IBM SATA 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch MLC Enterprise SSDs for IBM System x

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Abstract

The IBM® SATA 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch MLC Enterprise solid-state drives (SSDs) for IBM System x® employ enterprise MLC NAND technology to bring an affordable, but performance-driven solution for applications requiring enterprise workloads with a mix of read-write operations. These compact 1.8-inch form factor SSD drives use a single-chip controller with a SATA interface on the system side and n-channels of NAND flash internally. They are targeted at databases that require high I/O performance in random read and write operations including applications caching and tiering. These SSDs can also be configured into the IBM eXFlash solution for maximum capacity and performance.

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Contents


The IBM® SATA 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch MLC Enterprise solid-state drives (SSDs) for IBM System x® employ enterprise MLC NAND technology to bring an affordable, but performance-driven solution for applications requiring enterprise workloads with a mix of read-write operations. These industry standard 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factor SSD drives use a single-chip controller with a SATA interface on the system side and n-channels of NAND flash internally. They are targeted at databases and other enterprise workloads that require high I/O performance in random read and write operations including applications caching and tiering. The 1.8-inch SSDs can also be configured into the IBM eXFlash solution for maximum capacity and performance.

Figure 1 shows the IBM SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSD.


Figure 1. IBM SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSD


Did you know

IBM SATA MLC Enterprise solid-state drives for System x can be fully re-written up to eight times per day throughout their entire five-year life expectancy. These SSDs provide outstanding performance, endurance, reliability, and energy efficiency for both read- and write-intensive enterprise applications such as databases, data warehouses, corporate email and collaboration, actively connected users, medical imaging, and others.

Providing additional peace of mind, IBM SATA 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch Enterprise MLC SSDs are covered under IBM warranty. The drives carry a 1-year limited warranty, or when installed in an IBM System x server, these drives assume your system's base warranty.


Part number information

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

Table 1. Ordering part numbers and feature codes
DescriptionPart numberFeature code
2.5-inch SSDs
IBM 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD00W1125A3HR
IBM 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD00W1130A3HS
1.8-inch SSDs
IBM 100GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD00W1120A3HQ
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD49Y6119A3AN
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD49Y6124A3AP

The part numbers include the following items:
  • One SSD without a drive tray (1.8-inch SSDs) or one SSD with a hot-swap or simple-swap drive tray (2.5-inch SSDs)
  • Technical Update Flyer
  • Warranty Flyer
  • Important Notices document

Figure 2 shows the IBM SATA 2.5-inch MLC Enterprise SSD.


Figure 2. IBM SATA 2.5-inch MLC Enterprise SSD


Features
  • Industry standard 1.8-inch or 2.5-inch form factors
  • Support for standard 2.5-inch drive bay (2.5-inch SSDs) or eXFlash drive bay (1.8-inch SSDs) or SSD drive bay (1.8-inch SSDs) on selected System x, IBM iDataPlex®, IBM BladeCenter® and IBM Flex System™ servers
  • Utilizes industry leading 24 nm MLC
  • Cost-effective enterprise-grade MLC (eMLC) NAND technology
  • MLC SATA drive with high read and write performance to fulfill client needs in the enterprise space
  • High endurance, with up to six PB of total bytes written (TBW) to withstand applications with intensive read-write workloads
  • Energy saving, with as little as 2.8 - 4.6 watt power consumption per drive
  • Absence of moving parts to reduce potential failure points in the server
  • Native command queueing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32
  • S.M.A.R.T. support
  • Advanced Encrypting Standard (AES) 256-bit encryption
  • Enterprise data path protection
  • 55 bits per 512-byte sector ECC/EDC (BCH)
  • Static wear leveling evenly distributes data across the drive
  • Bad block management replaces failed blocks with new ones from the spare pool
  • Performance throttling to ensure the lifetime expectation is met
  • Power and thermal throttling to extend the life of the drive
  • Data retention management to ensure availability and integrity of stored data
  • Minimal write amplification for efficient flash utilization and extended life time

The key difference between Enterprise SSDs and Enterprise Value SSDs is their endurance (or life expectancy). SSDs have a huge but finite number of program/erase (P/E) cycles, which affects how long they can perform write operations and thus their life expectancy. Enterprise SSDs have significantly better endurance but higher cost/IOPS ratio compared to Enterprise Value SSDs. SSD write endurance is typically measured by the number of program/erase cycles that the drive can incur over its lifetime, listed as TBW in the device specification.

For example, with IBM 400 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSD, the entire 400 GB can be fully re-written up to eight times per day (more than 3 TB writes per day) to meet the five-year lifetime expectation of the drive, while the Enterprise Value SSD can only sustain up to 40 GB writes per day (75 times less) to provide the same five-year lifetime.


Technical specifications

Table 2 presents technical specifications for the IBM SATA MLC Enterprise solid-state drives.

Table 2. IBM SATA MLC Enterprise SSD technical specifications
Specification
100 GB
200 GB
400 GB
Part number00W112000W112500W113049Y611949Y6124
Interface6 Gbps SATA6 Gbps SATA6 Gbps SATA6 Gbps SATA6 Gbps SATA
Hot-swap driveYes§YesNoYes§Yes§
Form factor1.8-inch2.5-inch2.5-inch1.8-inch1.8-inch
Capacity100 GB100 GB100 GB200 GB400 GB
Endurance5-year life time
(1.5 PB TBW)
5-year life time
(1.5 PB TBW)
5-year life time
(1.5 PB TBW)
5-year life time
(3 PB TBW)
5-year life time
(6 PB TBW)
Data reliability< 1 in 1018 bits read< 1 in 1018 bits read< 1 in 1018 bits read< 1 in 1018 bits read< 1 in 1018 bits read
MTBF> 2,500,000 hours> 2,500,000 hours> 2,500,000 hours> 2,500,000 hours> 2,500,000 hours
IOPS read*60,00060,00060,00060,00060,000
IOPS write*40,00040,00040,00040,00040,000
Sequential read rate†520 MBps520 MBps520 MBps520 MBps520 MBps
Sequential write rate†500 MBps500 MBps500 MBps500 MBps500 MBps
Access time< 0.1 ms< 0.1 ms< 0.1 ms< 0.1 ms< 0.1 ms
Shock200 g, 10 ms
1500 g, 1 ms
1000 g, 0.5 ms
200 g, 10 ms
1500 g, 1 ms
1000 g, 0.5 ms
200 g, 10 ms
1500 g, 1 ms
1000 g, 0.5 ms
200 g, 10 ms
1500 g, 1 ms
1000 g, 0.5 ms
200 g, 10 ms
1500 g, 1 ms
1000 g, 0.5 ms
Vibration, operating0.67 g rms 5-500 Hz0.67 g rms 5-500 Hz0.67 g rms 5-500 Hz0.67 g rms 5-500 Hz0.67 g rms 5-500 Hz
Vibration, non-operating1.04 g rms 2-200 Hz1.04 g rms 2-200 Hz1.04 g rms 2-200 Hz1.04 g rms 2-200 Hz1.04 g rms 2-200 Hz
Typical power, reads2.8 W2.8 W2.8 W2.8 W2.8 W
Typical power, writes4.6 W4.6 W4.6 W4.6 W4.6 W
§ This SSD can be a hot-swap or non-hot-swap drive depending on the server in which it is installed.
* 4 KB block transfers
† 128 KB block transfers

The TBW value assigned to a solid-state device is the total bytes of written data (based on the number of P/E cycles) that a drive can be guaranteed to complete (% of remaining P/E cycles = % of remaining TBW). Reaching this limit does not cause the drive to immediately fail; the TBW simply denotes the maximum number of writes that can be guaranteed. A solid-state device will not fail upon reaching the specified TBW, but at some point after surpassing the TBW value (and based on manufacturing variance margins), the drive will reach the end-of-life point, at which time the drive will go into read-only mode. Because of such behavior by solid-state drives, careful planning must be done to use SSDs in the application environments to ensure that the TBW of the drive will not be exceeded prior to the required life expectancy.


Supported servers

The IBM SATA MLC Enterprise SSDs and supported RAID controllers can be installed in the System x and iDataPlex servers identified in Table 3 and the BladeCenter and Flex System servers identified in Table 4.

Table 3. Supported System x and iDataPlex servers (Part 1)
Part
number
Product description
x3200 M3 (7327, 7328)
x3250 M3 (4251, 4252)
x3400 M3 (7378, 7379)
x3500 M3 (7380)
x3550 M3 (7944)
x3620 M3 (7376)
x3630 M3 (7377)
x3650 M3 (7945)
x3755 M3 (7164)
00W1120IBM 100GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
00W1125IBM 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
N
N
00W1130IBM 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
Y
N
N
N
N
Y
49Y6119IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
49Y6124IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N

Table 3. Supported System x and iDataPlex servers (Part 2)
Part
number
Product description
x3100 M4 (2582)
x3250 M4 (2583)
x3300 M4 (7382)
x3500 M4 (7383)
x3530 M4 (7160)
x3550 M4 (7914)
x3630 M4 (7158)
x3650 M4 (7915)
x3690 X5 (7147)
x3750 M4 (8722)
x3850 X5 (7143)
00W1120IBM 100GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
00W1125IBM 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
00W1130IBM 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD
N
Y
N
N
Y
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
49Y6119IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
49Y6124IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N

Table 4. Supported BladeCenter and Flex System servers
Part
number
Product description
HS12 (8028)
HS22 (7870)
HS22V (7871)
HS23 (7875)
HS23E (8038)
HX5 (7873)
x220 (7906)
x240 (8737)
x440 (7917)
00W1120IBM 100GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
N
N
Y
N
N
Y
N
N
N
00W1125IBM 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
N
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
00W1130IBM 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
49Y6119IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
N
N
Y
N
N
Y
N
N
N
49Y6124IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
N
N
Y
N
N
Y
N
N
N

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


Supported storage controllers

The IBM SATA MLC Enterprise SSDs require a supported disk controller. Table 5 lists the System x controllers that support these solid-state drives installed in a supported server. Table 6 lists the BladeCenter and Flex System controllers that support these solid-state drives installed in a supported server.

Table 5. RAID controllers for System x and iDataPlex servers supported with internal SSDs (Part 1)
Part
number
Product description
x3200 M3 (7327, 7328)
x3250 M3 (4251, 4252)
x3400 M3 (7378, 7379)
x3500 M3 (7380)
x3550 M3 (7944)
x3620 M3 (7376)
x3630 M3 (7377)
x3650 M3 (7945)
x3755 M3 (7164)
81Y4492ServeRAID H1110 SAS/SATA Controller
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Y
N
N
90Y4304ServeRAID M5016 SAS/SATA Controller
N
N
N
N
Y
N
N
Y
N
N
46M0829ServeRAID M5015 SAS/SATA Controller
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
46M0916ServeRAID M5014 SAS/SATA Controller
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
46M0831ServeRAID M1015 SAS/SATA Controller
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
46M0969ServeRAID B5015 SSD Controller
N
N
N
N
Y
N
N
Y
N
N
49Y4731ServeRAID-BR10il SAS/SATA Controller v2
N
N
N
N
Y
N
N
Y
N
N
46M0912IBM 6Gb Performance Optimized HBA
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y

Table 5. RAID controllers for System x and iDataPlex servers supported with internal SSDs (Part 2)
Part
number
Product description
x3100 M4 (2582)
x3250 M4 (2583)
x3300 M4 (7382)
x3500 M4 (7383)
x3530 M4 (7160)
x3550 M4 (7914)
x3630 M4 (7158)
x3650 M4 (7915)
x3690 X5 (7147)
x3750 M4 (8722)
x3850 X5 (7143)
OnboardServeRAID M5110e SAS/SATA Controller
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
N
81Y4481ServeRAID M5110 SAS/SATA Controller
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
N
Y
N
Y
81Y4448ServeRAID M1115 SAS/SATA Controller
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
81Y4492ServeRAID H1110 SAS/SATA Controller
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
N
N
N
N
N
Y
90Y4304ServeRAID M5016 SAS/SATA Controller
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
46M0829ServeRAID M5015 SAS/SATA Controller
Y
Y
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
46M0916ServeRAID M5014 SAS/SATA Controller
Y
Y
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
46M0831ServeRAID M1015 SAS/SATA Controller
Y
Y
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
46M0969ServeRAID B5015 SSD Controller
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
OnboardServeRAID C105
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
OnboardServeRAID C100
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
46M0912IBM 6Gb Performance Optimized HBA
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Table 6. RAID controllers for BladeCenter and Flex System servers supported with internal SSDs
Part
number
Product description
HS12 (8028)
HS22 (7870)
HS22V (7871)
HS23 (7875)
HS23E (8038)
HX5 (7873)
x220 (7906)
x240 (8737)
x440 (7917)
90Y4390ServeRAID M5115 SAS/SATA Controller
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
90Y4750ServeRAID H1135 Controller
N
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
N
OnboardServeRAID C105
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
OnboardIntegrated LSI SAS2004
N
N
N
Y
N
N
N
Y
Y
46C7167ServeRAID-MR10ie (CIOv) Controller
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
OnboardIntegrated LSI SAS1064e
N
Y
Y
N
N
N
N
N
N
46M6908SSD Expansion Card for IBM BladeCenter HX5
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
N
N

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


Supported operating systems

Solid-state drives operate transparently to users, storage systems, applications, databases, and operating systems. The controllers that support SSDs are supported by the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 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 Server 2008 Foundation
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Standard Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition with Xen
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 AS for AMD64/EM64T
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 AS for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • VMware vSphere 5.1
  • VMware vSphere 5
  • VMware ESX 4.0
  • VMware ESX 4.1
  • VMware ESXi 4.0
  • VMware ESXi 4.1

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


Warranty

The IBM SATA 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch MLC Enterprise SSDs carry a 1-year, customer-replaceable unit (CRU) limited warranty. When installed in a System x server, these drives assume your system’s base warranty and any IBM ServicePac® upgrade.


Physical specifications

The IBM SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSDs have the following physical specifications.

Dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height: 5 mm (0.2 in.)
  • Width: 54 mm (2.1 in.)
  • Depth: 79 mm (3.1 in.)
  • Weight: 39 g (0.1 lb)

Shipping dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height: 32 mm (1.3 in.)
  • Width: 226 mm (8.9 in.)
  • Depth: 150 mm (5.9 in.)
  • Weight: 400 g (0.9 lb)

The IBM SATA 2.5-inch MLC Enterprise SSDs have the following physical specifications.

Dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height: 9 mm (0.4 in.)
  • Width: 70 mm (2.8 in.)
  • Depth: 100 mm (4.0 in.)
  • Weight: 99 g (0.2 lb)

Shipping dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height: 63 mm (2.5 in.)
  • Width: 174 mm (6.9 in.)
  • Depth: 133 mm (5.2 in.)
  • Weight: 448 g (1.0 lb)


Operating environment

The IBM SATA 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch MLC Enterprise SSDs are supported in the following environment:
  • Temperature: 0 - 70 °C (32 - 158°F)
  • Relative humidity: 8 - 85% (noncondensing)
  • Maximum altitude: 3,050 m (10,000 ft)


Agency approvals

The IBM SAT 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch MLC Enterprise SSDs have the following agency approvals:
  • UL
  • CSA
  • TUV
  • FCC
  • EMC
  • CE Mark
  • C-Tick Mark
  • Taiwan (BSMI Certification)
  • Korea EMI


Related publications

For more information see the following documents:

Special Notices

This material has not been submitted to any formal IBM test and is published AS IS. It has not been the subject of rigorous review. IBM assumes no responsibility for its accuracy or completeness. The use of this information or the implementation of any of these techniques is a client responsibility and depends upon the client's ability to evaluate and integrate them into the client's operational environment.

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