IBM BladeCenter HS22

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Abstract

The IBM BladeCenter HS22 is a two-socket blade server running Intel Xeon processors. It is ideal for mainstream business applications including as a virtualization engine, and is compatible with the IBM BladeCenter H, E, S, and HT chassis. The HS22 supports up to two Intel Xeon 5500 or 5600 series multi-core processors, 12 DIMMs modules, two hot-swap drives, two PCI Express connectors, and one internal USB connector for embedded virtualization.

Changes in the June 13 update:
* Updated HDD table
* Updated Networking adapter table
* Updated Hypervisor key table
* Added feature codes
* Updated operating systems supported

Contents


Table of contents


Introduction

The IBM BladeCenter HS22 is a two-socket blade server running Intel Xeon processors. It is ideal for mainstream business applications including as a virtualization engine, and is compatible with the IBM BladeCenter H, E, S, and HT chassis. The HS22 supports up to two Intel Xeon 5500 or 5600 series multi-core processors, 12 DIMMs modules, two hot-swap drives, two PCI Express connectors, and one internal USB connector for embedded virtualization.

The HS22 is shown in Figure 1.


Figure 1. IBM BladeCenter HS22

Did you know?

IBM BladeCenter HS22 delivered leadership two-processor, single-node result for SPECjEnterprise2010 — 2,752.06 Enterprise jAppServer Operations Per Second (SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS). This score was achieved using the IBM BladeCenter HS22 as the application server running IBM WebSphere Application Server V7 as the middle tier and the IBM System x3850 X5 as the database server running IBM DB2 9.7 Enterprise Server. With this SPECjEnterprise2010 result, IBM demonstrates its ability to provide both software and hardware for an optimal solution in the middle tier and in the back-end database layer, and also to deliver a robust solution for clients’ complex workloads.

Locations of key components and connectors

Figure 2 shows the inside of the server indicating key components.


Figure 2. IBM BladeCenter HS22


The IBM BladeCenter HS22 includes the following items:

  • Documentation CD
  • Environmental Notices CD
  • Statement of Limited Warranty
  • Important Notices
  • Technical Note Flyer

Standard specifications

The following table lists the standard specifications.

Table 1. Standard specifications

ComponentsSpecification
Form factor Single-wide (30 mm)
Processor modelIntel Xeon 5600 series processors, up to 3.6 GHz
Intel Xeon 5500 series processors, up to 2.80 GHz
Number of processors 1 standard / 2 maximum
L3 cacheUp to 12 MB L3 cache
ChipsetIntel 5520 chipset
Memory DIMM sockets12x DDR-3 VLP DIMM slots
Maximum memoryModels with Intel Xeon 5600 series processors: 192 GB using 16GB DIMMs
Models with Intel Xeon 5500 series processors: 96 GB using 8GB DIMMs
Expansion slots One CIOv slot: 2 ports
One CFFh slot: 4 ports
Disk controllerLSI Logic 1064E SAS 3 Gbps controller, supports RAID-0 & RAID-1
Optional ServeRAID MR10ie with battery-backed write cache for internal and external disk drives
Disk bays (total/hot-swap) Two hot-swap 2.5-inch SFF bays supporting SAS HDDs or solid-state drives
Maximum internal storage Up to 2 TB total internal storage (using 1TB NL SAS or NL SATA drives)
Network interface 2x 1Gb Ethernet using a Broadcom BCM5709S onboard NIC; supports TOE, failover and load balancing, Wake on LAN, PXE boot
Some models also include a 2-port 10Gb controller installed in the CFFh slot (Emulex 10 GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter Advanced II or QLogic 2-port 10 Gb Converged Network Adapter, depending on the model)
Hot-swap components Internal storage bays
Systems management Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), IBM Integrated Management Module (IMM), Predictive Failure Analysis, optional embedded hypervisor for virtualization, IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, light path diagnostics, IBM Systems Director and IBM ServerGuide
VideoMatrox G200eV video core with 16 MB of video memory
SecurityTrusted Platform Module (TPM), Power-on password, administrator password, unattended boot, selectable boot, unattended start mode
Operating systems supported Microsoft Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise, VMware, Oracle Solaris
Limited warranty Three-year customer replaceable unit and on-site and off-site limited warranty

Standard models

The following table lists the standard models.

Table 2. Standard models

ModelProcessor** (2 max)MemoryStandard
Ethernet†
Storage
controller
Bays
(used/max)
Disk
drives
Slots
(used/max)
Models with Intel Xeon 5500 Series Processors: 4-core and 2-core
7870-M2x*1x Xeon L5518 4C 2.13GHz
8MB 1066MHz 60w
2x 2GB2x 1Gb SAS RAID0 / 2 Open0 / 2
Models with Intel Xeon 5600 Series Processors: 4-core
7870-A5x*1x Xeon E5603 4C 1.60GHz
4MB 1066MHz 80w
1x 4GB2x 1Gb SAS RAID0 / 2 Open0 / 2
7870-A7x*1x Xeon E5607 4C 2.26GHz
8MB 1066MHz 80w
1x 4GB2x 1Gb SAS RAID0 / 2 Open0 / 2
7870-G2x1x Xeon E5620 4C 2.40GHz
12MB 1066MHz 80w
3x 2GB2x 1GbSAS RAID0 / 2Open0 / 2
7870-B5x*1x Xeon X5647 4C 2.93GHz
12MB 1066MHz 130w
3x 4GB2x 1Gb SAS RAID0 / 2 Open0 / 2
7870-C5x*1x Xeon X5672 4C 3.20GHz
12MB 1333MHz 95w
3x 4GB2x 1Gb SAS RAID0 / 2 Open0 / 2
7870-C7x*1x Xeon X5687 4C 3.60GHz
12MB 1333MHz 130w
3x 4GB2x 1Gb SAS RAID0 / 2 Open0 / 2
Models with Intel Xeon 5600 Series Processors: 6-core
7870-N2x*1x Xeon L5640 6C 2.26GHz
12MB 1333MHz 60w
3x 2GB2x 1Gb SAS RAID0 / 2 Open0 / 2
7870-B6x*1x Xeon E5649 6C 2.53GHz
12MB 1333MHz 80w
3x 4GB2x 1Gb SAS RAID0 / 2 Open0 / 2
7870-D4x*1x Xeon E5649 6C 2.53GHz
12MB 1333MHz 80w
3x 4GB2x 1Gb +
2x 10Gb
SAS RAID0 / 2 Open1 / 2
7870-H2x*1x Xeon X5650 6C 2.66GHz
12MB 1333MHz 95w
3x 2GB2x 1Gb SAS RAID0 / 2 Open0 / 2
7870-C6x*1x Xeon X5675 6C 3.06GHz
12MB 1333MHz 95w
3x 4GB2x 1Gb SAS RAID0 / 2 Open0 / 2
7870-C8x*1x Xeon X5690 6C 3.46GHz
12MB 1333MHz 130w
3x 4GB2x 1Gb SAS RAID0 / 2 Open0 / 2
7870-91x*2x Xeon E5645 6C 2.40GHz
12MB 1333MHz 80w
6x 8GB2x 1Gb +
2x 10Gb
SAS RAID0 / 2 Open1 / 2
7870-92x*2x Xeon E5645 6C 2.40GHz
12MB 1333MHz 80w
6x 8GB2x 1Gb +
2x 10Gb
SAS RAID0 / 2 Open1 / 2
* Withdrawn from marketing
** Processor detail: standard quantity, model, cores, core speed, L3 cache, memory speed, power
† All models contain an onboard 2-port Gigabit Ethernet controller. Model D4x includes an Emulex 10 GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter Advanced II (CFFh). Model 91x and D4x include an Emulex 10 GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter Advanced II (CFFh). Model 92x includes an QLogic 2-port 10 Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh).

See the Standard specifications section for information about standard features of the server.

Chassis support

The HS22 is supported in the various BladeCenter chassis as listed in the following table.

Table 4. Chassis support

DescriptionBC-E
(8677)
BC-TBC-S
(8886)
BC-H
(8852)
BC-HT AC
(8750)
BC-HT DC
(8740)
HS22 with 130W processorsNoNoSome limits*Some limits*Some limits*Some limits*
HS22 with up to 95W processorsSome limits*NoFullFullFullFull
* See Table 5 for details

The number of HS22 servers supported in each chassis depends on the thermal design power of the processors used in the servers, as shown in Table 5. The table uses the following conventions:
  • A green cell means the chassis can be filled with HS22 blade servers up to the maximum number of blade bays in the chassis (for example, 14 blades in the BladeCenter H).
  • A yellow cell means that the maximum number of HS22 blades that the chassis can hold is fewer than the total available blade bays (for example, 12 in a BladeCenter H). Other bays in the chassis may or may not be occupied by servers other than HS22 and HS22V depending on the combination and some bays must remain empty. Consult the BladeCenter Interoperability Guide for specifics: http://ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5073016

Note: The HS22 is not supported in the BladeCenter E with power supplies smaller than 2000 W.

Table 5. Chassis support (detailed)
CPU
TDP*
Maximum number of HS22 servers supported in each chassis
BC-E with AMM
(8677) (14 bays)
BC-S
(8886)
(6 bays)
BC-H (models other than 4Tx)
(14 bays)
BC-H (-4Tx)
(14 bays)
BC-HT
AC
(8750)
(12 bays)
BC-HT DC
(8740)
(12 bays)
2000 W
power
supplies
2320 W
power
supplies
2900W supplies
2980W supplies**
2980W
Standard
blowers
Enhanced
blowers†
Standard
blowers
Enhanced
blowers†
Enhanced
blowers†
130W
None‡
None‡
5
None‡
12
None‡
14
14
10
10
95W
6
14
6
14
14
14
14
14
12
12
80W
12
14
6
14
14
14
14
14
12
12
60W
13
14
6
14
14
14
14
14
12
12
40W
14
14
6
14
14
14
14
14
12
12
* Thermal Design Power
** IBM BladeCenter H 2980W AC Power Modules, 68Y6601 (standard in 4Tx, optional with all other BC-H chassis models)
† IBM BladeCenter H Enhanced Cooling Modules, 68Y6650 (standard in 4Tx, optional with all other BC-H chassis models)
‡ Not supported

Processor options

The HS22 supports the processor options listed in the following table. The server supports one or two processors. The table also shows which server models have each processor standard. If no corresponding where used model for a particular processor is listed, then this processor is available only through Configure to Order (CTO).

Table 6. Processor options

Part
number
Intel Xeon processor descriptionModels
where used
Intel Xeon 5600 Series Processors: 4-core
81Y9323Xeon E5603 4C 1.60GHz 4MB 1066MHz 80wA5x
81Y9324Xeon E5606 4C 2.13GHz 8MB 1066MHz 80w-
81Y9325Xeon E5607 4C 2.26GHz 8MB 1066MHz 80wA7x
59Y5705Xeon E5620 4C 2.40GHz 12MB 1066MHz 80w G2x
59Y5707Xeon E5630 4C 2.53GHz 12MB 1066MHz 80w -
59Y5708Xeon E5640 4C 2.66GHz 12MB 1066MHz 80w G4x, GCx
49Y5184 Xeon L5609 4C 1.86GHz 12MB 1066MHz 40w -
59Y5704 Xeon L5630 4C 2.13GHz 12MB 1066MHz 40w -
81Y9326Xeon X5647 4C 2.93GHz 12MB 1066MHz 130wB5x
59Y5712Xeon X5667 4C 3.06GHz 12MB 1333MHz 95w H5x
81Y9328Xeon X5672 4C 3.20GHz 12MB 1333MHz 95wC5x
59Y5714Xeon X5677 4C 3.46GHz 12MB 1333MHz 130w F3x
81Y9330Xeon X5687 4C 3.60GHz 12MB 1333MHz 130wC7x
Intel Xeon 5600 Series Processors: 6-core
68Y8125Xeon E5645 6C 2.40GHz 12MB 1333MHz 80w91x, 92x
81Y9327Xeon E5649 6C 2.53GHz 12MB 1333MHz 80wB6x, D4x
68Y8124Xeon L5638 6C 2.0GHz 12MB 1333MHz 60w-
59Y5706Xeon L5640 6C 2.26GHz 12M 1333MHz 60w N2x
59Y5709Xeon X5650 6C 2.66GHz 12M 1333MHz 95w H2x, HAx
59Y5710 Xeon X5660 6C 2.80GHz 12MB 1333MHz 95w -
59Y5711Xeon X5670 6C 2.93GHz 12MB 1333MHz 95w H4x
81Y9329Xeon X5675 6C 3.06GHz 12MB 1333MHz 95wC6x
59Y5713Xeon X5680 6C 3.33GHz 12MB 1333MHz 130w F2x
81Y9331Xeon X5690 6C 3.46GHz 12MB 1333MHz 130wC8x
Intel Xeon 5500 Series Processors: 2-core
43W5986Xeon E5502 2C 1.86GHz 4MB Cache 800MHz
Intel Xeon 5500 Series Processors: 4-core
44T1712Xeon E5504 4C 2.00GHz 4MB 800MHz-
43W5987Xeon E5506 4C 2.13GHz 4MB 800MHz-
59Y5695Xeon E5507 4C 2.26GHz 4M 800MHz 80w A4x
44T1736Xeon E5520 4C 2.26GHz 8MB 1066MHz-
44T1883Xeon E5530 4C 2.40GHz 8MB 1066MHz-
44T1884Xeon E5540 4C 2.53GHz 8MB 1066MHz-
44T1885Xeon X5550 4C 2.66GHz 8MB 1333MHz-
44T1886Xeon X5560 4C 2.80GHz 8MB 1333MHz-
44T1887 Xeon X5570 4C 2.93GHz 8MB 1333MHzC4x
49Y5052Xeon L5518 4C 2.13GHz 8MB 1066MHz 60W M2x

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 HS22 has six DIMM sockets per processor (12 DIMMs in total) and uses Double Data Rate-3 (DDR-3) very-low-profile (VLP) registered DIMMs. Servers with Intel Xeon 5600 series processors support 16GB DIMMs meaning a total of up to 192 GB of RAM is supported. Servers with Intel Xeon 5500 series processors support 8GB DIMMs meaning a total of up to 96 GB of RAM is supported. The memory DIMMs connects directly to one of the processors. With one processor installed, only six DIMMs can be accessed. To access memory in the other six DIMM connectors, the second processor must be installed.

The following two tables list memory options available for HS22 server: one of 5500 series processors and one for 5600 series processors. DIMMs can be installed one at a time, but for performance reasons, install them in sets of three (one for each of the three memory channels).

Table 7. Memory options for servers with Xeon 5500 series processors

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionModels
where used
49Y142789281 GB (1x 1 GB, 1Rx8, 1.5 V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz-
49Y142889292 GB (1x 2 GB, 2Rx8, 1.5 V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz-
49Y142989302 GB (1x 2 GB, 1Rx4, 1.5 V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz-
44T1594A0YV2 GB (1x 2 GB, 1Rx8, 1.5 V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz -
46C0560A0WX2 GB (1x 2 GB, 1Rx8, 1.35 V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz -
49Y143089314 GB (1x 4 GB, 2Rx4, 1.5 V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz -
44T159619084 GB (1x 4 GB, 2Rx8, 1.5 V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz-
46C0563A0WY4 GB (1x 4 GB, 1Rx4, 1.35 V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz -
46C0564A0WZ4 GB (1x 4 GB, 2Rx8, 1.35 V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz -
49Y143189328 GB (1x 8 GB, 2Rx4, 1.5 V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz-

Table 8. Memory options for servers with Xeon 5600 series processors
Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionModels
where
used
Standard DIMMs (1.5 V)
49Y142789281GB (1x 1GB, 1Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333-
49Y142889292GB (1x 2GB, 2Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333F2x, F3x, G2x,
G4x, GCx, H2x,
H4x, H5x, HAx,
N2x
49Y142989302GB (1x 2GB, 1Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333-
44T1594A0YV2GB (1x 2GB, 1Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333-
49Y143089314GB (1x 4GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333-
49Y143189328GB (1x 8GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333-
Low Power DIMMs (1.35 V)
46C0560A0WX2GB (1x 2GB, 1Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333-
46C0563A0WY4GB (1x 4GB, 1Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333A5x, A7x, B5x,
B6x, C5x, C6x,
C7x, C8x
46C0564A0WZ4GB (1x 4GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333-
46C056886448GB (1x 8GB, 2Rx4, 1.35V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333-
46C0599242216GB (1x16 GB, 2Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333-

Note that although the maximum speed at which the memory channel runs on the HS22 is 1333 MHz, this depends on a combination of three items:
  • Processor memory speed: The processor has a maximum memory speed of 1333, 1066, or 800 MHz depending on the processor model. Only the X (Advanced) range of Xeon 5500 and 5600 series processors supports a maximum memory channel speed of 1333 MHz. See the processor options (Table 5) for the maximum memory speed.
  • Memory DIMM: Most but not all DIMMs listed in the previous tables support running at 1333 MHz. Some only run at 1066 MHz. This is noted in the description of the DIMM.
  • Number of DIMMs installed: The HS22 implements memory so that 2 DIMMs are on each of the three memory channels of the processor. if only 1 DIMM is installed to each channel (that is, 3 DIMMs per processor) then the DIMMs can operate at the lower of the DIMM rated speed and processor memory channel rated speed, up to 1333 MHz. However at 2 DIMMs per channel (6 DIMMs per processor), memory can only operate at 1333 MHz if Xeon 5600 X (Advanced) range of processors (models X56nn) are installed. All other processors (all 5500, L56nn, and E56nn) cannot drive the memory channel at 1333 MHz if there are 2 DIMMs per channel.

In summary, to ensure DIMMs operate at 1333 MHz, select a Xeon X56nn processor and use DIMMs that are rated at 1333 MHz. All DIMMs in the proceeding table support running at 2 DIMMs per channel at 1333 MHz.

The following memory protection technologies are supported:
  • ECC
  • ChipKill
  • Memory Mirroring
  • Memory Sparing

Internal disk storage options

The HS22 blade server features an onboard LSI Logic 53C1064E 3 Gbps SAS controller with two hot-swap drives bay accessible from the front of the blade server. The LSI Logic 53C1064E SAS controller provides RAID 0 or RAID 1 capability and supports up to two internal hot-swap SAS or SATA HDDs or two internal hot swap solid-state drives. The following table lists the hard drive options that are available for internal storage.

Table 9. Disk drive options for internal disk storage

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
10K SAS drives
00AD075A48SIBM 1.2TB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS HDD2
81Y9650A282IBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD2
49Y20035433IBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD2
90Y8872A2XDIBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD2
42D06375599IBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD2
90Y8877A2XCIBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD2
15K SAS drives
81Y9670A283IBM 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD2
42D06775536IBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD2
90Y8926A2XBIBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD2
Self-encrypting drives (SEDs)
00AD085A48TIBM 1.2TB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS SED2
81Y9662A3EGIBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED2
90Y8908A3EFIBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED2
90Y8913A2XFIBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED2
NL SAS drives
81Y9690A1P3IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD2
42D07075409IBM 500GB 7200 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD2
90Y8953A2XEIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD2
NL SATA drives
81Y9730A1AVIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD2
81Y9726A1NZIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD2
42D07525407IBM 500GB 7200 NL SATA 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD2
81Y9722A1NXIBM 250GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD2
SAS-SSD Hybrid Drive
00AD102A4G7IBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS Hybrid2
Enterprise SSDs
49Y6129A3EWIBM 200GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD2
49Y6134A3EYIBM 400GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD2
49Y6139A3F0IBM 800GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD2
00W1125A3HRIBM 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD2
43W7718A2FNIBM 200GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS SSD2
Enterprise Value SSDs
49Y5839A3ASIBM 64GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD2
49Y5844A3AUIBM 512GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD2
90Y8643A2U3IBM 256GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD2
90Y8648A2U4IBM 128GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD2

Internal backup units

The server does not support an internal tape drive option.

Optical drives

The server does not support an optical drive option, however it does interface to the optical drive installed in the BladeCenter chassis media tray if one is installed there.

I/O expansion options

The HS22 server offers the following PCI Express 2.0 slots, neither of which is hot-swap.

  • CIOv expansion slot
  • CFFh expansion slot

The CIOv I/O expansion connector provides I/O connections through the midplane of the chassis to modules located in bays 3 and 4 of a supported BladeCenter chassis. It is a PCIe 2.0 x8 slot.

The CFFh I/O expansion connector provides I/O connections to high-speed switch modules that are located in bays 7, 8, 9, and 10 of a BladeCenter H or BladeCenter HT chassis, or to switch bay 2 in a BladeCenter S chassis. The CFFh slot is a PCIe x16 slot.

The HS22 optionally supports the IBM BladeCenter PCIe Gen 2 Expansion Blade. The expansion blade provides the capability to attach selected PCI Express cards to the HS22. This capability is ideal for many applications that require special telecommunications network interfaces or hardware acceleration using a PCI Express card.

The expansion blade provides one full height and full length PCI Express slot and one full height and half length PCI Express slot with a maximum power usage of 75 watts for each slot. It integrates PCI Express card support capability into the BladeCenter architecture. Up to four expansion blades can be attached to an HS22. Each expansion blade occupies a bay in the BladeCenter chassis.

The server also supports IBM BladeCenter PCI Express I/O Expansion Unit (PCI Express Gen 1). A maximum of one unit can be attached to a single blade.

Table 10. Expansion blades
Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
46M67309295IBM BladeCenter PCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade4
68Y7484A247IBM BladeCenter PCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade II4
43W43914339IBM BladeCenter PCI Express I/O Expansion Unit1
46M6771A25FIBM BladeCenter GPU Expansion Blade with NVIDIA Tesla M20753
46M6772A10RIBM BladeCenter GPU Expansion Blade with NVIDIA Tesla M2070Q3
46M67405090IBM BladeCenter GPU Expansion Blade with NVIDIA Tesla M2070 (CTO Only)3
68Y7478A245IBM BladeCenter GPU Expansion Blade II with NVIDIA Tesla M20753
68Y7479A246IBM BladeCenter GPU Expansion Blade II with NVIDIA Tesla M2070Q3

For more information, see the following IBM Redbooks Product Guide publications:

Network adapters

The HS22 offers two integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports, based on the Broadcom BCM5709S controller.

  • Failover, adapter fault tolerance
  • PXE 2.0 Boot Agent
  • Wake on LAN
  • Load balancing or teaming

The following table lists additional supported network adapters.

Table 11. Network adapters
Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionSlots
supported
10 Gb Ethernet
46M61640098Broadcom 10Gb Gen2 4-port Ethernet Exp Cd (CFFh)CFFh
81Y3133A1QRBroadcom 2-port 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter for IBM BladeCenterCFFh
81Y16505437Brocade 2 port 10GbE Converged Network Adapter for IBM BladeCenterCFFh
00Y3264A3NWEmulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter Advanced II - IBM BladeCenterCFFh
90Y3566A1XHEmulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter Advanced II - IBM BladeCenterCFFh
49Y42652436Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Advanced Upgrade for IBM BladeCenter (license)
00Y3266A3NVEmulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II - IBM BladeCenterCFFh
90Y3550A1XGEmulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II - IBM BladeCenterCFFh
42C18103593Intel 10Gb 2-port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenterCFFh
90Y3570A1NWMellanox 2-port 10Gb Enet Expansion Card (CFFh) - IBM BladeCenterCFFh
00Y3280A3JBQLogic 2-port 10Gb CNA (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenterCFFh
42C18303592QLogic 2-pt 10Gb Converged Network Adapter(CFFh)CFFh
00Y3270A3JCQLogic Enet and 8Gb FC Exp Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenterCFFh
44X19405485QLogic Eth and 8Gb Fibre Channel Exp Card (CFFh)CFFh
1 Gb Ethernet
44W447954762/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenterCFFh
44W44755477Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenterCIOv
InfiniBand
46M600100562-port 40Gb Infiniband Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenterCFFh
43W442329914X InfiniBand DDR Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenterCFFh
43W44202993Voltaire 4X InfiniBand DDR Expansion Card (CFFh)CFFh

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Ethernet adapters category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/BladeCenter?Open&page=pg&cat=ethadapters

Storage host bus adapters

The following table lists storage HBAs supported by HS22 server.

Table 12. Storage adapters

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionSlots
supported
Combination Ethernet and Fibre Channel
44X19405485QLogic Eth and 8Gb Fibre Channel Exp Card (CFFh)CFFh
Fibre Channel
46M61403598Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenterCIOv
46M60653594QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenterCIOv
44X19451462QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenterCIOv
SAS
46C71675490ServeRAID-MR10ie (CIOv) Controller for IBM BladeCenterCIOv
43W40681593SAS Connectivity Card (CIOv)CIOv

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Fibre Channel adapters category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/BladeCenter?Open&page=pg&cat=fcadapters

PCIe SSD adapters

The HS22 server supports the High IOPS SSD adapters listed in the following table. The adapters must be installed in an IBM BladeCenter PCI Express I/O Expansion Unit (PEU3e), part number 43W4391.

Table 13. SSD adapters

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionSlots
supported
Max
quantity
46M08770096IBM 160GB High IOPS SS Class SSD PCIe AdapterPCI Express I/O Expansion Unit2
46M08980097IBM 320GB High IOPS MS Class SSD PCIe AdapterPCI Express I/O Expansion Unit2

For information about this adapter, see the IBM Redbooks Product Guide IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0729.html?Open

Power supplies

Server power is derived from the power supplies installed in the BladeCenter chassis. There are no server options regarding power supplies.

Integrated virtualization

The 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
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
41Y8298A2G0IBM Blank USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi Downloads1
41Y82781776IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 41
41Y8296A1NPIBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 4.1 Update 11
41Y82831749IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 3.5 Update 51
41Y82873033IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 4.11
41Y8311A2R3IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.11
41Y8300A2VCIBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.01
41Y8307A383IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.0 Update 11

Remote management

The server contains an IBM Integrated Management Module (IMM), which interfaces with the advanced management module in the BladeCenter chassis. The combination of these two provides advanced service-processor control, monitoring, and an alerting function. If an environmental condition exceeds a threshold or if a system component fails, LEDs on the system board are lit to help you diagnose the problem, records the error in the event log, and alerts you to the problem. A virtual presence capability is also available for remote server management capabilities.

Remote server management is provided 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 server also supports virtual media and remote control features, which provide the following functions:
  • Remotely viewing video with graphics resolutions up to 1600x1200 at 75 Hz, 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
  • Capture blue-screen errors

Supported operating systems

The server supports the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003
  • Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Ent. Ed. w/Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Ent. Ed.(64 bit) w/Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS)
  • 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 HPC Edition
  • 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 Server 2012
  • 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 4 ES for AMD64/EM64T
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 ES for x86
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 WS/HPC for AMD64/EM64T
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 WS/HPC 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
  • Red Hat Enterprise MRG 1.0 Realtime (x64)
  • Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.0 Realtime (x64)
  • Solaris 10 Operating System
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Real Time 10 AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Real Time 11 AMD64/EM64T
  • 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 10 with Xen for x86
  • 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 3.5
  • VMware ESX 4.0
  • VMware ESX 4.1
  • VMware ESXi 3.5
  • VMware ESXi 4.0
  • VMware ESXi 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (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 specifications

Dimensions:

  • Height: 245 mm (9.7 in)
  • Depth: 446 mm (17.6 in)
  • Width: 58 mm (2.28 in)

Maximum weight: 5.4 kg (12 lb) (depending on the configuration when options are added)

Warranty options

The BladeCenter HS22 has a three-year on-site warranty with 9x5 next business day terms. IBM offers the warranty service upgrades through IBM ServicePac, discussed 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 might be available in a particular country. For more information about IBM ServicePac offerings available in your country visit the IBM ServicePac Product Selector at https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac.

The following table explains warranty service definitions in more detail.

Table 15. Warranty service definitions

TermDescription
IBM on-site 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 24-hour service, 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 24-hour service, 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 on-site 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.

In general, the types of IBM ServicePac are as follows:
  • Warranty and maintenance service upgrades
    • One, two, three, four, or five years of 9x5 or 24x7 service coverage
    • On-site repair from next business day to four or two hours
    • 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 international standards:

  • Australia and New Zealand C-Tick Mark, Class A
  • CE Mark (EN55022:1998 Class A, EN60950, EN55024:1998, EN61000-3-2 and EN61000-3-3)
  • CISPR 22, Class A
  • CSA C22.2 No.60950 Safety of Information Technology Equipment 60950
  • Canada ICES-003, issue 3, Class A
  • China GB 9254-1998, GB17625.1-1998, GB17625.2-1999
  • FCC - Verified to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules, Class A
  • IEC-60950 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • Japan VCCI, Class A
  • Korea MIC
  • NOM-019 Seguridad de Equipto de Procesamiento de Datos within 30 days of planned availability
  • TUV-GS (EN60950/ISO 9241-3/ISO 9241-8)
  • Taiwan BSMI CNS13438, Class A
  • UL 60950 Safety of Information Technology Equipment

External disk storage expansion

The HS22 supports attachments to external storage expansion enclosures such as the EXP3000 series, using the ServeRAID-MR10ie Controller installed in the CIOv slot of the blade server. The HS22 can also be attached to supported external storage systems, as described in the next section.

The external disk storage expansion enclosures listed in the following table are supported with the HS22.

Table 16. External storage expansion enclosures

Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity
supported per blade
172701XIBM System Storage® EXP30001
174712XIBM System Storage EXP2512 Express1
174724XIBM System Storage EXP2524 Express1

SAS Connectivity Modules (one or two) must be installed into chassis to support external disk storage expansion. SAS Connectivity Module is listed in the following table.

Table 17. SAS Connectivity Modules
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per one chassis
39Y9195SAS Connectivity Module2

The RAID controller listed in the following table is supported with external expansion enclosures.

Table 18. RAID controllers for external storage expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity
supported
46C7167 ServeRAID-MR10ie (CIOv) Controller with battery1

Note: If the ServeRAID MR10ie is installed, the battery is installed in DIMM slot 7. Therefore DIMM slot 7 cannot be used for memory. This will limit the total amount of memory that will be able to be installed.

The ServeRAID MR10ie Controller has the following specifications:
  • Two SAS ports routed internally to the chassis I/O bays 3 and 4
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and 60
  • Provides 256 MB of ECC DDR-2 battery-backed cache
  • 3 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCI Express 1.0 x4 host interface
  • Based on the LSI 1078 controller
  • Supports up to 26 disk drives.
  • Support for on-board and external disk drives
  • Supports connectivity to the EXP3000 storage expansion enclosures

The following table lists the drives supported by EXP3000 external expansion enclosure.

Table 19. Hard drive options for external expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per enclosure
EXP3000 Hot-Swap SATA 3.5" Hard Drives
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

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

Table 20. Drive options for the EXP2512 external expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported
per one enclosure
NL SAS 3.5-inch 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
SAS 3.5-inch 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 supported by the EXP2524 external expansion enclosures.

Table 21. Drive options for the EXP2524 external expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported
per one enclosure*
NL SAS 2.5-inch HDDs
49Y1898500GB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 2.5” HDD12
81Y99521TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 2.5” HDD12
SAS 2.5-inch HDDs
49Y1896146GB 15,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5” HDD12
49Y1895300GB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5” HDD12
81Y9944300GB 15,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5” HDD12
81Y9596600GB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5” HDD12
81Y9948900GB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5” HDD12
SAS 2.5-inch SSDs
81Y9956200GB 2.5" SAS SSD12
81Y9960400GB 2.5" SAS SSD12
* Note: Although the maximum number of drives supported by EXP2524 is 24, the ServeRAID H1135 Controller supports up to 14 drives in a RAID configuration, including up to two hot-spare drives. The blade server hosts two internal drives, therefore limiting the number of drives in one EXP2524 to 12.

The external SAS cables listed in the following table are supported with external expansion enclosures and connected to SAS Connectivity Modules.

Table 22. External SAS cables for external storage expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity
supported per enclosure
39R6531IBM 3 m SAS Cable1
39R6529IBM 1 m SAS Cable1

External disk storage systems

The following table lists the external storage systems that are supported by server and that can be ordered through the System x sales channel. The server might support other IBM disk systems that are not listed in this table. For further information, refer to the IBM System Storage® Interoperability Center at:

http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic

Table 23. External storage expansion

Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per one blade server
17226xxIBM System Storage DS4300 Midrange Disk Systems (all models)1
17429xxIBM System Storage DS4500 Midrange Disk System (all models)1
17241xxIBM System Storage DS4100 Midrange Disk System (all models)1
17421xxIBM System Storage DS4400 Midrange Disk System (all models)1
181880CIBM System Storage DCS37001
18147VxIBM System Storage DS4200 Midrange Disk System (all models)1
18147xxIBM System Storage DS4700 Midrange Disk System (all models)1
18158xxIBM System Storage DS4800 Midrange Disk System (all models)1
1814-20AIBM System Storage DS5020 Midrange Disk System1
181851xIBM System Storage DS5100 Midrange Disk System (all models)1
181853xIBM System Storage DS5300 Midrange Disk System (all models)1

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 options listed in the following table. The server may support other IBM tape backup systems that are not listed in this table. For further information, refer to the IBM System Storage Interoperability Center: http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic

Table 24. External backup options

Part numberDescription
External tape expansion enclosures for internal tape drives
87651UX1U Tape Drive Enclosure
87651NX1U 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
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
External backup units*
362550XIBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - External USB 500 GB Bundle
3628L3XIBM Half High LTO Gen 3 External SAS Tape Drive (with US line cord)
3628L4XIBM Half High LTO Gen 4 External SAS Tape Drive (with US line cord)
3628L5X IBM Half High LTO Gen 5 External SAS Tape Drive (with US line cord)
3628N3XIBM Half High LTO Gen 3 External SAS Tape Drive (without line cord)
3628N4XIBM Half High LTO Gen 4 External SAS Tape Drive (without line cord)
3628N5XIBM Half High LTO Gen 5 External SAS Tape Drive (without line cord)
3580S3VSystem Storage TS2230 Tape Drive Express Model H3V
3580S4VSystem Storage TS2240 Tape Drive Express Model H4V
3580S5ESystem Storage TS2250 Tape Drive Express Model H5S
3580S5XSystem Storage TS2350 Tape Drive Express Model S53
3572S4RTS2900 Tape Library with LTO4 HH SAS drive and rack mount kit
3572S5RTS2900 Tape Library with LTO5 HH SAS drive and rack mount kit
35732ULTS3100 Tape Library Model L2U Driveless
35734ULTS3200 Tape Library Model L4U Driveless
46X2682†LTO Ultrium 5 Fibre Channel Drive
46X2683†LTO Ultrium 5 SAS Drive Sled
46X2684†LTO Ultrium 5 Half High Fibre Drive Sled
46X2685†LTO Ultrium 5 Half High SAS Drive Sled
46X6912†LTO Ultrium 4 Half High Fibre Channel Drive Sled
46X7117†LTO Ultrium 4 Half High SAS DriveV2 Sled
46X7122†LTO Ultrium 3 Half High SAS DriveV2 Sled
* Note: The external tape drives listed can be ordered through the System x sales channel. The server might support other IBM tape drives that are not listed in this table. For further information, refer to IBM System Storage Interoperability Center .
† Note: These part numbers are the tape drives options for 35732UL and 35734UL.

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

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