BladeCenter Interoperability Guide

An IBM Redpaper publication


BladeCenter® integrates server, storage, and networking functionality with technology exchange and heterogeneous management. 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 Lenovo Press publication is a reference to compatibility and interoperability of components inside and connected to BladeCenter solutions. This paper is intended for IT professionals looking for compatibility and interoperability information of BladeCenter solution components.

Changes in the February 2015 Edition:
* Added SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 support
* Added Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7 support
* Added 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB Entry SSDs support
* Added S3500 1.6 TB Enterprise Value SSD support
* Added 1.8 TB SAS 512e HS HDD support
* Added Enterprise and Enterprise Value io3 Flash Adapters support

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
24 February 2015

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