IBM SAS MLC Enterprise SSDs for IBM System x

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Abstract

The IBM® SAS MLC Enterprise solid-state drives (SSDs) for IBM System x® employ MLC NAND technology to provide an affordable, but performance-driven solution for applications requiring enterprise workloads with a mix of read/write operations. These industry standard 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch form factor SSDs use a single-chip controller with a SAS interface on the system side and 16 channels of NAND flash internally. They provide outstanding performance, endurance, reliability, and energy efficiency for random read- and write-intensive enterprise workloads such as databases, data warehouses, corporate email and collaboration, actively connected users, caching and tiering applications, and others.

Changes in the August 13 update:
* Added 3.5-inch solid-state drives

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The IBM® SAS MLC Enterprise solid-state drives (SSDs) for IBM System x® employ MLC NAND technology to provide an affordable, but performance-driven solution for applications requiring enterprise workloads with a mix of read/write operations. These industry standard 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch form factor SSDs use a single-chip controller with a SAS interface on the system side and 16 channels of NAND flash internally. They provide outstanding performance, endurance, reliability, and energy efficiency for random read- and write-intensive enterprise workloads such as databases, data warehouses, corporate email and collaboration, actively connected users, caching and tiering applications, and others.

Figure 1 shows the IBM SAS 2.5-inch MLC Enterprise SSD.


Figure 1. IBM SAS 2.5-inch MLC Enterprise SSD


Did you know

With FlashGuard protection, IBM SAS MLC Enterprise SSDs can be fully rewritten up to ten times per day throughout their entire five-year life expectancy. Unlike SATA drives, the SAS interface supports full duplex data transfer for higher performance, as well as dual port connectivity and enterprise-level error recovery for better availability.

Rigorous testing of SAS Enterprise MLC SSDs by IBM through the ServerProven® program assures a high degree of confidence in storage subsystem compatibility and reliability. Providing additional peace of mind, these drives are covered under IBM 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 200GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD49Y6129A3EW
IBM 200GB SAS 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD49Y6144A3EX
IBM 400GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD49Y6134A3EY
IBM 400GB SAS 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD49Y6149A3EZ
IBM 800GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD49Y6139A3F0
IBM 800GB SAS 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD49Y6154A3F1
IBM 1.6TB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD49Y6195A4GH
IBM 1.6TB SAS 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD49Y6200A4GJ
3.5-inch SSDs
IBM 200GB SAS 3.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD00W1306A3HT
IBM 400GB SAS 3.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD00W1311A4N8
IBM 800GB SAS 3.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD00W1316A4N9

The part numbers for the 2.5-inch SSDs include the following items:
  • One SSD with a hot-swap or simple-swap 2.5-inch drive tray
  • Technical Update Flyer
  • Warranty Flyer
  • Important Notices document

The part numbers for the 3.5-inch SSDs include the following items:
  • One SSD with a hot-swap 3.5-inch drive tray
  • Warranty Flyer
  • Important Notices document

Figure 2 shows the IBM SAS 3.5-inch MLC Enterprise SSD.

IBM SAS 3.5-inch MLC Enterprise SSD
Figure 2. IBM SAS 3.5-inch MLC Enterprise SSD


Features
  • Industry standard 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch form factors supports 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drive bays on selected System x, IBM iDataPlex®, IBM BladeCenter® and IBM Flex System™ servers
  • Utilizes industry leading 24 nm MLC NAND technology
  • Cost-effective MLC SAS drive with high read and write performance to fulfill client needs in the enterprise space
  • High endurance, with up to 29.2 PB of total bytes written (TBW) to withstand applications with intensive read/write workloads
  • Energy saving, with as little as 7 watt power consumption per drive
  • Absence of moving parts to reduce potential failure points in the server
  • S.M.A.R.T. support
  • Advanced Encrypting Standard (AES) 256-bit encryption
  • FlashGuard technology extends the native endurance of commercial-grade MLC flash
    • Aggregated Flash Management
    • Advanced Signal Processing
    • Enhanced Error Correction
  • DataGuard technology protects against data corruption and loss
    • Full data path protection
    • Flexible Redundant Array of Memory Elements (F.R.A.M.E.) data recovery algorithm
  • EverGuard technology protects data in the event of unplanned power outages
  • Static wear leveling evenly distributes data across the drive
  • Bad block management replaces failed blocks with new ones from the spare pool
  • 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 lifetime

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.

The TBW value that is assigned to a solid-state device is the total bytes of written data that a drive can be guaranteed to complete. 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, 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.

For example, with IBM SAS MLC Enterprise SSDs, the entire drive can be fully re-written up to ten times per day to meet the five-year lifetime expectation of the drive, while the Enterprise Value SSD can sustain up to only up to 0.4 full writes per day (25 times less) to provide the same five-year lifetime.


Technical specifications

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

Table 2. IBM SAS MLC Enterprise SSD technical specifications
Specification
200 GB
400 GB
800 GB
1.6 TB
Part number
49Y6129
49Y6144
00W1306
49Y6134
49Y6149
00W1311
49Y6139
49Y6154
00W1316
49Y6195
49Y6200
Hot-swap drive
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Form factor
2.5-in.
3.5-in.
2.5-in.
3.5-in.
2.5-in.
3.5-in.
2.5-in.
Interface
6 Gbps SAS
6 Gbps SAS
6 Gbps SAS
6 Gbps SAS
Capacity
200 GB
400 GB
800 GB
1.6 TB
Endurance
5-year life time
(3.65 PB TBW)
5-year life time
(7.3 PB TBW)
5-year life time
(14.6 PB TBW)
5-year life time
(29.2 PB TBW)
Data reliability
< 1 in 1017 bits read
< 1 in 1017 bits read
< 1 in 1017 bits read
< 1 in 1017 bits read
MTBF, hours
> 2,500,000
> 2,500,000
> 2,500,000
> 2,500,000
IOPS read*
100,000
100,000
100,000
100,000
IOPS write*
50,000
50,000
50,000
50,000
Sequential read rate†
500 MBps
500 MBps
500 MBps
500 MBps
Sequential write rate†
500 MBps
500 MBps
500 MBps
500 MBps
Access time
< 0.1 ms
< 0.1 ms
< 0.1 ms
< 0.1 ms
Shock
1000 g, 0.5 ms
1000 g, 0.5 ms
1000 g, 0.5 ms
1000 g, 0.5 ms
Vibration
2.17 g rms 7-800 Hz
2.17 g rms 7-800 Hz
2.17 g rms 7-800 Hz
2.17 g rms 7-800 Hz
Typical power
7 W
7 W
7 W
7 W
* 4 KB block transfers
† 128 KB block transfers


Supported servers

The IBM SAS 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
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)
49Y6129IBM 200GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
49Y6144IBM 200GB SAS 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD
N
Y
N
N
Y
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
49Y6134IBM 400GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
49Y6149IBM 400GB SAS 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD
N
Y
N
N
Y
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
49Y6139IBM 800GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
49Y6154IBM 800GB SAS 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD
N
Y
N
N
Y
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
49Y6195IBM 1.6TB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
49Y6200IBM 1.6TB SAS 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD
N
Y
N
N
Y
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
00W1306IBM 200GB SAS 3.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
N
N
N
N
00W1311IBM 400GB SAS 3.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
N
N
N
N
00W1316IBM 800GB SAS 3.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
N
N
N
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)
x222 (7916)
x240 (8737)
x440 (7917)
49Y6129IBM 200GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
N
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
N
Y
Y
49Y6144IBM 200GB SAS 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
49Y6134IBM 400GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
N
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
N
Y
Y
49Y6149IBM 400GB SAS 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
49Y6139IBM 800GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
N
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
N
Y
Y
49Y6154IBM 800GB SAS 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
49Y6195IBM 1.6TB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
N
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
N
Y
Y
49Y6200IBM 1.6TB SAS 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
00W1306IBM 200GB SAS 3.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
00W1311IBM 400GB SAS 3.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
00W1316IBM 800GB SAS 3.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
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 SAS MLC Enterprise SSDs require a supported disk controller. Tables 5 and 6 list the System x, BladeCenter, and Flex System controllers that support these SSDs installed in a supported server.

Table 5. RAID controllers for System x and iDataPlex servers supported with internal SSDs
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
Y
Y
N
Y
N
Y
81Y4448ServeRAID M1115 SAS/SATA Controller
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Y
N
Y
81Y4492ServeRAID H1110 SAS/SATA Controller
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
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
OnboardServeRAID C100 / C105
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
46M0912IBM 6Gb Performance Optimized HBA
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
46C8988N2115 SAS/SATA HBA
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
N

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)
x222 (7916)
x240 (8737)
x440 (7917)
90Y4390ServeRAID M5115 SAS/SATA Controller
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
Y
90Y4750ServeRAID H1135 Controller
N
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
N
N
OnboardServeRAID C105
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
OnboardIntegrated LSI SAS2004
N
N
N
Y
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
46C7167ServeRAID-MR10ie (CIOv) Controller
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
OnboardIntegrated LSI SAS1064e
N
Y
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
46M6908SSD Expansion Card for IBM BladeCenter HX5
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
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 Server 2008 HPC Edition
  • Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008 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
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for x86
  • VMware vSphere 5.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0
  • VMware ESX 4.1
  • VMware ESXi 4.1
  • VMware ESX 4.0
  • VMware ESXi 4.0

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


Physical specifications

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

Dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height
    • 200 GB, 400 GB, and 800 GB drives: 9.5 mm (0.4 in.)
    • 1.6 TB drives: 14.8 mm (0.6 in.)
  • Width: 70 mm (2.8 in.)
  • Depth: 100 mm (3.9 in.)
  • Weight: 122 g (0.3 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)

The IBM SAS 3.5-inch MLC Enterprise SSDs have the following physical specifications.

Dimensions and weight (approximate, without a 3.5-inch tray):
  • Height: 9.5 mm (0.4 in.)
  • Width: 70 mm (2.8 in.)
  • Depth: 100 mm (3.9 in.)
  • Weight: 122 g (0.3 lb)

Shipping dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height: 95 mm (3.7 in.)
  • Width: 257 mm (10.1 in.)
  • Depth: 193 mm (7.6 in.)
  • Weight: 484 g (1.1 lb)


Operating environment

The IBM SAS 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 SAS 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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