3.5" SATA HDDs.
Up to 9.6 TB with 1.2 TB 2.5" NL SAS or NL SATA HDD.
Up to 12.8 TB with 1.6 TB 2.5" SSD.
RAID supportSoftware RAID 0, 1, 10 with ServeRAID C100 controller; hardware RAID 0, 1, 1E with ServeRAID H1110, BR10il v2, M1015, M5014 and M5015. Optional RAID 5, 50 with ServeRAID M5014. Optional upgrade to RAID 5 is available for M1015.
Optical drive bayOne 5.25" HH bay, support for DVD-ROM or Multiburner. Half-High SATA DVD-ROM standard in standard models.
Tape drive baysOne 5.25 HH bay, support for DDS, RDX, or LTO.
Network interfacesIntegrated two-port Gigabit Ethernet (Intel 82574L) / 1 port is shared with IMM2.
PCI Expansion slots Four PCI Express slots:
  • Slot 1, PCIe 3.0 x8, full-height, half-length (PCIe 2.0 in models with processors announced September 2011 - see Table 4)
  • Slot 2, PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8 wired), full-height, half-length (PCIe 2.0 in models with processors announced September 2011 - see Table 4)
  • Slot 3, PCIe 2.0 x4, full-height, half-length
  • Slot 4, PCIe 2.0 x1, full-height, half-length
External portsTwo USB 2.0 ports on front. Four USB 2.0, one DB-15 video, one DB-9 serial, two RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet network ports (one is dedicated, one is shared with IMM2) on rear. One internal USB port for internal USB tape drive.
CoolingOne speed-controlled non-redundant fan.
Power supplyOne fixed 350 W AC or 300 W AC 80Plus Bronze power supply or up to two 430W hot-swap 80Plus redundant power supplies (model dependent)
Hot-swap components Some models: disk drives and power supplies. See Table 2.
Systems management UEFI, IBM Integrated Management Module II (IMM2), Predictive Failure Analysis, Automatic Server Restart, IBM Systems Director and IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™, IBM ServerGuide. Optional IMM2 Standard and IMM2 Advanced Upgrade via Feature on Demand (FoD) for additional management capabilities including remote presence (graphics, keyboard and mouse, virtual media).
Security featuresPower-on password, Administrator's password, Trusted Platform Module (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 2008 R2, 2008, 2012, 2012 R2; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11; VMware ESX 4.1, 5.0, 5.1, 5.5
Limited warranty One-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty with 9x5/next business day (NBD) response time.
Service and supportOptional service upgrades are available through IBM ServicePacs®: 24x7/NBD or four hours onsite repair, 1-year or 2-year warranty extension, remote technical support for IBM hardware and selected IBM and third-party (Microsoft, Linux, VMware) software.
DimensionsModels with one fixed power supply: Height: 360 mm (14.2 in); width: 180 mm (7.1 in or 4U); depth: 480 mm (18.9 in)
Models with hot-swap power supplies: Height: 439 mm (17.3 in), width: 217 mm (8.6 in or 5U), depth: 569 mm (22.4 in)
WeightModels with one fixed power supply: Minimum configuration: 10 kg (22.0 lb), Maximum configuration: 13 kg (28.7 lb)
Models with hot-swap power supplies: Minimum configuration: 17.3 kg (38.2 lb), Maximum configuration: 22.8 kg (50.3 lb)

The x3100 M4 servers are shipped with the following items:
  • Statement of Limited Warranty.
  • Important Notices.
  • Documentation CD that contains the Installation and User's Guide.
  • IBM Systems Director 6.2 Base for x86 DVD-ROM.
  • Country-specific models might have one country-specific line cord.

Standard models

The following table lists the standard models.

Table 2. Standard models

ModelIntel Processor*
(one maximum)
MemoryRAIDHDD
bays
DisksNetworkSlotsOpticalPower
supply
Models announced July 2012
2582-F4x1x Xeon E3-1270v2 3.5GHz
4C 8 MB 1600 MHz 69W
1x 4 GB
1600 MHz
M10158x 2.5"
HS
Open2x GbE4 / 4
2x PCIe 3.0
DVD1x 430 W
hot-swap
Models announced May 2012
2582-A2x1x Core i3-2120 3.3 GHz
2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 4 GB
(1333 MHz)†
C1004x 3.5"
SS
Open2x GbE4 / 4
All PCIe 2.0
DVD1x 350 W
fixed
2582-B2x1x E3-1220v2 3.1 GHz
4C 8 MB 1600 MHz 69W
1x 4 GB
1600 MHz
C1004x 3.5"
SS
Open2x GbE4 / 4
2x PCIe 3.0
DVD1x 350 W
fixed
2582-C2x1x E3-1230v2 3.3 GHz
4C 8 MB 1600 MHz 69W
1x 4 GB
1600 MHz
C1004x 3.5"
SS
Open2x GbE4 / 4
2x PCIe 3.0
DVD1x 350 W
fixed
Models announced September 2011
2582-32x1x Pentium G850 2.9 GHz
2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 2 GB
1333 MHz
C1004x 3.5"
SS
Open2x GbE4 / 4
All PCIe 2.0
DVD1x 350 W
fixed
2582-42x1x Corei3-2100 3.1 GHz
2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 2 GB
1333 MHz
C1004x 3.5"
SS
Open2x GbE4 / 4
All PCIe 2.0
DVD1x 350 W
fixed
2582-62x1x E3-1220 3.1 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W
1x 2 GB
1333 MHz
C1004x 3.5"
SS
Open2x GbE4 / 4
All PCIe 2.0
DVD1x 350 W
fixed
2582-82x1x E3-1270 3.4 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W
1x 4 GB
1333 MHz
C1004x 3.5"
SS
Open2x GbE4 / 4
All PCIe 2.0
DVD1x 300 W
fixed
* Processor detail: Processor quantity, processor model, core speed, number of cores, L3 cache, memory speed, thermal design power (TDP) rating
† For models A2x, the standard DIMM is rated at 1600 MHz, but operates at up to 1333 MHz to match the processor memory speed.

Express models

Express models are preconfigured with additional components such as processors, memory, and disks with the purpose of making the ordering and installation process simpler. The following table lists the Express models that are available in certain regions.

Table 3. Express models

ModelIntel Processor
(one maximum)
Memory RAIDHDD
bays
DisksNetworkSlotsOpticalPower
supply
Brazil
2582-EFP1x Xeon E3-1220 3.1 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W
1x 4 GBC1004x 3.5"
SS
1x 500 GB
7200 SATA
2x GbE4 / 4
PCIe 2.0
Multi-
burner
1x 350 W
fixed
Latin America (LA)
2582-EHU1x Xeon E3-1220v2 3.1GHz
4C 8MB 1600 MHz
1x 4 GBC1004x 3.5"
SS
Open2x GbE4 / 4
PCIe 3.0
Multi-
burner
1x 350 W
fixed
2582-EJU1x Xeon E3-1230v2 3.3GHz
4C 8MB 1600 MHz
1x 4 GBC1004x 3.5"
SS
Open2x GbE4 / 4
PCIe 3.0
Multi-
burner
1x 350 W
fixed
North America (NA)
2582-EHU1x Xeon E3-1220v2 3.1GHz
4C 8MB 1600 MHz
1x 4 GBC1004x 3.5"
SS
Open2x GbE4 / 4
PCIe 3.0
Multi-
burner
1x 350 W
fixed
2582-EJU1x Xeon E3-1230v2 3.3GHz
4C 8MB 1600 MHz
1x 4 GBC1004x 3.5"
SS
Open2x GbE4 / 4
PCIe 3.0
Multi-
burner
1x 350 W
fixed
2582-EBU1x Corei3-2100 3.1 GHz
2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 2 GBC1004x 3.5"
SS
Open2x GbE4 / 4
PCIe 2.0
Multi-
burner
1x 350 W
fixed
2582-EDU1x Xeon E3-1220 3.1 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W
1x 2 GBC1004x 3.5"
SS
Open2x GbE4 / 4
PCIe 2.0
Multi-
burner
1x 350 W
fixed
2582-EEU1x Xeon E3-1230 3.2 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W
1x 4 GBC1004x 3.5"
SS
Open2x GbE4 / 4
PCIe 2.0
Multi-
burner
1x 350 W
fixed
Europe Integrated Operating Team (IOT)
2582-K5G1x Xeon E3-1220 3.1 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W
1x 2 GBC1004x 3.5"
SS
1x 500 GB
7200 SATA
2x GbE4 / 4
PCIe 2.0
DVD-
ROM
1x 350 W
fixed
2582-K6G1x Xeon E3-1230 3.2 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W
1x 4 GBC1004x 3.5"
SS
1x 500 GB
7200 SATA
2x GbE4 / 4
PCIe 2.0
Multi-
burner
1x 350 W
fixed
2582-K7G1x Pentium G850 2.9GHz
2C 3 MB1333 MHz 65W
1x 2 GBC1004x 3.5"
SS
1x 500 GB
7200 SATA
2x GbE4 / 4
PCIe 2.0
DVD-
ROM
1x 350 W
fixed
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Middle East & Africa (MEA)
2582-K2G1x Xeon E3-1240 3.3 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W
1x 2 GBC1004x 3.5"
SS
2x 500 GB
7200 SATA
2x GbE4 / 4
PCIe 2.0
Multi-
burner
1x 350 W
fixed
2582-K5G1x Xeon E3-1220 3.1 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W
1x 2 GBC1004x 3.5"
SS
1x 500 GB
7200 SATA
2x GbE4 / 4
PCIe 2.0
DVD-
ROM
1x 350 W
fixed
2582-K6G1x Xeon E3-1230 3.2 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W
1x 4 GBC1004x 3.5"
SS
1x 500 GB
7200 SATA
2x GbE4 / 4
PCIe 2.0
Multi-
burner
1x 350 W
fixed
2582-K7G1x Pentium G850 2.9GHz
2C 3 MB1333 MHz 65W
1x 2 GBC1004x 3.5"
SS
1x 500 GB
7200 SATA
2x GbE4 / 4
PCIe 2.0
DVD-
ROM
1x 350 W
fixed
Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
2582-K4G1x Xeon E3-1220 3.1 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W
1x 2 GBC1004x 3.5"
SS
Open2x GbE4 / 4
PCIe 2.0
Multi-
burner
1x 350 W
fixed
Processor detail: Processor quantity, processor model, core speed, number of cores, L3 cache, memory speed, thermal design power (TDP) rating

Processor options

The server supports only one processor, which is already installed in all standard and Express models. No additional processor options are available. The following table lists all processors available in standard models of x3100 M4 or via configure-to-order (CTO). If there is no corresponding where-used model for a particular processor, then that processor is only available through the CTO process or special bid.

Table 4. Processor options

Feature code*Description**Standard models where used
Processors announced September 2012
A38DIntel Core i3-3220 3.3 GHz 2C 3 MB 1600 MHz 55W-
A38EIntel Core i3-3220T 2.8 GHz 2C 3 MB 1600 MHz 35W-
A38BIntel Core i3-3240 3.4 GHz 2C 3 MB 1600 MHz 55W-
A38CIntel Core i3-3240T 3.0 GHz 2C 3 MB 1600 MHz 35W-
A38FIntel Pentium G2120 3.0 GHz 2C 3 MB 1600 MHz 65W-
A38GIntel Pentium G2120T 2.8 GHz 2C 3 MB 1600 MHz 35W-
Processors announced July 2012
A38AIntel Pentium G540T 2.1 GHz 2C 2 MB 1333 MHz 35W-
A389Intel Pentium G550 2.6 GHz 2C 2 MB 1333 MHz 65W-
A387Intel Pentium G640 2.8 GHz 2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W-
A388Intel Pentium G640T 2.4 GHz 2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 35W-
A386Intel Pentium G860T 2.6 GHz 2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 35W-
A385Intel Pentium G870 3.1 GHz 2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W-
Processors announced May 2012
A2UVIntel Xeon E3-1220L v2 2.0 GHz 2C 8 MB 1600 MHz 17W-
A2UTIntel Xeon E3-1220 v2 3.1 GHz 4C 8 MB 1600 MHz 69WB2x
A2USIntel Xeon E3-1230 v2 3.3 GHz 4C 8 MB 1600 MHz 69WC2x
A2URIntel Xeon E3-1240 v2 3.4 GHz 4C 8 MB 1600 MHz 69W-
A2UUIntel Xeon E3-1265L v2 2.5 GHz 4C 8 MB 1600 MHz 45W-
A2UQIntel Xeon E3-1270 v2 3.5 GHz 4C 8 MB 1600 MHz 69WF4x
A2UPIntel Xeon E3-1280 v2 3.6 GHz 4C 8 MB 1600 MHz 69W-
A2HAIntel Celeron G440 1.6 GHz 1C 1 MB 1066 MHz 35W-
Processors announced September 2011
A0W5Intel Xeon E3-1220 3.1 GHz 4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W62x
A158Intel Xeon E3-1220L 2.2 GHz 2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 20W-
A0W1Intel Xeon E3-1230 3.2 GHz 4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W-
A0W3Intel Xeon E3-1240 3.3 GHz 4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W-
A157Intel Xeon E3-1260L 2.4 GHz 4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 45W-
A0W2Intel Xeon E3-1270 3.4 GHz 4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W82x
A155Intel Xeon E3-1280 3.5 GHz 4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 95W-
A0W4Intel Core i3-2100, 3.1 GHz 2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W42x
A156Intel Core i3-2120, 3.3 GHz 2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65WA2x
A2E5Intel Core i3-2130  3.4 GHz  2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W-
A19GIntel Pentium G620 2.6 GHz 2C 3 MB 1066 MHz 65W-
A2E7Intel Pentium G630  2.7 GHz  2C 3 MB 1066 MHz 65W-
A19FIntel Pentium G840 2.8 GHz 2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W-
A19EIntel Pentium G850 2.9 GHz 2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W32x
A2E6Intel Pentium G860  3.0 GHz  2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W-
* No additional processor options are available. The server supports only one processor, which is already included in a standard or custom configuration.
** Processor detail: Processor quantity, processor model, core speed, number of cores, L3 cache, memory speed, thermal design power (TDP) rating

Memory options

IBM DDR3 memory is compatibility tested and tuned for optimal System x performance and throughput. IBM memory specifications are integrated into the light path diagnostics 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 x3100 M4 has four DIMM slots, and only DDR3 ECC UDIMMs are supported. The CPU has two memory channels, and there are two DIMMs per channel.

Configuration rules:

  • If more than one DIMM is planned to be installed, then DIMMs must be installed in a pair, and both DIMMs in a pair must be identical in type and size.
  • Models with Intel Xeon E3-1200 v2 series processors support DIMMs operating at up to 1600 MHz provided the processors support this memory speed and all DIMMs installed are rated at 1600 MHz.

The following table lists the memory options supported by the server.

Table 5. Memory options
Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
1333 MHz UDIMMs
44T156819151 GB (1x 1 GB, 1Rx8) PC3-10600 CL9
ECC 1333 LP UDIMM
4-
49Y1403A0QS2 GB (1x2GB, 1Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600
ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP UDIMM
4-
44T157019132 GB (1x 2 GB, 1Rx8, 1.5 V) PC3-10600
CL9 ECC 1333 LP UDIMM
432x, 42x, 62x
49Y140486484 GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600
CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP UDIMM
4-
44T157119124 GB (1x 4 GB, 2Rx8) PC3-10600
CL9 ECC 1333 LP UDIMM
482x
90Y3165A1MG8 GB (4Gb, 2Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-10600
DDR3-1333 LP UDIMM
4-
1600 MHz UDIMMs
00D4955A2UL4 GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-12800
CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP UDIMM
4A2x, B2x, C2x
00D4959A2UL8 GB (1x8GB, 2Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-12800
CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP UDIMM
4F4x

Internal drives

Models of the x3100 M4 with either 300W or 350W fixed power supply support up to four 3.5" simple-swap SATA hard drives. The following table lists the supported 3.5-inch hard drive options.

Table 6. 3.5" Simple-Swap SATA disk drive options

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
49Y6190A3WCIBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" SS HDD4
81Y9778A280IBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" SS HDD4
42D07875416IBM 2TB 7200 NL SATA 3.5" SS HDD4
43W76225559IBM 1TB 7.2K SATA 3.5" Simple-Swap HDD4

Models of the x3100 M4 with hot-swap 430W power supplies support up to eight 2.5" hot-swap drives as shown in Figure 5.


Figure 5. Hot-swap drives supported in models with hot-swap power supplies

The following table lists the supported 2.5-inch drive options. Hot-swap SATA HDDs and hot-swap SAS HDDs can be intermixed but not in the same array. Hot-swap HDDs cannot be intermixed with simple-swap HDDs.

Table 7. 2.5-inch hot-swap disk drive options
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
2.5-inch 10K SAS drives
00AD075A48SIBM 1.2TB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS HDD8
81Y9650A282IBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
90Y8872A2XDIBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
90Y8877A2XCIBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
2.5-inch 15K SAS drives
81Y9670A283IBM 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
90Y8926A2XBIBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
2.5-inch NL SAS drives
81Y9690A1P3IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
90Y8953A2XEIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
2.5-inch NL SATA drives
81Y9730A1AVIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
81Y9726A1NZIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
81Y9722A1NXIBM 250GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
2.5-inch Hybrid drives
00AD102A4G7IBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS Hybrid8
2.5-inch Enterprise SSDs
49Y6195A4GHIBM 1.6TB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
49Y6139A3F0IBM 800GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
49Y6134A3EYIBM 400GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
49Y6129A3EWIBM 200GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
00W1125A3HRIBM 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
41Y8341A4FQS3700 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
41Y8336A4FNS3700 400GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
41Y8331A4FLS3700 200GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
2.5-inch Enterprise Value SSDs
00AJ015A4KQS3500 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ010A4KPS3500 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ005A4KNS3500 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ000A4KMS3500 120GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
49Y5844A3AUIBM 512GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
49Y5839A3ASIBM 64GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8

Controllers for internal storage

The Integrated ServeRAID C100 disk controller offers RAID 0, 1, and 10 standard. The following table lists the RAID controller additional options supported by the server.

Table 8. RAID controllers for internal storage

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
IntegratedNoneServeRAID C100 for System x1Other models
81Y4492A1XLServeRAID H1110 SAS/SATA Controller1-
46M08310095ServeRAID M1015 SAS/SATA Controller1F4x
46M08329749ServeRAID M1000 Series Advance Feature Key1-
46M09163877ServeRAID M5014 SAS/SATA Controller1-
46M08290093ServeRAID M5015 SAS/SATA Controller-

The ServeRAID C100 is an integrated SATA controller with software RAID capabilities. It is a cost-effective way to provide reliability, performance, and fault-tolerant disk subsystem management to help safeguard your valuable data and enhance availability. The ServeRAID C100 has the following specifications:
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Onboard SATA controller with software RAID capabilities
  • Supports 3 Gbps SATA ports
  • 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

Some models have the ServeRAID M1015 SAS/SATA Controller standard and the onboard C100 is disabled. The M1015 has the following specifications:
  • Two Mini-SAS internal connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Supports RAID levels 5 and 50 with optional ServeRAID M1000 Series Advanced Feature Key
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • Based on the LSI SAS2008 6 Gbps RAID on Chip (ROC) controller
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Configurable stripe size up to 64 KB

The server supports an optional hardware RAID controller. When a hardware RAID controller is installed the ServeRAID C100 is disabled. Features of the supported RAID controllers are listed below.

The ServeRAID H1110 adapter has the following specifications:
  • Four internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • One x4 mini-SAS internal connector (SFF-8087)
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • Based on LSI SAS2004 6 Gbps RAID on Chip (ROC) controller
  • PCIe x4 Gen 3 host interface
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 1E, and 10
  • Connects to up to four SAS or SATA drives

The ServeRAID M5014 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Two Mini-SAS internal connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2108 6 Gbps ROC controller
  • 256 MB of onboard cache

The ServeRAID M5015 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Two Mini-SAS internal connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5000 Advanced Feature Key
  • Performance optimization for SSD drives with optional M5000 Series Performance Accelerator Key
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2108 6 Gbps ROC controller
  • 512 MB of onboard cache
  • Standard Intelligent Li-Ion-based battery backup unit with up to 48 hours of data retention

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 backup units

The server supports the internal tape drive options listed in the following table. Internal tape drives are installed in a 5.25" HH bay. A maximum of one tape drive is supported. SAS tape drives require SAS HBA to be installed in server. USB tape drives are connected to the dedicated USB tape drive connector on the system board.

Table 9. Internal tape drives

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
46C53995711IBM DDS Generation 5 USB Tape Drive1
39M56365395IBM DDS Generation 6 USB Tape Drive1
43W84785393IBM Half High LTO Gen 3 SAS Tape Drive1
44E88955397IBM Half High LTO Gen 4 SAS Tape Drive1
49Y98985345IBM Half High LTO Gen 5 SAS Tape Drive1
00D8924A3S3IBM Half High LTO Ultrium Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive1
00D2786A2VEIBM RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 320GB Cartridge1
00D2787A2VFIBM RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 500GB Cartridge1
00D2788A2VGIBM RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 1TB Cartridge1

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

Optical drives

The server supports the optical drive options listed in the following table.

Table 10. Optical drives

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum quantity
supported
Standard models
where used
None*4154Half-High SATA DVD-ROM1All models
81Y64044155Half-High SATA Multi-Burner1-
* This option is only available via CTO or is already installed in standard models.

The Half-High SATA DVD-ROM supports the following media and speeds for reading:
  • CD-ROM 48X
  • CD-DA (DAE) 40X
  • CD-R 48X
  • CD-RW 40X
  • DVD-ROM (single layer) 16X
  • DVD-ROM (dual layer) 12X
  • DVD-R (4.7 GB) 16X
  • DVD-R DL 12X
  • DVD+R 16X
  • DVD+R DL 12X
  • DVD-RW (4.7 GB) 12X
  • DVD+RW 12X
  • DVD-RAM (4.7/9.4 GB) 6X

The Half-High SATA Multi-Burner supports the same media and speeds for reading as HH DVD-ROM. In addition, this drive supports the following media and speeds for writing:
  • CD-R 24X
  • CD-RW 4X
  • High Speed CD-RW 10X
  • Ultra Speed CD-RW 16X
  • DVD-R 8X
  • DVD-R DL 8X
  • DVD+R 8X
  • DVD+R DL 8X
  • DVD-RW 6X
  • DVD+RW 8X
  • DVD-RAM 3X

I/O expansion options

The server offers four PCI Express expansion slots. The form-factors of available slots are:

  • Slot 1, PCIe 3.0 x8, full-height, half-length (PCIe 2.0 in models with processors announced September 2011)
  • Slot 2, PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8 wired), full-height, half-length (PCIe 2.0 in models with processors announced September 2011)
  • Slot 3, PCIe 2.0 x4, full-height, half-length
  • Slot 4, PCIe 2.0 x1, full-height, half-length

Network adapters

The x3100 M4 offers two integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports. One port is shared with Integrated Management Module II (IMM2).

The integrated NICs have the following features:

  • Intel 82574L chip
  • TCP/UDP, IPv4, and IPv6 checksum offloads
  • TCP Segmentation/Transmit Segmentation Offloading (TSO)
  • Wake on LAN support
  • 802.1Q VLAN tagging support
  • Support for jumbo frames up to 9 KBytes
  • NIC Teaming (Load Balancing and Failover) with Intel PROSet software

The following table lists additional supported network adapters.

Table 11. Network adapters
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Gigabit Ethernet
90Y9352A2V3Broadcom NetXtreme I Quad Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x3
90Y9370A2V4Broadcom NetXtreme I Dual Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x3
42C17802995NetXtreme II 1000 Express Dual Port Ethernet Adapter3
49Y42305767Intel Ethernet Dual Port Server Adapter I340-T2 for IBM System x3
49Y42405768Intel Ethernet Quad Port Server Adapter I340-T4 for IBM System x3
10 Gigabit Ethernet
49Y7910A18YBroadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter for IBM System x2
49Y7960A2ECIntel X520 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter for IBM System x2
49Y7970A2EDIntel X540-T2 Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter for IBM System x2
81Y9990A1M4Mellanox ConnectX-2 Dual Port 10GbE Adapter for IBM System x2
42C18005751QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM System x2

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Networking 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) supported by x3100 M4 server.

Table 12. Storage adapters

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Fibre Channel - 16 Gb
81Y1655A2W5Emulex 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x2
81Y1662A2W6Emulex 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
81Y1668A2XUBrocade 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x2
81Y1675A2XVBrocade 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
00Y3337A3KWQLogic 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x2
00Y3341A3KXQLogic 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
Fibre Channel - 8 Gb
42D04853580Emulex 8 Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x2
42D04943581Emulex 8 Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
42D05013578QLogic 8 Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x2
42D05103579QLogic 8 Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
46M60493589Brocade 8 Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x2
46M60503591Brocade 8 Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
SAS
46M09075982IBM 6 Gb SAS HBA Controller2
46M09123876IBM 6Gb Performance Optimized HBA2
* Note: Converged Network Adapters require SFP+ optical transceivers or DAC cables that must be purchased separately.

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 server does not support High IOPS SSD adapters.

Power supplies

For models with a fixed 350 W AC power supply or one fixed 300 W AC 80 Plus Bronze power supply, as listed in Tables 2 and 3, there are no additional power supply options. For models with a hot-swap 430 W AC power supply, the part number to order a second power supply is listed in the following table.

Table 13. Power supply option

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
00D3821A2Z0430W Redundant Power Supply1

Integrated virtualization

The x3100 M4 does not support VMware ESXi embedded virtualization.

Remote 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. The server includes IMM2 Basic and can be upgraded to IMM2 Standard and IMM2 Advanced with Feature on Demand (FoD) licenses, however, you may need to upgrade system firmware to the latest levels (at least level 28n) to support these upgrades.

IMM2 Basic has the following features:

  • Industry-standard interfaces and protocols
  • Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) Version 2.0
  • Common Information Model (CIM)
  • Advanced Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) support
  • Continuous health monitoring
  • Shared Ethernet connection
  • Domain Name System (DNS) server support
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) support
  • Embedded Dynamic System Analysis (DSA)
  • LAN over USB for in-band communications to the IMM
  • Serial over LAN
  • Server console serial redirection

IMM2 Standard (as enabled using the Feature on Demand software license key using part number 90Y3900) has the following features in addition to the IMM2 Basic features
  • Remote access via a secure Web console
  • Access to server vital product data (VPD)
  • Automatic notification and alerts
  • Continuous health monitoring and control
  • E-mail alerts
  • Syslog logging support
  • Enhanced user authority levels
  • Event logs that are time stamped, saved on the IMM, and that can be attached to e-mail alerts
  • OS watchdogs
  • Remote configuration through Advanced Settings Utility (ASU)
  • Remote firmware updating
  • Remote power control
  • User authentication using a secure connection to a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server

IMM2 Advanced (as enabled using the Feature on Demand software license key using part number 90Y3901) adds the following features on top of those of IMM Standard:
  • Remotely viewing video with graphics resolutions up to 1600x1200 at 75 Hz with up to 23 bits per pixel color depths, 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.

Note: The IMM2 Advanced upgrade requires the IMM2 Standard upgrade.

Table 14. Remote management option
Part numberFeature
codes
DescriptionMaximum
supported
90Y3900A1MKIBM Integrated Management Module Standard Upgrade1
90Y3901A1MLIBM Integrated Management Module Advanced Upgrade
(requires Standard Upgrade, 90Y3900)
1

Supported operating systems

The server supports the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Foundation
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • 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 Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • 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
  • Toshiba 4690 Operating System V6
  • VMware ESX 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)

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

Physical and electrical specifications

Dimensions and weight - systems with a fixed power supply:

  • Height: 360 mm (14.2 in)
  • Width: 180 mm (7.1 in)
  • Depth: 480 mm (18.9 in)
  • Weight::
    • Minimum ship configuration: 10 kg (22.0 lb)
    • Maximum ship configuration: 13 kg (28.7 lb)

Dimensions and weight - systems with redundant hot-swap power supplies:
  • Height: 438.60 mm (17.27 in)
  • Width: 217.25 mm (8.56 in)
  • Depth: 569.11 mm (22.41 in)
  • Weight
    • Minimum ship configuration: 17.33 kg (38.21 lb)
    • Maximum ship configuration: 22.82 kg (50.31 lb)

Supported environment:
  • Temperature
    • Server on
      • 10.0° to 35.0° C (50° to 95° F); altitude: 0 to 914.4 m (3,000 ft)
      • 10.0° to 32.0° C (50° to 89.6° F); altitude: 914.4 m (3,000 ft) to 2,133.6 m (7,000 ft)
    • Server off
      • 10.0° to 43.0° C (50° to 109.4° F); maximum altitude: 2,133.6 m (7,000 ft)
    • Shipping
      • -40° to 60° C (-40° to 140° F)
  • Relative humidity: 8 to 80%
  • Maximum altitude: 2,133.6 m (7,000 ft)

Electrical:

430 watt power supply:
  • 100 - 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 - 60 Hz; 6.0 A (maximum)
  • 200 - 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 - 60 Hz; 3.0 A (maximum)
  • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately)
    • Minimum configuration: 0.100 kVA
    • Maximum configuration: 0.506 kVA

350 watt power supply:
  • 100 - 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 - 60 Hz; 7.0 A (maximum)
  • 200 - 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 - 60 Hz; 3.5 A (maximum)
  • Input kilovolt-amperes:
    • Minimum configuration: 0.035 kVA
    • Maximum configuration: 0.350 kVA

300 watt power supply:
  • 100 - 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 - 60 Hz; 6.0 A (maximum)
  • 200 - 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 - 60 Hz; 3.0 A (maximum)
  • Input kilovolt-amperes:
    • Minimum configuration: 0.035 kVA
    • Maximum configuration: 0.350 kVA

Environmental data:
  • BTU output
    • Ship configuration: 341 Btu/hr (35 watts)
    • Full configuration: 1726 Btu/hr (350 watts)
  • Noise level
    • Models with fixed power supply: 4.5 bels (idle), 4.8 bels (operating)
    • Models with hot-swap power supply: 5.0 bels (idle), 5.3 bels (operating)

Warranty options

The x3100 M4 has a 1-year onsite warranty with 9x5/NBD terms. IBM offers warranty service upgrades through IBM ServicePacs. 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 ServicePacs might be available in a particular country. For more information about IBM ServicePac offerings available in your country, see the IBM ServicePac Product Selector at:
https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac

In general, the types of IBM ServicePacs are:

  • Warranty and maintenance service upgrades
    • One, 2, 3, 4, or 5 years of 9x5 or 24x7 service coverage
    • Onsite repair from next business day to 4 or 2 hours (selected areas)
    • One or two years of warranty extension
  • Remote technical support services
    • One or three years with 24x7 coverage (severity 1) or 9x5/NBD 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

The following table explains warranty service definitions in more detail.

Table 15. Warranty service definitions
TermDescription
IBM onsite repair (IOR)A service technician will come to the server's location for equipment repair.
24x7x2 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’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 customer’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 customer’s location within four business hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the customer's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays. If after 1:00 p.m. it is determined that onsite service is required, the customer 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 customer’s location on the business day after we receive your call, following remote problem determination. We provide service from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the customer's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays.

Regulatory compliance

The server conforms to the following international standards:

  • 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. 69950-1-07
  • NOM-019
  • Argentina IEC60950-1
  • Japan VCCI, Class A
  • Australia/New Zealand AS/NZS CISPR 22:2009, Class A
  • IEC-60950-1:2001 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • Taiwan BSMI CNS 13438, Class A; CNS 14336-1
  • China CCC (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 51317.3.3-2008
  • IEC 60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • 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 server supports attachment to EXP3000 external storage expansion enclosures using the ServeRAID M5025 SAS/SATA Controller. The server can also be attached to supported external storage systems, such as the IBM System Storage® DS3500 series, as described in the next section below.

The ServeRAID M5025 has the following specifications:

  • Two Mini-SAS external connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5000 Advanced Feature Key
  • Performance optimization for SSD drives with optional M5000 Series Performance Accelerator Key
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2108 6 Gbps ROC controller
  • 512 MB of onboard cache
  • Intelligent Li-Ion-based battery backup unit with up to 48 hours of data retention

For more information about the M5025, see the ServeRAID M5025 SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x Product Guide: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0739.html?Open

The ServeRAID M5025 supports connectivity to the IBM System Storage external expansion enclosures listed in the following table. Up to nine expansion enclosures can be daisy-chained per one controller external port. For better performance, distribute expansion enclosures evenly across both M5025 ports.

The external disk storage expansion enclosures listed in the following table are available.

Table 16. External storage expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity
supported per one M5025
172701XIBM System Storage® EXP300018 (9 per port)

The external SAS cables listed in the following table support connectivity between external expansion enclosures and the controller.

Table 17. 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 supported by EXP3000 external expansion enclosures.

Table 18. Hard drive options for external expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported
per one enclosure
EXP3000 Hot-Swap SATA 3.5" Hard Drives
43W76301000 GB Dual Port Hot Swap SATA12
49Y1940IBM 2 TB 7200 Dual Port SATA 3.5'' HS HDD12
EXP3000 Hot-Swap SAS 3.5" Hard Drives
44W2234IBM 300 GB 15K 6 Gbps SAS 3.5" Hot-Swap HDD12
44W2239IBM 450 GB 15K 6 Gbps SAS 3.5" Hot-Swap HDD12
44W2244IBM 600 GB 15K 6 Gbps SAS 3.5" Hot-Swap HDD12

External disk storage systems

The following table lists the external storage systems that are supported by the server and can be ordered through System x sales channel. The server may support other IBM disk systems that are not listed in this table.

Refer to IBM System Storage Interoperability Center for further information, http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic.

Table 19. 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
181492HIBM System Storage EXP395 Expansion Unit
1746A2EIBM System Storage EXP3512 Express Storage™ Expansion Unit
1746A4EIBM System Storage EXP3524 Express Storage Expansion Unit

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 server supports the external backup attachment options listed in the following table.

Table 20. 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
46C5364 IBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - Internal USB 160 GB Bundle
46C5387 IBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - Internal USB 320 GB Bundle
46C5388 IBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - Internal USB 500 GB Bundle
46C5399IBM DDS Generation 5 USB Tape Drive
39M5636 IBM DDS Generation 6 USB Tape Drive
43W8478IBM Half High LTO Gen 3 SAS Tape Drive
44E8895IBM Half High LTO Gen 4 SAS Tape Drive
49Y9898IBM Half High LTO Gen 5 Internal SAS Tape Drive
00D8924IBM Half High LTO Ultrium Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive
External backup units*
362516XIBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - External USB 160 GB Bundle
362532XIBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - External USB 320 GB Bundle
362550XIBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - External USB 500 GB Bundle
* Note: The external tape drives listed can be ordered through System x sales channel. Server may support other IBM tape drives that are not listed in this table. Refer to IBM System Storage Interoperability 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 server supports the top-of-rack Ethernet switches from IBM System Networking listed in the following table.

Table 21. IBM System Networking - Top-of-rack switches

Part numberDescription
IBM System Networking - 1 Gb top-of-rack switches
0446013IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000R
7309CFCIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000F
7309CD8IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000DC
7309G52IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8052R
730952FIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8052F
427348EIBM Ethernet Switch J48E
6630010Juniper Networks EX2200 24 Port
6630011Juniper Networks EX2200 24 Port with PoE
6630012Juniper Networks EX2200 48 Port
6630013Juniper Networks EX2200 48 Port with PoE
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)
7309BD5IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124DC
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
0719410Juniper Networks EX4500 - Front to Back Airflow
0719420Juniper Networks EX4500 - Back to Front Airflow
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 server supports attachments to the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units listed in the following table.

Table 22. Uninterruptible power supply units

Part numberDescription
Tower UPS
53961AXIBM 1000VA LCD Tower UPS (120V)
53961JXIBM 1000VA LCD Tower UPS (100V)
53961KXIBM 1000VA LCD Tower UPS (230V)
53962AXIBM 1500VA LCD Tower UPS (120V)
53962JXIBM 1500VA LCD Tower UPS (100V)
53962KXIBM 1500VA LCD Tower UPS (230V)
Rack-mounted UPS
21304RX IBM UPS 10000XHV
53951AXIBM 1500VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (100V/120V)
53951KXIBM 1500VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (230V)
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)

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 server supports attachments to the power distribution units (PDUs) listed in the following table.

Table 23. 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)
39M2816 IBM 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 32amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y8935DPI 63amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y893830amp/125V Front-end PDU with NEMA L5-30P connector
39Y893930amp/250V Front-end PDU with NEMA L6-30P connector
39Y894060amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 60A 2P+N+Gnd connector
Universal PDUs
39Y8951DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ US LV and HV line cords
39Y8952DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ CEE7-VII Europe LC
39Y8953DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ Denmark LC
39Y8954DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ Israel LC
39Y8955 DPI Universal Rack PDU w/Italy LC
39Y8956DPI Universal Rack PDU w/South Africa LC
39Y8957DPI Universal Rack PDU w/UK LC
39Y8958DPI Universal Rack PDU with AS/NZ LC
39Y8959DPI Universal Rack PDU w/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

Racks cabinets

The server supports the rack cabinets listed in the following table. One of the tower-to-rack conversion kit is required for the server to be installed in the rack.

Table 24. Rack cabinets

Part numberDescription
42C8923Tower to 5U Rack Conversion Kit for IBM System x3100 M4 (for systems with hot-swap power supplies)
69Y5182Tower to 4U Rack Conversion Kit for IBM System x3100 M4 (for systems with fixed power supplies)
93072PX IBM 25U Static S2 Standard Rack
93072RX IBM 25U Standard Rack
93074RX IBM 42U Standard Rack
93074XX IBM 42U Standard Rack Extension
93084EX IBM 42U Enterprise Expansion Rack
93084PX IBM 42U Enterprise Rack
93604EX IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Dynamic Expansion Rack
93604PX IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Dynamic Rack
93614EX IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93614PX IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Static Rack
93624EX IBM 47U 1200 mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93624PX IBM 47U 1200 mm Deep Static 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 server supports the rack console switches and monitor kits listed in the following table.

Table 25. 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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