IBM BladeCenter S

IBM Redbooks Product Guide

Abstract

IBM® BladeCenter® remains an innovative solution to running business solutions. IBM BladeCenter builds on the IBM commitment to integrating server, storage, and networking functionality with technology exchange and heterogeneous management. IBM BladeCenter offers the ease, density, availability, affordability, and scalability that are central to the blade technology promise.

IBM BladeCenter S combines the power of blade servers with integrated storage, all in an easy-to-use package that is designed specifically for the office and distributed enterprise environment. The BladeCenter S chassis can hold up to six blade servers, and up to 12 hot-swap 3.5-inch SAS or SATA disk drives in just 7U of rack space.

Changes in the June 25 update:
* Added HS23 (E5-2600 v2) support
* Updated adapter to I/O bay correspondence for the HS23 10 GbE LOM ports

Contents


Table of contents


Introduction

IBM® BladeCenter® remains an innovative solution to running business solutions. IBM BladeCenter builds on the IBM commitment to integrating server, storage, and networking functionality with technology exchange and heterogeneous management. IBM BladeCenter offers the ease, density, availability, affordability, and scalability that are central to the blade technology promise.

IBM BladeCenter S combines the power of blade servers with integrated storage, all in an easy-to-use package that is designed specifically for the office and distributed enterprise environment. The BladeCenter S chassis can hold up to six blade servers, and up to 12 hot-swap 3.5-inch or 24 hot-swap 2.5-inch disk drives in just 7U of rack space.

The IBM BladeCenter S is shown in Figure 1.

The IBM BladeCenter S
Figure 1. The IBM BladeCenter S

Did you know?

Unlike the BladeCenter E and BladeCenter H chassis, the BladeCenter S is designed to operate on either 110 V or 220 V power. It is also designed to run in an office environment with the IBM BladeCenter S Office Enablement Kit. The combination of these features means that the BladeCenter S is ideal for customers with a distributed IT infrastructure where there is no dedicated computer room.

Key features

This section lists the key features of IBM BladeCenter S chassis.

Performance

The BladeCenter S chassis offers numerous features to boost performance and reduce costs:

  • Support for the latest generation of IBM BladeCenter blades, helping to provide performance and investment protection.
  • Blade servers communicate directly to switch modules inside the BladeCenter chassis via redundant midplane links to help increase the speed and efficiency of data transfers across blade servers and networks.
  • A blade server that is installed in a BladeCenter S has access to as many as four internal switches, which means that up to eight I/O ports can be enabled from each server that is installed in the chassis.


Flexibility and scalability

The BladeCenter S chassis can grow with your application requirements with these features:
  • BladeCenter Virtual Fabric delivers a flexible, open, and connected infrastructure to help optimize application performance. BladeCenter supports many fabrics, including Ethernet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand, iSCSI, and SAS.
  • Support for both x86 servers and Power Systems™ servers in a single chassis.
  • BladeCenter S can be used in either 220 V or 110 V power environments. Couple this flexibility with the office-friendly Office Enablement Kit and BladeCenter S fits well in a standard back-office environment, as well as in a data center.
  • The two Disk Storage Modules support up to 24 TB of share storage that is integrated into the chassis, providing flexibility and convenience in your application design and data placement.
  • The Disk Storage Modules are available either with 3.5-inch drive bays or with 2.5-inch drive bays
  • A complete integrated offering is provided with space for servers, networking, and shared storage - all in one 7U modular design enclosure.
  • Available Serial Pass-thru Module provides a dedicated serial port to every blade server in the chassis for the applications that need it.
  • The BladeCenter server form factor has remained the same since 2002, which means that most servers that are designed for BladeCenter are supported in all BladeCenter chassis. This continuity maximizes flexibility and manageability.


Manageability and security

Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the BladeCenter S chassis:
  • The high degree of integration in the various BladeCenter chassis reduces the need for server components, replacing numerous fans, keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) and Ethernet cables, power supplies, external switches, and other components.
  • Each BladeCenter chassis includes an Advanced Management Module (AMM). The AMM boosts administrator productivity and reduces skill level requirements, which can help reduce costs, improve overall productivity, and make administration easier.
  • Unlike traditional servers and some competitive blades with a myriad of separate management tools, the AMM provides a single point of control for the solution and supports many industry-standard, open protocols.
  • The AMM provides systems management capabilities, including web-based out-of-band control; virtual media support; Windows “blue screen” error capture; Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) support; and remote redirection of video, text, keyboard, and mouse for the chassis and the components that are installed in the chassis.
  • IBM Systems Director remains a powerful and intelligent solution to manage BladeCenter systems with rack mount and tower servers. Systems Director exploits the hardware’s capabilities by surfacing pertinent information about your blade server. The easy-to-use wizards provide step-by-step instructions and offer automated deployment capabilities.
  • IBM Fabric Manager simplifies the deployment of infrastructure connections by managing network and storage address assignments.
  • Integrated industry-standard Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) in supported servers enables improved setup, configuration, and updates, and simplifies error handling.
  • Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 in supported servers enables advanced cryptographic functionality, such as digital signatures and remote attestation.


Availability and serviceability

The BladeCenter S chassis provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:
  • BladeCenter reduces the number of parts that are required to run the system. Sharing fans, power supplies, systems management, and ports means fewer parts to buy and maintain, and fewer components that can fail and cause downtime.
  • Hot-swap components, such as the server, switches, power supplies, and blowers, ensures maximum uptime.
  • Redundant components, such as blowers and power supplies, and available RAID support for the drives in the Disk Storage Modules (DSMs) ensures that systems can remain available even during hardware failures.
  • The Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) detects when system components (processors, memory, and hard disk drives) operate outside of standard thresholds and generates proactive alerts in advance of a possible failure, therefore increasing uptime.
  • Dual independent power and signal connectors to the BladeCenter chassis midplane provide fault tolerance to increase uptime.
  • Tool-less cover removal provides easy access to upgrades and serviceable parts, such as CPU, memory, and adapters.
  • A standard three-year (parts and labor) limited on-site warranty affords customers peace of mind and greater potential investment protection.


Energy efficiency

The BladeCenter S chassis has an energy-efficient design with features that include the following functions:
  • The IBM BladeCenter family features the industry’s most energy-efficient design. The various BladeCenter chassis use ultra-high efficiency power supplies. BladeCenter power modules are up to 91% efficient at converting power from ac wall current to the dc power that is used inside servers. This efficiency helps save money because more of the power input for which the customer is paying is used for processing, rather than released into the data center as wasted heat.
  • Environmentally tuned blower/fan modules in the chassis adjust to compensate for changing thermal characteristics. At the lower speeds, they draw less power and suffer less wear. Equally important in a crowded data center, temperature-controlled blowers and fans produce less ambient noise in the data center than if they ran constantly at full speed.
  • Low-voltage Intel Xeon processors and low-voltage dual inline memory modules (DIMMs) in supported servers draw less energy to satisfy demands of power and thermally constrained data centers and telecommunication environments.
  • IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™ provides advanced power management features with actual real-time energy monitoring, reporting, and capping features.

Locations of key components

Figure 2 shows the front of the IBM BladeCenter S chassis.

Front of the IBM BladeCenter S chassis
Figure 2. Front of the IBM BladeCenter S chassis

Figure 3 shows the rear of the IBM BladeCenter S chassis.

Rear of the IBM BladeCenter S chassis
Figure 3. Rear of the IBM BladeCenter S chassis

Standard specifications

The following table lists the standard specifications.

Table 1. Standard specifications

ComponentsSpecification
Machine typeSystem x sales channel: 8886
Power Systems sales channel: 7779
Form factor7U rack-mounted unit.
Maximum number of servers supportedUp to six server blades in six bays. Supports double-wide servers or servers with expansion blades.
Systems supportedAll IBM BladeCenter servers.
Nodes per 42U rackUp to 42 servers in six chassis.
Storage subsystemTwo front-accessible bays for disk storage modules. Each storage module can house up to six 3.5-inch disk drives (12 drives total) or up to 12 2.5-inch disk drives (24 drives total). Storage accessible from installed blade servers via SAS expansion cards in the servers and SAS modules in the chassis. Use of the SAS RAID Controller Module provides integrated RAID and SAS-based storage area networking capabilities. SAS RAID Controller Module includes front-accessible battery backup unit. The 12x 2.5-inch disk storage modules require the SAS RAID Controller Module (SAS Controller Module not supported).
Advanced Management ModulesOne Advanced Management Module (AMM), non-redundant, hot-swap, rear access, comprehensive system management functions; PowerPC® 440GP controller. Communicates with integrated system management processor on each blade server. Complete KVM switch local functionality.
Media trayTwo USB ports and optional Multiburner optical drive connectable to any one blade server; switchable via buttons on media tray or remote via the AMM web interface.
PortsAMM: DB-15 analog video port. Dual USB 2.0 for keyboard and mouse. Serial (RJ45). 10/100 Ethernet remote management.
Media tray: Two USB 2.0 ports that are connectable to any server (not shareable).
Rear: Optional serial pass-thru module in dedicated bay to supply one serial port for each blade bay.
I/O architectureUp to four I/O modules that support either 1 Gb Ethernet (some modules with 10 Gb uplinks), 4 Gb or 8 Gb Fibre Channel, or 3 Gb SAS connections for each of the blade servers. Bay 1 routes server onboard Ethernet; bay 2 routes CFFh expansion adapter (ports 1 & 2 only, limited adapter support); bays 3 and 4 route CIOv or CFFv expansion adapter in each server.
Power modulesUp to four hot-swap power modules. Supports 110 V and 220 V supply. Rear access. Supplies power to chassis components up to 1450 W at 220 V or 950 W at 110 V. Supports redundancy within pair. Power modules 1 and 2 supply power to all blade bays and components. Power modules 3 and 4 needed for high-performance servers or higher redundancy modes or if storage module 2 installed. Models 1Tx, ETx, and EVx have IEC320-C14 sockets; other models have C20 sockets.
Fan modulesFour fan modules standard and maximum. Hot-swap and redundant, variable speed, rear access, front to back airflow.
System LED panelFront and rear information panels. Provides power-on, location, over-temperature, information, and system-error conditions.
Declared sound level6.8 bels.
TemperatureOperating air temperature:
10°C - 35°C (50°F to 95°F) up to 900 m (3,000 ft)
10°C - 32°C (50°F to 90°F) up to 2,100 m (7,000 ft)
Electrical powerInput power: 100 - 127 V or 200 - 240 V ac (nominal), 50 or 60 Hz.
Power consumption3,500 watts maximum.
Power cordsOne rack power cable is supplied with each power module.
DimensionsHeight: 306 mm (12 in).
Width: 444 mm (17.5 in).
Depth: 733 mm (28.9 in).
Weight 40 - 108 kg (90 - 240 lb).
Limited warrantyThree-year customer-replaceable unit and on-site limited warranty with 9x5/NBD.
Service and supportOptional service upgrades are available through IBM ServicePacs: Four-hour or two-hour response time, eight-hour fix time, one-year or two-year warranty extension.

Models

The following table lists the specifications of the standard and express models.

Table 2. Standard and express models

Model8886-1Tx
Standard model
8886-ETx
Express model
8886-EVx
Express model
Server bays (six maximum)666
AMM (one maximum)1 11
High-speed I/O module bays*NoneNoneNone
Standard I/O module bays (four maximum)4 open4 open4 open
I/O modules standardNone1x SAS Connectivity2x SAS RAID Controller
SAS RAID battery modulesOptionalOptional2
Storage modules (two maximum)Optional1 (six 3.5-inch drive bays)2 (12x 3.5-inch drive bays)
Drives (12 maximum)OptionalOpenOpen
Power supplies (four maximum)2x 1450 W C144x 1450 W C144x 1450 W C14
Fans (four maximum)444
Optical driveOptional MultiburnerMultiburner
* Only BladeCenter H and HT support high-speed I/O module bays.

Supported servers

The following table lists the supported blade servers in the IBM BladeCenter S. The table lists the maximum number of installable servers based on the Intel processors that are installed in the servers.

Table 3. Supported blade servers and maximum quantities

DescriptionMachine typeMaximum number of
servers per BC-S chassis
BladeCenter HS1280286
BladeCenter HS227870Processors 95 W and lower: 6
Processors 130 W: 5
BladeCenter HS22V7871Processors 95 W and lower: 6
Processors 130 W: 5
BladeCenter HS23 (E5-2600 v2)78756
BladeCenter HS23 (E5-2600)78756
BladeCenter HS23E80386
BladeCenter HX57872 and 7873Single wide with processors 105 W and lower: 5
Single wide with processors 130 W: 4
HX5+MAX5 double-wide: 2
BladeCenter PS70084066
BladeCenter PS70184066
BladeCenter PS70284063 (double-wide)
BladeCenter PS70378916
BladeCenter PS70478913 (double-wide)

See IBM ServerProven® at the following web address for the latest information about the servers that are supported in the IBM BladeCenter S chassis:
http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/

Supported I/O modules

The IBM BladeCenter S has four switch bays that can support various architectures. The switches are installed in switch bays in the rear of the chassis as shown in Figure 3.

The following table lists the switches that are supported in the BladeCenter S.

Table 4. I/O modules and upgrades

DescriptionPart numberx-config (XCC)
feature code
e-config (AAS)
feature code
Ethernet switches
Cisco Catalyst Switch Module 301243W439554503174
Cisco Catalyst Switch Module 301246C9272A3FE3174
IBM Server Connectivity Module39Y932414843220
IBM L2/3 Copper GbE Switch Module 32R186014953212
IBM L2/3 Fiber GbE Switch Module32R186114963213
IBM L2-7 Gb Ethernet Switch Module32R185914943211
IBM 1/10Gb Uplink Ethernet Switch Module44W440415901590
Fibre Channel switches
Cisco 4Gb 10 port FC Switch Module39Y928429843241
Cisco 4Gb 10 port FC Switch Module44E5692A3FG3241
QLogic 20-Port 8Gb SAN Switch Module44X190554783284
QLogic 20-Port 4/8Gb SAN Switch Module88Y6406A24CNone
QLogic 8Gb Intelligent Pass-Thru Module44X190754825449
QLogic 4/8Gb Intelligent Pass-Thru Module88Y6410A24DNone
SAS modules
SAS Connectivity Module39Y919529803267
SAS RAID Controller Module43W35843734None
Pass-through and interconnect modules
Intelligent Copper Pass-Thru Module44W448354525452

I/O architecture

The BladeCenter S chassis provides connection paths between the server blade bays and I/O or switch bays through a hardwired midplane as shown in Figure 4.

BladeCenter S I/O topology
Figure 4. BladeCenter S I/O topology

Each of six blade bays has six dedicated I/O connections that are linked to four I/O bays, as shown in Figure 4:

  • The two ports of the onboard Gigabit Ethernet controller in each blade server are both routed to I/O bay 1 in the chassis.
  • Port 1 of the CIOv card in each blade server is routed to I/O bay 3.
  • Port 2 of the CIOv card in each blade server is routed to I/O bay 4.
  • Ports 1 and 2 of the CFFh card in each blade server are both routed to I/O bay 2.

In addition, I/O bays 3 and 4 have special wiring to enable the support of the disk drives that are installed in the integrated Disk Storage Modules (DSMs). This wiring consists of four x4 SAS links between these bays and DSMs (two links per I/O bay 3 or 4 connected to different DSMs). SAS links are only used when the DSMs are installed.

The following table shows the connections between adapter slots in the compute nodes to the switch bays in the chassis.

Table 5. Adapter to I/O bay correspondence
I/O adapter
in each server
Port on the adapterCorresponding I/O module bay
in the chassis
Onboard 1 Gb EthernetPort 1I/O bay 1
Port 2I/O bay 1
Onboard 10 Gb Ethernet (HS23)*Port 1I/O bay 2
Port 2I/O bay 2
CIOv adapterPort 1I/O bay 3
Port 2I/O bay 4
CFFh adapter**Port 1I/O bay 2
Port 2I/O bay 2
Port 3Not connected
Port 4Not connected
* Requires the 10Gb LOM Interposer Card be installed in HS23. Both 10 GbE ports are routed to the I/O bay 2 of the BladeCenter S chassis and operate at 1 Gbps speed.
** The only CFFh adapter that is supported in servers that are installed in the BladeCenter S is the 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter, 44W4479.

Disk Storage Module

The BladeCenter S chassis supports internal disk storage with the addition of one or two Disk Storage Modules (DSMs). Two DSMs are available as shown in the following table - a 6-drive DSM supporting 3.5-inch hot-swap disk drives and a 12-drive DSM supporting 2.5-inch hot-swap disk drives. Figure 2 shows the BladeCenter S with the 6-drive DSMs installed. The following figure shows the 12-drive DSM.


Figure 5. BladeCenter S with two IBM BladeCenter S 12-Disk Storage Modules

The DSM is fundamentally a collection of disk drives that are made accessible to blade servers through a SAS switch module in the chassis and a SAS expansion card in each blade. You can install a maximum of two DSMs in the BladeCenter S chassis. The following table shows the ordering information. It is not supported to have one 12-drive DSM and one 6-drive DSM installed in the same chassis.

Table 6. Ordering part number and feature code

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
43W35811583IBM BladeCenter S 6-Disk Storage Module2
49Y3234A3KSIBM BladeCenter S 12-Disk Storage Module2

Drives are assigned directly to blades by using built-in predefined configurations or through user-defined custom configurations. Both storage modules are accessible to all blades via a one or two SAS switch module. The SAS switch module is responsible for both the provisioning of physical disk drives through zoning and for failover redundancy when two SAS switch modules are present.

The use of the second SAS switch module provides higher levels of availability. When two SAS switch modules are installed, the modules provide redundant functionality because each module is able to access all hard disks in both storage modules. This enterprise-class redundant architecture allows the transparent data protection of all storage that is contained within the storage modules. With this enterprise-class redundant architecture, you can conduct the online replacement of either module.

The SAS Connectivity Card that is installed in each blade server connects the RAID controller in the blade server to the SAS switch in the chassis.

The following table lists the drives that are supported in the 6-drive and 12-drive DSMs. The table also lists which drives are supported in by the two SAS modules. The 12-drive DSM only supports the SAS RAID Controller Module so no 2.5-inch drives are supported with the SAS Connectivity Module.

Note: These supported 6 Gbps drives will operate at 3 Gbps when installed in the DSMs.

Table 7. Supported disk drives (Part 1 - 3.5" drives)
Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Supported by
SAS Connectivity
Module
Supported by
SAS RAID
Controller Module
3.5-inch drives - supported in the IBM BladeCenter S 6-Disk Storage Module only
42D07675417IBM 2 TB 7.2K 6 Gbps
NL SAS 3.5" HS HDD
6 per DSM
(12 total)
YesYes
42D07775418IBM 1 TB 7.2K 6 Gbps
NL SAS 3.5" HS HDD
6 per DSM
(12 total)
YesYes
43W76305561IBM 1 TB 7200 Dual Port
SATA 3.5" HS HDD
6 per DSM
(12 total)
YesNo
44W22345311IBM 300 GB 15K 6 Gbps
SAS 3.5" Hot-Swap HDD
6 per DSM
(12 total)
YesYes
44W22395312IBM 450 GB 15K 6 Gbps
SAS 3.5" Hot-Swap HDD
6 per DSM
(12 total)
YesYes
44W22445313IBM 600 GB 15K 6 Gbps
SAS 3.5" Hot-Swap HDD
6 per DSM
(12 total)
YesYes

Table 7. Supported disk drives (Part 2 - 2.5" drives)
Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Supported by
SAS Connectivity
Module
Supported by
SAS RAID
Controller Module
2.5-inch drives - supported in the IBM BladeCenter S 12-Disk Storage Module only
42D06375599IBM 300GB 2.5in SFF Slim-HS
10K 6Gbps SAS HDD
12 per DSM
(24 total)
NoYes
90Y8877A2XCIBM 300GB 2.5in SFF 10K
6Gbps HS SAS HDD
12 per DSM
(24 total)
NoYes
90Y8872A2XDIBM 600GB 2.5in SFF 10K
6Gbps HS SAS HDD
12 per DSM
(24 total)
NoYes
81Y9650A282IBM 900GB 2.5in SFF HS
10K 6Gbps SAS HDD
12 per DSM
(24 total)
NoYes
42D06775536IBM 146GB 2.5in SFF Slim-HS
15K 6Gbps SAS HDD
12 per DSM
(24 total)
NoYes
81Y9670A283IBM 300GB 2.5in SFF HS
15K 6Gbps SAS HDD
12 per DSM
(24 total)
NoYes

SAS RAID Controller Module

The SAS RAID Controller Module for IBM BladeCenter S provides integrated RAID and SAS-based storage area networking capabilities for IBM BladeCenter S-based solutions. Figure 5 shows the SAS RAID Controller Module.

IBM BladeCenter S SAS RAID Controller Module
Figure 5. IBM BladeCenter S SAS RAID Controller Module

The following table shows the ordering part numbers and feature codes.

Table 8. Ordering part numbers and feature codes

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
43W35845453IBM BladeCenter S SAS RAID Controller Module.
Includes one battery backup unit.
2
00Y34477589IBM BladeCenter RAID Battery Backup Module (replacement).2

Single controller configuration: Starting with SAS RAID Controller Firmware Version 1.2.2.007, a configuration that contains only one SAS RAID Controller Module is supported.

The SAS RAID Controller ships standard with a battery backup module as shown in Figure 6. The battery modules are installed in bays in the front of the chassis as shown in Figure 2.

 IBM BladeCenter RAID Battery Backup Module
Figure 6. IBM BladeCenter RAID Battery Backup Module

The SAS RAID Controller Module consists of two subsystems:
  • RAID Controller to perform RAID management (working with storage pools, volumes, RAID levels, and host mappings)
  • SAS Switch to provide SAS connectivity for blade servers and disks

The SAS RAID Controller Module has the following characteristics:
  • Standard I/O module form factor
  • Four external x4 3 Gb SAS links with a mini-SAS connector type (SFF-8088)
  • Six internal x1 3 Gb SAS links to blade servers
  • Two internal x4 3 Gb SAS links to the two Disk Storage Modules (DSMs)
  • Internal Gb Ethernet interface for RAID management
  • RAID levels that are supported: 0, 1, 5, and 10
  • 512 MB of ECC battery-backed cache per controller
  • A battery backup unit that provides up to 72 hours of data storage in cache in case of complete power failure
  • 10/100 Mb Ethernet for I/O module management (monitoring status, updating firmware, configuring IP addresses, and so on)
  • Serial SCSI Protocol (SSP)
  • Serial Management Protocol (SMP) as defined in the SAS specification
  • Link error detection
  • Power-on diagnostics and status reporting

Ethernet switch required: A supported Ethernet switch must be installed in I/O bay 1. If the Intelligent Copper Pass-thru Module (44W4483) is used, ports 7 and 14 must be attached to each other by a standard Ethernet cable.

For information about supported external SAS devices, see Chapter 4 of the BladeCenter Interoperability Guide, which is available from http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/big.

SAS Connectivity Module

The SAS Connectivity Module is a SAS expander and provides the connectivity and access between the blades and the disks in the DSMs. It also provides four external SAS ports for further connectivity. The following data paths are controlled by predefined or user-defined zone configurations:

  • Internal paths in the chassis from the blades to the disks
  • Internal paths in the chassis from the blades to the external ports of the SAS Connectivity Module

Each blade must have the SAS Connectivity Card (or other supported SAS card) installed in the CIOv slot to allow it to connect to the storage by using the SAS Connectivity Module. The SAS Connectivity Module only provides the connectivity between the SAS devices that are installed in the BladeCenter S; the RAID controller on the blade server provides fault tolerance.

You can install up to two SAS Connectivity Modules in the BladeCenter S in I/O module bays 3 and 4. If you install only one SAS Connectivity Module, you must install it in I/O module bay 3. The following table shows the ordering part number and feature code.

Table 9. Ordering part number and feature code
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
39Y91952980IBM BladeCenter SAS Connectivity Module2

Figure 7 shows the SAS Connectivity Module.

IBM BladeCenter SAS Connectivity Module
Figure 7. IBM BladeCenter SAS Connectivity Module

The SAS Connectivity Module has the following characteristics:
  • SAS expander
  • Four external x4 links for storage servers with mini-SAS connector type (SFF-8088)
  • 14 internal x1 links to blade servers
  • Serial SCSI Protocol (SSP)
  • Serial Management Protocol (SMP) as defined in the SAS specification
  • Link error detection
  • Power-on diagnostics and status reporting

For information about supported external SAS devices, see Chapter 4 of the BladeCenter Interoperability Guide, which is available from http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/big.

Media tray

The media tray for the BladeCenter S is a hot-swappable module that consists of the system LED panel, optical drive, two USB 2.0 ports, and two battery backup module bays. The system LED panel provides light path diagnostic LEDs, as well as power and location indicators. The media tray is accessible from the front of the chassis and is shown in Figure 2.

The optical drive and USB ports are available to any one blade server in the chassis. The drive and USB ports cannot be shared among multiple servers. The drive and USB ports can be used to install operating systems, to update drivers, or to copy data to recordable media.

For blade servers to access the drive and USB ports, they first must be assigned to a specific blade bay. This assignment is done either by physically pressing the media tray assignment button on the front of the blade server that you want or via the AMM web interface. After the drive and USB ports are assigned to a blade, they are not available to any other server in the chassis. If the devices are reassigned to another blade server, access is immediately dropped from the first server.

The following table lists the supported optical drives.

Table 10. Supported optical drives

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
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 (part number 46M0902) supports the same media and speeds for reading as DVD-ROM (46M0901). In addition, this drive supports the following media and speeds for writing:
  • CD-R 24X
  • CD-RW 4X
  • High Speed CD-RW 10X
  • Ultra Speed CD-RW 16X
  • 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

Serial Pass-thru Module

The Serial Pass-thru Module provides six serial port connectors that can be used to attach directly to each blade server in the BladeCenter S chassis via a four-wire serial RJ-45 connector. Port connector links bypass the AMM and provide a dedicated link directly to each blade. The Serial Pass-thru Module is installed in the dedicated bay at the rear of the chassis.

The following figure shows the Serial Pass-thru Module.

Serial Pass-thru Module
Figure 8. Serial Pass-thru Module

The following table lists the ordering information.

Table 11. Serial Pass-thru Module part number and feature code

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
43W35831584IBM BladeCenter S Serial Pass-thru Module1

The port connections function at speeds of up to 19.2k baud and are intended for serial console access only. The port connectors are numbered from 1 to 6, from top to bottom, and correspond to blade servers in blade server bays 1 - 6.

Advanced Management Module

The Advanced Management Module (AMM) is a hot-swappable module that can be used to configure and manage any installed BladeCenter components. It provides system management functions and keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) multiplexing for all blade servers in the BladeCenter S unit that support KVM. The management module communicates with all components in the BladeCenter unit, detecting their presence or absence, reporting their status, and sending alerts for error conditions when required. The chassis supports one AMM.

The following figure shows the Advanced Management Module. See Figure 3 for the location of the AMM in the chassis.

Advanced Management Module
Figure 9. Advanced Management Module

BladeCenter components are configured by using the AMM web-based user interface. The web interface communicates with the management and configuration application, which is part of the upgradeable firmware that is installed in the management module.

You can use the AMM user interface to perform the following tasks:

  • Defining the login IDs and passwords
  • Configuring security settings, such as data encryption and user account security
  • Selecting recipients for alert notification of specific events
  • Monitoring the status of the BladeCenter chassis, blade servers, and other BladeCenter components
  • Controlling the BladeCenter chassis, blade servers, and other BladeCenter components
  • Accessing the I/O modules to configure them
  • Changing the startup sequence in a blade server
  • Setting the date and time
  • Using a remote console for the blade servers
  • Changing ownership of the keyboard, video, and mouse
  • Changing ownership of the removable-media drives and USB ports

The AMM also incorporates a reset button that has two functions, depending on how long the button is pressed:
  • Press and release the reset button to restart the management module.
  • Press and hold the reset button for 8 seconds to restore the management module to the factory default settings.

When you press the reset button, the blowers operate at full speed while the management module is initializing.

The AMM has the following default static IPv4 address. By default, the AMM is configured to respond to Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) first before it uses its static IPv4 address:
  • IP address: 192.168.70.125
  • Subnet: 255.255.255.0
  • User ID: USERID (all capital letters)
  • Password: PASSW0RD (all capital letters, with a zero instead of the letter O)

Power supplies

The BladeCenter S supports up to four auto-sensing power modules, which can support either 110 V or 220 V ac power. Two power modules are standard, and a maximum of four power modules are supported.

The power modules are hot-swappable components and can be replaced easily during normal BladeCenter operation, assuming that a redundant power policy was selected in the AMM. If a power supply fails, the cooling fans inside the power supply continue to operate normally, because the power supply fans are powered from the “common” voltage from the midplane. This function is important, because the power supply fans cool the airflow to the storage modules. The following table shows the ordering information.

Table 12. Ordering part numbers and feature codes

Part numberFeature codeDescription
43W35821992IBM BladeCenter S 950 W/1450 W Auto-Sensing Power Supplies 3 & 4
IEC 320-C20 connector
Includes power cords (2.5 m IEC 320 C19/C20, 16 A/125-250 V ac)
46C74382102IBM BladeCenter S C14 950 W/1450 W Auto-sensing Power Supplies 3 & 4
IEC 320-C14 connector
Includes power cords (2.0 m IEC 320 C13/C14, 13 A/125 V-10A/250 V)

Within the BladeCenter S chassis, all power supplies are combined into a single power domain that distributes power to each of the blade servers and modules through the system midplane.

The two standard power modules are installed in bay 1 and bay 2 of the chassis (the top and bottom module bays on the right side when you look from the back of the chassis, as shown in Figure 3). The second pair of power modules is required if any of these situations occur:
  • The power requirements of the installed components (servers, I/O modules, disks, and so on) exceed the capacity of the standard two power modules.
  • You install the second storage module because power modules 3 and 4 also provide the necessary fans to cool this second storage module.

Use the BladeCenter Power Configurator to confirm whether your configuration requires the second pair of power supplies: http://www.ibm.com/systems/bladecenter/powerconfig

Each power supply option includes two power cables, one for each power supply as listed in the previous table.

Physical specifications

Dimensions:

  • Height: 306 mm (12 in)
  • Width: 444 mm (17.5 in)
  • Depth: 733 mm (28.9 in)

Weight:
  • Minimum configuration: 40 kg (90 lb)
  • Maximum configuration: 108 kg (240 lb)

Supported environment

The following environment is the supported operating environment.

Temperature and humidity:

  • 10.0 - 35.0 ° C (50 - 95 ° F) at 0 - 914 m (0 - 3,000 ft)
  • 10.0 - 32.0 °C (50 - 90 ° F) at 914 - 2,133 m (3,000 - 7,000 ft)
  • Relative humidity: 8% - 80%
  • Maximum altitude: 2,133 m (7,000 ft)

Supported electrical input:
  • 200 - 240 V (nominal) ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz
  • 110 - 127 V (nominal) ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz

Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately):
  • Minimum configuration: 0.40 kVA (two power supplies)
  • Maximum configuration: 3.50 kVA (four power supplies)

Thermal output:
  • Ship configuration — 1365 Btu/hr (400 watts)
  • Full configuration — 11942 Btu/hr (3500 watts)

Acoustical noise emissions for BladeCenter with six blade servers:
  • 6.3 through 6.9 bels blade-dependent (operating)
  • 6.3 through 6.9 bels blade-dependent (idling)

The noise emission level stated is the declared (upper limit) sound power level, in bels, for a random sample of machines. All measurements are made in accordance with ISO 7779 and reported in conformance with ISO 9296.

Warranty options

The IBM BladeCenter S has a three-year on-site warranty with 9x5 next-business-day terms. IBM offers the warranty service upgrades through IBM ServicePac®. The IBM ServicePac is a series of prepackaged warranty maintenance upgrades and post-warranty maintenance agreements with a well-defined scope of services, including service hours, response time, term of service, and service agreement terms and conditions.

IBM ServicePac offerings are country-specific. That is, each country might have its own service types, service levels, response times, and terms and conditions. Not all covered types of ServicePac might be available in a particular country. For more information about the IBM ServicePac offerings that are available in your country, see 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 13. Warranty service definitions

TermDescription
IBM on-site repair (IOR)A service technician comes 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 24-hour service, 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 24-hour service, 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 on-site 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 arrives 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 following types of IBM ServicePacs exist:
  • Warranty and maintenance service upgrades:
    • One, two, three, four, or five years of 9x5 or 24x7 service coverage
    • On-site repair from the next business day to four or two hours
    • One or two years of warranty extension
  • Remote technical support services:
    • One or three years with 24x7 coverage (severity 1) or 9 - 5 next business day for all severities
    • Installation and start-up 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:

  • FCC - Verified to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules, Class A
  • Canada ICES-003, issue 4, Class A
  • UL/IEC 60950-1
  • CAN C22.2 No. 60950-1-03
  • NOM-019

External disk storage systems

The following table lists the external storage systems that are supported by the server and that can be ordered through the System x sales channel. The server might support other IBM disk systems that are not listed in this table. For more information, see the IBM System Storage® Interoperability Center at http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic.

Table 14. External disk storage systems

Part
number
Description
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 Storage Systems category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=externalstorage

External backup units

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

Table 15. 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 Line Cord)
8767HNXHalf High Tape Drive Enclosure (with NEMA 5-15P Line Cord)
Tape enclosure adapters (with cables)
44E8869USB Enclosure Adapter Kit
40K2599SAS Enclosure Adapter Kit
Internal backup drives that are supported by external tape enclosures
46C5399IBM DDS Generation 5 USB Tape Drive
39M5636 IBM DDS Generation 6 USB Tape Drive
43W8478IBM Half High LTO Gen 3 SAS Tape Drive
44E8895IBM Half High LTO Gen 4 SAS Tape Drive
49Y9898IBM Half High LTO Gen 5 Internal SAS Tape Drive
External backup units*
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 that are listed can be ordered through the System x® sales channel. The server might support other IBM tape drives that are not listed in this table. For more information, see the IBM System Storage Interoperability Center.
† Note: These part numbers are the tape drive 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 chassis supports the top-of-rack Ethernet switches that are listed in the following table.

Table 16. IBM System Networking top-of-rack switches

Part numberDescription
IBM System Networking - 1 Gb top-of-rack switches
0446013IBM System Networking RackSwitch™ G8000R
7309CFCIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000F
7309CD8IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000DC
7309G52IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8052R
730952FIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8052F
427348EIBM Ethernet Switch J48E
6630010Juniper Networks EX2200 24 Port
6630011Juniper Networks EX2200 24 Port with PoE
6630012Juniper Networks EX2200 48 Port
6630013Juniper Networks EX2200 48 Port with PoE
IBM System Networking - 10 Gb top-of-rack switches
7309DRXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264CS (Rear to Front)
7309DFXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264CS (Front to Rear)
0446017IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124R
7309BF9IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124F
7309BD5IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124DC
7309BR6IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124ER
7309BF7IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124EF
7309G64IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264R
730964FIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264F
7309CR9IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264TR
7309CF9IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264TF
0719410Juniper Networks EX4500 - Front to Back Airflow
0719420Juniper Networks EX4500 - Back to Front Airflow
IBM System Networking - 40 Gb top-of-rack switches
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

Power distribution units

Power planning for an IBM BladeCenter S is advised.

The IBM BladeCenter S chassis has four power supplies. Each power supply has a power cord, so careful consideration must be given to providing the best power-optimized source. For details about possible power configurations, see the IBM BladeCenter Power Guide, which is available from this website:

http://www.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/WebIndex/PRS4401

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

Table 17. 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
46M4167IBM 1U 9 C19/3 C13 Switched and Monitored 30A 3 Phase PDU
46M4134IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 Switched and Monitored 50A 3 Phase PDU
46M4140IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 50A 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)
39Y8923 DPI 60A Three Phase C19 Enterprise PDU with IEC309 3P+G (208 V) fixed line cord
39Y8948 DPI Single Phase C19 Enterprise PDU without line cord
Front-end PDUs
39Y8934DPI 32amp/250 V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y893830amp/125 V Front-end PDU with NEMA L5-30P connector
39Y893930amp/250 V Front-end PDU with NEMA L6-30P connector
39Y894060amp/250 V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 60A 2P+N+Gnd connector

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

Uninterruptible power supply units

The IBM BladeCenter S chassis supports attachments to the uninterruptible power supply units listed in the following table.

Table 18. Uninterruptible power supply units

Part numberDescription
21303RXIBM Uninterruptible Power Supply 7500XHV
21304RX IBM Uninterruptible Power Supply 10000XHV
53956AX IBM 6000VA LCD 4U Rack Uninterruptible Power Supply (200 V/208 V)
53956KX IBM 6000VA LCD 4U Rack Uninterruptible Power Supply (230 V)
53959KXIBM 11000VA LCD 5U Rack Uninterruptible Power Supply (230 V)

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

Rack cabinets

The IBM BladeCenter S chassis is supported in the rack cabinets that are listed in the following table. In an office environment, the suggested rack is the BladeCenter S Office Enablement Kit.

Table 19. Rack cabinets

Part numberDescription
201886XIBM BladeCenter S 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 1200mm Deep Dynamic Expansion Rack
93604PXIBM 42U 1200mm Deep Dynamic Rack
93614EXIBM 42U 1200mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93614PXIBM 42U 1200mm Deep Static Rack
93624EXIBM 47U 1200mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93624PXIBM 47U 1200mm Deep Static Rack
93634CXIBM PureFlex™ System 42U Rack
93634DXIBM PureFlex System 42U Expansion Rack
93634EXIBM 42U 1100mm Dynamic Expansion Rack
93634PXIBM 42U 1100mm Dynamic 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

The BladeCenter S Office Enablement Kit, part number 201886X, is an enclosure that is designed for the BladeCenter S chassis for use in offices without a dedicated server room, or where the dust level is high. The enclosure with the BladeCenter S chassis and Flat Panel Monitor kit installed is shown in the following figure.

BladeCenter S Office Enablement Kit
Figure 10. BladeCenter S Office Enablement Kit

Based on the NetBAY11, the Office Enablement Kit is an 11U enclosure with security doors, special acoustics, and air filtration to suit office environments. With the BladeCenter S chassis installed, an extra 4U of space is left to hold other rack devices.

The Office Enablement Kit offers the following benefits:
  • Acoustical module: The Office Enablement Kit comes with an acoustical module that helps make BladeCenter S quiet for the office environment while providing easy access to the BladeCenter S components.
  • Locking door: Security is an important consideration in any office environment. The Office Enablement Kit comes with a front locking door that helps ensure that your data remains safe and secure in any environment.
  • 4U of extra space for other devices: Different businesses use different tools to enable their office IT. The Office Enablement Kit includes 4U of extra space for other types of IT that an office might need. This space can take any IT that fits into a 4U or smaller standard rack space.
  • Easily mobile: The Office Enablement Kit comes with lockable wheels to make your BladeCenter S easily transportable.

The Office Enablement Kit also supports an optional air contaminant filter for BladeCenter S chassis that are deployed in dusty environments. Ordering information is listed in the following table.

Table 20. Air contaminant filter ordering information
Part numberFeature codeDescription
43X03404024IBM BladeCenter Airborne Contaminant Filter
43X04374025IBM BladeCenter Airborne Contaminant Replacement Filters (4-Pack)

The Office Enablement Kit has the following approximate dimensions and weight:
  • Height: 611 mm (24.1 in)
  • Width: 518 mm (20.4 in)
  • Depth: 1,155.7 mm (45.5 in)
  • Empty weight: 41 kg (91 lb)
  • Total rack weight: 224 kg (493 lb)

Rack options

The IBM BladeCenter S chassis supports the rack console switches and monitor kits that are listed in the following table.

Table 21. Rack options

Part numberDescription
Monitor kits and keyboard trays
172317X 1U 17 in Flat Panel Console Kit
172319X 1U 19 in Flat Panel Console Kit
Console switches
1754D2XIBM Global 4x2x32 Console Manager (GCM32)
1754D1XIBM Global 2x2x16 Console Manager (GCM16)
1754A2XIBM Local 2x16 Console Manager (LCM16)
1754A1XIBM Local 1x8 Console Manager (LCM8)
Rack conversion options
46M5382IBM Serial Conversion Option (SCO)
46M5383 IBM Virtual Media Conversion Option Gen2 (VCO2)
39M2895 IBM USB Conversion Option (UCO)

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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