IBM System x3100 M5 Product Guide

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Abstract

The IBM® System x3100 M5 single-socket tower server is designed for small businesses and first-time server buyers looking for a solution to improve business efficiency. It delivers several innovative features with a competitive price, either in a compact mini-tower form factor, or standard tower form factor with hot-swap power supplies and disk drives.

Changes in the August 28 update:
* New 512e simple-swap 3.5-inch drives, Table 6
* New 512e hot-swap 3.5-inch drives, Table 8
* New Entry SSD drives, Table 7
* New ServeRAID M5225 external RAID adapter and FoD upgrades, Table 21
* New mini SAS HD to mini SAS cables, Table 23
* Corrected the rule for the System x3100 3.5" Simple Swap HDD Hardware RAID upgrade kit, Table 11.

Contents



Introduction

The IBM® System x3100 M5 single-socket tower server is designed for small businesses and first-time server buyers looking for a solution to improve business efficiency. It delivers several innovative features with a competitive price, either in a compact mini-tower form factor, or standard tower form factor with hot-swap power supplies and disk drives. The IBM System x3100 M5 provides next-generation performance in an innovative and compact design with flexible configuration options, built-in security, and systems management capabilities. It leverages the next-generation dual-core and quad-core Intel Xeon processor technology.

Suggested uses: Retail/kiosks, and SMBs, looking for file and printer servers, web serving, small business infrastructure, and virtual desktops for small workgroups.

The IBM System x3100 M5 (compact mini-tower shown)
Figure 1. The IBM System x3100 M5 (compact mini-tower shown)

Did you know?

The System x3100 M5 server is a compact, cost-effective, single-processor tower or rack-mountable server that has been optimized to provide outstanding availability, manageability, and performance features to small-to-medium-sized businesses, retail stores, or distributed enterprises. It supports the latest Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 “Haswell” family of processors for applications that require performance and stability, and Core i3, Pentium, and Celeron processors for applications that require lower cost.

The system includes features that are not typically seen in this class of system, such as standard, embedded RAID 0 and RAID 1, remote control capabilities even when the machine is powered off, and Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) on processor and memory. Some models also support hot-swap redundant power supplies and hot-swap disk drives.

Key features

Often, small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) have limited IT budget and resources, and rely on partners or multitalented employees to help manage the company’s network. Business needs for efficiency improvement and retention of critical data require the usage of a server that is easy to get up and running quickly and is dependable. You need to squeeze as much as possible out of your IT dollars while saving costs on features that are not needed in an SMB environment. The IBM System x3100 M5 is an ideal first server to meet those business needs. It was built for speed, yet eliminates costly design features that are found in general-purpose servers that are unnecessary for smaller businesses.

Scalability and performance

The x3100 M5 offers numerous features to boost performance, improve scalability, and reduce costs:

  • The single-socket x3100 M5 supports the new quad-core Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 v3 ("Haswell") family of processors, which offer impressive computing power in a space-saving mini-tower design.
  • Choice of processors with up to four cores to enable the effective usage of multi-threaded applications.
  • Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 v3 family supports Intel Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 to maximize performance.
  • Up to 32 GB of high-speed DDR3 system memory with four DIMM sockets.
  • Memory speeds up to 1600 MHz.
  • Four available high-performance PCI Express 3.0 or 2.0 slots.
  • Up to four internal 3.5-inch simple-swap or hot-swap SATA II HDDs on some models offer low-cost/high-capacity storage.
  • Up to eight internal 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA HDDs on some models offers maximum scalability and performance.
  • Integrated ServeRAID-C100 software RAID controller supports RAID 0, 1, and 10. Hardware RAID options are available.
  • Integrated dual-port Gigabit Ethernet provides increased network throughput and redundancy with efficient slot-saving integration.
  • An available 5.25-inch drive bay supports either a half-high tape drive or an RDX Removable Disk Cartridge drive, for cost-effective data backup. A DVD-ROM drive is standard in a dedicated bay.
  • Seven USB ports, two USB 3.0 on the front and four USB 2.0 on the back. In addition, there is one internal port for use with a tape drive or RDX Removable Disk Cartridge drive.

Availability and serviceability

The x3100 M5 provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:
  • ECC memory provides error correction that is not available in PC-class “servers” that use parity memory. Avoiding system crashes (and data loss) because of soft memory errors can mean greater system uptime.
  • Tool-less cover removal provides easy access to upgrades and serviceable parts, such as CPU, memory, and adapters.
  • Hot-swap drive bays that are available on some models combined with RAID capabilities offer the potential of no downtime in the event of a drive failure.
  • The Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) detects when system components (for example, processors, memory, and hard disk drives) operate outside of standard thresholds and generates pro-active alerts in advance of possible failure, therefore increasing uptime.
  • Built-in Integrated Management Module Version II (IMM2) continuously monitors system health, triggers alerts, and performs recovering actions in case of failures to minimize downtime.
  • Built-in diagnostic tests using Dynamic Systems Analysis (DSA) Preboot speeds up troubleshooting tasks to reduce service time.
  • A DVD-ROM drive is standard in a dedicated bay for easy software installation.
  • Redundant hot-swap power supports on some models helps keep the server always running
  • One-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty, next business day 9x5. Optional service upgrades are available.

Manageability and security

Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the x3100 M5:
  • The server includes an Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) to monitor server availability and perform remote management (some features require optional license upgrades).
  • Integrated industry-standard Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) enables improved setup, configuration, and updates, and simplifies error handling.
  • Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 support enables advanced cryptographic functions, such as digital signatures and remote attestation.
  • Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 v3 family supports Industry-standard Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) NI support for faster, stronger encryption.
  • IBM Systems Director is included for proactive systems management. It offers comprehensive systems management tools that help to increase up-time, reduce costs, and improve productivity through advanced server management capabilities.
  • The Intel Execute Disable Bit function can help prevent certain classes of malicious buffer overflow attacks when combined with a supporting operating system.


Energy efficiency

The x3100 M5 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.
  • Available 350 W power supply, 300 W 80 PLUS Bronze certified power supply, or 430 W hot-swap 80 PLUS Silver certified power supply.
  • With the addition of the Operating Temperature Enhancement Kit, the server supports the ASHRAE A3 standard, which means the server can operate in temperatures as high as 40°C. This means potential savings in environmental cooling costs.
  • The Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v3 product family offers significantly better performance over the previous generation while fitting into the same thermal design power (TDP) limits.
  • Low-voltage Intel Xeon processors draw less energy to satisfy demands of power and thermally constrained data centers and telecommunication environments.
  • 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.

Locations of key components

The x3100 M5 is available in two different tower designs: a compact tower with a fixed power supply and simple-swap drive bays, or a standard tower with hot-swap power supplies and hot-swap drive bays. Figures 2 and 3 show the front and rear of the x3100 M5.

Front view of the System x3100 M5 - compact tower and standard tower
Figure 2. Front view of the System x3100 M5 - compact tower and standard tower

Rear view of the System x3100 M5 - compact tower and standard tower
Figure 3. Rear view of the System x3100 M5 - compact tower and standard tower

Figures 4 and 5 show the locations of key components inside the server.

Inside view of System x3100 M5 - compact tower configuration
Figure 4. Inside view of System x3100 M5 - compact tower configuration

Inside view of System x3100 M5 - standard tower configuration
Figure 5. Inside view of System x3100 M5 - standard tower configuration

Standard specifications

The following table lists the standard specifications.

Table 1. Standard specifications

ComponentsSpecification
Form factorTwo designs:
  • Compact tower (can be a 4U rack form factor using the optional Tower-to-Rack Conversion Kit, 69Y5182).
  • Standard Tower (can be a 5U rack form factor using the optional Tower-to-Rack Conversion Kit, 00J6353).
ProcessorOne Intel “Haswell” processor as listed in model table or available CTO:
  • One 2-core Intel Celeron Processor 2.8 GHz and 1333 MHz memory.
  • One 2-core Intel Pentium Processor up to 3.4 GHz and 1600 MHz memory.
  • One 2-core Intel Core i3 Processor up to 3.7 GHz and 1600 MHz memory.
  • One 2 or 4-core Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 up to 3.7 GHz & 1600 MHz memory.
Supports EM64T for 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems and applications.
L3 cacheIntegrated in the processor:
  • Up to 2 MB for Intel Celeron processors.
  • Up to 3 MB L3 for Intel Pentium processors.
  • Up to 4 MB L3 for Intel Core i3 processors.
  • Up to 8 MB L3 for Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 processors.
Chip setIntel C222, formerly known as Intel Lynx Point PCH and Intel Denlow platform.
Memory DIMM slotsFour DDR3 DIMM slots supporting UDIMMs. RDIMMs are not supported.
Memory capacityUp to 32 GB with 8 GB DDR3 UDIMMs and four populated DIMM slots.
Memory protectionECC.
Disk drive baysCompact tower: Up to four 3.5" simple-swap bays
Standard tower: Up to four 3.5" hot-swap bays (HDDs) or eight 2.5" hot-swap bays (HDDs or SSDs)
Maximum internal storage Compact tower: Up to 24 TB with 6 TB 3.5" simple-swap NL SATA HDDs.
Standard tower: Up to 24 TB with 6 TB 3.5" hot-swap NL SATA HDDs or up to 8 TB with 1 TB 2.5" hot-swap NL SAS HDDs
RAID supportSoftware RAID 0, 1, or 10 with ServeRAID C100 controller, upgradeable to RAID 5. Optional hardware RAID with ServeRAID H1110 (RAID 0, 1, 1E, or 10) or M1115 (RAID 0, 1, 10, optional RAID 5, or 50) or M5110 (RAID 0, 1, 10, optional 5, 50, 6, or 60, and optional cache with flash backup). Additional upgrades for M5110. For compact tower: using the hardware RAID adapter also requires a RAID upgrade kit (00J6352).
Optical drive baysOne 5.25" HH bay, support for DVD-ROM or multiburner. Half-High SATA DVD-ROM or multiburner included in standard models (model specific).
Tape drive baysOne 5.25" HH bay, support for DDS, RDX, or LTO drive.
Network interfacesIntegrated two-port Gigabit Ethernet (Broadcom BCM5717). One port is shared with the IBM Integrated Management Module (IMM).
PCI expansion slotsFour PCI Express slots:
  • Slot 1, PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8 wired), full-height, half-length.
  • Slot 2, PCIe 3.0 x8 (x8 wired), full-height, half-length.
  • Slot 2, PCIe 2.0 x8 (x4 wired), full-height, half-length.
  • Slot 4, PCIe 2.0 x4 (x1 wired), full-height, half-length.
PortsFront: Two USB 3.0 ports. Rear: Four USB 2.0, one DB-15 video, one DB-9 serial, two RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet network ports (one dedicated and one shared with the IMM2 management processor). Internal: One USB 2.0 port for internal USB tape drive.
CoolingCompact tower: Up to two speed-controlled non-redundant fans. A second fan is required if two or more adapters are installed (Thermal Solution Fan kit, 46W9177, optional). Optional Operating Temperature Enhancement Kit, 00Y8197, to enable the server to operate in a 40°C environment.
Standard tower: Up to two speed-controlled non-redundant fans. A second fan is required if two or more adapters are installed (Thermal Solution Fan kit, 00Y8200, included in standard models). Optional Operating Temperature Enhancement Kit, 00FK940, to enable the server to operate in a 40°C environment.
Power supplyCompact tower: One fixed (non-hot-swap) power supply, model dependent: Either 300 W ac 80 PLUS Bronze power supply or 350 W ac power supply.
Standard tower: Up to two 430 W hot-swap 80 PLUS Silver redundant power supplies.
Hot-swap parts Compact tower: None.
Standard tower: Disk drive bays and power supplies.
Systems managementUEFI, IBM Integrated Management Module II (IMM2), basic light path diagnostic tests, Automatic Server Restart, IBM Systems Director, and IBM ServerGuide. Optional IMM Advanced FoD Upgrade for remote presence (graphics, keyboard and mouse, and virtual media).
VideoMatrox G200eR2 with 16 MB memory that is integrated into the IMM2. Maximum resolution is 1600x1200 at 75 Hz with 16 M colors.
Security featuresPower-on password, administrator password, and Trusted Platform Module.
Operating systems supported Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11; VMware ESX 5.1, 5.5; (no USB 3.0 support for RHEL 5.1 or VMware ESX 5.1, 5.5).
Limited warranty One-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty with 9x5/ next-business-day (NBD) response time.
Service and supportOptional service upgrades available through IBM ServicePac® offerings: 24x7/NBD or four hours onsite repair, 1-year or 2-year warranty extension, remote technical support for IBM hardware and selected IBM and third-party (Microsoft, Linux, VMware) software.
DimensionsCompact tower: Height: 360 mm (14.2"), width: 180 mm (7.1"), depth: 480 mm (18.9")
Standard tower: Height: 439 mm (17.3"), width: 217 mm (8.6"), depth: 569 mm (22.4")
WeightCompact tower: Minimum configuration: 10 kg (22.0 lb), maximum: 13 kg (28.7 lb)
Standard tower: Minimum configuration: 19.6 kg (43 lb), maximum: 22 kg (48.5 lb)

The x3100 M5 servers are shipped with the following items:
  • Statement of Limited Warranty.
  • Important Notices.
  • Documentation CD that contains the Installation and Service Guide.
  • Country-specific models might have one or two country-specific power cord.

Standard models

The following table lists the standard models.

Table 2. Standard models

ModelIntel Processor*
(one maximum)
MemoryRAID
controller
Disk
bays
DisksNetworkOpticalPower
supply
Fans
Compact tower form factor - simple-swap drives and fixed power supply
5457-A3xPentium G3440 3.3GHz
3MB 1600MHz 2C (54W)
1x 4 GB
1600 MHz
ServeRAID
C100
4x 3.5" SSOpen2x GbEDVD1x 350W
fixed
1 / 2
5457-B3xXeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz
8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)
1x 4 GB
1600 MHz
ServeRAID
C100
4x 3.5" SSOpen2x GbEDVD1x 350W
fixed
1 / 2
5457-C3xXeon E3-1231 v3 3.4GHz
8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)
1x 4 GB
1600 MHz
ServeRAID
C100
4x 3.5" SSOpen2x GbEDVD1x 300W
fixed
1 / 2
Standard tower form factor - hot-swap drives and power supplies
5457-C5xXeon E3-1231 v3 3.4GHz
8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)
1x 4 GB
1600 MHz
ServeRAID
H1110
4x 3.5" HSOpen2x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 430W
hot-swap
2 / 2
5457-F3xXeon E3-1271 v3 3.6GHz
8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)
1x 4 GB
1600 MHz
ServeRAID
M1115
8x 2.5” HSOpen2x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 430W
hot-swap
2 / 2
* Processor detail: Processor quantity, processor model, core speed, number of cores, L3 cache, memory speed, and thermal design power (TDP) rating

Express models

Express models are preconfigured with additional components, such as processors, memory, and disks with the purpose of making the ordering and installation process simpler. The following table lists the Express models that are available in certain regions.

Table 3. Express models

ModelIntel Processor*
(one maximum)
MemoryRAID
controller
Disk
bays
DisksNetworkOpticalPower
supply
Fans
Compact tower form factor - simple-swap drives and fixed power supply
5457-
EAx
Core i3 4150 3.5GHz
3MB 1600MHz 2C (54W)
1x 4 GB
1600 MHz
ServeRAID
C100
4x 3.5" SS1x 1TB
NL SATA
2x GbEDVD1x 350W
fixed
1 / 2
5457-
EBx
Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz
8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)
2x 8 GB
1600 MHz
ServeRAID
C100
4x 3.5" SSOpen2x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 350W
fixed
1 / 2
5457-
ECx
Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz
8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)
1x 8 GB
1600 MHz
ServeRAID
C100
4x 3.5" SS1x 1TB
NL SATA
2x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 350W
fixed
1 / 2
5457-
EDx
Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz
8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)
1x 8 GB
1600 MHz
ServeRAID
C100
4x 3.5" SS2x 1TB
NL SATA
2x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 350W
fixed
1 / 2
5457-
EFx
Xeon E3-1231 v3 3.4GHz
8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)
1x 8 GB
1600 MHz
ServeRAID
C100
4x 3.5" SSOpen2x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 350W
fixed
1 / 2
Standard tower form factor - hot-swap drives and power supplies
5457-
EEx
Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz
8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)
1x 8 GB
1600 MHz
ServeRAID
H1110
8x 2.5” HSOpen2x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 430W
hot-swap
2 / 2
5457-
EGx
Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz
8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)
1x 8 GB
1600 MHz
ServeRAID
M1115
8x 2.5” HS1x 300GB
10K SAS
2x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 430W
hot-swap
2 / 2
5457-
EHx
Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz
8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)
1x 8 GB
1600 MHz
ServeRAID
M1115
8x 2.5” HSOpen2x GbEMulti-
burner
2x 430W
hot-swap
2 / 2
5457-
EJx
Xeon E3-1271 v3 3.6GHz
8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)
1x 8 GB
1600 MHz
ServeRAID
M1115
8x 2.5” HSOpen2x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 430W
hot-swap
2 / 2
5457-
EKx
Xeon E3-1271 v3 3.6GHz
8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)
2x 8 GB
1600 MHz
ServeRAID
M5110†
8x 2.5” HSOpen2x GbEMulti-
burner
2x 430W
hot-swap
2 / 2
* Processor detail: Processor quantity, processor model, core speed, number of cores, L3 cache, memory speed, and thermal design power (TDP) rating
† Model EKx includes ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade for IBM System x® (81Y4487) and System x3100 Hardware RAID Remote Battery/Cap Mechanical kit (00J6455)

Processor options

The server supports only one processor, which is already installed in all standard and Express models. No additional processor options are available. The following table lists all processors that are available in standard models of x3100 M5 or through configure-to-order (CTO). If there is no corresponding where-used model for a particular processor, then that processor is only available through the CTO process or special bid.

Table 4. Processor options

Feature
code*
Description**Standard models
where used
A58SIntel Celeron Processor G1840 2.8GHz 2MB 1333MHz 2C (53W)-
A58DIntel Core i3 Processor 4150 3.5GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (54W)EAx
A58EIntel Core i3 Processor 4150T 3.0GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (35W)-
A58CIntel Core i3 Processor 4350 3.6GHz 4MB 1600MHz 2C (54W)-
A58BIntel Core i3 Processor 4360 3.7GHz 4MB 1600MHz 2C (54W)-
A58RIntel Pentium Processor G3220 3.0GHz 3MB 1333MHz 2C (53W)-
A58GIntel Pentium Processor G3240 3.1GHz 3MB 1333MHz 2C (53W)-
A58HIntel Pentium Processor G3240T 2.7GHz 3MB 1333MHz 2C (35W)-
A58JIntel Pentium Processor G3440 3.3GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (53W)A3x
A58FIntel Pentium Processor G3450 3.4GHz 3MB 1600MHz 2C (53W)-
A3QTIntel Xeon Processor E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)B3x, EBx, ECx, EDx,
EEx, EGx, EHx
A4VZIntel Xeon Processor E3-1220L v3 1.1GHz 4MB 1600MHz 2C (13W)-
A58KIntel Xeon Processor E3-1231 v3 3.4GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)C3x, C5x, EFx
A58QIntel Xeon Processor E3-1240L v3 2.0GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (25W)-
A58LIntel Xeon Processor E3-1241 v3 3.5GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)-
A58MIntel Xeon Processor E3-1271 v3 3.6GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (80W)EJx, EKx, F3x
A58PIntel Xeon Processor E3-1275L v3 2.7GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (45W)-
A58NIntel Xeon Processor E3-1281 v3 3.7GHz 8MB 1600MHz 4C (82W)-
* No additional processor options are available. The server supports only one processor, which is already included in a standard or custom configuration.
** Processor detail: Processor model, core speed, L3 cache, memory speed, number of cores, and thermal design power (TDP) rating

Memory options

IBM DDR3 memory is compatibility tested and tuned for optimal 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 x3100 M5 has four DIMM slots, and only DDR3 ECC UDIMMs are supported. The CPU has two memory channels, and there are two DIMMs per channel.

Configuration rules: If you plan to install more than one DIMM, then the DIMMs must be installed in a pair, and both DIMMs in a pair must be identical in type and size.

The following table lists the memory options that are supported by the server.

Table 5. Memory options

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
00D5012A3QB4GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-12800
CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP UDIMM
4A3x, B3x, C3x,
C5x, EAx, F3x
00D5016A3QC8GB (1x8GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-12800
CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP UDIMM
4All other models

Internal drives

Models of the x3100 M5 with the compact tower form factor (and either a 300 W or a 350 W fixed power supply) support up to four 3.5-inch simple-swap SATA hard disk drives, as shown in the following figure.

Simple-swap drive bays of the compact tower models (accessible with the front bezel removed)
Figure 6. Simple-swap drive bays of the compact tower models (accessible with the front bezel removed)

The following table lists the supported 3.5-inch hard disk drive options.

For information about 512e Advanced Format drives, see the IBM Redpaper, Advanced Format HDD Technology Overview, available from:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/redp5119.html?Open

Table 6. Simple-swap 3.5-inch SATA disk drive options

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
512e Advanced Format drives
00FN118A5VEIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD4
00FN133A5VGIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD4
00FN148A5VJIBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD4
00FN163A5VLIBM 5TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD4
00FN178A5VNIBM 6TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD4
512-byte sector drives
81Y9802A22UIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD4
81Y9806A22XIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD4
81Y9810A22WIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD4
81Y9814A22VIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD4

Models of the x3100 M5 using the standard tower chassis (and with hot-swap 430 W power supplies) support either up to eight 2.5-inch hot-swap drives or four 3.5-inch hot-swap drives, as shown in the following figure.

Hot-swap drives supported in standard tower models with hot-swap power supplies (front bezel removed) - 4x 3.5-inch (left) or 8x 2.5-inch (right)
Figure 7. Hot-swap drives that are supported in standard tower models with hot-swap power supplies (front bezel removed) - 4x 3.5-inch (left) or 8x 2.5-inch (right)

The following table lists the supported 2.5-inch drive options. Hot-swap SATA HDDs and hot-swap SAS HDDs can be intermixed, but not in the same array. Hot-swap HDDs cannot be intermixed with simple-swap HDDs.

Table 7. 2.5-inch hot-swap disk drive options
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
2.5-inch 10K SAS HDDs
90Y8877A2XCIBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
90Y8872A2XDIBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
81Y9650A282IBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
2.5-inch 15K SAS HDDs
90Y8926A2XBIBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
81Y9670A283IBM 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" G2HS HDD8
2.5-inch SAS self-encrypting drives (SEDs)
90Y8908A3EFIBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED8
81Y9662A3EGIBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED8
2.5-inch NL SAS HDDs
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 NL SATA HDDs
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-inch Enterprise Value 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
90Y8643A2U3IBM 256GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
90Y8648A2U4IBM 128GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
The following table lists the supported 3.5-inch hot-swap drives.

Table 8. 3.5-inch hot-swap disk drive options
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
3.5-inch 15K SAS HDDs - 512-byte sector drives
49Y6092A3DVIBM 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD4
49Y6097A3DWIBM 450GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD4
49Y6102A3DXIBM 600GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD4
3.5-inch NL SATA HDDs - 512-byte sector drives
81Y9786A22YIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD4
81Y9790A22PIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD4
81Y9794A22TIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD4
81Y9798A22SIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD4
49Y6002A3W9IBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD4
3.5-inch NL SATA HDDs - 512e Advanced Format drives
00FN113A5VDIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD4
00FN128A5VFIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD4
00FN143A5VHIBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD4
00FN158A5VKIBM 5TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD4
00FN173A5VMIBM 6TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD4

Controllers for internal storage

The Integrated ServeRAID C100 disk controller offers RAID 0, 1, and 10 standard. The ServeRAID C100 is an integrated SATA controller with software RAID capabilities. It is a cost-effective way to provide reliability, performance, and fault-tolerant disk subsystem management to help safeguard your valuable data and enhance availability. The ServeRAID C100 has the following specifications:
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Onboard SATA controller with software RAID capabilities
  • Supports 3 Gbps SATA ports
  • Support for up to two virtual drives
  • Support for virtual drive sizes greater than 2 TB
  • Fixed stripe unit size of 64 KB
  • Support for MegaRAID Storage Manager management software

The following table lists the RAID controller and internal HBAs that are supported by the server.

Table 9. RAID controllers and HBAs for internal storage
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
IntegratedNoneServeRAID C100 for System x1All other models
81Y4492A1XLServeRAID H1110 SAS/SATA Controller1C5x, EEx
81Y4448A1MZServeRAID M1115 SAS/SATA Controller1F3x, EGx, EHx, EJx
81Y4481A347ServeRAID M5110 SAS/SATA Controller1EKx
46C8988A3MWN2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x1-
46M09075982IBM 6Gb SAS HBA1-

The following table lists the supported upgrades to the internal RAID controllers and HBAs.

Table 10. Upgrades for internal storage controllers
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
Upgrades for the ServeRAID C100
81Y4406A17UServeRAID C100 Series RAID 5 Upgrade for IBM System x-FoD1-
Upgrades for the ServeRAID M1115 SAS/SATA Controller
81Y4542A1X1ServeRAID M1100 Series Zero Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade for IBM System x1-
Upgrades for the ServeRAID M5110 SAS/SATA Controller
81Y4508A22EServeRAID M5100 Series Battery Kit**
(Supported only with 512MB cache option, 81Y4484)
1-
81Y4544A1X2ServeRAID M5100 Series Zero Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade for IBM System x1-
81Y4484A1J3ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade for IBM System x1-
81Y4487A1J4ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade for IBM System x**1EKx
81Y4559A1WYServeRAID M5100 Series 1GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade for IBM System x**1-
81Y4546A1X3ServeRAID M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade for IBM System x1*-
90Y4273A2MCServeRAID M5100 Series SSD Performance Key for IBM System x1*-
90Y4318A2MDServeRAID M5100 Series SSD Caching Enabler for IBM System x1*-
* A cache option (81Y4484, 81Y4487, or 81Y4559) must be selected.
** For the standard tower chassis only (hot-swap power supplies). Not supported in the compact tower chassis.

The following table lists chassis upgrades for RAID controllers.

Table 11. Chassis upgrades
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
00J6352A49ASystem x3100 3.5" Simple Swap HDD Hardware RAID upgrade kit
For the compact tower chassis only (fixed power supply) to enable support of RAID controllers; if selected then one of the following controllers is required: ServeRAID M1115, ServeRAID H1110, or N2115 HBA. Not supported the standard tower chassis.
1-
00J6455A3SESystem x3100 Hardware RAID Remote Battery/Cap Mechanical kit
For the standard tower chassis only (hot-swap power supplies) to provide a housing for a battery or flash backup unit; required if the battery upgrade (81Y4508) or a flash upgrade is selected. Not supported in the compact tower chassis.
1EKx

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 backup units

The server supports the internal tape drive options that are listed in the following table. Internal tape drives are installed in a 5.25-inch HH bay. A maximum of one tape drive is supported. SAS tape drives require an internal SAS HBA to be installed in server. USB tape drives are connected to the dedicated USB tape drive connector on the system board.

Table 12. Internal tape drives

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
44E88955397IBM Half High LTO Gen 4 SAS Tape Drive*1
49Y98985345IBM Half High LTO Gen 5 SAS Tape Drive*1
00D2786A2VEIBM RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 320GB Cartridge1
00D2787A2VFIBM RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 500GB Cartridge1
00D2788A2VGIBM RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 1TB Cartridge1
* Requires N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x (46C8988) or IBM 6Gb SAS HBA (46M0907)

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

Optical drives

The server supports the optical drive options that are listed in the following table.

Table 13. Optical drives

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
None*4154Half-High SATA DVD-ROM1A3x, B3x, C3x, EAx
81Y64044155Half-High SATA Multi-Burner1All other models
* This option is only available through CTO or is already installed in standard models.

The Half-High SATA DVD-ROM supports the following media and speeds for reading:
  • CD-ROM 48X
  • CD-DA (DAE) 40X
  • CD-R 48X
  • CD-RW 40X
  • DVD-ROM (single layer) 16X
  • DVD-ROM (dual layer) 12X
  • DVD-R (4.7 GB) 16X
  • DVD-R DL 12X
  • DVD+R 16X
  • DVD+R DL 12X
  • DVD-RW (4.7 GB) 12X
  • DVD+RW 12X
  • DVD-RAM (4.7/9.4 GB) 6X

The Half-High SATA Multi-Burner supports the same media and speeds for reading as HH DVD-ROM. 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
  • DVD-R 8X
  • DVD-R DL 8X
  • DVD+R 8X
  • DVD+R DL 8X
  • DVD-RW 6X
  • DVD+RW 8X
  • DVD-RAM 3X

I/O expansion options

The server offers four PCI Express expansion slots. The form-factors of available slots are as follows. This applies to both the compact tower chassis and the standard tower chassis.

  • Slot 1, PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8 wired), full-height, half-length
  • Slot 2, PCIe 3.0 x8 (x8 wired), full-height, half-length
  • Slot 3, PCIe 2.0 x8 (x4 wired), full-height, half-length
  • Slot 4, PCIe 2.0 x4 (x1 wired), full-height, half-length

Network adapters

The x3100 M5 offers two integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports. One port is shared with Integrated Management Module II (IMM2), implementing Network Controller-Sideband Interface (NC-SI).

The integrated NICs have the following features:

  • Broadcom BCM5717 chip
  • TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) support
  • Wake on LAN support
  • Receive side Scaling (RSS) and Transmit side Scaling (TSS) support
  • MSI and MSI-X capability- up to five MSI-X vectors
  • VLAN tag support (IEEE 802.1Q)
  • Layer 2 priority encoding (IEEE 802.1p)
  • Link aggregation (IEEE 802.3ad) and Full-duplex flow control (IEEE 802.3x)
  • IP, TCP, and UDP checksum offload (hardware based) on Tx/Rx over IPv4/IPv6
  • Hardware TCP segmentation offload over IPv4/IPv6
  • Jumbo frame support
  • NIC Teaming (Load Balancing and Failover)

The following table lists additional supported network adapters.

Table 14. Network adapters
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Gigabit Ethernet
90Y9370A2V4Broadcom NetXtreme I Dual Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x2
90Y9352A2V3Broadcom NetXtreme I Quad Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x3
49Y42305767Intel Ethernet Dual Port Server Adapter I340-T2 for IBM System x3
49Y42405768Intel Ethernet Quad Port Server Adapter I340-T4 for IBM System x3
00AG500A56KIntel I350-F1 1xGbE Fiber Adapter for IBM System x4
00AG510A56LIntel I350-T2 2xGbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x4
00AG520A56MIntel I350-T4 4xGbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x4
42C17502975PRO/1000 PF Server Adapter3
10 Gigabit Ethernet
49Y7910A18YBroadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter for IBM System x3
00D8540A4XHEmulex Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ VFA IIIr for IBM System x*3
95Y3760A2U2Emulex VFA III/IIIr FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x (FoD)
(FCoE upgrade license for 00D8540)
License
49Y7960A2ECIntel X520 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter for IBM System x*3
49Y7970A2EDIntel X540-T2 Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter for IBM System x3
00D9690A3PMMellanox ConnectX-3 10 GbE Adapter for IBM System x*3
90Y4600A3MRQLogic 8200 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ VFA for IBM System x*3
00Y5624A3MTQLogic 8200 VFA FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x (FoD)
(FCoE upgrade license for 90Y4600)
License
* Require SFP+ optical transceivers or DAC cables that must be purchased separately.

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 the storage host bus adapters (HBAs) supported by x3100 M5 server.

Table 15. Storage adapters

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Fibre Channel - 16 Gb
81Y1655A2W5Emulex 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x3
81Y1662A2W6Emulex 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x3
81Y1668A2XUBrocade 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x3
81Y1675A2XVBrocade 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x3
00Y3337A3KWQLogic 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x3
00Y3341A3KXQLogic 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x3
Fibre Channel - 8 Gb
42D04853580Emulex 8 Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x3
42D04943581Emulex 8 Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x3
42D05013578QLogic 8 Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x3
42D05103579QLogic 8 Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x3
46M60493589Brocade 8 Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x3
46M60503591Brocade 8 Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x3
SAS
46C9010A3MVN2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x3
46M09075982IBM 6 Gb SAS HBA Controller3

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 does not support High IOPS SSD adapters.

Power supplies

Compact tower models either come with a single fixed 350 W ac power supply or a single fixed 80 PLUS Bronze 300 W ac power supply. There are no additional power supply options.

Standard tower models offer one or two hot-swap 430 W ac power supplies, which are 80 PLUS Silver certified. For models with only one power supply, the part number to order a second power supply is listed in the following table. Two power supplies that are installed form a redundant pair.

Table 16. Hot-swap power supply option

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
00D3821A2Z0430W Redundant Power Supply1

Fans and cooling

Both the compact tower design (with a single fixed power supply) and the standard tower design (with hot-swap power supplies) come with one or two speed-controlled non-redundant fans, model dependent (see Table 2). The second fan is required if two or more adapters are installed, and the fan is configured by selecting the appropriate Thermal Solution Fan Kit, as listed in the following table.

If you want to operate the server in an environment up to 40°C (104°F), use the optional Operating Temperature Enhancement Kit that is listed in the table. This kit contains an additional thermal sensor.

Table 17. Cooling options

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
For compact tower systems (with a fixed power supply)
46W9177A3SFSystem x3100 Thermal Solution Fan kit for 4U Tower1
00Y8197A49BSystem x3100 Operating Temperature Enhancement Kit for 4U Tower1
For standard tower systems (with hot-swap power supplies)
00Y8200A49DSystem x3100 Thermal Solution Fan kit for 5U Tower1
00FK940A49CSystem x3100 Operating Temperature Enhancement Kit for 5U Tower1

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. Hot-swap power supply option

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
41Y8298A2G0IBM Blank USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi Downloads1
41Y8385A584IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.51

Remote 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 IMM2 lights LEDs to help you diagnose the problem, records the error in the event log, and alerts you to the problem. Optionally, the IMM2 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 colors, 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
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Models
where used
90Y3901A1MLIBM Integrated Management Module Advanced Upgrade1-

Supported operating systems

The server supports the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for x86
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)

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

Physical and electrical specifications

Dimensions and weight - compact tower systems with a fixed power supply:

  • Height: 360 mm (14.2 in.)
  • Width: 180 mm (7.1 in.)
  • Depth: 480 mm (18.9 in.)
  • Weight:
    • Minimum ship configuration: 10 kg (22.0 lb)
    • Maximum ship configuration: 13 kg (28.7 lb)

Dimensions and weight - standard tower systems with redundant hot-swap power supplies:
  • Height: 439 mm (17.3 in.)
  • Width: 217 mm (8.6 in.)
  • Depth: 569 mm (22.4 in.)
  • Weight
    • Minimum ship configuration: 19.6 kg (43 lb)
    • Maximum ship configuration: 22.0 kg (48.5 lb)

Supported environment:
  • Temperature
    • Server on
      • 10.0° to 35.0° C (50° to 95° F); altitude: 0 to 914.4 m (3,000 ft)
      • 10.0° to 32.0° C (50° to 89.6° F); altitude: 914.4 m (3,000 ft) to 2,133.6 m (7,000 ft)
      • Supports up to 40° C (104° F) when the Operating Temperature Enhancement Kit is installed
    • Server off
      • 10.0° to 43.0° C (50° to 109.4° F); maximum altitude: 2,133.6 m (7,000 ft)
    • Shipping
      • -40° to 60° C (-40° to 140° F)
  • Relative humidity: 8 to 80%
  • Maximum altitude: 2,133.6 m (7,000 ft)

Electrical:

430 watt power supply:
  • 100 - 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 - 60 Hz; 6.0 A (maximum)
  • 200 - 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 - 60 Hz; 3.0 A (maximum)
  • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately)
    • Minimum configuration: 0.100 kVA
    • Maximum configuration: 0.506 kVA

350 watt power supply:
  • 100 - 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 - 60 Hz; 7.0 A (maximum)
  • 200 - 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 - 60 Hz; 3.5 A (maximum)
  • Input kilovolt-amperes:
    • Minimum configuration: 0.035 kVA
    • Maximum configuration: 0.350 kVA

300 watt power supply:
  • 100 - 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 - 60 Hz; 7.0 A (maximum)
  • 200 - 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 - 60 Hz; 3.5 A (maximum)
  • Input kilovolt-amperes:
    • Minimum configuration: 0.035 kVA
    • Maximum configuration: 0.350 kVA

Environmental data:
  • BTU output
    • Ship configuration: 341 Btu/hr (100 watts)
    • Full configuration: 1726 Btu/hr (506 watts)
  • Noise level
    • Model with fixed power supply: 5.0 bels (idle), 5.0 bels (operating)
    • Model with hot-swap power supply: 5.0 bels (idle), 5.0 bels (operating)

Warranty options

The x3100 M5 has a 1-year onsite warranty with 9x5/NBD terms. IBM offers warranty service upgrades through IBM ServicePac offerings. 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. Each country might have its own service types, service levels, response times, and terms and conditions. Not all covered types of ServicePac offerings might be available in a particular country. For more information about 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

In general, the types of IBM ServicePac offerings are:

  • Warranty and maintenance service upgrades
    • One, 2, 3, 4, or 5 years of 9x5 or 24x7 service coverage
    • Onsite repair from next business day to 4 or 2 hours (selected areas)
    • One or two years of warranty extension
  • Remote technical support services
    • One or three years with 24x7 coverage (severity 1) or 9x5/NBD 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

The following table explains warranty service definitions in more detail.

Table 20. Warranty service definitions
TermDescription
IBM onsite repair (IOR)A service technician comes to the server's location for equipment repair.
24x7x2 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within two hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service around the clock, every day, including IBM holidays.
24x7x4 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within four hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service around the clock, every day, including IBM holidays.
9x5x4 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within four business hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the customer's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays. If after 1:00 p.m. it is determined that onsite service is required, the customer can expect the service technician to arrive the morning of the following business day. For noncritical service requests, a service technician arrives by the end of the following business day.
9x5 next business dayA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location on the business day after we receive your call, following remote problem determination. We provide service from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the customer's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays.

Regulatory compliance

The server conforms to the following international standards:

  • ASHRAE A3
  • FCC - Verified to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules, Class A
  • Canada ICES003, issue 5, 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; AS/NZS 60950.1
  • IEC-60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • China CCC GB4943.1, GB9254 Class A, and GB17625.1
  • Taiwan BSMI CNS13438, Class A); CNS14336-1
  • Korea KN22, Class A; KN24
  • Russia, Belorussia and Kazakhstan, TR CU 020/2011 (for EMC) and TR CU004/2011 (for safety)
  • IEC 60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • CE Mark (EN55022 Class A, EN60950-1, EN55024, EN61000-3-2, and EN61000-3-3)
  • CISPR 22, Class A
  • TUV-GS (EN60950-1 /IEC60950-1, EK1-ITB2000)

External disk storage expansion

The x3100 M5 supports attachment to external storage expansion enclosures, such as the EXP2500 series, by using either the ServeRAID M5225 or ServeRAID M5120 RAID controllers. The server can also be attached to supported external storage systems, such as the IBM System Storage® DS3500 series, by using a supported HBA.

Table 21. RAID controllers and options for external disk storage expansion

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
00AE938A5NDServeRAID M5225-2GB SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x1
81Y4478A1WXServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller3
Hardware upgrades for the M5120
81Y4508A22EServeRAID M5100 Series Battery Kit**
(Supported only with 512MB cache option, 81Y4484)
1*
00J6455A3SESystem x3100 Hardware RAID Remote Battery/Cap Mechanical kit**1
81Y4484A1J3ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade3
81Y4487A1J4ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade**1
81Y4559A1WYServeRAID M5100 Series 1GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade**1
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-FoD 1
47C8710A3Z7ServeRAID M5200 Series Performance Accelerator for IBM Systems-FoD 1
47C8712A3Z8ServeRAID M5200 Series SSD Caching Enabler for IBM Systems-FoD 1
* The ServeRAID M5100 Series Battery Kit (81Y4508) is supported only with ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade (81Y4484).
† The ServeRAID M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade (81Y4546) requires a cache upgrade (either 81Y4484, 81Y4487, or 81Y4559).
** For the standard tower chassis only (hot-swap power supplies). Not supported in the compact tower chassis.

The ServeRAID M5225-2GB SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Eight external 12 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two external x4 mini-SAS HD connectors (SFF-8643)
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 50 standard
  • Optional support for RAID 6 and 60 with the M5200 Series RAID 6 Upgrade
  • 2 GB flash-backed cache standard
  • PCIe x8 3.0 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS3108 12 Gbps ROC controller

The ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Eight external 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • 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
  • 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 M5120 SAS/SATA Controller supports connectivity to the IBM System Storage external expansion enclosures that are listed in the following table. Up to nine expansion enclosures can be daisy-chained per one M5120 external port. For better performance, distribute expansion enclosures evenly across both M5120 ports.

Table 22. IBM System Storage external expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per one M5120
174712XIBM System Storage EXP2512 Express18
174724XIBM System Storage EXP2524 Express9

The external SAS cables that are listed in the following table support connectivity between external expansion enclosures and the ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller.

Table 23. External SAS cables for external storage expansion enclosures
Part numberFeature codeDescriptionQuantity supported
per one enclosure
Cables for use with M5120 controller
39R65313707IBM 3 m SAS Cable1
39R65293708IBM 1 m SAS Cable1
Cables for use with M5225 controller
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
90Y76826m SAS Cable (mSAS HD to mSAS)1

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

Table 24. 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 that are supported by EXP2524 external expansion enclosures.

Table 25. 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 the server and can be ordered through System x sales channel. The server may 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 26. External disk storage systems

Part numberDescription
1746A2D IBM System Storage DS3512 Express Dual Controller Storage System
1746A2S IBM System Storage DS3512 Express Single Controller Storage System
1746A4D IBM System Storage DS3524 Express Dual Controller Storage System
1746A4S IBM System Storage DS3524 Express Single Controller Storage System
181494HIBM System Storage DS3950 Model 94
181498HIBM System Storage DS3950 Model 98
181492HIBM System Storage EXP395 Expansion Unit
1746A2EIBM System Storage EXP3512 Express Storage™ Expansion Unit
1746A4EIBM System Storage EXP3524 Express Storage Expansion Unit

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 that are listed in the following table.

Table 27. 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 that are supported by external tape enclosures
46C5364 IBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - Internal USB 160 GB Bundle
46C5387 IBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - Internal USB 320 GB Bundle
46C5388 IBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - Internal USB 500 GB Bundle
46C5399IBM DDS Generation 5 USB Tape Drive
39M5636 IBM DDS Generation 6 USB Tape Drive
43W8478IBM Half High LTO Gen 3 SAS Tape Drive
44E8895IBM Half High LTO Gen 4 SAS Tape Drive
49Y9898IBM Half High LTO Gen 5 Internal SAS Tape Drive
00D8924IBM Half High LTO Ultrium Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive
External backup units*
362516XIBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - External USB 160 GB Bundle
362532XIBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - External USB 320 GB Bundle
362550XIBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - External USB 500 GB Bundle
* Note: The external tape drives that are listed can be ordered through System x sales channel. The server may support other IBM tape drives that are not listed in this table. For more information, see the IBM System Storage Interoperability Center.

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 that are listed in the following table.

Table 28. IBM System Networking - Top-of-rack switches

Part numberDescription
IBM System Networking - 1 Gb top-of-rack switches
7309BAXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G7028
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 that are listed in the following table.

Table 29. Uninterruptible power supply units

Part numberDescription
Tower UPS
53961AXIBM 1000VA LCD Tower UPS (120V)
53961JXIBM 1000VA LCD Tower UPS (100V)
53961KXIBM 1000VA LCD Tower UPS (230V)
53962AXIBM 1500VA LCD Tower UPS (120V)
53962JXIBM 1500VA LCD Tower UPS (100V)
53962KXIBM 1500VA LCD Tower UPS (230V)
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)

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) that are listed in the following table.

Table 30. 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)
39M2816 IBM DPI C13 Enterprise PDU without linecord
39Y8923 DPI 60A Three Phase C19 Enterprise PDU with IEC309 3P+G (208 V) fixed power cord
39Y8941 DPI Single Phase C13 Enterprise PDU without power cord
39Y8948 DPI Single Phase C19 Enterprise PDU without power cord
Front-End PDUs
39Y8934DPI 32amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y8935DPI 63amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y893830amp/125V Front-end PDU with NEMA L5-30P connector
39Y893930amp/250V Front-end PDU with NEMA L6-30P connector
39Y894060amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 60A 2P+N+Gnd connector
Universal PDUs
39Y8951DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ US LV and HV power cords
39Y8952DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ CEE7-VII Europe LC
39Y8953DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ Denmark LC
39Y8954DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ Israel LC
39Y8955 DPI Universal Rack PDU w/Italy LC
39Y8956DPI Universal Rack PDU w/South Africa LC
39Y8957DPI Universal Rack PDU w/UK LC
39Y8958DPI Universal Rack PDU with AS/NZ LC
39Y8959DPI Universal Rack PDU w/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

Racks cabinets

The server supports the rack cabinets that are listed in the following table. One of the tower-to-rack conversion kits is required for the server to be installed in the rack.

Table 31. Rack cabinets

Part numberDescription
00J6353Tower to 5U Rack Conversion Kit for IBM System x3100 M5 (for systems with hot-swap power supplies)
69Y5182Tower to 4U Rack Conversion Kit for IBM System x3100 M5 (for systems with fixed power supplies)
93072PX IBM 25U Static S2 Standard Rack
93072RX IBM 25U Standard Rack
93074RX IBM 42U Standard Rack
93074XX IBM 42U Standard Rack Extension
93084EX IBM 42U Enterprise Expansion Rack
93084PX IBM 42U Enterprise Rack
93604EX IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Dynamic Expansion Rack
93604PX IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Dynamic Rack
93614EX IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93614PX IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Static Rack
93624EX IBM 47U 1200 mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93624PX IBM 47U 1200 mm Deep Static 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 that are listed in the following table.

Table 32. 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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