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A highly available and expandable, rack-dense, 1U dual-socket SMP server, for application
serving in Web environments

Product Guide

March 2008

Product Overview

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Selling Features

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Outstanding performance and manageability in only 1U
Suggested Uses: Medium-to-large businesses requiring a general-purpose server in space-
constrained data centers, and Scientific/Technical computing customers who require cluster
nodes.
Your challenge is to do more with less-serve more Web pages, handle more secure
connections, support more e-mail users-all while reducing costs and saving space. The dual-
®
socket IBM
System x3550, incorporating IBM X-Architecture
It supports the latest quad- and dual-core Intel
quad-core Xeon processors), designed with up to a leading-edge 1333MHz front-side bus (FSB),
64-bit extensions (EM64T), and either 6MB or 4MB (dual-core) or 8MB or 12MB (quad-core) of
L2 cache, to help provide you with the computing power you need to match your business needs
and growth. In addition, the x3550 uses industry-standard fully buffered 667MHz memory with
ECC (Error Checking and Correcting) protection-for high performance and reliability.
For even higher levels of availability, the x3550 also offers a choice of optional online hot-spare
memory or memory mirroring. Dual integrated high-speed Gigabit Ethernet controllers with TOE
(TCP Offload Engine) and Jumbo Frame support are standard, as are high-performance adapter
slots (PCI-E x8 and optional PCI-X/133).
All models offer impressive scalability, including dual-processor support, up to 32GB of memory
and a choice of high-performance hard disk drives with an internal storage capacity of 600GB
(two 3.5-inch hot-swap Serial-Attached SCSI), 587.2GB (four 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS) or
2TB (two 3.5-inch simple-swap Serial ATA II). The integrated SAS controller provides
hardware-based RAID-0/1/10 standard for SAS drives. (SATA models offer firmware-based RAID
0/1 support standard.) Additional RAID support is available via the optional IBM ServeRAID
family of SAS and SATA controllers. The ultradense 1U form factor allows businesses to increase
their computing power and spread their workload without outgrowing their current data center. Up
to 42 of these 1U servers can be installed in a single 42U rack, for a total of up to 84 processors,
offering tremendous deployment flexibility. Optional Advanced Connectivity Technology (ACT)
interconnect cabling reduces cable clutter and cost and minimizes installation time when
interconnecting many rack-mounted servers.
Standard in the x3550 is an integrated Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) that enables
the user to manage and control the server easily-both locally and remotely. This high level of
manageability is designed to keep costs down and the system up-even when network usage
increases. The drop-down light path diagnostics panel enables quick servicing of the system if
a problem develops. These advanced features help maximize network availability by increasing
uptime, as do simple-swap SATA HDDs; hot-swap/redundant SAS HDDs, power and fans;
Active Memory
; integrated RAID; temperature-controlled fans with Calibrated Vectored
Cooling
; IPMI 2.0 support, including highly secure remote power control and Serial over
LAN; as well as text-console redirect over LAN.
With the inclusion of unique IBM service and support features such as the BMC, light path
diagnostics, IBM Director, IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86 (formerly
known as PowerExecutive), IBM ServerGuide
Supervisor Adapter II SlimLine, the x3550 is designed for superior uptime.
If you need highly manageable, dual-socket/multi-core computing power in a rack-dense
package, the x3550 is the ideal system.
Price/Performance
The x3550 offers numerous features to boost performance and reduce product and operating
costs:
• Up to two quad- or dual-core Xeon processors, high-end 1333MHz or 1066MHz front side
bus and 4MB to 12MB (processor-specific) of integrated Level 2 cache per processor, offer
IBM System x3550
features, meets that challenge.
®
Xeon
processors (including 50W low-voltage
and support for the optional slotless Remote
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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    ; IPMI 2.0 support, including highly secure remote power control and Serial over LAN; as well as text-console redirect over LAN. With the inclusion of unique IBM service and support features such as the BMC, light path diagnostics, IBM Director, IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86 (formerly ™...
  • Page 2 RAID support, and allows the x3550 to offer six RAID levels: RAID-0, 1, 10, 1E, 5 ™ and 6. The optional MegaRAID 8480 controller supports up to four IBM System Storage EXP3000 expansion units containing up to 48 SAS HDDs and 14.4TB of external storage.
  • Page 3 • Text Console Redirection support allows the administrator to remotely view x3550 text messages over Serial or LAN. • IBM Director is included for proactive systems management and works with both the blade’s internal BMC and the chassis’ management module. IBM Director comes with a portfolio of tools, including Management Processor Assistant, Rack Manager, RAID Manager, Update Assistant and Software Distribution.
  • Page 4: Key Features

    For terms and conditions or copies of the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, call 800-772-2227 in the U.S. In Canada call 800- 426-2255. Telephone support may be subject to additional charges. For warranties including onsite labor, a technician is sent after IBM attempts to resolve the problem remotely.
  • Page 5: Drive Bays

    CRC protection, data retry on error detect and buffer registers for improved fault isolation. For increased availability, the x3550 offers two additional (but mutually exclusive) levels of IBM Active Memory protection: online memory mirroring, and online hot-spare memory. Memory mirroring works much like disk mirroring. The total memory is divided into two channels.
  • Page 6: Disk Controllers

    IBM ServeRAID-8k SAS/SATA controller as the hot-swap server models. For external storage, the MegaRAID 8480 controller enables connection to up to four IBM System Storage EXP3000 SAS expansion units (48 HDDs total). It provides RAID-0/1/10/5/50 support and 256MB of onboard cache.
  • Page 7: Light Path Diagnostics

    A highly available and expandable, rack-dense, 1U dual-socket SMP server, for application serving in Web environments Dual Gigabit Ethernet Controllers The x3550 includes two integrated Broadcom 5708 Gigabit Ethernet controllers for up to 10X higher maximum throughput than a 10/100 Ethernet controller, as well as support for Jumbo Frames and TOE (TCP Offload Engine).
  • Page 8: Other Features

    Remote Supervisor Adapter II SlimLine. This can save a servicer significant time. Rack Cable Management and KVM Console Switching IBM Advanced Cabling Technology (ACT) is an optional feature that offers many advantages over standard KVM cabling across the entire System x and xSeries product line. So now you can interconnect all of your servers with one smart cabling architecture.
  • Page 9 IBM. It monitors networked servers for hardware errors and it can perform hardware and software inventories and report inventory changes to IBM. All information sent to IBM is stored in a highly secure database and used for improved problem determination.
  • Page 10 Preboot Execution Environment (PXE). Like Wake on LAN, PXE is system firmware. It enables software such as the optional IBM Remote Deployment Manager to take control of a system before the BIOS, operating system or applications are loaded (using Wake on LAN/PXE) and lets an administrator perform many low- level tasks remotely that would otherwise require a visit to each system.
  • Page 11: Key Options

    Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) is designed to allow the system to detect impending failure of supported components (memory, power supplies, hard disk drives, and fans) before actual failure, and alert the administrator through IBM Director. This gives you the ability to replace the failing component before it fails, resulting in increased uptime.
  • Page 12: X3550 Images 12 Chipkill

    The iSCSI HBA Adapter for IXA Connectivity is a PCI adapter for selected System x and xSeries servers that provides a direct 1GBps link to an IBM System i5 or iSeries server. This connection enables you to centralize your Microsoft Windows and System i5 or iSeries storage and consolidate the operations and backup of your System x, xSeries, System i5 and iSeries systems into a single infrastructure.
  • Page 13: X3550 Specifications

    A highly available and expandable, rack-dense, 1U dual-socket SMP server, for application serving in Web environments Interior View Hot-Swap Hot-Swap Power HDD Bays Supplies Hot-Swap Adapter Processor 2 Fans Slot 1 ServeRAID-8k-l Memory Adapter Processor 1 DIMMs Slot 2 x3550 Specifications Machine type 7978-2xX/2xY, 5xX/5xY, 7xX/7xY, JxX/JxY, LxX/LxY, MxX/MxY Form factor...
  • Page 14 A highly available and expandable, rack-dense, 1U dual-socket SMP server, for application serving in Web environments x3550 Specifications Chipset Intel 5000X 2GB (2 x 1GB) / 32GB (BxX/BxY, 1GB (2 x 512MB) / 32GB (2xX/2xY, Standard / maximum memory JxX/JxY, LxX/LxY, MxX/MxY) 5xX/5xY, 7xX/7xY) Standard memory type Fully buffered PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR II ECC with Chipkill protection...
  • Page 15 A highly available and expandable, rack-dense, 1U dual-socket SMP server, for application serving in Web environments x3550 Specifications full-height/half-length # of PCI-X/133 slots (1GBps) None (1 optional, in place of 1 PCI-E slot) # of 33MHz legacy PCI slots None # of video ports 2 (one front, one rear) Video controller...
  • Page 16: The Bottom Line

    • IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86 For terms and conditions or copies of the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, call 800-772-2227 in the U.S. In Canada call 800- 426-2255. IBM makes no representation or warranty regarding third-party products or services including those designated as ServerProven or ClusterProven.
  • Page 17 A highly available and expandable, rack-dense, 1U dual-socket SMP server, for application serving in Web environments • Integrated Baseboard Management Controller (BMC): IPMI 2.0 compliance, including highly secure remote power control Text console redirection systems management standard • Active Memory protection: Advanced Chipkill ECC memory protection, and either Online hot-spare memory, or Memory mirroring...
  • Page 18: For More Information

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