IBM System x3550 M4

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Abstract

The IBM® System x3550 M4 server provides outstanding performance for your mission-critical applications. Its energy-efficient design supports more cores, memory, and data capacity in a compact 1U package that is easy to service and manage. With more computing power per watt and the latest Intel Xeon processors, you can reduce costs while maintaining speed and availability.

Changes in the September 28 update:
* Updated HDD/SSD drive table

Contents


Table of contents

Introduction

The IBM® System x3550 M4 server provides outstanding performance for your business-critical applications. Its energy-efficient design supports more cores, memory, and data capacity in a compact 1U package that is easy to service and manage. With more computing power per watt and the latest Intel Xeon processors, you can reduce costs while maintaining speed and availability.

Suggested use: database, virtualization, enterprise applications, collaboration/email, streaming media, web, HPC, and cloud applications.

Figure 1 shows the IBM System x3550 M4.

The IBM System x3550 M4
Figure 1. The IBM System x3550 M4

Did you know?

The x3550 M4 offers a flexible, scalable design and a simple upgrade path to eight HDDs plus an optical drive at the same time, and up to 768 GB of memory. The flexible onboard Ethernet solution provides four standard integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports and two optional embedded 10 Gb Ethernet ports without occupying PCIe slots. Comprehensive systems management tools with the next-generation Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) make it easy to deploy, integrate, service, and manage.

Key features

The x3550 M4 is a cost- and density-balanced 1U, 2-socket business-critical server, offering improved performance and pay-as-you grow flexibility along with new features that improve server management capability. The powerful system is designed for your most important business applications and cloud deployments.

Combining balanced performance and flexibility, the x3550 M4 is a great choice for small and medium businesses and up to the large enterprise. It can provide outstanding uptime to keep business-critical applications and cloud deployments running safely. Ease-of-use and comprehensive systems management tools make it easy to deploy. Outstanding RAS and high-efficiency design improves your business environment and helps save operational costs.

Scalability and performance

The x3550 M4 offers numerous features to boost performance, improve scalability, and reduce costs:

  • Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family
    • Improves productivity by offering superior system performance with up to 12-core processors, up to 30 MB of L3 cache, and up to two 8 GT/s QPI interconnect links.
    • Supports up to two processors, 24 cores, and 48 threads maximize the concurrent execution of multi-threaded applications.
    • Supports up to 1866 MHz memory speeds.
    • Supports up to 768 GB memory with 32 GB LRDIMMs.
  • Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family
    • Improves productivity by offering superior system performance with up to 8-core processors, up to 20 MB of L3 cache, and up to two 8 GT/s QPI interconnect links.
    • Supports up to two processors, 16 cores, and 32 threads maximize the concurrent execution of multi-threaded applications.
    • Supports up to 1600 MHz memory speeds.
    • Supports up to 768 GB memory with 32 GB LRDIMMs.
  • 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 multithreaded applications by enabling simultaneous multithreading 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 (AVX) significantly improve floating point performance for compute-intensive technical and scientific applications compared to Intel Xeon 5600 series processors.
  • 12 Gbps SAS internal storage connectivity doubles the data transfer rate compared to 6 Gb SAS solutions to maximize performance of storage I/O-intensive applications.
  • 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 server has four integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports and two optional 10 Gb Ethernet ports with mezzanine cards that do not consume a PCIe slot.
  • The server offers PCI Express (PCIe) 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.
  • Support for NVIDIA Quadro graphics processing units (GPUs) to maximize computing power.

Availability and serviceability

The x3550 M4 provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:
  • The server offers 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 RAID redundancy for data protection and greater system uptime.
  • The server has two redundant hot-swap power supplies and six dual-motor hot-swap redundant fans (two fan zones with N+1 fan design) to provide availability for business-critical applications.
  • 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.
  • Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) detects when system components (processors, VRMs, memory, hard disk drives, fans, and power supplies) operate outside of standard thresholds and generates proactive alerts in advance of possible failure, therefore increasing uptime.
  • Solid-state drivers (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 recovery actions in case of failure, 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 available.

Manageability and security

Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the x3550 M4:
  • The server includes an Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) to monitor server availability and perform remote management.
  • An integrated industry-standard Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) enables improved setup, configuration, and updates, and simplifies error handling.
  • An integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 support enables advanced cryptographic functionality such as digital signatures and remote attestation.
  • There is industry-standard AES NI support for faster, stronger encryption.
  • IBM Systems Director offers comprehensive systems management tools that help to increase uptime, reduce costs and improve productivity through advanced server management capabilities.
  • Intel Execute Disable Bit functionality can help prevent certain classes of malicious buffer overflow attacks when combined with a supporting operating system.
  • 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 x3550 M4 offers the following energy-efficiency features to save energy, reduce operational costs, increase energy availability, and contribute to a green environment:
  • Energy-efficient planar components help lower operational costs.
  • The x3550 M4 is Energy Star 2.0 compliant. Energy Star is the trusted, US government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, with the goal of helping customers save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. For the Power and Performance Data Sheet, see http://ibm.com/systems/x/hardware/energy-star
  • High-efficiency 550 W and 750 W power supplies with 80 PLUS Platinum certification. Available 750 W dc power supply option.
  • The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 and E5-2600 v2 product families offer 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 the demands of power and thermally constrained data centers and telecommunication environments.
  • Low-voltage 1.35 V DDR3 memory RDIMMs consume 15% less energy compared to 1.5 V DDR3 RDIMMs.
  • Solid-state drives (SSDs) consume as much as 80% less power than traditional spinning 2.5-inch HDDs.
  • The server uses hexagonal ventilation holes, a part of IBM Calibrated Vectored Cooling™ technology. Hexagonal holes can be grouped more densely than round holes, providing more efficient airflow through the system.
  • IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™ provides advanced data center power notification and management to help achieve lower heat output and reduced cooling needs.

Locations of key components and connectors

Figure 2 shows the front of the server.

Front view of the IBM System x3550 M4
Figure 2. Front view of the IBM System x3550 M4

Figure 3 shows the rear of the server.

Rear view of the IBM System x3550 M4
Figure 3. Rear view of the IBM System x3550 M4

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

Inside view of the IBM System x3550 M4
Figure 4. Inside view of the IBM System x3550 M4

Standard specifications

The following table lists the standard specifications.

Table 1. Standard specifications

ComponentsSpecification
Form factor1U Rack.
ProcessorE5-2600 v2: Up to two Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family CPUs with 12 cores (up to 2.7 GHz) or ten cores (up to 3.0 GHz) or eight cores (up to 3.3 GHz) or six cores (up to 3.5 GHz) or four cores (up to 3.5 GHz). Two QPI links up to 8.0 GT/s each. Up to 1866 MHz memory speed. Up to 30 MB L3 cache.
E5-2600: Up to two Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family CPUs with eight cores (up to 2.9 GHz) or six cores (up to 2.9 GHz) or quad-cores (up to 3.3 GHz). Two QPI links up to 8.0 GT/s each. Up to 1600 MHz memory speed. Up to 20 MB L3 cache.
ChipsetIntel C604
MemoryUp to 24 DIMM sockets (12 DIMMs per processor).
E5-2600 v2: RDIMMs and LRDIMMs (Load Reduced DIMMs) are supported but memory types cannot be intermixed. Memory speed up to 1866 MHz.
E5-2600: RDIMMs, UDIMMs and LR-DIMMs (Load Reduced DIMMs) are supported but memory types cannot be intermixed. Memory DIMM speeds up to 1600 MHz.
Memory maximumsE5-2600 v2:
  • With RDIMMs: Up to 384 GB with 24x 16 GB RDIMMs and two processors
  • With LRDIMMs: Up to 768 GB with 24x 32 GB LRDIMMs and two processors
E5-2600:
  • With RDIMMs: Up to 384 GB with 24x 16 GB RDIMMs and two processors
  • With UDIMMs: Up to 64 GB with 16x 4 GB UDIMMs and two processors
  • With LRDIMMs: Up to 768 GB with 24x 32 GB LRDIMMs and two processors
Memory protectionECC, Chipkill (for x4-based memory DIMMs), memory mirroring, and memory rank sparing.
Disk drive baysUp to eight 2.5" hot-swap SAS/SATA HDDs, or up to three 3.5" hot-swap SAS/SATA HDDs, or up to three 3.5" Simple Swap SATA HDDs.
Maximum internal storage Up to 7.2 TB with 900 GB 2.5" SAS HDDs (E5-2600 v2), or up to 9.6 TB with 1.2 TB 2.5" SAS HDDs (E5-2600), or up to 8 TB with 1 TB 2.5" NL SAS/SATA HDDs, or up to 12.8 TB with 1.6 TB 2.5" SAS SSDs, or up to 12 TB with 4 TB 3.5" NL SAS/SATA HDDs. Intermix of SAS/SATA is supported.
RAID support6 Gb SAS/SATA: RAID 0, 1, 10 with H1110, M1115 or M5110. Optional upgrades to RAID 5, 50 available for M1115. Optional upgrades to RAID 5, 50 are available for M5110 (zero-cache; 512 MB battery-backed cache; 512 MB or 1 GB flash-backed cache). Optional upgrade to RAID 6, 60 are available for M5110 with 512 MB or 1 GB cache upgrades.
12 Gb SAS/SATA: RAID 0, 1, 10 with optional M5210. Optional upgrades to RAID 5, 50 are available for M5210 (zero-cache; 1 GB non-backed cache; 1 GB or 2 GB flash-backed cache). Optional upgrade to RAID 6, 60 are available for M5210 with 1 GB or 2 GB cache upgrades.
Optical drive baysOne, optional, for models with 2.5" drives. Support for DVD-ROM or Multiburner.
Tape drive baysNone.
Network interfacesFour integrated Gigabit Ethernet 1000BASE-T ports (RJ-45); two integrated 10 Gb Ethernet ports (10GBASE-T RJ-45 or 10GBASE-SR SFP+ based) on optional 10 Gb Ethernet mezzanine card (does not consume a PCIe slot).
PCI Expansion slotsTwo slots, depending on the riser cards installed. The slots are as follows (all PCIe slots are PCIe 3.0, all PCI-X slots are 64 bit/133 MHz):
  • Slot 1: PCIe x16; low profile, half-length
  • Slot 2: PCIe x8, opt. PCI-X or PCIe x16; full-height/half-length (PCIe x16 req. 2nd CPU)
Additional dedicated slot for ServeRAID adapter.
PortsTwo USB 2.0 (three USB 2.0 for 3.5" HDD models) and one DB-15 video on front. Four USB 2.0, one DB-15 video, one DB-9 serial, one RJ-45 systems management, four RJ-45 GbE network ports, two optional RJ-45 or SFP+ 10 GbE network ports on rear. One internal USB ports (for embedded hypervisor).
CoolingIBM Calibrated Vectored Cooling™ with up to six N+1 redundant hot-swap fans (four standard, additional two with second processor or with the x3550 M4 Thermal Solution Kit); two fan zones with N+1 fan design; each fan has two motors.
Power supplyUp to two redundant hot-swap 550 W AC or 750 W AC power supplies (80+ Platinum certification), or 750 W DC power supply options.
Hot-swap partsHard drives, power supplies, fans.
Systems management UEFI, IBM Integrated Management Module 2 (IMM2), Predictive Failure Analysis, Light Path Diagnostics, Automatic Server Restart, IBM Systems Director and IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™, IBM ServerGuide. Optional IBM Advanced Management Module Advanced Upgrade (FoD) for remote presence (graphics, keyboard and mouse, virtual media).
Security featuresPower-on password, administrator's password, Trusted Platform Module (TPM).
VideoMatrox G200eR2 with 16 MB memory integrated into the IMM2. Maximum resolution is 1600x1200 at 75 Hz with 16 M colors.
Operating systems supported Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2 and 2008, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11, VMware ESX 4.1 and VMware ESXi 4.1 embedded hypervisor (E5-2600 only), VMware vSphere (ESXi) 5.0 and 5.1.
Limited warranty Three-year customer-replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty with 9x5/NBD.
Service and supportOptional service upgrades are available through IBM ServicePacs®: 4-hour or 2-hour response time, 8 hours fix time, one-year or two-year warranty extension, remote technical support for IBM hardware and selected IBM and third-party (Microsoft, Linux, VMware) software.
DimensionsHeight: 43 mm (1.7 in), width: 429 mm (16.9 in), depth: 734 mm (28.9 in)
WeightMinimum configuration: 12.7 kg (28 lb), maximum: 15.9 kg (35.1 lb)

The x3550 M4 servers are shipped with the following items:
  • Statement of Limited Warranty
  • Important Notices
  • Rack Installation Instructions
  • Documentation CD containing Installation and User's Guide
  • IBM Systems Director Flyer
  • IBM System x Gen-III Slides Kit
  • IBM System x Gen-III Cable Management Arm (CMA)
  • 2.8 m C13-C14 power cord (one for models with one power supply and two for models with two power supplies)

Standard models

The following table lists the standard models.

Table 2. Standard models (Part 1: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family)

MTM*Intel Xeon processors†
(two maximum)
MemoryRAIDDrive
bays
(std / max)
DrivesGbEI/O
slots
(std / max)
OpticalPower
supply
(std / max)
Models announced September 2013
7914-23x1x E5-2637 v2 4C 3.5GHz
15MB 1866MHz 130W
1x 8GB
1866MHz
M51104x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open
bay
42 / 2Optional1x 750W
HS / 2
7914-33x1x E5-2643 v2 6C 3.5GHz
25MB 1866MHz 130W
1x 8GB
1866MHz
M51104x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open
bay
42 / 2Optional1x 750W
HS / 2
7914-43x1x E5-2667 v2 8C 3.3GHz
25MB 1866MHz 130W
1x 8GB
1866MHz
M51104x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open
bay
42 / 2Optional1x 750W
HS / 2
7914-53x1x E5-2650L v2 10C 1.7GHz
25MB 1600MHz 70W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M5110
1GB Flash
4x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open
bay
42 / 2Optional1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-73x1x E5-2695 v2 12C 2.4GHz
30MB 1866MHz 115W
1x 8GB
1866MHz
M5110
1GB Flash
4x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open
bay
42 / 2Optional1x 750W
HS / 2
7914-83x1x E5-2697 v2 12C 2.7GHz
30MB 1866MHz 130W
1x 8GB
1866MHz
M5110
1GB Flash
4x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open
bay
42 / 2Optional1x 750W
HS / 2
7914-A3x1x E5-2603 v2 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 4GB
1600MHz§
H11104x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open
bay
42 / 2Optional1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-B3x1x E5-2609 v2 4C 2.5GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 4GB
1600MHz§
M11154x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open
bay
42 / 2Optional1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-C3x1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M11154x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open
bay
42 / 2Optional1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-C5x1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
H11103x 3.5"
HS / 3
Open
bay
42 / 2None1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-D3x1x E5-2630 v2 6C 2.6GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M5110
512MB Flash
4x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open
bay
42 / 2Optional1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-F3x1x E5-2640 v2 8C 2.0GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M5110
512MB Flash
4x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open
bay
42 / 2Optional1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-G3x1x E5-2650 v2 8C 2.6GHz
20MB 1866MHz 95W
1x 8GB
1866MHz
M5110
1GB Flash
4x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open
bay
42 / 2Optional1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-H3x1x E5-2660 v2 10C 2.2GHz
25MB 1866MHz 95W
1x 8GB
1866MHz
M5110
1GB Flash
4x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open
bay
42 / 2Optional1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-J3x1x E5-2670 v2 10C 2.5GHz
25MB 1866MHz 115W
1x 8GB
1866MHz
M5110
1GB Flash
4x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open
bay
42 / 2Optional1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-L3x1x E5-2680 v2 10C 2.8GHz
25MB 1866MHz 115W
1x 8GB
1866MHz
M5110
1GB Flash
4x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open
bay
42 / 2Optional1x 750W
HS / 2
7914-M3x1x E5-2690 v2 10C 3.0GHz
25MB 1866MHz 130W
1x 8GB
1866MHz
M51104x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open
bay
42 / 2Optional1x 750W
HS / 2
* x in the Machine Type Model (MTM) represents a country-specific letter (for example, the EMEA MTM is 7914-A3G, and the US MTM is 7914-A3U). Ask an IBM representative for specifics.
† Processor detail: Processor quantity and model, cores, core speed, L3 cache, memory speed, TDP.
§ For models A3x and B3x, the standard DIMM is rated at 1600 MHz, but operates at up to 1333 MHz to match the processor memory speed. Actual memory speed maximums depend on several factors, as described in "Memory options".

Table 2. Standard models (Part 2: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family)
ModelIntel Xeon Processors†
(2 maximum)
MemoryRAIDDisk
bays
DisksGbEOpticalPower
Models announced August 2012
7914-32x1x E5-2643 4C 3.3GHz
10MB 1600MHz 130W
1x 4 GBM51104x 2.5" HS/8Open4Open1x 750W
7914-DDx*2x E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
8x 4 GBM5110 512MB
with Battery
4x 2.5" HS/82x 600 GB
SAS
6*Multi-
burner
2x 550W
7914-M2x1x E5-2690 8C 2.9GHz
20MB 1600MHz 135W
1x 4 GBM51104x 2.5" HS/8Open4Open1x 750W
Models announced March 2012
7914-A2x1x E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBH11104x 2.5" HS/8Open4Open1x 550W
7914-B2x1x E5-2609 4C 2.4GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM11154x 2.5" HS/8Open4Open1x 550W
7914-C2x1x E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM11154x 2.5" HS/8Open4Open1x 550W
7914-C4x1x E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBH11103x 3.5" HS/6Open4None1x 550W
7914-D2x1x E5-2630 6C 2.3GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB+Flash
4x 2.5" HS/8Open4Open1x 550W
7914-F2x1x E5-2640 6C 2.5GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB+Flash
4x 2.5" HS/8Open4Open1x 550W
7914-G2x1x E5-2650 8C 2.0GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
1GB+Flash
4x 2.5" HS/8Open4Open1x 550W
7914-52x1x E5-2650L 8C 1.8GHz
20MB 1600MHz 70W
1x 8 GBM5110
1GB+Flash
4x 2.5" HS/8Open4Open1x 550W
7914-H2x1x E5-2660 8C 2.2GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
1GB+Flash
4x 2.5" HS/8Open4Open1x 550W
7914-62x1x E5-2665 8C 2.4GHz
20MB 1600MHz 115W
1x 8 GBM5110
1GB+Flash
4x 2.5" HS/8Open4Open1x 550W
7914-J2x1x E5-2670 8C 2.6GHz
20MB 1600MHz 115W
1x 8 GBM5110
1GB+Flash
4x 2.5" HS/8Open4Open1x 550W
7914-L2x1x E5-2680 8C 2.7GHz
20MB 1600MHz 130W
1x 8 GBM5110
1GB+Flash
4x 2.5" HS/8Open4Open1x 750W
† Processor detail: Processor quantity and model, core speed, number of cores, L3 cache, memory speed.
* Model DDx is a management server for offerings such as cloud. See below

Refer to the Specifications section for information about standard features of the server.

Management node

Model 7914-DDx is a model optimized as a management node and is preloaded with Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and IBM Systems Director.

The model also includes these components as standard:
  • Intel Ethernet Dual Port Server Adapter I340-T2 (49Y4230)
  • IBM Integrated Management Module Advanced Upgrade (90Y3901)
  • Two PCIe x16 slots

Express models

The following table lists the express models.

Table 3. Express models (Part 1: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family)

MTM**Intel Xeon processors†
(two maximum)
MemoryRAIDDrive
bays
(std / max)
DrivesGbEI/O
slots
(std / max)
OpticalPower
supply
(std / max)
United States, Canada, Latin America
7914-EGU1x E5-2609 v2 4C 2.5GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz§
M11154x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open bay42 / 2Multi-
burner
1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-EHU1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M51104x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open bay42 / 2Multi-
burner
1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-EJU1x E5-2640 v2 8C 2.0GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M51104x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open bay42 / 2Multi-
burner
1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-EKU1x E5-2660 v2 10C 2.2GHz
25MB 1866MHz 95W
1x 16GB
1866MHz
M51104x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open bay42 / 2Multi-
burner
2x 550W
HS / 2
Latin America (Brazil only)
7914-EPU1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M11154x 2.5"
HS / 8
2x 300GB 10K42 / 2Multi-
burner
2x 550W
HS / 2
7914-EQU1x E5-2640 v2 8C 2.0GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
2x 8GB
1600MHz
M11154x 2.5"
HS / 8
2x 300GB 10K42 / 2Multi-
burner
2x 550W
HS / 2
Asia Pacific (China only)
7914-ELC1x E5-2603 v2 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz§
M11154x 2.5"
HS / 8
2x 300GB 10K42 / 2Optional1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-EOC1x E5-2603 v2 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz§
M51104x 2.5"
HS / 8
2x 300GB 10K42 / 2Optional1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-ESC1x E5-2609 v2 4C 2.5GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz§
M11154x 2.5"
HS / 8
2x 300GB 10K42 / 2Optional1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-ETC1x E5-2609 v2 4C 2.5GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz§
M51104x 2.5"
HS / 8
2x 300GB 10K42 / 2Optional1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-EVC1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M11154x 2.5"
HS / 8
2x 300GB 10K42 / 2Optional1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-EWC1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M51104x 2.5"
HS / 8
2x 300GB 10K42 / 2Optional1x 550W
HS / 2
Europe
7914-E6G1x E5-2603 v2 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 4GB
1600MHz§
M11154x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open bay42 / 2Multi-
burner
1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-E7G1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M5110
512MB (c)
8x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open bay42 / 2Multi-
burner
1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-E8G1x E5-2630 v2 6C 2.6GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M5110
512MB (f)
4x 2.5"
HS / 8
2x 300GB 10K42 / 2Multi-
burner
2x 550W
HS / 2
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Middle East and Africa (MEA)
7914-E7G1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M5110
512MB (c)
8x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open bay42 / 2Multi-
burner
1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-E8G1x E5-2630 v2 6C 2.6GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M5110
512MB (f)
4x 2.5"
HS / 8
2x 300GB 10K42 / 2Multi-
burner
2x 550W
HS / 2
Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
7914-E9G1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M5110
512MB (f)
8x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open bay42 / 2Multi-
burner
1x 550W
HS / 2
7914-EFG1x E5-2630 v2 6C 2.6GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 16GB
1866MHz§
M5110
512MB (f)
8x 2.5"
HS / 8
Open bay42 / 2Multi-
burner
1x 550W
HS / 2
** MTM = Machine Type Model
† Processor detail: Processor quantity and model, number of cores, core speed, L3 cache, memory speed, TDP.
‡ Not available in Russia/CIS.
(c) The ServeRAID M5110 RAID controller in this model includes cache memory with optional battery backup.
(f) The ServeRAID M5110 RAID controller in this model includes flash-backed cache memory.
§ For models E6G, EGU, ELC, EOC, ESC, and ETC, the standard DIMM is rated at 1600 MHz, but operates at up to 1333 MHz to match the processor memory speed. For model EFG, the standard DIMM is rated at 1866 MHz, but operates at up to 1600 MHz to match the processor memory speed. Actual memory speed maximums depend on several factors, as described in "Memory options".

Table 3. Express models (Part 2: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family)
ModelIntel Xeon Processors†
(2 maximum)
MemoryRAIDDisk
bays
DisksGbEDVDPower
United States, Canada, and Latin America
7914-EAU1x E5-2609 4C 2.4GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM11154x 2.5" HS / 8Optional4Multi-
burner
1x 550W
7914-EBU1x E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8GBM5110
512MB Flash
4x 2.5" HS / 8Optional4Multi-
burner
1x 550W
7914-ECU1x E5-2630 6C 2.3GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8GBM5110
512MB Flash
4x 2.5" HS / 8Optional4Multi-
burner
1x 550W
7914-EDU1x E5-2650 8C 2.0GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
1x 8GBM5110
1GB Flash
4x 2.5" HS / 8Optional4Multi-
burner
1x 550W
Europe
7914-E1G1x E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM11154x 2.5" HS / 8Optional4Multi-
burner
1x 550W
7914-E2G1x E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM11154x 2.5" HS / 82 x 500GB
HS SATA
4Multi-
burner
1x 550W
7914-E3G1x E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB Cache
8x 2.5" HS / 8Optional4Multi-
burner
1x 550W
7914-E4G1x E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM11153x 3.5" HS/ 3Optional4None1x 550W
7914-E5G1x E5-2630 6C 2.3GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB Flash
4x 2.5" HS / 82 x 300GB
10K HS SAS
4Multi-
burner
2x 550W
Central and Eastern Europe and Middle East & Africa
7914-E1G1x E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM11154x 2.5" HS / 8Optional4Multi-
burner
1x 550W
7914-E2G1x E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM11154x 2.5" HS / 82 x 500GB
HS SATA
4Multi-
burner
1x 550W
7914-E3G1x E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB Cache
8x 2.5" HS / 8Optional4Multi-
burner
1x 550W
7914-E4G1x E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM11153x 3.5" HS/ 3Optional4None1x 550W
7914-E5G1x E5-2630 6C 2.3GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB Flash
4x 2.5" HS / 82 x 300GB
10K HS SAS
4Multi-
burner
2x 550W
7914-K2G1x E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB Flash
3x 3.5" HS/ 3Optional4None1x 550W
7914-K3G1x E5-2630 6C 2.3GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
2x 8 GBM5110
512MB Flash
8x 2.5" HS / 8Optional4Multi-
burner
2x 550W
Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
7914-E1G1x E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM11154x 2.5" HS / 8Optional4Multi-
burner
1x 550W
7914-K1G1x E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB Flash
8x 2.5" HS / 8Optional4Multi-
burner
1x 550W
7914-K2G1x E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB Flash
3x 3.5" HS/ 3Optional4None1x 550W
7914-K3G1x E5-2630 6C 2.3GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
2x 8 GBM5110
512MB Flash
8x 2.5" HS / 8Optional4Multi-
burner
2x 550W
† Processor detail: Processor quantity and model, core speed, number of cores, L3 cache, memory speed.

Refer to the Specifications section for information about standard features of the server.

Processor options

The x3550 M4 supports the processor options listed in the following table. The server supports up to two processors. This table shows which server models have each processor standard. If there is no corresponding where used model for a particular processor, then this processor is only available through CTO. The part numbers include two system fans.

Table 4. Processor options (Part 1: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family)

Part numberFeature codes*DescriptionStandard models
where used
46W2835A3X3 / A3WKIntel Xeon Processor E5-2603 v2 4C 1.8GHz 10MB Cache 1333MHz 80WA3x
46W2836A3X4 / A3WLIntel Xeon Processor E5-2609 v2 4C 2.5GHz 10MB Cache 1333MHz 80WB3x
46W2837A3X5 / A3WMIntel Xeon Processor E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz 15MB Cache 1600MHz 80WC3x
00Y7257A469 / A467Intel Xeon Processor E5-2628L v2 8C 1.9GHz 20MB Cache 1600MHz 70W-
46W2838A3X6 / A3WNIntel Xeon Processor E5-2630 v2 6C 2.6GHz 15MB Cache 1600MHz 80WD3x
46W2849A3X7 / A3WPIntel Xeon Processor E5-2630L v2 6C 2.4GHz 15MB Cache 1600MHz 60W-
46W2846A3XG / A3WYIntel Xeon Processor E5-2637 v2 4C 3.5GHz 15MB Cache 1866MHz 130W23x
46W2839A3X8 / A3WQIntel Xeon Processor E5-2640 v2 8C 2.0GHz 20MB Cache 1600MHz 95WF3x
46W2847A3XH / A3WZIntel Xeon Processor E5-2643 v2 6C 3.5GHz 25MB Cache 1866MHz 130W33x
00Y7259A468 / A466Intel Xeon Processor E5-2648L v2 10C 1.9GHz 25MB Cache 1866MHz 70W-
46W2840A3X9 / A3WRIntel Xeon Processor E5-2650 v2 8C 2.6GHz 20MB Cache 1866MHz 95WG3x
46W2850A3XF / A3WXIntel Xeon Processor E5-2650L v2 10C 1.7GHz 25MB Cache 1600MHz 70W53x
46W2841A3XA / A3WSIntel Xeon Processor E5-2660 v2 10C 2.2GHz 25MB Cache 1866MHz 95WH3x
46W2848A3XJ / A3X0Intel Xeon Processor E5-2667 v2 8C 3.3GHz 25MB Cache 1866MHz 130W43x
46W2842A3XC / A3WUIntel Xeon Processor E5-2670 v2 10C 2.5GHz 25MB Cache 1866MHz 115WJ3x
46W2843A3XD / A3WVIntel Xeon Processor E5-2680 v2 10C 2.8GHz 25MB Cache 1866MHz 115WL3x
46W2844A3XE / A3WWIntel Xeon Processor E5-2690 v2 10C 3.0GHz 25MB Cache 1866MHz 130WM3x
46W2833A3XK / A3X1Intel Xeon Processor E5-2695 v2 12C 2.4GHz 30MB Cache 1866MHz 115W73x
46W2834A3XL / A3X2Intel Xeon Processor E5-2697 v2 12C 2.7GHz 30MB Cache 1866MHz 130W83x
* The first feature code is for the first processor; the second feature code is for the second processor

Table 4. Processor options (Part 2: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family)
Part number*Feature
codes**
DescriptionStandard models
where used
Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family
69Y5672A1LG / A1LTIntel Xeon E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz 10MB 1066MHz 80WA2x
69Y5674A1LJ / A1LVIntel Xeon E5-2609 4C 2.4GHz 10MB 1066MHz 80WB2x
69Y5675A1LK / A1LWIntel Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz 15MB 1333MHz 95WC2x, C4x, DDx
69Y5676A1LL / A1LXIntel Xeon E5-2630 6C 2.3GHz 15MB 1333MHz 95WD2x
94Y7464A2B3 / A2B6Intel Xeon E5-2630L 6C 2.0GHz 15MB 1333MHz 60W-
94Y7546A2VR / A2QKIntel Xeon E5-2637 2C 3.0GHz 5MB 1600MHz 80W-
69Y5677A1LM / A1LYIntel Xeon E5-2640 6C 2.5GHz 15MB 1333MHz 95WF2x
94Y7465A2B4 / A2B7Intel Xeon E5-2643 4C 3.3GHz 10MB 1600MHz 130W32x
00D9441A39A / A39DIntel Xeon E5-2648L 8C 1.8GHz 20MB 1600MHz 70W
69Y5678A1LN / A1LZIntel Xeon E5-2650 8C 2.0GHz 20MB 1600MHz 95WG2x
69Y5685A1LS / A1M3Intel Xeon E5-2650L 8C 1.8GHz 20MB 1600MHz 70W52x
00D9440A399 / A39CIntel Xeon E5-2658 8C 2.1GHz 20MB 1600MHz 95W
69Y5679A1LP / A1M0Intel Xeon E5-2660 8C 2.2GHz 20MB 1600MHz 95WH2x
94Y7547A2GN / A2GPIntel Xeon E5-2665 8C 2.4GHz 20MB 1600MHz 115W62x
69Y5682A1LR / A1M2Intel Xeon E5-2667 6C 2.9GHz 15MB 1600MHz 130W-
94Y7463A2B2 / A2B5Intel Xeon E5-2670 8C 2.6GHz 20MB 1600MHz 115WJ2x
69Y5680A1LQ / A1M1Intel Xeon E5-2680 8C 2.7GHz 20MB 1600MHz 130WL2x
94Y7545A2VQ / A2QJIntel Xeon E5-2690 8C 2.9GHz 20MB 1600MHz 135WM2x
* The option for the second processor includes two additional system fans.
** The first feature code is for the first processor; the second feature code is for the second processor

Memory options

IBM DDR3 memory is compatibility tested and tuned for optimal IBM 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 IBM System x3550 M4 supports DDR3 memory. The server supports up to 12 DIMMs when one processor is installed, and up to 24 DIMMs when two processors are installed. Each processor has four memory channels, and there are three DIMMs per channel.

The following rules apply when selecting the memory configuration:

  • Server supports UDIMMs (E5-2600 only), RDIMMs, and LRDIMMs.
  • Mixing different types of memory (UDIMMs, RDIMMs, and LRDIMMs) is not supported.
  • Mixing 1.5 V and 1.35 V DIMMs in the same server is supported; in such cases, all DIMMs operate at 1.5 V.
  • The maximum number of ranks supported per one channel is eight (with the exception of Load Reduced DIMMs, where more than eight ranks are supported because one quad-rank LRDIMM provides the same electrical load on a memory bus as a single-rank RDIMM).
  • The maximum quantity of DIMMs that can be installed in server depends on number of CPUs, DIMM type, rank, and operating voltage as shown in the "Maximum quantity" row in the following table.
  • All DIMMs in all CPU memory channels operate at the same speed, which is determined as the lowest value of:
    • The memory speed supported by the specific CPU.
    • The lowest of maximum operating speeds for the selected memory configuration that depends on rated speed, operating voltage, and quantity of DIMMs per channel, as shown under "Maximum operating speed" section in the following table.

The following table (Parts 1, 2, and 3) shows the characteristics of the supported DIMMs. Tables cells highlighted with a gray background indicate when the combination of DIMM voltage and the number of DIMMs per channel still allows the DIMMs to operate at a rated speed.

Table 5. Maximum memory speeds (Part 1: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family - RDIMMs and LRDIMMs)
DIMM
specification
RDIMM
LRDIMM
Rank
Single rank
Dual rank
Dual rank
Quad rank
Part numbers
00D5024 (4 GB)
00D5036 (8 GB)
00D5020 (4 GB)
00D5032 (8 GB)
00D5040 (8 GB)
00D5048 (16 GB)
46W0761 (32 GB)
Rated speed
1600 MHz
1866 MHz
1866 MHz
1866 MHz
1866 MHz
Rated voltage
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
Operating voltage
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
Max qty supported*
24
24
24
24
24
24
Max DIMM capacity
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
16 GB
32 GB
Max memory capacity
192 GB
192 GB
192 GB
384 GB
384 GB
768 GB
Max. memory at rated speed
None
128 GB
64 GB
64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
Maximum operating speed
1 DIMM per channel
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1866 MHz
1866 MHz
1866 MHz
1866 MHz
2 DIMMs per channel
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1600 MHz
1600 MHz
1866 MHz
1866 MHz
3 DIMMs per channel
800 MHz
1066 MHz
1066 MHz
1066 MHz
1066 MHz
1066 MHz
* The maximum quantity that is supported is shown for two processors installed.

Table 5. Maximum memory speeds (Part 2: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family - RDIMMs)
Specification
RDIMMs
Rank
Single rank
Dual rank
Quad rank
Part numbers
49Y1405 (2 GB)
49Y1406 (4 GB)
49Y1559 (4 GB)
49Y1407 (4 GB)
49Y1397 (8 GB)
49Y1563 (16 GB)
90Y3178 (4 GB)
90Y3109 (8 GB)
00D4968 (16 GB)
49Y1399 (8 GB)
Rated speed
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1066 MHz
Rated voltage
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 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
Maximum quantity*
16
24
24
16
24
24
16
16
Largest DIMM
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB
16 GB
16 GB
16 GB
8 GB
8 GB
Maximum memory
capacity
64 GB
96 GB
96 GB
256 GB
384 GB
384 GB
128 GB
128 GB
Maximum memory
at rated speed
64 GB
64 GB
64 GB
256 GB
256 GB
256 GB
128 GB
64 GB
Maximum operating speed (MHz)
1 DIMM per channel
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 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
800 MHz
800 MHz
3 DIMMs per channel
NS**
1066 MHz
1066 MHz
NS**
1066 MHz
1066 MHz
NS**
NS**
* Maximum quantity supported is shown for two processors installed. When one processor installed the maximum quantity supported is a half of shown.
** NS = Not Supported

Table 5. Maximum memory speeds (Part 3: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family - UDIMMs and LRDIMMs)
Specification
UDIMMs
LRDIMMs
Rank
Dual rank
Quad rank
Part numbers
49Y1404 (4 GB)
90Y3105 (32 GB)
Rated speed
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
Rated voltage
1.35 V
1.35 V
Operating voltage
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
Maximum quantity*
16
16
24
24
Largest DIMM
4 GB
4 GB
32 GB
32 GB
Maximum memory
capacity
64 GB
64 GB
768 GB
768 GB
Maximum memory
at rated speed
32 GB
64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
Maximum operating speed (MHz)
1 DIMM per channel
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
2 DIMMs per channel
1066 MHz
1333 MHz
1066 MHz
1333 MHz
3 DIMMs per channel
Not supported
Not supported
1066 MHz
1066 MHz
* Maximum quantity supported is shown for two processors installed. When one processor installed the maximum quantity supported is a half of shown.

The following memory protection technologies are supported:
  • ECC
  • Chipkill (for x4-based memory DIMMs)
  • Memory mirroring
  • Memory rank sparing

If memory mirroring is used, then DIMMs must be installed in pairs (a minimum of one pair per each CPU), and both DIMMs in a pair must be identical in type and size.

If memory rank sparing is used, then a minimum of one quad-rank DIMM or two single-rank or dual-rank DIMMs must be installed per populated channel (the DIMMs do not need being 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.

The following table (Parts 1 and 2) lists memory options available for the x3550 M4 server.

Table 6. Memory options (Part 1: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family)
Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
RDIMMs - 1600 MHz
00D5024A3QE4GB (1x4GB, 1Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)A3x, B3x
00D5036A3QH8GB (1x8GB, 1Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)53x, C3x, C5x, D3x, F3x
RDIMMs - 1866 MHz
00D5020A3QD4GB (1x4GB, 1Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-14900 CL13 ECC DDR3 1866MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-
00D5032A3QG8GB (1x8GB, 1Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-14900 CL13 ECC DDR3 1866MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)23x, 33x, 43x, 73x, 83x, G3x, H3x, J3x, L3x, M3x
00D5040A3QJ8GB (1x8GB, 2Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-14900 CL13 ECC DDR3 1866MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-
00D5048A3QL16GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-14900 CL13 ECC DDR3 1866MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-
LRDIMMs (support is planned for later in 2013)
46W0761A47K32GB (1x32GB, 4Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-14900 CL13 ECC DDR3 1866MHz LP LRDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-

Table 6. Memory options (Part 2: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family)
Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
UDIMMs
49Y140486484 GB (1x 4 GB, 2Rx8, 1.35 V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC 1333 MHz LP UDIMM16 (8 per CPU)-
RDIMMs - 1066 MHz and 1333 MHz
49Y140589402 GB (1x 2 GB, 1Rx8, 1.35 V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-
49Y140689414 GB (1x 4 GB, 1Rx4, 1.35 V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)A2x, B2x
49Y140789424 GB (1x 4 GB, 2Rx8, 1.35 V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)DDx
49Y139789238 GB (1x 8 GB, 2Rx4, 1.35 V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC 1333 MHz LP RDIMM 24 (12 per CPU)C2x, C4x, D2x, F2x
49Y1399A14E8 GB (1x 8 GB, 4Rx8, 1.35 V) PC3L-8500 CL7 ECC DDR3 1066 MHz LP RDIMM16 (8 per CPU)-
49Y1563A1QT16 GB (1x 16 GB, 2Rx4, 1.35 V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-
RDIMMs - 1600 MHz
49Y1559A28Z4 GB (1x 4 GB, 1Rx4, 1.5 V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600 MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)32x, M2x
90Y3178A24L4 GB (1x 4 GB, 2Rx8, 1.5 V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600 MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-
90Y3109A2928 GB (1x 8 GB, 2Rx4, 1.5 V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600 MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)52x, 62x, G2x, H2x, J2x, L2x
00D4968A2U516GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-
LRDIMMs
90Y3105A29132 GB (1x 32 GB, 4Rx4, 1.35 V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz LP LRDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-

Internal storage

IBM System x3550 M4 server supports the following internal storage configurations:

  • Eight 2.5" Slim-SFF SAS/SATA hot-swap hard drive bays
  • Four 2.5" Slim-SFF SAS/SATA hot-swap hard drive bays
  • Three 3.5" hot-swap SAS/SATA hard drive bays
  • Three 3.5" Simple Swap SATA hard drive bays (only available in CTO)

Figure 5 shows the first three of these configurations.

Internal drive configurations
Figure 5. Internal drive configurations

Backplanes

All standard models, except C4x and C5x, ship with four 2.5" Slim-SFF SAS/SATA hot-swap hard drive bays. Models C4x and C5x ship with three 3.5" SAS/SATA hot-swap hard drive bays. The following table shows the internal storage expansion options available for the x3550 M4 server.

Table 7. Internal storage expansion options
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
6 Gbps drive backplane connectivity
81Y6657A1HNx3550 M4 plus 4x 2.5" HDD Assembly Kit1
12 Gbps drive backplane connectivity (support is planned for later in 2013)
None*A464x3550M4 4x 2.5" HS HDD Assembly Kit for 12Gb RAID1
00Y7297A465x3550M4 2.5" HDD Assembly Kit for 12Gb RAID1
00Y8597A4K4x3550M4 mini-SAS Cable Kit for 12Gb RAID1
* Available only via CTO or special bid.

Option 81Y6657 upgrades models with four hot-swap HDD bays to eight hot-swap HDD bays. Models A2x and A3x require H1110 to be replaced by M1115 or M5110 to support eight HDDs. An optical drive can be installed internally when this option is used.

Option 00Y7297 together with option 00Y8597 upgrades CTO models with four 12 Gb 2.5" hot-swap drive bays to eight 12 Gb hot-swap 2.5" drive bays.

Controllers for internal storage

The following table lists the RAID controllers and the additional options used for the internal disk storage of the x3550 M4 server. The controllers are installed into a dedicated PCIe slot.

Table 8. RAID controllers and HBAs for internal storage (Part 1: 6 Gbps SAS/SATA)

Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supportedStandard models
where used
6 Gb Controllers
81Y4492A1XLServeRAID H1110 SAS/SATA Controller1A2x, C4x, A3x, C5x
81Y4448A1MZServeRAID M1115 SAS/SATA Controller1B2x, C2x, B3x, C3x
81Y4481A347ServeRAID M5110 SAS/SATA Controller1D2x, F2x, G2x, 52x, H2x, 62x, J2x, L2x, 32x, DDx, M2x, 23x, 33x, 43x, 53x, 73x, 83x, D3x, F3x, G3x, H3x, J3x, L3x, M3x
46M09123876IBM 6Gb Performance Optimized HBA1-
46C8988A3MWN2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x1-
Features on Demand upgrades
81Y4542A1X1ServeRAID M1100 Series Zero Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
81Y4544A1X2ServeRAID M5100 Series Zero Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
81Y4546A1X3ServeRAID M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade1†-
90Y4273A2MCServeRAID M5100 Series Performance Accelerator1-
90Y4318A2MDServeRAID M5100 Series SSD Caching Enabler1-
Hardware upgrades
81Y4484A1J3ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade1DDx
81Y4487A1J4ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade1D2x, F2x, D3x, F3x
81Y4559A1WYServeRAID M5100 Series 1GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade1G2x, H2x, J2x, L2x, 52x, 62x, 53x, 73x, 83x, G3x, H3x, J3x, L3x
47C8670A4G6ServeRAID M5100 Series 2GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade - hidden1-
81Y4508A22EServeRAID M5100 Series Battery Kit1*DDx
* The ServeRAID M5100 Series Battery Kit (81Y4508) is only supported with ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade (81Y4484).
† The ServeRAID M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade (81Y4546) requires 512 MB or 1 GB cache upgrades.

Table 8. RAID controllers and HBAs for internal storage (Part 2: 12 Gbps SAS/SATA)
Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
12 Gb Controllers
00AE938A5NDServeRAID M5225 SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x1-
46C9114 A45W ServeRAID M1215 SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x1-
46C9110A3YZServeRAID M5210 SAS/SATA Controller1-
00AE912A5M0N2225 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x1-
47C8675A3YYN2215 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x1-
Hardware upgrades
47C8668 A3Z3ServeRAID M5200 Series 4GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade for IBM Systems1-
47C8656A3Z0ServeRAID M5200 Series 1GB Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
47C8660A3Z1ServeRAID M5200 Series 1GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
47C8664A3Z2ServeRAID M5200 Series 2GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
Feature on Demand upgrades
00AE930 A5H5ServeRAID M1200 Zero Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade for IBM Systems FOD1-
47C8708A3Z6ServeRAID M5200 Series Zero Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
47C8706A3Z5ServeRAID M5200 Series RAID 6 Upgrade1*-
47C8710A3Z7ServeRAID M5200 Series Performance Accelerator1*-
47C8712A3Z8ServeRAID M5200 Series SSD Caching Enabler1*-
* Requires cache memory upgrade (47C8656, 47C8660, or 47C8664).

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

The ServeRAID M1115 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8087)
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Supports RAID levels 5 and 50 with optional M1100 Series RAID 5 upgrades
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe x8 Gen 3 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2008 6 Gbps ROC controller

The ServeRAID M5110 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8087)
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Supports RAID levels 5 and 50 with optional M5100 Series RAID 5 upgrades
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade
  • Supports 512 MB battery-backed cache or 512 MB or 1 GB flash-backed cache
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe x8 Gen 3 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2208 6 Gbps ROC controller

The ServeRAID M5210 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Eight internal 12 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 HD mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8643)
  • Supports connections to SAS/SATA drives and SAS Expanders
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Supports RAID levels 5 and 50 with optional M5200 Series RAID 5 upgrades
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5200 Series RAID 6 Upgrade
  • Supports 1 GB non-backed cache or 1 GB or 2 GB flash-backed cache
  • Up to 12 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS3108 12 Gbps ROC controller

The IBM 6Gb Performance Optimized HBA has the following specifications:
  • Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8087)
  • Supports connections to SAS/SATA HDDs and SATA SSDs
  • Optimized for SSD performance
  • No RAID support
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2008 6 Gbps controller

The IBM N2115 SAS/SATA HBA has the following specifications:
  • Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8087)
  • Supports connections to SAS/SATA HDDs and SATA SSDs
  • Optimized for SSD performance
  • No RAID support
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2308 6 Gbps controller

The IBM N2215 SAS/SATA HBA has the following specifications:
  • Eight internal 12 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 HD mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8643)
  • Supports connections to SAS/SATA HDDs and SATA SSDs
  • Optimized for SSD performance
  • No RAID support
  • Up to 12 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS3008 12 Gbps controller

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

Internal drive options

The following table lists hard drive options for internal disk storage of the x3550 M4 server.

Table 9. Disk drive options for internal disk storage

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
3.5" simple-swap HDDs - NL SATA*
00FN118A5VEIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD3
00FN133A5VGIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD3
00FN148A5VJIBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD3
00FN163A5VLIBM 5TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD3
00FN178A5VNIBM 6TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD3
81Y9802A22UIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD3
81Y9806A22XIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD3
81Y9810A22WIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD3
81Y9814A22VIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD3
49Y6012A3WAIBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD3
3.5-inch hot-swap HDDs - SAS
49Y6092A3DVIBM 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD3
49Y6097A3DWIBM 450GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD3
49Y6102A3DXIBM 600GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD3
3.5-inch hot-swap NL SAS HDDs
00ML203AS76IBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD3
00ML208AS77IBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD3
00ML213AS78IBM 6TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD3
90Y8567A26MIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD3
90Y8572A2U0IBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD3
90Y8577A2R2IBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD3
49Y6210A4AFIBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5'' G2HS HDD3
3.5-inch hot-swap NL SAS self-encrypting drives (SEDs)
00ML218AS79IBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS 512e SED3
00ML223AS7AIBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS 512e SED3
00ML228AS7BIBM 6TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS 512e SED3
00W1533A4AHIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5'' G2HS SED3
00W1543A4AJIBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5'' G2HS SED3
3.5-inch hot-swap HDDs - NL SATA
00FN113A5VDIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD3
00FN128A5VFIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD3
00FN143A5VHIBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD3
00FN158A5VKIBM 5TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD3
00FN173A5VMIBM 6TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD3
81Y9786A22YIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD3
81Y9790A22PIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD3
81Y9794A22TIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD3
81Y9798A22SIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD3
49Y6002A3W9IBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD3
2.5-inch hot-swap 10K HDDs - SAS
00AD075A48SIBM 1.2TB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS HDD8
81Y9650A282IBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
90Y8872A2XDIBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
90Y8877A2XCIBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
2.5-inch hot-swap 15K HDDs - SAS
00AJ300A4VBIBM 600GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS HDD8
81Y9670A283IBM 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
90Y8926A2XBIBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
2.5-inch hot-swap HDDs - SAS SEDs
00AD085A48TIBM 1.2TB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS SED8
81Y9662A3EGIBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED8
90Y8908A3EFIBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED8
90Y8913A2XFIBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED8
90Y8944A2ZKIBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED8
2.5 SAS Hybrid HDDs
00AD102A4G7IBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS Hybrid8
2.5-inch hot-swap HDDs - NL SAS
90Y8953A2XEIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
81Y9690A1P3IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
2.5-inch hot-swap HDDs - NL SATA
81Y9722A1NXIBM 250GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
81Y9726A1NZIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
81Y9730A1AVIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
2.5" hot-swap SAS SSDs - Enterprise
49Y6129A3EWIBM 200GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
49Y6134A3EYIBM 400GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
49Y6139A3F0IBM 800GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
49Y6195A4GHIBM 1.6TB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
2.5" Hot-swap SATA SSDs - Enterprise
00W1125A3HRIBM 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
41Y8331A4FLS3700 200GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
41Y8336A4FNS3700 400GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
41Y8341A4FQS3700 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
2.5" Hot-swap SATA SSDs - Enterprise Value
00AJ350A56YIBM 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ355A56ZIBM 120GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ360A570IBM 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ365A571IBM 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ370A572IBM 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
90Y8648A2U4IBM 128GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
49Y5844A3AUIBM 512GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ000A4KMS3500 120GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ005A4KNS3500 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ010A4KPS3500 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ015A4KQS3500 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
2.5" Simple-swap SSDs - Enterprise Value
00AJ375A573IBM 120GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ380A574IBM 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ385A575IBM 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD8
00AJ390A576IBM 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD8
90Y8668A2UBIBM 128GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD8
90Y8663A2UCIBM 256GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD8
2.5" Hot-swap SATA Entry SSDs
00FN298AS0DIBM 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Entry SSD8
00FN327AS0EIBM 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Entry SSD8
00FN332AS0FIBM 960GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Entry SSD8
* These drives are for use in a configuration that is only available through special bid or the Configure To Order (CTO) process.

Internal backup units

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

Optical drives

The server supports the optical drive options listed in the following table. Server models with 3.5" HDDs do not support internal optical drive; they provide a third USB port on the front for an external optical drive.

Table 10. Optical drives

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
46M09014161IBM UltraSlim Enhanced SATA DVD-ROM1-
46M09024163IBM UltraSlim Enhanced SATA Multi-Burner1-

IBM UltraSlim Enhanced SATA DVD-ROM (part number 46M0901) supports the following media and speeds for reading:
  • CD-ROM 24X
  • CD-DA (DAE) 20X
  • CD-R 24X
  • CD-RW 24X
  • DVD-ROM (single layer) 8X
  • DVD-ROM (dual layer) 8X
  • DVD-R (4.7 GB) 6X
  • DVD-R DL 4X
  • DVD+R 6X
  • DVD+R DL 4X
  • DVD-RW (4.7 GB) 4X
  • DVD+RW 4X
  • DVD-RAM (4.7/9.4 GB) 4X

IBM UltraSlim Enhanced SATA Multi-Burner (46M0902) supports the same media and speeds for reading as DVD-ROM (46M0901). This drive also supports the following media and speeds for writing:
  • CD-R 24X
  • CD-RW 4X
  • High Speed CD-RW 10X
  • Ultra Speed CD-RW 16X
  • Ultra Speed Plus CD-RW 16X
  • DVD-R 8X
  • DVD-R DL 6X
  • DVD+R 8X
  • DVD+R DL 6X
  • DVD-RW 6X
  • DVD+RW 8X
  • DVD-RAM 5X

I/O expansion options

The server supports two PCI slots with different riser cards installed into two riser sockets on the system planar (one riser socket supports the installation of one riser card). The slot form factors are as follows:

  • Slot 1: PCIe x16; low profile, half-length
  • Slot 2: PCIe x16, PCIe x8, or PCI-X; full-height, half-length (PCIe x16 slot requires second processor to be installed)

Riser 1 supplies slot 1, and riser 2 supplies slot 2. All standard models except for model DDx have two riser cards installed that provide one PCIe x16 Gen 3 slot and one PCIe x8 Gen 3 slot (features A1HJ and A1HK). Model DDx has two PCIe x16 slots (A1HJ and A1HL)

You can replace the second riser card with one of the following (or configure one of these riser cards instead of the second riser card using special bid or CTO), provided a second processor is also installed:
  • A riser with one PCIe x16 Gen 3 slot (69Y5671, feature A1HL)
  • A riser with one PCIe x8 Gen 3 slot (69Y5670, feature A1HK
  • A riser with one PCI-X 64 bit/133 MHz slot (69Y5669, feature A1HM)

The following table lists the PCI riser card options.

Table 11. PCI riser card options
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Models
where used
94Y7585A1HJx3550 M4 PCIe Riser Card 1 (1 x16 LP Slot)1All models
69Y5670A1HKx3550 M4 PCIe Gen-III Riser Card 2 (1 x8 FH/HL Slot)1All models except DDx
69Y5671A1HLx3550 M4 PCIe Gen-III Riser Card 2 (1 x16 FH/HL Slot)1DDx
69Y5669A1HMx3550 M4 PCI-X Riser Card 2 (1 PCIX FH/HL Slot)1-

The x3550 M4 Thermal Solution Kit, 00Y7117 contains two 40mm fans which provides the fifth and sixth system fans needed for these options when only one processor is installed:
  • All supported PCIe SSD adapters
  • QLogic Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Embedded VFA for IBM System x
  • QLogic 8200 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ VFA for IBM System x
  • ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x
  • Solarflare SFN5162F MR Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter for IBM System x
  • Solarflare SFN6122F LL Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter for IBM System x

The Thermal Solution Kit is not needed if two processors are installed, since the second processor includes these fans.

Table 12. Thermal Solution Kit
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
00Y7117A47L*x3550 M4 Thermal Solution Kit (contains two fans)1
* For CTO orders, quantity two of feature code A40L, x3550 M4 Addl Fan for High Performance Adapters will be substituted

Network adapters

The x3550 M4 supports four integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Integrated NICs have the following features:

  • An Intel I350AM4 chip
  • Four GbE ports
  • TCP Offload Engine (TOE) support
  • Wake on LAN support
  • 802.1Q VLAN tagging support
  • IPv6 support
  • NIC Teaming (load balancing and failover)

Optionally, two 10 Gb Ethernet ports can be added by installing the a dual-port 10 Gb Ethernet mezzanine card as listed in the following table. Mezzanine cards use a dedicated connector on the system board and do not consume a PCI expansion slot.

The following table lists additional supported network adapters.

Table 13. Network adapters
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
10 Gb Ethernet Mezzanine cards (does not consume a PCI expansion slot)
90Y6454†A22HQLogic Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Embedded VFA for IBM System x1†
90Y5179A2TFQLogic Embedded VFA FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x (FoD)
(Features on Demand Upgrade for 90Y6454)
1
90Y6456*A22JEmulex Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Embedded VFA III for IBM System x1
00Y7730**A4MCEmulex Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Embedded VFA IIIr for IBM System x1
90Y5178A2TEEmulex Embedded VFA III FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x
(Features on Demand Upgrade for 90Y6456 or 00Y7730)
1
49Y7980A3JSIntel X520 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Embedded Adapter for IBM System x1
49Y7990A3JTIntel X540 Dual Port 10GBase-T Embedded Adapter for IBM System x1
InfiniBand Mezzanine cards (does not consume a PCI expansion slot)
00D4143A36RIBM Dual Port FDR Embedded Adapter1
40 Gb Ethernet
00D9550A3PNMellanox ConnectX-3 FDR VPI IB/E Adapter for IBM System x2
InfiniBand
95Y3750A2MYMellanox ConnectX-2 Dual-port QSFP QDR IB Adapter for IBM System x2
00D9550A3PNMellanox ConnectX-3 FDR VPI IB/E Adapter for IBM System x2
10 Gb Ethernet
49Y7910A18YBroadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBase-T Adapter for IBM System x2
00JY820A5UTEmulex VFA5 2x10 GbE SFP+ PCIe Adapter for IBM System x2
00JY830A5UUEmulex VFA5 2x10 GbE SFP+ Adapter and FCoE/iSCSI SW2
None*AS3MEmulex VFA5 2x10 GbE SFP+ Integrated Adapter for IBM System x1
00JY824A5UVEmulex VFA5 FCoE/iSCSI SW for PCIe Adapter for IBM System x (FoD)
(FoD license for 00JY820 or feature AS3M; included with 00JY830)
2
95Y3762*A2U1Emulex Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ VFA III for IBM System x2
00D8540**A4XHEmulex Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ VFA IIIr for IBM System x2
95Y3760A2U2Emulex VFA III FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x
(FoD license for 95Y3762 or 95Y3760 -- one for each adapter)
2
49Y7960A2ECIntel X520-DA2 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter for IBM System x2
49Y7970A2EDIntel X540-T2 Dual Port 10GBase-T Adapter for IBM System x2
81Y9990#A1M4Mellanox ConnectX-2 Dual Port 10GbE Adapter for IBM System x2
00D9690A3PMMellanox ConnectX-3 10GbE Adapter for IBM System x2
90Y4600†A3MRQLogic 8200 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ VFA for IBM System x2†
42C18005751QLogic 10Gb Dual Port CNA for IBM System x2
47C9952A47HSolarflare SFN5162F MR Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter2
47C9960A47JSolarflare SFN6122F LL Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter2
47C9977A522Solarflare SFN7122F 2x10GbE SFP+ Flareon Ultra2
Gigabit Ethernet
00AG500A56KIntel I350-F1 1xGbE Fiber Adapter for IBM System x 2
00AG510A56LIntel I350-T2 2xGbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x2
00AG520A56MIntel I350-T4 4xGbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x2
39Y60661485NetXtreme II 1000 Express Ethernet Adapter2
42C17802995NetXtreme II 1000 Express Dual Port Ethernet Adapter2
42C17502975PRO/1000 PF Server Adapter by Intel2
49Y42305767Intel Ethernet Dual Port Server Adapter I340-T2 for IBM System x2
49Y42405768Intel Ethernet Quad Port Server Adapter I340-T4 for IBM System x2
90Y9352A2V3Broadcom NetXtreme I Quad Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x2
90Y9370A2V4Broadcom NetXtreme I Dual Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x2
† The QLogic Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Embedded VFA and QLogic 8200 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ VFA both require the x3550 M4 Thermal Solution Kit, 00Y7117 or the second processor (with additional system fans).
* Supported in E5-2600 processor-based models only
** Supported in E5-2600 v2 processor-based models only

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

Storage host bus adapters

The following table lists storage HBAs supported by the x3550 M4 server.

Table 14. Storage adapters

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Fibre Channel - 16 Gb
81Y1675A2XVBrocade 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
81Y1668A2XUBrocade 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x2
81Y1662A2W6Emulex 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
81Y1655A2W5Emulex 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x2
00Y3337A3KWQLogic 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x2
00Y3341A3KXQLogic 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
Fibre Channel - 8 Gb
46M60493589Brocade 8Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x2
46M60503591Brocade 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
42D04853580Emulex 8Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x1
42D04943581Emulex 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x1
42D05013578QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x2
42D05103579QLogic 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
Fibre Channel - 4 Gb*
59Y19873885Brocade 4Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x2
59Y19933886Brocade 4Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
42C20691698Emulex 4Gb FC Single-Port PCI-e HBA for IBM System x2
42C20711699Emulex 4Gb FC Dual-Port PCI-e HBA for IBM System x2
39R65253567QLogic 4Gb FC Single-Port PCIe HBA for IBM System x2
39R65273568QLogic 4Gb FC Dual-Port PCIe HBA for IBM System x2
SAS
46M09075982IBM 6Gb SAS HBA Controller2
46C9010A3MVN2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x2
* Not supported in E5-2600 v2 processor-based models.

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

PCIe SSD adapters

The server supports the High IOPS SSD adapters listed in the following table. These adapter require either the x3550 M4 Thermal Solution Kit, 00Y7117 or the second processor (with additional system fans).

Table 15. SSD adapters

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
46C9078A3J3IBM 365GB High IOPS MLC Mono Adapter2*
46C9081A3J4IBM 785GB High IOPS MLC Mono Adapter2*
90Y4377A3DYIBM 1.2TB High IOPS MLC Mono Adapter2*
90Y4397A3DZIBM 2.4TB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter1*
00AE861A4WTIBM Flash Adapter F825 Enterprise Value for System x2
00AE864A4WSIBM Flash Adapter F1650 Enterprise Value for System x2
* These adapters require the x3550 M4 Thermal Solution Kit, 00Y7117 or the second processor (with additional system fans).

GPU adapters

The server supports a graphics processing unit (GPU) provided the x16 riser card (69Y5671, feature A1HL) is installed. The server provides up to 225W of external power to each GPU. The following table lists the supported GPUs.

Table 16. GPU adapters

Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum
supported
None*A1QUNVIDIA Quadro 2000**1
None*A13KNVIDIA Quadro 600**1
None*A3WHNVIDIA Quadro K6001
* These GPU adapters are available via Special Bid or CTO only.
** Not supported in E5-2600 v2 processor-based servers.

If the NVIDIA Quadro 600 is installed, the maximum memory that can be installed is 128 GB.

If the NVIDIA Quadro 2000 is installed, the maximum memory that can be installed is 512 GB. The Quadro 2000 is not supported with the M1115 or IBM 6Gb Performance Optimized HBA due to physical space limitations. Only the ServeRAID H1110 and M5110 are supported.

If the NVIDIA Quadro K600 is installed, the maximum memory that can be installed is 1 TB.

Power supplies

The server supports up to two redundant power supplies, providing N+1 redundancy. Standard models come with one or two power supplies (model dependent). The following table lists the power supplies. An AC power supply ships standard with one 2.8 m C13 - C14 power cord.

Table 17. Power supplies

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
94Y6668A1H6IBM System x 550W High Efficiency
Platinum AC Power Supply
2All other models
94Y6669A1H5IBM System x 750W High Efficiency
Platinum AC Power Supply
2L2x, 32x, M2x, L3x, M3x, 23x, 33x, 43x, 73x, 83x
94Y7631A39NIBM System x 750W High Efficiency
-48 V DC Power Supply
2-

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 18. Virtualization options

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
41Y8298A2G0IBM Blank USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi Downloads1
41Y8300A2VCIBM USB Memory Key for VMware vSphere 5.01
41Y8307A383IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.0 Update 11
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

Systems management

The server contains IBM Integrated Management Module II (IMM2), which provides advanced service-processor control, monitoring, and an alerting function. If an environmental condition exceeds a threshold or if a system component fails, the IMM lights LEDs to help you diagnose the problem, records the error in the event log, and alerts you to the problem. Optionally, the IMM also provides a virtual presence capability for remote server management capabilities.

The IMM provides remote server management 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 optional IBM Integrated Management Module Advanced Upgrade is required to enable the remote presence and blue-screen capture features. The remote presence feature provides 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 and diskette image files as virtual drives that are available for use by the server
  • Uploading a diskette image to the IMM memory and mapping it to the server as a virtual drive

The blue-screen capture feature captures the video display contents before the IMM restarts the server when the IMM detects an operating system hang condition. A system administrator can use the blue-screen capture to assist in determining the cause of the hang condition. The following table lists the remote management option.

Table 19. Remote management option
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported
90Y3901IBM Integrated Management Module Advanced Upgrade1

All standard models ship with a pop-out light path diagnostics panel on the front of the server (See Figure 2). Configure-to-order (CTO) customers may elect to deselect this feature and instead have a basic light path diagnostics panel on the front of the server. The following table shows the two light path diagnostics features.

Table 20. Light path diagnostics options
Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum
supported
Models
where used
None*A1LFIBM System x Lightpath Kit1-
00Y7676A2U6IBM System x Advanced Lightpath Kit1All models
* CTO only

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, Datacenter x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition*
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition*
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • VMware ESX 4.1*
  • VMware ESXi 4.1*
  • VMware vSphere 5
  • VMware vSphere 5.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.5

* Not supported with E5-2600 v2 processor-based server models.

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

Physical and electrical specifications

Dimensions and weight:

  • Height: 43 mm (1.7 in)
  • Width: 429 mm (16.9 in)
  • Depth: 734 mm (28.9 in)
  • Weight:
    • Minimum configuration: 12.7 kg (28 lb)
    • Maximum configuration: 15.9 kg (35.1 lb)

Supported environment:
  • Air temperature
    • Server on: 5 °C to 40 °C (41 °F to 104 °F); altitude: 0 to 950 m (3,117 ft); decrease the maximum system temperature by 1 °C for every 175-m increase in altitude.
    • Server off: 5 °C to 45 °C (41 °F to 113 °F)
    • Maximum altitude: 3,050 m (10,000 ft), 5 °C to 28 °C (41 °F to 82 °F)
    • Shipment: -40 °C to +60 °C (-40 °F to 140 °F)
    • Specific microprocessors:
      • Microprocessor Intel Xeon E5-2690, 135 W:
        • Temperature: 10 °C to 27 °C (50 °F to 80.6 °F)
        • Altitude: 0 to 304.8 m (1,000 ft)
      • Microprocessor models with 115 W and 130 W:
        • Temperature: 10 °C to 35 °C (50 °F to 95 °F)
        • Altitude: 0 to 914.4 m (3,000 ft)
  • Humidity
    • Server on: 8% to 85%, maximum dew point 24 °C, maximum rate of change 5 °C/hr
    • Server off: 8% to 85%, maximum dew point 27 °C
  • Design to ASHRAE Class A3, ambient of 36 °C to 40 °C (96.8 °F to 104 °F), with relaxed support:
    • Supports cloud like workload with no performance degradation acceptable (Turbo-Off).
    • Under no circumstance can any combination of worst case workload and configuration result in system shutdown or design exposure at 40 °C.
  • Electrical
    • Models with 750 W power supplies:
      • 100 to 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 8.9 A
      • 200 to 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 4.5 A
      • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately):
        • Minimum configuration: 0.14 kVA
        • Maximum configuration: 0.9 kVA
    • Models with 550 W power supplies:
      • 100 to 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 6.5 A
      • 200 to 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 3.3 A
      • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately):
        • Minimum configuration: 0.14 kVA
        • Maximum configuration: 0.66 kVA
  • BTU output
      • Minimum configuration: 461 Btu/hr (135 watts)
      • Maximum configuration: 2900 Btu/hr (850 watts)
  • Noise level
    • 6.5 bels (operating)
    • 6.3 bels (idle)

Warranty options

The IBM System x3550 M4 has a three-year onsite warranty with 9x5/next business day terms. IBM offers the warranty service upgrades through IBM ServicePacs, 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 ServicePacs 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 21. Warranty service definitions

TermDescription
IBM onsite repair (IOR)A service technician will come to the server's location for equipment repair.
24x7x2 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your client’s location within two hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service around the clock, every day, including IBM holidays.
24x7x4 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your client’s location within four hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service around the clock, every day, including IBM holidays.
9x5x4 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your client’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 client's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays. If after 1:00 p.m. it is determined that onsite service is required, the client 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 client’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 client's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays.

In general, the types of IBM ServicePacs are as follows:
  • Warranty and maintenance service upgrades
    • One, two, three, four, or five years of 9x5 or 24x7 service coverage
    • Onsite repair from next business day to 4 or 2 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 standards:

  • Energy Star 2.0
  • 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
  • NOM-019
  • Argentina IEC60950-1
  • Japan VCCI, Class A
  • Australia/New Zealand AS/NZS CISPR 22, Class A
  • IEC 60950-1(CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • China CCC (GB4943), GB9254 Class A, GB17625.1
  • Taiwan BSMI CNS13438, Class A; CNS14336-1
  • Korea KN22, Class A; KN24
  • Russia/GOST ME01, IEC-60950-1, GOST R 51318.22, GOST R 51318.24, GOST R 51317.3.2, GOST R 51317.3.3
  • IEC 60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • CE Mark (EN55022 Class A, EN60950-1, EN55024, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3)
  • CISPR 22, Class A
  • TUV-GS (EN60950-1 /IEC60950-1,EK1-ITB2000)
  • RoHS (Directive 2011/65/E)

External disk storage expansion

The server supports attachment to external storage expansion enclosures, such as the EXP2500 series, by using either the ServeRAID M5120 (6 Gbps) or M5225 (12 Gbps) SAS/SATA Controller. The server can also be attached to supported external storage systems, such as the IBM System Storage® DS3500 series, using the supported HBAs.

Table 22. RAID controllers and options for external disk storage expansion

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
81Y4478**A1WXServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller2**-
00AE938‡A5NDServeRAID M5225-2GB SAS/SATA Controller1-
Hardware upgrades for the M5120
81Y4508A22EServeRAID M5100 Series Battery Kit1*-
81Y4484A1J3ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
81Y4487A1J4ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
81Y4559A1WYServeRAID M5100 Series 1GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
47C8670A4G6ServeRAID M5100 Series 2GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade - hidden1-
Feature on Demand upgrades for the M5120
81Y4544A1X2ServeRAID M5100 Series Zero Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
90Y4318A2MDServeRAID M5100 Series SSD Caching Enabler1-
90Y4273A2MCServeRAID M5100 Series SSD Performance Key1-
81Y4546A1X3ServeRAID M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade1†-
Feature on Demand upgrades for the M5225
47C8706A3Z5ServeRAID M5200 Series RAID 6 Upgrade for IBM Systems-FoD1-
47C8710A3Z7ServeRAID M5200 Series Performance Accelerator for IBM Systems-FoD1-
47C8712A3Z8ServeRAID M5200 Series SSD Caching Enabler for IBM Systems-FoD1-
‡ Only supported in systems with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors
* The ServeRAID M5100 Series Battery Kit (81Y4508) is only supported with ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade (81Y4484).
† The ServeRAID M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade (81Y4546) requires 512 MB or 1 GB cache upgrades.
** The ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller requires the x3550 M4 Thermal Solution Kit, 00Y7117 or the second processor (with additional system fans).

The ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Eight external 6 Gbps SAS/SATA portscool
  • Two external x4 mini-SAS connectors (SFF-8088)
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Supports RAID levels 5 and 50 with optional M5100 Series RAID 5 upgrades
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade
  • Supports 512 MB battery-backed cache or 512 MB or 1 GB flash-backed cache
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe x8 Gen 3 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2208 6 Gbps ROC controller
  • Supports connectivity to the EXP2512 and EXP2524 storage expansion enclosures

For more information, see the IBM Redbooks® Product Guide ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x at:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0858.html?Open

The ServeRAID M5225 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Eight external 12 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Supports 12, 6, and 3 Gbps SAS and 6 and 3 Gbps SATA data transfer rates
  • Two external x4 mini-SAS HD connectors (SFF-8644)
  • Supports 2 GB flash-backed cache (standard)
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50 (standard)
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5200 Series RAID 6 Upgrade
  • Supports optional M5200 Series Performance Accelerator and SSD Caching upgrades
  • PCIe x8 Gen 3 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS3108 12 Gbps ROC controller
  • Supports connectivity to the EXP2512 and EXP2524 storage expansion enclosures

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

Table 23. IBM System Storage external expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per one controller
174712XIBM System Storage EXP2512 Express18
174724XIBM System Storage EXP2524 Express9

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

Table 24. External SAS cables for external storage expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per one enclosure
ServeRAID M5120 - Server to Expansion enclosure connectivity (Mini-SAS x4 to Mini-SAS x4)
39R6531IBM 3 m SAS Cable1
39R6529IBM 1 m SAS Cable1
ServeRAID M5225 - Server to Expansion enclosure connectivity (Mini-SAS HD x4 to Mini-SAS x4)
00Y24590.6m SAS Cable (mSAS HD to mSAS)1
00Y24611.5m SAS Cable (mSAS HD to mSAS)1
00Y24633m SAS Cable (mSAS HD to mSAS)1
90Y7682External Expansion Cable - 6M SAS Cable - HD SAS to Mini SAS1
Expansion enclosure to Expansion enclosure connectivity (Mini-SAS x4 to Mini-SAS x4)
39R6529IBM 1 m SAS Cable1
39R6531IBM 3 m SAS Cable1

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

Table 25. Drive options for EXP2512 external expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per one enclosure
3.5" NL SAS HS 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
46W09754TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 3.5" HDD12
3.5" SAS HS 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 EXP2524 external expansion enclosures.

Table 26. Drive options for EXP2524 external expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per one enclosure
2.5" NL SAS HS HDDs
49Y1898500GB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 2.5" HDD24
81Y99521TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 2.5" HDD24
2.5" SAS HS HDDs
49Y1896146GB 15,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD24
81Y9944300GB 15,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD24
00W1595600GB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD24
46W0970900GB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD24
46W09801.2TB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD24
2.5" SAS HS SSDs
49Y6072200GB 6Gb SAS 2.5" SSD24
49Y6077400GB 6Gb SAS 2.5" SSD24

External disk storage systems

The following table lists the external storage systems that are supported by x3550 M4 and can be ordered through System x sales channel. The server may support other IBM disk systems that are not listed in this table. Refer to IBM System Storage Interoperability Center for further information.

Table 27. External disk storage systems

Part numberDescription
2072L2CIBM Storwize V3700 LFF Dual Control Enclosure
2072S2CIBM Storwize V3700 SFF Dual Control Enclosure
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

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 18.

Table 28. 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
46C5399IBM DDS Generation 5 USB Tape Drive
39M5636 IBM DDS Generation 6 USB Tape Drive
43W8478IBM Half High LTO Gen 3 SAS Tape Drive
44E8895IBM Half High LTO Gen 4 SAS Tape Drive
49Y9898IBM Half High LTO Gen 5 Internal SAS Tape Drive
00D8924IBM Half High LTO Ultrium Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive
00D2786IBM RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 320GB Cartridge
00D2787IBM RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 500GB Cartridge
00D2788IBM RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 1TB Cartridge
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 & rack mount kit
3572S5RTS2900 Tape Library with LTO5 HH SAS drive & 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 IBM System x sales channel. The server may support other IBM tape drives that are not listed in this table. Refer to the 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

Top-of-rack Ethernet switches

The server supports the top-of-rack Ethernet switches from IBM System Networking listed in the following table.

Table 29. IBM System Networking - Top-of-rack switches

Part numberDescription
IBM System Networking - 1 Gb top-of-rack switches
7309BAXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G7028 (24 ports)
7309CAXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G7028 (48 ports)
0446013IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000R
7309CFCIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000F
7309G52IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8052R
730952FIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8052F
IBM System Networking - 10 Gb top-of-rack switches
7309DRXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264CS (Rear to Front)
7309DFXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264CS (Front to Rear)
7309BR6IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124ER
7309BF7IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124EF
7309G64IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264R
730964FIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264F
7309CR9IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264TR
7309CF9IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264TF
IBM System Networking - 40 Gb top-of-rack switches
8036BRXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8332 (Rear to Front)
8036BFXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8332 (Front to Rear)
8036ARXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8316R
8036AFXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8316F

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Top-of-rack switches category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=tor

Uninterruptible power supply units

The server supports attachments to the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units listed in the following table.

Table 30. Uninterruptible power supply units

Part numberDescription
Rack-mounted UPS
21304RX IBM UPS 10000XHV
53951AXIBM 1500VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (100V/120V)
53951KXIBM 1500VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (230V)
53952AXIBM 2200VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (100V/120V)
53952KXIBM 2200VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (230V)
53953AX IBM 3000VA LCD 3U Rack UPS (100 V/120 V)
53953JX IBM 3000VA LCD 3U Rack UPS (200 V/208 V)
53956AX IBM 6000VA LCD 4U Rack UPS (200 V/208 V)
53956KX IBM 6000VA LCD 4U Rack UPS (230 V)
53959KXIBM 11000VA LCD 5U Rack UPS (200V/208V/230V)

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Power infrastructure category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=power

Power distribution units

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

Table 31. Power distribution units

Part numberDescription
Switched and Monitored PDUs
46M4002 IBM 1U 9 C19/3 C13 Active Energy Manager DPI® PDU
46M4003 IBM 1U 9 C19/3 C13 Active Energy Manager 60A 3 Phase PDU
46M4004 IBM 1U 12 C13 Active Energy Manager DPI PDU
46M4005 IBM 1U 12 C13 Active Energy Manager 60A 3 Phase PDU
46M4167IBM 1U 9 C19/3 C13 Switched and Monitored 30A 3 Phase PDU
46M4116IBM 0U 24 C13 Switched and Monitored 30A PDU
46M4119IBM 0U 24 C13 Switched and Monitored 32A PDU
46M4134IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 Switched and Monitored 50A 3 Phase PDU
46M4137IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 Switched and Monitored 32A 3 Phase PDU
Enterprise PDUs
71762MX IBM Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 PDU+ (WW)
71762NX IBM Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 PDU (WW)
71763MU IBM Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 3 Phase 60A PDU+ (NA)
71763NU IBM Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 3 Phase 60A PDU (NA)
39M2816IBM DPI C13 Enterprise PDU without linecord
39Y8923 DPI 60A Three Phase C19 Enterprise PDU with IEC309 3P+G (208 V) fixed line cord
39Y8941 DPI Single Phase C13 Enterprise PDU without line cord
39Y8948 DPI Single Phase C19 Enterprise PDU without line cord
Front-end PDUs
39Y8934DPI 32 amp/250 V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y8935DPI 63amp/250 V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y893830 amp/125 V Front-end PDU with NEMA L5-30P connector
39Y893930 amp/250 V Front-end PDU with NEMA L6-30P connector
39Y894060 amp/250 V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 60A 2P+N+Gnd connector
Universal PDUs
39Y8951DPI Universal Rack PDU with US LV and HV line cords
39Y8952DPI Universal Rack PDU with CEE7-VII Europe LC
39Y8953DPI Universal Rack PDU with Denmark LC
39Y8954DPI Universal Rack PDU with Israel LC
39Y8955 DPI Universal Rack PDU with Italy LC
39Y8956DPI Universal Rack PDU with South Africa LC
39Y8957DPI Universal Rack PDU with UK LC
39Y8958DPI Universal Rack PDU with AS/NZ LC
39Y8959DPI Universal Rack PDU with China LC
39Y8962DPI Universal Rack PDU (Argentina)
39Y8960DPI Universal Rack PDU (Brazil)
39Y8961DPI Universal Rack PDU (India)
0U Basic PDUs
46M4122IBM 0U 24 C13 16A 3 Phase PDU
46M4125 IBM 0U 24 C13 30A 3 Phase PDU
46M4128 IBM 0U 24 C13 30A PDU
46M4131IBM 0U 24 C13 32A PDU
46M4140 IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 60A 3 Phase PDU
46M4143IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 32A 3 Phase PDU

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Power infrastructure category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=power

Rack cabinets

The server supports the rack cabinets listed in the following table.

Table 32. Rack cabinets

Part numberDescription
201886XIBM 11U Office Enablement Kit
93072PXIBM 25U Static S2 Standard Rack
93072RXIBM 25U Standard Rack
93074RXIBM 42U Standard Rack
93074XXIBM 42U Standard Rack Extension
93084EXIBM 42U Enterprise Expansion Rack
93084PXIBM 42U Enterprise Rack
93604EXIBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Dynamic Expansion Rack
93604PXIBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Dynamic Rack
93614EXIBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93614PXIBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Static Rack
93624EXIBM 47U 1200 mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93624PXIBM 47U 1200 mm Deep Static Rack
99564RXIBM S2 42U Dynamic Standard Rack
99564XXIBM S2 42U Dynamic Standard Expansion Rack

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Rack cabinets and options category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=rack

Rack options

The server supports the rack console switches and monitor kits listed in the following table.

Table 37. Rack options

Part numberFeature codeDescription
Monitor kits and keyboard trays
17238BX1723HC1 fc A3EKIBM 1U 18.5" Standard Console
17238EX1723HC1 fc A3ELIBM 1U 18.5" Enhanced Media Console
172317X1723HC1 fc 00511U 17in Flat Panel Console Kit
172319X1723HC1 fc 00521U 19in Flat Panel Console Kit
Console switches
3858D3X3858HC1 fc A4X1Avocent Universal Management Gateway 6000 for IBM
1754D2X1754HC2 fc 6695IBM Global 4x2x32 Console Manager (GCM32)
1754D1X1754HC1 fc 6694IBM Global 2x2x16 Console Manager (GCM16)
1754A2X1754HC4 fc 0726IBM Local 2x16 Console Manager (LCM16)
1754A1X1754HC3 fc 0725IBM Local 1x8 Console Manager (LCM8)
Console cables
00AK142A4X4UM KVM Module VGA+SD Dual RJ45
43V61473757IBM Single Cable USB Conversion Option (UCO)
39M28953756IBM USB Conversion Option (4 Pack UCO)
39M28973754IBM Long KVM Conversion Option (4 Pack Long KCO)
46M53835341IBM Virtual Media Conversion Option Gen2 (VCO2)
46M53825340IBM Serial Conversion Option (SCO)

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Rack cabinets and options category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=rack

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