IBM BladeCenter Interoperability Guide

An IBM Redpaper publication


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.

Blade servers captured industry focus because of their modular design. This design can reduce costs with a more efficient usage of valuable floor space, and their simplified management, which can speed up such tasks as deploying, reprovisioning, updating, and troubleshooting hundreds of blade servers. In addition, blade servers provide improved performance by doubling current rack density. By integrating resources and sharing key components, costs are reduced and availability is increased.

This IBM Redpaper™ publication is a reference to compatibility and interoperability of components inside and connected to IBM BladeCenter solutions. This paper is intended for IT professionals looking for compatibility and interoperability information of IBM BladeCenter solution components.

Changes in the July 2014 Edition:
* Added 16 GB 1600 MHz 1.35 V DIMM (46W0716) support for the HS23 (E5-2600)
* Added IBM 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB, and 800 GB Enterprise Value SSDs
* Updated operating system support tables
* Removed IBM BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager (no longer supported, replaced by IBM Fabric Manager)
* Added note about SAS performance with IBM i as a VIO client on IBM Power Systems

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Chassis interoperability
Chapter 2. Blade server component compatibility
Chapter 3. Software compatibility
Chapter 4. Storage interoperability
Chapter 5. Telco and NEBS compliance


Publish Date
21 January 2013

Last Update
03 July 2014

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