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IBM 7944E2U User Manual

Leadership enterprise server with significantly lower cost of ownership in a highly available and expandable, rack-dense, 1u dual-socket server
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Leadership enterprise server with significantly lower cost of ownership in a highly available and
expandable, rack-dense, 1U dual-socket server

Product Guide

March 2010
Product Overview
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Outstanding innovation in only 1U
Suggested Uses: All sectors requiring highly available, energy-efficient, rack-optimized solution
for physical and virtual intensive commercial environments like eBusiness/eCommerce,
collaboration, virtualization, database, and enterprise resource planning applications.
Your challenge is to do more with less-serve more Web pages, handle more secure
connections, support more e-mail users. You need to reduce the costs of doing business and
improve the service you deliver to your customers while lowering your overall risk. The dual-
®
socket IBM
System x3550 M3 can reduce your costs with its new energy smart design. It can
improve service with reduced operational complexity and increased management functionality. It
will lower your IT risk with the resiliency that comes from no single point of failure. And like all
IBM servers, the x3550 M3 offers you the trust that comes from the IBM global reach, service and
support.
The x3550 M3 is a game-changing rack server that uses significantly less power than previous
generations, with unified systems management tools, leadership reliability, availability, and
serviceability features and broad systems flexibility housed in a compact 1U mechanical package.
®
The x3550 M3 features Intel
Xeon
processors, with up to 12MB of shared L3 cache, to provide you with the computing power you
need to match your business needs and growth. The new line of Intel processors delivers
unprecedented intelligent performance with features like adaptive performance for applications
and environments, Turbo Boost Technology and Hyper-Threading Technology, and integrated
power gates and automated power management.
The x3550 M3 supports up to 18 DIMMs / 192GB of registered (RDIMM) 1333MHz DDR3
memory (or up to 12 DIMMs / 24GB of unbuffered UDIMM memory) and provides Chipkill
(Error Checking and Correcting) protection-for high performance and reliability. For even higher
levels of availability, the x3550 M3 also offers memory mirroring. Up to 4 integrated high-speed
Gigabit Ethernet controllers are available (offering TOE (TCP Offload Engine) support on
®
®
Microsoft
Windows
), as are two high-performance adapter slots (PCIe x16). The x3650 M3
offers an optional embedded hypervisor to manage your virtual workloads.
The x3550 M3 offers a choice of up to supports up to 8 high-performance hot-swap HDDs with an
internal storage capacity of 4.0TB (2.5-inch hot-swap Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) or Serial-
Attached ATA (SATA) drives). Alternatively, up to 8 solid-state drives (SSDs) are also
available to keep power low, improve resiliency, and offer up to 400GB of storage. The server
includes a choice of several IBM ServeRAID
hardware-based RAID solutions. 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
and 504 processor cores, offering tremendous deployment flexibility.
Standard in the x3550 M3 is the Integrated Management Module (IMM) that enables the user to
manage and control the server easily-both locally and remotely. In conjunction with the IMM, the
x3550 M3 comes with an altitude sensor (altimeter) that governs fan rotation based on
altitude, to help lower your energy consumption. The IMM offers a high level of manageability that
is designed to keep costs down and the system up-even when network usage increases. IBM's
innovative pop-out/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 hot simple-swap solid-state drives; hot-swap/redundant SAS or
SATA HDDs, redundant ultra-efficient power supplies and fan modules; Active Memory
integrated RAID; temperature-controlled fans with Calibrated Vectored Cooling
support, including highly secure remote power control and Serial over LAN; as well as text-
console redirect over LAN.
Another improvement with the new generation of X-Architecture is the replacement of legacy
BIOS with a new generation United Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). UEFI provides a
more intuitive user interface and understandable event logs and better management.
IBM System x3550 M3
®
5600 Series 6-core and 4-core, and 5500 Series 4-core
®
storage controllers that provide broad levels of
ECC
;
; IPMI 2.0
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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    Selling Features will lower your IT risk with the resiliency that comes from no single point of failure. And like all IBM servers, the x3550 M3 offers you the trust that comes from the IBM global reach, service and Key Features support.
  • Page 2: Selling Features

    Leadership enterprise server with significantly lower cost of ownership in a highly available and expandable, rack-dense, 1U dual-socket server With the inclusion of unique IBM service and support features such as the IMM, light path ™ diagnostics, IBM Systems Director 6.1, IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager , IBM ™...
  • Page 3 AES NI support for faster, stronger encryption (in 5600 Series processors only). • Integrated IPMI 2.0 support alerts IBM Systems Director to anomalous environmental factors, such as voltage and thermal conditions. It also supports highly secure remote power control using data encryption.
  • Page 4: Key Features

    2 threads per core, and Intel Turbo Boost technology 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 Leadership enterprise server with significantly lower cost of ownership in a highly available and expandable, rack-dense, 1U dual-socket server • 95W 4-core Xeon 5600 model X5667 running at 3.06GHz, with reduced draw and impressive performance/watt (23.75W per core; 6.4GTps QPI speed), 12MB of L3 processor cache, 1333MHz memory access, 2 threads per core, and Intel Turbo Boost technology •...
  • Page 6 Leadership enterprise server with significantly lower cost of ownership in a highly available and expandable, rack-dense, 1U dual-socket server servers. For example, the Xeon 5500 and 5600 series processors integrate the memory controller inside the processor, resulting in two memory controllers in a 2-socket system. Each memory controller has three memory channels.
  • Page 7: Integrated Virtualization

    DIMMs will run at 1.5V. Different brands of DIMMs should not be mixed, due to possible timing issues. In addition to Chipkill error correction, the x3550 M3 offers an additional level of IBM Active Memory protection: memory mirroring.
  • Page 8: Drive Bays

    The 6Gbps (x8 PCIe) ServeRAID-M1015 SAS/SATA controller supports RAID-0/1/10 (no cache) for up to 8 drives. The IBM ServeRAID M1000 Series Advance Feature Key adds RAID-5 with Data transfer rates depend on many factors and are often less than the maximum possible.
  • Page 9 TOE reduces system processor utilization, providing increased system performance and reducing overall system power requirements. The Emulex 10Gb/s Virtual Fabric Adapter for IBM System x3550 M3 is based on the Emulex OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapter (UCNA) platform that also includes the capability for future upgrades to Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI protocol offloads.
  • Page 10: Light Path Diagnostics

    In most servers, the fans run fast all the time to allow for use at high elevations, wasting power. The altimeter allows the IBM fans to run at lower speeds at lower altitudes.
  • Page 11: Other Features

    • Support for IPMI v2.0 compliant management software (e.g., xCAT) • Other mandatory and optional IPMI IMM functions The IMM alerts IBM Systems Director to anomalous environmental factors, such as voltage and thermal conditions—even if the server has failed. The x3550 M3 also supports an optional IBM Virtual Media Key for additional systems management capabilities, including: •...
  • Page 12 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 13: Key Options

    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 14: X3550 M3 Images

    3X the MTBF (mean time between failure) rate of enterprise HDDs. IBM SSDs. are available in 50GB capacities. They can be used as a highly available boot drive, for storing disk images, or for other uses that stress read performance.
  • Page 15 Leadership enterprise server with significantly lower cost of ownership in a highly available and expandable, rack-dense, 1U dual-socket server Inside View ServeRAID Hypervisor Controller Hot-Swap Power Supplies Hot-Swap HDD Bays Adapter Slot Processor Socket Hot- Swap Packs 18 DIMM Slots Gb Ethernet Processor / Heat Sink...
  • Page 16: X3550 M3 Specifications

    Leadership enterprise server with significantly lower cost of ownership in a highly available and expandable, rack-dense, 1U dual-socket server IBM System x3550 M3 Specifications Machine type 7944-A2x, B2x, C2x, D2x, F2x, G2x, H2x, J2x, M2x, N2x Form factor 6-Core Xeon...
  • Page 17 Leadership enterprise server with significantly lower cost of ownership in a highly available and expandable, rack-dense, 1U dual-socket server Supports 1333MHz with 2 DIMMs per L5640 and X56xx processors support 2DPC at 1333MHz; channel X55xx processors support 2DPC at 1333MHz via the special bid process Online hot-spare memory supported Memory mirroring supported / # of DIMM Yes / 1 channel (3 slots per processor) active, 1 spare, 1 unused...
  • Page 18 Support planned for 2Q/2010. 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 19: The Bottom Line

    Leadership enterprise server with significantly lower cost of ownership in a highly available and expandable, rack-dense, 1U dual-socket server The IBM System x3550 M3 is an extremely energy efficient, powerful system, incorporating The Bottom Line significantly redesigned management tools and abundant IBM-unique innovations: Price/Performance •...
  • Page 20: Server Comparison

    • Toolless chassis and toolless slide design; integrated Cable Management Arm Server Comparison Chart The following table shows the suggested uses for the respective IBM System x rack-optimized servers, including comparisons of the uses for which each server is best suited:...
  • Page 21: For More Information

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