N2225 and N2226 SAS/SATA HBAs for IBM System x

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Abstract

The N2225 and N2226 SAS/SATA HBAs for IBM® System x® are low-cost, high-performance host bus adapters for high-performance connectivity between System x servers and external storage enclosures (JBODs), tapes, and RAID storage systems. The N2225 provides two x4 external mini-SAS HD connectors with eight lanes of 12 Gbps SAS. The N2226 provides four x4 external mini-SAS HD connectors with 16 lanes of 12 Gbps SAS.

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Introduction

The N2225 and N2226 SAS/SATA HBAs for IBM® System x® are low-cost, high-performance host bus adapters for high-performance connectivity between System x servers and external storage enclosures (JBODs), tapes, and RAID storage systems. The N2225 provides two x4 external mini-SAS HD connectors with eight lanes of 12 Gbps SAS. The N2226 provides four x4 external mini-SAS HD connectors with 16 lanes of 12 Gbps SAS.

Figure 1 shows the N2225 and N2226 SAS/SATA HBAs for IBM System x.

N2225 (left) and N2226 (right) SAS/SATA HBAs for IBM System x
Figure 1. N2225 (left) and N2226 (right) SAS/SATA HBAs for IBM System x

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The N2225 and N2226 SAS/SATA HBAs provide high performance for storage connectivity for servers by integrating the latest enhancements in PCI Express and SAS technology, offering eight lanes (N2225) or 16 lanes (N2226) of 12 Gbps SAS matched with eight lanes of PCIe 3.0 to eliminate performance bottlenecks and provide high data transfer rates for medium-to-large capacity server storage applications.

The N2225 and N2226 SAS/SATA HBAs support SAS data transfer rates of 3, 6, and 12 Gbps per lane and SATA transfer rates of 3 and 6 Gbps per lane, and they enable maximum connectivity and performance in a low-profile (N2225) or full-height (N2226) form factor.

Rigorous testing of the N2225 and N2226 SAS/SATA HBAs by IBM through the IBM ServerProven® program ensures a high degree of confidence in storage subsystem compatibility and reliability. Providing an additional peace of mind, these controllers are covered under IBM warranty.

Part number information

Table 1 provides the ordering part numbers and feature codes.

Table 1. Ordering part numbers and feature codes

DescriptionPart numberFeature code
N2225 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x00AE912A5M0
N2226 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x00AE916A5M1

The N2225 option part number includes the following items:
  • One N2225 or N2226 adapter with a full-height (3U) bracket attached
  • One low-profile (2U) bracket (N2225 only)
  • Warranty Flyer
  • Documentation CD
  • Important Notices Flyer

Features and specifications

The N2225 and N2226 SAS/SATA HBAs have the following features and specifications:

  • LSI SAS3008 12 Gbps I/O controller
  • PCIe low profile (N2225) or full height (N2226), half-length form factor
  • PCI Express 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Eight (N2225) or 16 (N2226) external 12 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Supports 12, 6, and 3 Gbps SAS and 6 and 3 Gbps SATA data transfer rates
  • Up to 12 Gbps throughput per port
  • Two (N2225) or four (N2226) external x4 mini-SAS HD connectors (SFF-8644)
  • Supports connectivity to the external storage systems, tapes, and JBOD expansion units
  • High-performance IOPS LSI Fusion-MPT architecture
  • Advanced power management support
  • Support for SSP, SMP, STP, and SATA protocols
  • Support for narrow and wide ports
  • End-to-End CRC with Advanced Error Reporting
  • T-10 Protection Model for early detection of and recovery from data corruption
  • Spread Spectrum Clocking for EMI reductions

Supported servers

Table 2 lists the compatibility information for the N2225 and N2226 HBAs and System x, IBM iDataPlex®, and IBM NeXtScale servers.

Table 2. System x, iDataPlex, and NeXtScale compatibility (Part 1)

Part numberDescription
x3250 M5 (5458)
x3500 M4 (7383, E5-2600 v2)
x3530 M4 (7160, E5-2400 v2)
x3550 M4 (7914, E5-2600 v2)
x3630 M4 (7158, E5-2400 v2)
x3650 M4 (7915, E5-2600 v2)
x3650 M4 HD (5460)
x3750 M4 (8752)
x3850 X6/x3950 X6 (3837)
dx360 M4 (7912, E5-2600 v2)
nx360 M4 (5455)
00AE912N2225 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
N
Y
00AE916N2226 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
N
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
N
Y

Table 2. System x, iDataPlex, and NeXtScale compatibility (Part 2)
Part numberDescription
x3100 M4 (2582)
x3250 M4 (2583)
x3300 M4 (7382)
x3500 M4 (7383, E5-2600)
x3530 M4 (7160)
x3550 M4 (7914, E5-2600)
x3630 M4 (7158)
x3650 M4 (7915, E5-2600)
x3690 X5 (7147)
x3750 M4 (8722)
x3850 X5/x3950 X5 (7143)
dx360 M4 (7912, E5-2600)
00AE912N2225 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
00AE916N2226 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N

For more information about the System x servers that support each adapter, see the IBM ServerProven website:
http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/

Supported storage systems

The N2225 and N2226 SAS/SATA HBAs support connectivity to the external storage systems. Table 3 lists supported storage systems that can be ordered through the System x sales channel. The adapters may support other IBM disk systems that are not listed in Table 3. For further information, see the IBM System Storage® Interoperation Center. Table 3 also lists cables that can be used to attach storage systems to the N2225 and N2226 adapters.

Table 3. External storage systems

Machine type and modelDescription
Storage systems (mini-SAS HD host interfaces)
2071-CU2IBM Storwize® V3500 LFF Dual Control Enclosure
2071-CU3IBM Storwize V3500 SFF Dual Control Enclosure
2072-L2CIBM Storwize V3700 LFF Dual Control Enclosure
2072-S2CIBM Storwize V3700 SFF Dual Control Enclosure
2077-12CIBM Storwize V5000 LFF Dual Control Enclosure
2077-24CIBM Storwize V5000 SFF Dual Control Enclosure
2078-12CIBM Storwize V5000 LFF Dual Control Enclosure
2078-24CIBM Storwize V5000 SFF Dual Control Enclosure
SAS cables (mini-SAS HD to mini-SAS HD)
00Y24650.6m SAS Cable (mSAS HD to mSAS HD)
00Y24671.5m SAS Cable (mSAS HD to mSAS HD)
00Y24693m SAS Cable (mSAS HD to mSAS HD)

IBM performs end-to-end storage connectivity compatibility testing to deliver storage interoperability. For a full listing of IBM supported end-to-end storage configurations, see the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC) website:
http://ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic

Supported backup units

The N2225 and N2226 SAS/SATA HBAs support connectivity to the external backup units. Table 4 lists supported external backup units that can be ordered through the System x sales channel. The adapters may support other IBM backup units that are not listed in Table 4. For further information, see the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center. Table 4 also lists cables that can be used to attach backup units to the N2225 and N2226 adapters.

Table 4. External backup units

Part numberDescription
External tape expansion enclosures for internal tape drives
87651UX1U Tape Drive Enclosure
87651NX1U Tape Drive Enclosure (with Nema 5-15P LineCord)
Tape enclosure adapters (one per backup unit; mini-SAS host interface)
40K2599SAS Enclosure Adapter Kit
Internal backup drives supported by external tape enclosures
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 (mini-SAS host interfaces)
3628L5X IBM Half High LTO Gen 5 External SAS Tape Drive (with US line cord)
3628N5XIBM Half High LTO Gen 5 External SAS Tape Drive (without line cord)
3580S4ESystem Storage TS2240 Tape Drive Express Model H4S
3580S4VSystem Storage TS2240 Tape Drive Express Model H4V
3580S5ESystem Storage TS2250 Tape Drive Express Model H5S
3580S6ESystem Storage TS2260 Tape Drive Model H6S
3580S6XSystem Storage TS2360 Tape Drive Model S63
3572S4RTS2900 Tape Library with LTO4 HH SAS drive & rack mount kit
3572S5RTS2900 Tape Library with LTO5 HH SAS drive & rack mount kit
3572S6RTS2900 Tape Library with LTO6 HH SAS drive & rack mount kit
35732ULTS3100 Tape Library Model L2U Driveless
35734ULTS3200 Tape Library Model L4U Driveless
45E2243†LTO Ultrium 4 Half High SAS Drive Sled
46X7117†LTO Ultrium 4 Half High SAS DriveV2 Sled
95P5006†LTO Ultrium 4 SAS Drive Sled
46X2685†LTO Ultrium 5 Half High SAS Drive Sled
46X2683†LTO Ultrium 5 SAS Drive Sled
35P1619†LTO Ultrium 6 Half High SAS Drive Sled
35P1610†LTO Ultrium 6 SAS Drive Sled
SAS cables (mini-SAS HD to mini-SAS)
46C2925HD-SAS to Mini-SAS Cable*
46C2926Y-SAS HD to Mini-SAS Cable**
† These part numbers are the tape drives options for 35732UL and 35734UL.
* One per backup unit.
** One per two backup units.

IBM performs end-to-end storage connectivity compatibility testing to deliver storage interoperability. For a full listing of IBM supported end-to-end storage configurations, see the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC) website:
http://ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic

Supported operating systems

The N2225 and N2226 SAS/SATA HBAs support the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for x86
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)

For more 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

For more information about the storage systems and their software versions that are supported with the specific operating system, see the System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC) website:
http://ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic

Warranty

The N2225 and N2226 SAS/SATA HBAs carry a one-year limited warranty. When installed in a supported System x server, the adapters assume your system’s base warranty and any IBM ServicePac® upgrade.

Physical specifications

The N2225 SAS/SATA HBA has the following physical specifications.

Dimensions and weight (approximate):

  • Height: 69 mm (2.7 in.)
  • Width: 17 mm (0.7 in.)
  • Depth: 170 mm (6.7 in.)
  • Weight: 100 g (0.2 lb)

Shipping dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height: 51 mm (2.0 in.)
  • Width: 143 mm (5.6 in.)
  • Depth: 238 mm (9.4 in.)
  • Weight: 205 g (0.45 lb)

The N2226 SAS/SATA HBA has the following physical specifications.

Dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height: 111 mm (4.4 in.)
  • Width: 18 mm (0.7 in.)
  • Depth: 170 mm (6.7 in.)
  • Weight: 222 g (0.5 lb)

Shipping dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height: 51 mm (2.0 in.)
  • Width: 143 mm (5.6 in.)
  • Depth: 238 mm (9.4 in.)
  • Weight: 327 g (0.7 lb)

Operating environment

The N2225 and N2226 SAS/SATA HBAs are supported in the following environment:

  • Temperature (operational): 5 - 40 °C (41 - 104 °F) at 0 - 5,000 m (0 - 16,404 ft)
  • Temperature (non-operational): -40 - 60 °C (-40 - 140 °F) at 10,700 m (35,105 ft)
  • Relative humidity: 8% - 93% (non-condensing)
  • Maximum altitude: 10,700 m (35,105 ft)

Agency approvals

The N2225 and N2226 SAS/SATA HBAs conform to the following regulations:

  • UL
  • cUL
  • IEC60950
  • EMC
  • FCC
  • CE
  • VCCI
  • BSMI
  • C-tick
  • KC

Related publications and links

For more information, see the following documents:


Special Notices

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