IBM Flex System X6 Compute Node Planning and Implementation Guide

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


The increasing demand for cloud computing and business analytic workloads drives innovation to find new ways to build information systems. IBM clients are looking for cost-effective IT solutions that manage large amounts of data, easily scale performance, and provide reliable real-time access to actionable information.

Built on decades of innovation, IBM® introduces its sixth generation of IBM X-Architecture® technology, IBM X6 servers, which includes the IBM Flex System® x880 X6, Flex System x480 X6, and Flex System x280 X6. These IBM X6 servers are fast, agile, and resilient:

  • Fast application performance means immediate access to actionable information.

  • Agile system design helps to reduce acquisition costs and provide the ability to host multiple generations of technology in a single server.

  • Resilient platforms maximize application uptime and promote easy integration in virtual environments.

This IBM Redbooks® publication describes the product and covers planning and implementation. The first chapers provide technical information about the 2-socket x280 X6, 4-socket x480 X6, and 8-socket x880 X6. This information is most useful in designing, configuring, and planning your server order. The later chapters provide configuration and setup details to get your server operational.

This book is for IBM clients, IBM Business Partners, and IBM employees who want to understand the features and capabilities of the IBM X6 portfolio of servers and want to learn how to install and configure the servers for use in production. It is related to the IBM Redbooks book about the rack-mount X6 servers, IBM System x3850 X6 and x3950 X6 Planning and Implementation Guide, SG24-8208.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Overview of the IBM Flex System
Chapter 3.Flex System architecture
Chapter 4. Flex System X6 Compute Nodes
Chapter 5. Hardware preparation
Chapter 6. Installation
Chapter 7. Management


These pages are Web versions of IBM Redbooks- and Redpapers-in-progress. They are published here for those who need the information now and may contain spelling, layout and grammatical errors.

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. Your feedback is welcomed to improve the usefulness of the material to others.

IBM assumes no responsibility for its accuracy or completeness. The use of this information or the implementation of any of these techniques is a customer responsibility and depends upon the customer's ability to evaluate and integrate them into the customer's operational environment.


Last Update
16 June 2014

Planned Publish Date
31 July 2014

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