IBM Flex System X6 Compute Node Planning and Implementation Guide

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


The increasing demand for cloud computing and business analytical workloads by enterprises to meet business needs drives innovation to find new ways to build informational systems. Clients are looking for cost-optimized fit-for-purpose 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 Enterprise 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 designed to be 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.

IBM X6 servers continue to lead the way as the shift toward mission-critical scalable databases, business analytics, virtualization, enterprise applications, and cloud applications accelerates.

This book covers product information as well as planning & implementation information. In the first chapers we provide detailed technical information about the two-socket x280 X6, four-socket x480 X6 and eight-socket x880 X6. This information is most useful in designing, configuring, and planning to order a server solution. In the later chapters of the book, we provide detailed configuration and setup information to get your server operational.

This book is aimed at clients, IBM Business Partners, and IBM employees that 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.

This book is a partner to a book on 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. Introduction to IBM Flex System
Chapter 3. Architecture
Chapter 4. Product Information
Chapter 5. Preparing the hardware
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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