IBM BladeCenter HS23 (E5-2600)

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Abstract

The IBM® BladeCenter® HS23 is a next-generation two-socket blade server running the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family. With its industry-leading RAS features, energy efficiency, outstanding performance, flexible and scalable I/O, and complete systems management, HS23 offers a robust platform optimized for your mission-critical applications. Standard 30 mm single-wide form-factor protects your investments by providing compatibility with the IBM BladeCenter H, E, S, and HT chassis.

Note: This Product Guide describes the models of the HS23 with Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family. For models with Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family, see the IBM Redbooks Product Guide IBM BladeCenter HS23 (E5-2600 v2)

Changes in the June 2 update:
* Added 16 GB 1600 MHz 1.35 V DIMM (46W0716)
* Added Windows Server 2012 R2 support
* Added VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 support
* Added S3500 and S3700 SSD support
* Added IBM Enterprise Value SSD (120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB, 800 GB) support

Contents


Table of contents


Introduction

The IBM® BladeCenter® HS23 is a next-generation two-socket blade server running the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family. With its industry-leading RAS features, energy efficiency, outstanding performance, flexible and scalable I/O, and complete systems management, HS23 offers a robust platform optimized for your mission-critical applications. Standard 30 mm single-wide form-factor protects your investments by providing compatibility with the IBM BladeCenter H, E, S, and HT chassis.

Suggested use: versatile platform to run a broad range of workloads, including infrastructure, virtualization, and enterprise applications.

Figure 1 shows the IBM BladeCenter HS23.

 IBM BladeCenter HS23
Figure 1. IBM BladeCenter HS23

Did you know?

IBM BladeCenter HS23 is the first BladeCenter server that offers four integrated LAN ports: dual-port Gigabit Ethernet and dual-port 10Gb Ethernet with IBM Virtual Fabric capability. With Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II for HS23 CFFh expansion card, HS23 scales up to 14 virtual NICs (vNICs) per single-wide blade server for a total of 18 I/O ports with the choice of Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SAS, iSCSI, and FCoE connectivity.

Key features

The IBM BladeCenter HS23 gives you the networking capacity that you need to manage your data center. The new Virtual Fabric capable integrated 10 GbE offers extreme speed, and the HS23 is designed with highly scalable I/O to give you a total of up to four 10 Gb physical ports that can be divided into up to 14 virtual ports, as well as the ability to run multiple I/O protocols (FCoE/iSCSI). Sixteen DIMM slots supporting up to 512 GB of DDR3 memory allow you to fit more and larger virtual machines per blade. In addition, the HS23 is backward-compatible with all BladeCenter chassis, including the original BladeCenter E. (Some configurations might have restrictions. See Table 5 for compatibility details.)


Availability and serviceability

The BladeCenter HS23 provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:

  • Dual independent power and signal connectors to the BladeCenter chassis midplane provide fault tolerance to increase uptime.
  • The HS23 offers Chipkill, memory mirroring, and memory rank sparing for redundancy in the event of a non-correctable memory failure.
  • Tool-less cover removal provides easy access to upgrades and serviceable parts, such as CPU, memory, and adapter cards.
  • The server offers hot-swap drives supporting integrated RAID 1 redundancy for data protection and greater system uptime.
  • The power source independent light path diagnostics panel and individual light path LEDs quickly lead the technician to failed (or failing) components. This simplifies servicing, speeds up problem resolution, and helps improve system availability.
  • The Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) detects when system components (processors, memory, and hard disk drives) operate outside of standard thresholds and generates pro-active alerts in advance of possible failure, therefore increasing uptime.
  • Solid-state drives (SSDs) offer significantly better reliability than traditional mechanical HDDs for greater uptime.
  • Built-in Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) continuously monitors system parameters, 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.
  • Three-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty, next business day 9x5. Optional service upgrades are available.

Scalability and performance

The BladeCenter HS23 offers numerous features to boost performance, improve scalability, and reduce costs:
  • The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family improves productivity by offering superior system performance with up to 8-core processors and up to 3.0 GHz core speeds depending on the CPU's number of cores, up to 20 MB of L3 cache, and QPI interconnect links of up to 8 GT/s.
  • Up to two processors, 16 cores, and 32 threads maximize the concurrent execution of multi-threaded applications.
  • Intelligent and adaptive system performance with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 allows CPU cores to run at maximum speeds during peak workloads by temporarily going beyond processor TDP.
  • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology boosts performance for multi-threaded applications by enabling simultaneous multi-threading within each processor core, up to two threads per core.
  • Intel Virtualization Technology integrates hardware-level virtualization hooks that allow operating system vendors to better utilize the hardware for virtualization workloads.
  • Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVT) can significantly improve floating point performance for compute-intensive technical and scientific applications.
  • Up to 16 DDR3 ECC memory RDIMMs provide speeds up to 1600 MHz and a memory capacity of up to 512 GB. (See Table 7 for details.)
  • The theoretical maximum memory bandwidth of the Intel Xeon processor E5 family is 51.6 GBps, which is 60% more than in the previous generation of Intel Xeon processors.
  • The use of solid-state drives (SSDs) instead of or along with traditional spinning drives (HDDs) can significantly improve I/O performance. An SSD can support up to 100 times more I/O operations per second (IOPS) than a typical HDD.
  • The HS23 scales to 18 I/O ports on a single-wide blade with integrated Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gb Ethernet ports and optional expansion cards, offering the choice of Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SAS, iSCSI, and FCoE connectivity.
  • The HS23 offers PCI Express 3.0 I/O expansion capabilities that improve the theoretical maximum bandwidth by almost 100% (8 GTps per link using 128b/130b encoding) compared to the previous generation of PCI Express 2.0 (5 GTps per link using 8b/10b encoding).
  • With Intel Integrated I/O Technology, the PCI Express 3.0 controller is integrated into the Intel Xeon processor E5 family. This helps to dramatically reduce I/O latency and increase overall system performance.

Manageability and security

Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the HS23:
  • The HS23 includes an Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) to monitor server availability and perform remote management.
  • 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.
  • Industry-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.
  • IBM Fabric Manager simplifies deployment of infrastructure connections by managing network and storage address assignments.
  • IBM FastSetup simplifies, automates, and speeds up the deployment process from server power-up to production, making BladeCenter easier to manage, deploy, and maintain.
  • Intel Execute Disable Bit functionality can help prevent certain classes of malicious buffer overflow attacks when combined with a supporting operating system.
  • Intel Trusted Execution Technology provides enhanced security through hardware-based resistance to malicious software attacks, allowing an application to run in its own isolated space protected from all other software running on a system.

Energy efficiency

The HS23 offers the following energy-efficiency features to save energy, reduce operational costs, increase energy availability, and contribute to the green environment:
  • Component-sharing design of the BladeCenter chassis provides ultimate power and cooling savings.
  • The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family offers significantly better performance over the previous generation while fitting into the same thermal design power (TDP) limits.
  • Intel Intelligent Power Capability powers individual processor elements on and off as needed, to reduce power draw.
  • Low-voltage Intel Xeon processors draw less energy to satisfy demands of power and thermally constrained data centers and telecommunication environments.
  • Low-voltage 1.35 V DDR3 memory RDIMMs consume 15% less energy than 1.5 V DDR3 RDIMMs.
  • Solid state drives (SSDs) consume as much as 80% less power than traditional spinning 2.5-inch HDDs.
  • The HS23 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.
  • IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™ provides advanced power management features with actual real-time energy monitoring, reporting, and capping features.

Locations of key components and connectors

Figure 2 shows the front view of the server, indicating key components.

Front view of the IBM BladeCenter HS23
Figure 2. Front view of the IBM BladeCenter HS23

Figure 3 shows the top view of the server, indicating key components.

Top view of the IBM BladeCenter HS23
Figure 3. Top view of the IBM BladeCenter HS23

Figure 4 shows the bottom view of the IBM BladeCenter HS23 (contains light path diagnostics panel).

Bottom view of the IBM BladeCenter HS23 (shows light path diagnostics panel)
Figure 4. Bottom view of the IBM BladeCenter HS23 (shows light path diagnostics panel)

Standard specifications

Table 1 lists the standard specifications.

Table 1. Standard specifications

ComponentsSpecifications
Form factorSingle-wide (30 mm) blade server.
Chassis supportBladeCenter H, BladeCenter HT, BladeCenter S, BladeCenter E. (Some configurations might have restrictions. See Table 5 for compatibility details.)
ProcessorUp to two Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family CPUs with eight-core (up to 2.7 GHz) or six-core (up to 2.9 GHz) or quad-core (up to 3.3 GHz) or dual-core (up to 3.0 GHz). Two QPI links up to 8.0 GT/s each. Up to 1600 MHz memory speed. Up to 20 MB L3 cache.
ChipsetIntel C600.
MemoryUp to 16 DDR3 DIMM sockets (8 DIMMs per processor) using Very Low Profile (VLP) DIMMs. Support for up to 1600 MHz memory speed depending on the processor. Four memory channels per processor (2 DIMMs per channel).
Memory maximumsUp to 512 GB with 16x 32 GB RDIMMs and two processors.
Memory protectionECC, Chipkill, memory mirroring, and memory rank sparing.
Disk drive baysTwo 2.5" hot-swap SAS/SATA drive bays supporting SAS, SATA, and SSD drives.
Maximum internal storage Up to 2.4 TB with 1.2 TB 2.5" SAS HDDs, or up to 2 TB with 1 TB 2.5" NL SAS HDDs, or up to 2 TB with 1 TB 2.5" SATA HDDs, or up to 3.2 TB with 1.6 TB 2.5" SAS SSDs. Intermix of SAS and SATA HDDs and SSDs is supported.
RAID supportRAID 0, 1, 1E, and 10 with integrated LSI SAS2004 controller.
Network interfacesTwo Gigabit Ethernet ports and two 10 Gb Ethernet ports with integrated Emulex BladeEngine 3 (BE3) controller.
PCI Expansion slots One CIOv slot (PCIe 3.0 x8) and one CFFh slot (PCIe 3.0 x16). Two addtional PCIe 2.0 x8 standard form factor slots (slot 1 is full-height full-length, slot 2 is full-height half-length) with the optional PCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade II. One HS23 supports up to four PCIe expansion blades (8 slots). Up to four optional GPU expansion blades with either NVIDIA Tesla M2090, M2075, or M2070Q graphics processing units.
PortsOne internal USB port (for embedded hypervisor).
Hot-swap components Hard drives.
Systems management UEFI, IBM Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) with Renesas SH7757 controller, Predictive Failure Analysis, light path diagnostics, Automatic Server Restart, IBM Systems Director, and IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, IBM ServerGuide.
Security featuresPower-on password, administrator's password, Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2).
VideoMatrox G200eR2 video core with 16 MB video memory integrated into the IMM2. Maximum resolution is 1600x1200 at 75 Hz with 16 M colors (32 bits per pixel).
Operating systems supported Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2, and 2008 (x64), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (x64) and 6 (x86 and x64), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (for AMD64/EM64T) and 11 (for x86 and AMD64/EM64T), VMware ESX 4.1 and ESXi 4.1, and VMware vSphere 5, 5.1, and 5.5.
Limited warranty 3-year customer-replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty with 9x5/next business day response time.
Service and supportOptional service upgrades are available through IBM ServicePacs®: 4-hour or 2-hour response time, 8-hour fix time, 1-year or 2-year warranty extension, remote technical support for IBM hardware and selected IBM and third-party (Microsoft, Linux, VMware) software.
DimensionsHeight: 245 mm (9.7 in), width: 29 mm (1.14 in), depth: 446 mm (17.6 in).
WeightMaximum configuration (single-wide blade): 5.4 kg (12 lb).

The IBM BladeCenter HS23 servers are shipped with the following items:
  • Documentation CD
  • Registration Flyer
  • Statement of Limited Warranty
  • Important Notices
  • Technical Note Flyer

Standard models

Table 2 lists standard models.

Table 2. Standard models

Model*Intel Xeon processor**
(2 max)
Memory
(std / max)
RAID
controller
Drive bays
(used / max)
Disk
drives
Standard
Ethernet
I/O slots
(used / max)
7875-A1x1x Xeon E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80 W
1x 4 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb#0 / 2
7875-A2x1x Xeon E5-2609 4C 2.4GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80 W
4x 4 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb#0 / 2
7875-B1x1x Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
4x 4 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-B2x1x Xeon E5-2640 6C 2.5GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
4x 4 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-B3x1x Xeon E5-2630 6C 2.3GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
4x 4 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-C1x1x Xeon E5-2650 8C 2.0GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
4x 4 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-C2x1x Xeon E5-2660 8C 2.2GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
4x 4 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-C3x1x Xeon E5-2665 8C 2.4GHz
20MB 1600MHz 115W
4x 4 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-C4x1x Xeon E5-2670 8C 2.6GHz
20MB 1600MHz 115W
4x 4 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-C5x1x Xeon E5-2680 8C 2.7GHz
20MB 1600MHz 130W
4x 4 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-C6x1x Xeon E5-2650 8C 2.0GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
4x 8 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-C7x1x Xeon E5-2660 8C 2.2GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
4x 8 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-C8x1x Xeon E5-2680 8C 2.7GHz
20MB 1600MHz 130W
4x 8 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-D1x 1x Xeon E5-2650L 8C 1.8GHz
20MB 1600MHz 70W
4x 4 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-F1x1x Xeon E5-2648L 8C 1.8GHz
20MB 1600MHz 70W
4x 4GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-G1x†§1x Xeon E5-2630 6C 2.3GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
4x 4GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
4x 10Gb
1 / 2
7875-G2x†§1x Xeon E5-2670 8C 2.6GHz
20MB 1600MHz 115W
4x 4 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
4x 10Gb
1 / 2
7875-91x§‡2x Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
16x 8GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-92x§‡2x Xeon E5-2650 8C 2.0GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
16x 8GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-93x§‡2x Xeon E5-2650 8C 2.0GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
16x 8GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
* x in the Machine Type Model (MTM) represents a country-specific letter (for example, the EMEA MTM is 7875A1G, and the US MTM is 7875A1U). Ask your local IBM representative for specifics.
** Processor detail: Model, cores, core speed, L3 cache, memory speed, power.
# Supports 10Gb with the addition of the 10 Gb Interposer Card for IBM BladeCenter HS23, 94Y8550.
† These models ship standard with Emulex 10GbE VFA Advanced II for IBM BladeCenter HS23, 90Y9332.
§ These models ship standard with IBM Virtual Fabric Advanced Software Upgrade (LOM), 90Y9310.
‡ Models 91x and 92x ship standard with IBM USB Memory Key for VMWare ESXi 5.0, 41Y8300. Model 93x ships with IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.0 Update1, 41Y8307

Express models

Table 3 lists Express models.

Table 3. Express models

ModelIntel Xeon processor*
(2 max)
Memory
(std / max)
RAID
controller
Drive
bays**
Disk
drives
Standard
Ethernet
I/O slots**
United States, Latin America, Canada
7875-E1U2x Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
8x 4 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-E2U2x Xeon E5-2630 6C 2.3GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
8x 8 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-E3U2x Xeon E5-2670 8C 2.6GHz
20MB 1600MHz 115W
8x 8 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-E4U2x Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
4x 8 GB† /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-E5U2x Xeon E5-2640 6C 2.5GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
4x 8 GB† /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
7875-E6U2x Xeon E5-2650 8C 2.0GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
8x 8 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
Europe, Middle East, Africa
7875-K1G1x Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GB /
512 GB
Integrated
SAS/SATA
0 / 2 Optional2x 1Gb
2x 10Gb
0 / 2
* Processor detail: Model, cores, core speed, L3 cache, memory speed, power.
** Number used / Maximum number
† Models E4x and E5x have four DIMMs as standard which means that half of the eight memory channels are unused. To maximize memory performance, consider adding additional DIMMs to populate all channels.

Chassis support

The HS23 is supported in the various BladeCenter chassis listed in Table 4. The number of HS23 servers supported in each chassis depends on the thermal design power of the processors used in the servers. Table 4 uses the following conventions:

  • A green cell means that the chassis can be filled with HS23 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 HS23 blades that the chassis can hold is fewer than the total available blade bays (for example, 12 in a BladeCenter E). Other bays in the chassis must remain empty. Consult the BladeCenter Interoperability Guide for specific details: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/big

Notes:
  • The HS23 is not supported in the BladeCenter E with power supplies smaller than 2000 W.
  • The HS23 is not supported in the BladeCenter T.

Table 4. Chassis support
CPU
TDP*
Maximum number of HS23 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†
Intel Xeon processors
130W
None‡
None‡
6
None‡
14
None‡
14
14
5+5
5+5
115W
None‡
None‡
6
None‡
14
None‡
14
14
5+5
5+5
95W
None‡
None‡
6
None‡
14
None‡
14
14
12
12
80W
6+7
14
6
14
14
14
14
14
12
12
70W
None‡
None‡
6
None‡
14
None‡
14
14
12
12
60W
None‡
None‡
6
None‡
14
None‡
14
14
12
12
Intel Xeon robust thermal profile processors#
95W
5+7
14
6
14
14
14
14
14
12
12
70W
14
14
6
14
14
14
14
14
12
12
* Thermal Design Power.
§ Support shown is for non-NEBS environments.
** IBM BladeCenter H 2980W AC Power Modules, 68Y6601 (standard in 4Tx, optional with all other BC-H models).
† IBM BladeCenter H Enhanced Cooling Modules, 68Y6650 (standard in 4Tx, optional with all other BC-H models).
‡ Not supported.
# Intel Xeon E5-2648L (70 W) and E5-2658 (95 W) are robust thermal profile processors used in HS23.

Processor options

The HS23 supports the processor options listed in Table 5. The server supports one or two processors. Table 6 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 5. Processor options

Part
number
Intel Xeon processor descriptionModels
where used
81Y9292 Intel Xeon Processor E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz 10MB 1066MHz 80 WA1x
81Y9294Intel Xeon Processor E5-2609 4C 2.4GHz 10MB 1066MHz 80 WA2x
81Y9295Intel Xeon Processor E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz 15MB 1333MHz 95WB1x, 91x, E1U, E4U, K1G
94Y8572Intel Xeon Processor E5-2630 6C 2.3GHz 15MB 1333MHz 95WB3x, E2U, G1x
81Y9304Intel Xeon Processor E5-2630L 6C 2.0GHz 15MB 1333MHz 60W-
94Y8570Intel Xeon Processor E5-2637 2C 3.0GHz 5MB 1600MHz 80W-
94Y8571Intel Xeon Processor E5-2640 6C 2.5GHz 15MB 1333MHz 95WB2x, E5U
46C9206Intel Xeon Processor E5-2643 4C 3.3GHz 10MB 1600MHz 130W-
94Y8562*Intel Xeon Processor E5-2648L 8C 1.8GHz 20MB 1600MHz 70WF1x
81Y9298Intel Xeon Processor E5-2650 8C 2.0GHz 20MB 1600MHz 95WC1x, C6x, 92x, 93x, E6U
81Y9305Intel Xeon Processor E5-2650L 8C 1.8GHz 20MB 1600MHz 70WD1xy
94Y8565*Intel Xeon Processor E5-2658 8C 2.1GHz 20MB 1600MHz 95W-
81Y9299Intel Xeon Processor E5-2660 8C 2.2GHz 20MB 1600MHz 95WC2x, C7x
94Y8671Intel Xeon Processor E5-2665 8C 2.4GHz 20MB 1600MHz 115WC3x
81Y9302Intel Xeon Processor E5-2667 6C 2.9GHz 15MB 1600MHz 130W-
94Y8589Intel Xeon Processor E5-2670 8C 2.6GHz 20MB 1600MHz 115WC4x, E3U, G2x
81Y9300Intel Xeon Processor E5-2680 8C 2.7GHz 20MB 1600MHz 130WC5x, C8x
* Note: Intel Xeon robust thermal profile processors.

Memory options

IBM DDR3 memory is compatibility tested and tuned for optimal IBM System x® and BladeCenter 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 BladeCenter HS23 supports Very Low Profile (VLP) DDR3 memory RDIMMs. The server supports up to eight DIMMs when one processor is installed and up to 16 DIMMs when two processors are installed. Each processor has four memory channels, and there are two DIMMs per channel.

The following rules apply when selecting the memory configuration:

  • Mixing 1.5 V and 1.35 V DIMMs in the same server is supported. In such a case all DIMMs operate at 1.5 V.
  • The maximum number of ranks supported per channel is eight.
  • The maximum quantity of DIMMs that can be installed in the server depends on the number of CPUs, DIMM rank, and operating voltage, as shown in the "Max. qty supported" row in Table 6.
  • All DIMMs in all CPU memory channels operate at the same speed, which is determined as the lowest value of:
    • Memory speed supported by specific CPU
    • Lowest maximum operating speed for the selected memory configuration that depends on rated speed, as shown under the "Max. operating speed" section in Table 6.

Table 6. Maximum memory speeds
Specification
RDIMM
Rank
Single rank
Dual rank
Quad rank
Part numbers
46C0560 (2 GB)
46C0563 (4 GB)
00D4981 (8 GB)
90Y3147 (4 GB)
00D4989 (8 GB)
46C0564 (4 GB)
46C0568 (8 GB 2Rx4)
00D4985 (8 GB 2Rx8)
46C0599 (16 GB)
90Y3148 (4 GB)
90Y3149 (8 GB 2Rx4)
00D4993 (8 GB 2Rx8)
90Y3157 (16 GB)
46W0716 (16 GB)
00D5008 (32 GB)
Rated speed
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 MHz
Rated voltage
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.35 V
Operating voltage
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
Max. qty supported*
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
Largest DIMM
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
16 GB
16 GB
16 GB
16 GB
16 GB
32 GB
32 GB
Max. memory
capacity*
128 GB
128 GB
128 GB
256 GB
256 GB
256 GB
256 GB
256 GB
512 GB
512 GB
Max. memory
at rated speed*
128 GB
128 GB
128 GB
256 GB
256 GB
256 GB
256 GB
256 GB
N/A
N/A
Maximum operating speed
1 DIMM per channel
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
800 MHz
1066 MHz
2 DIMMs per channel
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
800 MHz
1066 MHz
* Maximum quantity supported is shown for two processors installed. When one processor is installed, the maximum quantity supported is half of what is shown.

The following memory protection technologies are supported:
  • ECC
  • Chipkill
  • Memory mirroring
  • Memory rank sparing

If memory mirroring is used, then DIMMs must be installed in pairs (minimum of one pair per CPU), and both DIMMs in a pair must be identical in type and size. The effective memory available to the system is only half of that installed.

If memory rank sparing is used, then two single-rank or dual-rank DIMMs must be installed per populated channel (the DIMMs do not need to be identical). In rank sparing mode, one rank of a DIMM in each populated channel is reserved as spare memory. The size of a rank varies depending on the DIMMs installed.

Chipkill, memory mirroring, and memory rank sparing modes are mutually exclusive. Only one operational memory mode can be enabled on a server, and it is a system-wide setting.

Table 7 lists memory options available for the HS23 server. DIMMs can be installed one at a time, but for performance reasons, install them in sets of four (one for each of the four memory channels).

Table 7. Memory options for the HS23
Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supportedModels where used
1333 MHz DIMMs
46C0560A0WX2GB (1x2GB, 1Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz VLP RDIMM16 (8 per processor)-
46C0563A0WY4GB (1x4GB, 1Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz VLP RDIMM16 (8 per processor)-
46C0564A0WZ4GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz VLP RDIMM16 (8 per processor)A1x, A2x, B1x, B2x, B3x, D1x, E1U, F1x, G1x
00D4981A3BT8GB (1x8GB, 1Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz VLP RDIMM16 (8 per processor)-
46C056886448GB (1x8GB, 2Rx4, 1.35V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz VLP RDIMM16 (8 per processor)91x, E2U, K1G
00D4985A3BU8GB (1x8GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz VLP RDIMM16 (8 per processor)E4U, E5U
46C0599242216GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz VLP RDIMM16 (8 per processor)-
00D5008A3KN32GB (1x32GB, 4Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz VLP RDIMM16 (8 per processor)-
1600 MHz DIMMs
90Y3147A1S04GB (1x4GB, 1Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600 MHz VLP RDIMM16 (8 per processor)-
90Y3148A1S14GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600 MHz VLP RDIMM16 (8 per processor)C1x, C2x, C3x, C4x, C5x, G2x
00D4989A3BV8GB (1x8GB, 1Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz VLP RDIMM16 (8 per processor)93x, C7x
90Y3149A1S28GB (1x8GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600 MHz VLP RDIMM16 (8 per processor)92x, E3U
00D4993A3BW8GB (1x8GB, 2Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz VLP RDIMM16 (8 per processor)C6x, C8x, E6U
90Y3157A3BS16GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz VLP RDIMM16 (8 per processor)-
46W0716A4G916GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz VLP RDIMM16 (8 per processor)-

Internal disk storage options

The HS23 server has two hot-swap drive bays accessible from the front of the blade server. These bays are connected to the integrated 4-port LSI SAS2004 6 Gbps SAS/SATA RAID-on-Chip (ROC) controller.

The integrated LSI SAS2004 ROC has the following features:

  • Four-port controller with 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe x4 Gen 2 host interface
  • Two SAS ports routed internally to the two hot-swap drive bays
  • Two ports can be routed externally to the chassis I/O bays 3 and 4 with SAS Connectivity Card (CIOv)
  • Supports RAID levels 0 (Integrated Striping), 1 (Integrated Mirroring), 10 (Integrated Mirroring and Striping), and 1E (Integrated Mirroring Enhanced)
  • Supports up to 14 drives (up to 12 integrated RAID drives and up to two hot-spare drives) for integrated RAID configurations
  • Supports up to 10 integrated RAID drives per integrated volume
  • Supports up to two integrated volumes
  • Supports volumes greater than 2 TB for RAID 0, 10, and 1E
  • Supports SAS and SATA HDDs and SSDs
  • Supports connectivity to the disk storage modules in the BladeCenter S chassis
  • Support connectivity to the tape drives and external storage systems

Table 8 lists the hard drive options that are available for internal storage.

Table 8. Disk drive options for internal disk storage
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
SAS HDDs
42D06775536IBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD2
90Y8926A2XBIBM 146GB 15K 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
81Y9670A283IBM 300GB 15K 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
00AJ300A4VBIBM 600GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" G2HS HDD2
81Y9650A282IBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" Slim-HS HDD2
SAS hybrid drives
00AD102A4G7IBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS Hybrid2
NL SAS HDDs
42D07075409IBM 500GB 7200 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD2
90Y8953A2XEIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD2
81Y9690A1P3IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD2
NL SATA HDDs
81Y9722A1NXIBM 250GB 7.2K 6Gbps SATA 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD2
81Y9726A1NZIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps SATA 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD2
81Y9730A1AVIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps SATA 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD2
SATA SSDs - Enterprise
00W1125A3HRIBM 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD2
43W7718A2FNIBM 200GB SATA 2.5" SFF Slim-HS SSD2
41Y8331A4FLS3700 200GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD2
41Y8336A4FNS3700 400GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD2
41Y8341A4FQS3700 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD2
SATA SSDs - Enterprise Value
00AJ355A56ZIBM 120GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD2
00AJ360A570IBM 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD2
00AJ365A571IBM 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD2
00AJ370A572IBM 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD2
00AJ000A4KMS3500 120GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD2
00AJ005A4KNS3500 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD2
00AJ010A4KPS3500 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD2
00AJ015A4KQS3500 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD2
49Y5839A3ASIBM 64GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD2
90Y8648A2U4IBM 128GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD2
90Y8643A2U3IBM 256GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD2
49Y5844A3AUIBM 512GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD2
SAS 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
49Y6195A4GHIBM 1.6TB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD2

Internal tape drives

The server does not support an internal tape drive. However, it can be attached to external tape drives using SAS or Fibre Channel connectivity (Table 26).

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 HS23 server offers the following PCI Express 3.0 slots:

  • CIOv expansion slot: PCIe 3.0 x8
  • CFFh expansion slot: PCIe 3.0 x16

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. 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.

The following table shows the connections between adapters installed in the HS23 blade server to the switch bays in the chassis.

Table 9. Adapter to I/O bay correspondence
I/O adapter slot
in the HS23
Port on the adapter
Corresponding I/O module bay in the chassis
BladeCenter EBladeCenter H, HTBladeCenter S
Integrated 1 GbEPort 1I/O bay 1I/O bay 1I/O bay 1
Port 2I/O bay 2I/O bay 2I/O bay 1
Integrated 10 GbEPort 1Not supportedI/O bay 7†I/O bay 2*
Port 2Not supportedI/O bay 9†I/O bay 2*
CIOv slotPort 1I/O bay 3I/O bay 3I/O bay 3
Port 2I/O bay 4I/O bay 4I/O bay 4
CFFh slotPort 1Not supportedI/O bay 7I/O bay 2
Port 2Not supportedI/O bay 9I/O bay 2
Port 3Not supportedI/O bay 8Not supported
Port 4Not supportedI/O bay 10Not supported
† Requires the 10Gb LOM Interposer Card or Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II for HS23 be installed in HS23.
* Requires the 10Gb LOM Interposer Card be installed in HS23. Both 10 GbE ports are routed to the I/O bay 2 of the BladeCenter S chassis and operate at 1 Gbps speed.

The HS23 optionally supports the PCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade II listed in Table 10.

The expansion blade provides the capability to attach selected PCI Express cards to the HS23. 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 x16 (x8-wired) Gen 2 slot and one full-height and half-length PCI Express x16 (x8-wired) Gen 2 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 HS23. Each expansion blade occupies a bay in the BladeCenter chassis.

Table 10. PCIe expansion blades
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
68Y7484A247IBM BladeCenter PCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade II4

The HS23 server optionally supports GPU Expansion Blade expansion units listed in Table 11. This capability is ideal for many applications written to take advantage of acceleration and visualization performance advantages that are offered in general-purpose computing on GPUs. This product ships integrated with one NVIDIA Tesla M2090, one NVIDIA Tesla M2075, or one NVIDIA Tesla M2070Q GPU. The stacking capability of the IBM BladeCenter GPU Expansion Blade II allows you to connect up to four of them to a single blade server. In addition, you can still use a CFFh I/O expansion card adapter by installing it in the top-most expansion blade. Each expansion blade occupies a bay in the BladeCenter chassis.

Table 11. GPU expansion blades
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
00D6881A2VWIBM BladeCenter GPU Expansion Blade II with NVIDIA Tesla M20904
68Y7478A245IBM BladeCenter GPU Expansion Blade II with NVIDIA Tesla M20754
68Y7479A246IBM BladeCenter GPU Expansion Blade II with NVIDIA Tesla M2070Q4

For more information, see the following IBM Redbooks Product Guides:

Network adapters

The HS23 offers two integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports and two integrated 10 Gb Ethernet ports with the integrated Emulex BladeEngine 3 (BE3) controller. Two Gigabit Ethernet ports are routed to the chassis I/O bays 1 and 2 (BladeCenter E, H or HT), and two 10 Gb Ethernet ports are routed to the chassis I/O bays 7 and 9 using either 10Gb LOM Interposer Card or Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter II for HS23 (BladeCenter H or HT). With BladeCenter S, both GbE ports are routed to the chassis I/O bay 1, and both 10 GbE ports are routed to the chassis I/O bay 2 using the 10Gb LOM Interposer Card (if installed).

The integrated BE3 4-port NIC has the following features:

  • Two Gigabit Ethernet ports and two 10 Gb Ethernet ports (1 Gb and 10 Gb auto-negotiation).
  • Full-duplex (FDX) capability.
  • 10 Gb ports operate in either a virtual NIC (vNIC) or physical NIC (pNIC) mode:
    • vNIC mode: Up to six vNICs (up to three vNICs per one 10 Gb port)
      • Virtual Fabric mode or Switch Independent operational mode.
      • Virtual port bandwidth allocation in 100 Mbps increments.
      • Up to two vNICs can be configured as an iSCSI or FCoE vNICs (one per port) with optional Advanced Upgrade (90Y9310).
    • pNIC mode: dual-port 1/10 Gb Ethernet adapter
  • IPv4/IPv6 offload:
    • TCP, UDP checksum offload
    • Large send offload (LSO)
    • Large receive offload (LRO)
    • Receive side scaling (RSS)
  • IPv4 TCP Chimney Offload.
  • IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging.
  • VLAN insertion and extraction.
  • Jumbo frames up to 9000 bytes.
  • Load balancing and failover teaming support, including adapter fault tolerance (AFT), switch fault tolerance (SFT), adaptive load balancing (ALB), and IEEE 802.3ad.
  • Enhanced Ethernet (draft) support:
    • Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS) (P802.1Qaz)
    • Priority-based Flow Control (PFC) (P802.1Qbb)
    • Data Center Bridging eXchange Protocol (DCBX) (P802.1Qaz)
  • Supports Serial over LAN (SoL) and concurrent KVM (cKVM).
  • Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) support .
  • Wake On LAN support.
  • PCIe x8 Gen 2 host interface.
  • SR-IOV support.
  • Message Signal Interrupt (MSI-X) support.

Table 12 lists the 10Gb LOM Interposer Card.

Table 12. 10Gb LOM Interposer Card
Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supportedModels where used
94Y8550A24410Gb LOM Interposer Card1All except A1x, A2x

Note: While the 10Gb LOM Interposer card does not consume a CFFh slot, you have to remove it if you plan to install a CFFh expansion card.

Table 13 lists additional supported network adapters and upgrades.

Table 13. Network adapters
Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionSlots
supported
Maximum
supported
Virtual Fabric Adapters and Upgrades
81Y3133A1QRBroadcom 2-port 10Gb Virtual Fabric AdapterCFFh1
94Y8550A24410Gb LOM Interposer Card-1
90Y9310A2TDIBM Virtual Fabric Advanced Software Upgrade (LOM)(License only)1
81Y3120A287Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II for HS23CFFh†1
90Y9350A2ZPVirtual Fabric Advanced FOD Upgrade(License only)1
90Y9332A2ZNEmulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter Advanced II for HS23CFFh†1
Converged Network Adapters
81Y16505437Brocade 2 port 10GbE Converged Network Adapter (CFFh)CFFh1
00Y3332A4ACQLogic 10Gb Virtual Fabric AdapterCFFh1
00Y5618A4ADQLogic 10Gb Virtual Fabric CNACFFh1
00Y5622A4AEQLogic 10Gb VF Adv. FoD Upgrade(License only)1
00Y3280A3JBQLogic 2-port 10Gb CNA (CFFh)CFFh1
42C1830*3592QLogic 2-pt 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh)CFFh1
10 Gb Ethernet
46M61680099Broadcom 10Gb Gen2 2-port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) CFFh1
46M61640098Broadcom 10Gb Gen2 4-port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh)CFFh1
42C18103593Intel 10Gb 2-port Ethernet Expansion Card CFFhCFFh1
90Y3570A1NWMellanox 2-port 10Gb Enet Expansion Card (CFFh)CFFh1
1 Gb Ethernet
44W447954762/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh)CFFh1
44W44755477Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv)CIOv1
InfiniBand
46M600100562-port 40Gb InfiniBand Expansion Card (CFFh)CFFh1
† With Emulex Virtual Fabrics Adapters II for HS23 installed in a blade server, two 10 Gb Ethernet ports on the adapter itself are routed to the chassis I/O bays 8 and 10 (unlike other CFFh cards), and two 10 Gb Ethernet ports integrated on a blade itself are routed to the chassis I/O bays 7 and 9.
* Withdrawn, not available for ordering, replaced by 00Y3280.

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

Table 14 lists storage HBAs supported by the HS23 server.

Table 14. Storage adapters

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionSlots
supported
Maximum
supported
Fibre Channel
46M61403598Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv)CIOv1
00Y3270A3JCQLogic Enet and 8Gb FC Exp Card (CFFh)CFFh1
44X1940*5485QLogic Eth and 8Gb Fibre Channel Exp Card (CFFh)CFFh1
44X19451462QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv)CIOv1
46M60653594QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv)CIOv1
SAS
43W40681593SAS Connectivity Card (CIOv)CIOv1
* Withdrawn, not available for ordering, replaced by 00Y3270.

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 HS23 server supports the High IOPS SSD adapters listed in Table 15. The adapters must be installed in an IBM BladeCenter PCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade II. Up to eight High IOPS adapters supported per one HS23 (two per PCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade II and up to four PCI Expansion Blades per HS23).

Table 15. SSD adapters

Part numberFeature codeDescriptionSlots
supported
Maximum supported
(per exp. blade / per HS23)
46M08780097IBM 320GB High IOPS SD Class SSD PCIe AdapterPCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade II (68Y7484)2 / 8
46C9078A3J3IBM 365GB High IOPS MLC Mono AdapterPCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade II (68Y7484)2 / 8
46C9081A3J4IBM 785GB High IOPS MLC Mono AdapterPCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade II (68Y7484)2 / 8
90Y4377A3DYIBM 1.2TB High IOPS MLC Mono AdapterPCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade II (68Y7484)2 / 8
90Y4397A3DZIBM 2.4TB High IOPS MLC Duo AdapterPCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade II (68Y7484)2 / 8
90Y4361A3MZIBM 300GB High IOPS MLC Modular AdapterPCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade II (68Y7484)2 / 8
90Y4365A3N0IBM 600GB High IOPS MLC Modular AdapterPCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade II (68Y7484)2 / 8
90Y4369A3N1IBM 800GB High IOPS MLC Modular AdapterPCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade II (68Y7484)2 / 8
90Y4373A3N2IBM 300GB High IOPS SLC Modular AdapterPCI Express Gen 2 Expansion Blade II (68Y7484)2 / 8

For information about these adapters, see IBM Redbooks Product Guides:

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. Table 16 lists the virtualization options.

Table 16. Virtualization options

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
41Y8298A2G0IBM Blank USB Memory Key for VMWare ESXi Downloads1
41Y8300A2VCIBM USB Memory Key for VMWare ESXi 5.01
41Y8307A383IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.0 Update11
41Y8311A2R3IBM USB Memory Key for VMWare ESXi 5.11
41Y8382A4WZIBM USB Memory Key for VMWare ESXi 5.1 Update 11
41Y8385A584IBM USB Memory Key for VMWare ESXi 5.51

Remote management

The server contains an IBM Integrated Management Module II (IMM2), which is based on the Renesas SH7757 chip, and interfaces with the advanced management module in the BladeCenter chassis. The combination of these 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, the error is recorded in the event log, and you are alerted to the problem. A virtual presence capability comes standard for remote server management through the Advanced Management Module (AMM) in the BladeCenter chassis.

Remote server management is provided through industry-standard interfaces:

  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Version 3
  • Systems Management Architecture for Server Hardware (SMASH)
  • 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 with up to 23 bits per pixel, 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 image files as virtual drives that are available for use by the server
  • Capturing blue-screen errors

Supported operating systems

The server supports the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Oracle Solaris 10 Operating System
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • 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
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for x86
  • VMware vSphere 5.5
  • VMware vSphere 5.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0
  • VMware ESX 4.1
  • VMware ESXi 4.1

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/ematrix.shtml

Physical specifications

Dimensions and weight (approximate, for single-wide blade):

  • Height: 245 mm (9.7 in)
  • Depth: 446 mm (17.6 in)
  • Width: 29 mm (1.14 in)
  • Maximum weight: 5.4 kg (12 lb)

Shipping dimensions and weight (approximate, for single-wide blade):
  • Height: 330 mm (13.0 in)
  • Depth: 600 mm (23.5 in)
  • Width: 165 mm (6.5 in)
  • Weight: 4.2 kg (9.4 lb)

Supported environment:
  • Air temperature
    • Server on:
      • 10 to 35 °C (50 to 95 °F); altitude: 0 to 914 m (0 to 3,000 ft)
      • 10 to 32 °C (50 to 89.6 °F); altitude: 914 to 2133 m (3,000 to 7,000 ft)
    • Server off: 10 to 43 °C (50 to 109.4 °F)
    • Shipment: -40 to +60 °C (-40 to 140 °F)
  • Humidity
    • Server on: 8 to 80%
    • Server off: 8 to 80%

Warranty options

The BladeCenter HS23 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.

Table 17 explains warranty service definitions in more detail.

Table 17. 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, these are the types of IBM ServicePacs:
  • Warranty and maintenance service upgrades
    • One, two, three, four, or five years of 9x5 or 24x7 service coverage
    • On-site repair from the 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 9-5 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 Director

Regulatory compliance

The server conforms to the following 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. 60950-1-03
  • Japan VCCI, Class A
  • Australia/New Zealand AS/NZS CISPR 22:2006, Class A
  • IEC 60950-1(CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • Taiwan BSMI CNS13438, Class A
  • 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 51317.3.3-99
  • 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

External disk storage expansion

The HS23 does not support external storage expansion units. It can be used with the BladeCenter S integrated storage or external storage systems listed in the "External disk storage systems" section.

The BladeCenter S integrated storage is supported by the integrated LSI SAS2004 ROC controller together with the SAS connectivity card installed in the CIOv slot of the HS23. Table 18 lists the connectivity card.

Table 18. SAS connectivity card for external storage expansion enclosures

Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity
supported
43W4068SAS Connectivity Card (CIOv)1

For more information about the BladeCenter S integrated storage, see the IBM BladeCenter S product guide:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0977.html

External disk storage systems

Table 19 lists the external storage systems that are supported by HS23 and that can be ordered through the System x sales channel. The HS23 blade may support other IBM disk systems that are not listed in this table. For further information, refer to the IBM System Storage® Interoperation Center:
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
2072L2CIBM Storwize® V3700 LFF Dual Control Enclosure
2072S2CIBM Storwize V3700 SFF Dual Control Enclosure

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 Table 20. The HS23 blade may support other IBM tape backup systems that are not listed in this table. For further information, refer to the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center: http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic

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
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
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. Refer to IBM System Storage Interoperability Center for further information.
† 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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