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IBM BladeCenter S

IBM BladeCenter E

Distributed, small office,

Best energy efficiency,

easy to configure

best density

IBM BladeCenter T

IBM BladeCenter H

IBM BladeCenter HT

Ruggedized

High performance

Ruggedized,

 

 

high performance

IBM BladeCenter Chassis

Product Guide

September 2008

Table of Contents

Overview

3

BladeCenter Chassis Positioning

4

IBM BladeCenter Chassis

6

BladeCenter I/O Modules

30

Rack vs. Blades Positioning

33

Citrix Solution

37

Virtualization Solution

38

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Overview

You need to make IT decisions that will drive business success. You face management challenges and technological complexity such as space constraints, power and cooling limitations, heterogeneous environments and I/O connectivity issues. IBM brings together the widest choice of compatible chassis, blade servers, storage and networking offerings and solution providers in the industry to help you build an open and flexible IT environment. And regardless of the size of your business, you want to be up and running 24/7. With built-in redundancy, innovative power and cooling and the latest I/O and management tools, IBM BladeCenter is easy to own—so you can focus on your business demands and stay ahead of the competition.

The RIGHT choice, tailored to fit your diverse needs.

It’s flexible and modular. As needs evolve, a one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t work.

Meet your needs with BladeCenter: everything from a high-performance data center to a small office with limited IT skills—IBM has you covered

Get flexibility with 5 compatible chassis and 5 blade types supporting multiple I/O fabrics, all managed from a common point

It’s robust and reliable, providing redundancy throughout and the information you need to keep your business up and running.

Provide redundancy for no single point of failure with IBM BladeCenter

Preserve application uptime with IBM Predictive Failure Analysis® and light path diagnostics

Make decisions based on accurate data for quick problem diagnosis with First Failure Data Capture

OPEN and innovative, for a flexible business foundation.

It’s comprehensive, providing broad, fast, and reliable networking and storage I/O with BladeCenter Open Fabric.

Match your data center needs and the appropriate interconnect using a common management point, and 5 I/O fabrics to choose from

Extract the most from your third-party management solutions by utilizing the BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager

It’s collaborative, enabling you to harness the power of the industry to deliver innovation that matters.

Get flexibility from a myriad of solutions created by Blade.org members and industry leaders that have downloaded our open specification

EASY to deploy, integrate and manage.

It enables efficient integrated management, which allows you to minimize costs with the tools you need for effective management.

Automate OS installation and BIOS updates remotely with IBM Director tools

Administer your blades at the chassis or rack level with the Advanced Management Module

Plug into your enterprise management software

It enable deployment simplicity without tradeoffs by speeding the deployment of new hardware in minutes rather than days, using BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager

Get significantly faster deployment of servers and I/O than from rack solutions

Reduce costly downtime with integrated failover capability

Manage from a single point of control via the Advanced Management Module

Use with virtually all IBM switches, blades and chassis

GREEN today for a better tomorrow.

It offers control via powerful tools that help you optimize your data center infrastructure so you can be responsive.

Understand your power requirements with IBM Power Configurator

Monitor, control and virtualize your power with IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86

Reduce data center hot spots with the IBM Rear Door Heat eXchanger

Optimize and future-proof your data center with IBM Data Center Energy Efficiency services

Our eco-friendly servers and services can help you be environmentally responsible.

Become more energy efficient with IBM expertise

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BladeCenter Chassis Positioning

Which BladeCenter Chassis is Right for You?

IBM offers five different BladeCenter chassis built across a consistent architecture. The chassis are targeted to meet your unique requirements, yet all encompass the same commitment to excellence. Remember, BladeCenter blades and switches can be seamlessly moved between chassis. This offers investment protection and incredibly flexible, mix-and- match deployment choices.

IBM BladeCenter S

BladeCenter S is the chassis designed specifically for the mid-market such as small offices, and remote branch locations.. Features include:

Configurable “business in a box” foundation combines sharable integrated storage with blades and switches

Comes standard with the BladeCenter Start Now Advisor, which enables easy set up , with “select and click” configurability

Up to 6 blades, 7U design (convertible to floor-standing configuration using the BladeCenter Office Enablement Kit)

Up to 12 SAS and/or SATA 3.5-inch HDDs, for an all-in-one chassis containing up to 3.6TB of SAS or 12TB of SATA enterprise-class storage

Auto sensing 110V or 220V power

Lowest IT staff requirements

Lowest total power consumed

Lowest total heat output

IBM BladeCenter E

BladeCenter E is the core chassis, perfect for mainstream applications, SMBs, data centers and remote sites.

Up to 14 blades, 7U design

Highest rack density

Best energy efficiency per blade

Best heat efficiency per blade

Low airflow requirement

Supports 10Gb Ethernet uplinks and 4Gb Fibre Channel

Planned availability through 2011

IBM BladeCenter H

BladeCenter H is right for clients looking for next-generation, high-speed I/O— whether InfiniBand, Fibre Channel or 10Gb Ethernet

Up to 14 blades, 9U design

Highest available I/O performance

Greatest I/O flexibility with up to 8 switch bays

Hardware-based I/O virtualization

Supports 30mm blades with up to 8 I/O ports

Supports 10Gb Ethernet and 4X InfiniBand

Planned availability through 2011

IBM BladeCenter T

BladeCenter T is a NEBS 3-compliant, ruggedized chassis ideal for telecom, military and medical-imaging applications.

Up to 8 blades, 8U design

Non-traditional enviroment support—NEBS 3/ETSI

Ruggedized chassis

AC and DC power input

Planned availability through 2011

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IBM BladeCenter HT

BladeCenter HT is a new telecommunications-optimized version of IBM BladeCenter H. It delivers outstanding core network performance and high-speed connectivity.

Up to 12 blades, 12U design

Non-traditional environment support—NEBS 3/ETSI (planned)

Greatest I/O flexibility with up to 8 switch bays

Supports 30mm blades with up to 8 ports

Supports 10Gb Ethernet and 4X InfiniBand

Ruggedized chassis

AC and DC power input

Planned availability through 2011

Compare all this flexibility to what HP has to offer:

Customer Need

IBM Answer

HP Answer

Small office or remote location:

BladeCenter S

BladeSystem c-Class 3000

High-efficiency data center:

BladeCenter E

BladeSystem c-Class 7000

Maximum system density:

BladeCenter E

BladeSystem c-Class 7000

Maximum application performance:

BladeCenter H

BladeSystem c-Class 7000

Ruggedized:

BladeCenter T

NA

Telecom NGN:

BladeCenter HT

NA

Back-end database:

System x3850 M2/x3950 M2

BladeSystem c-Class 7000

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IBM BladeCenter Chassis

Product Overview

CONTENTS

Product Overview

6

Selling Features

7

Key Features

15

Key Options

16

BladeCenter S Images

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BladeCenter S Specs

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BladeCenter E Images

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BladeCenter E Specs

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BladeCenter H Images

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BladeCenter H Specs

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BladeCenter T Images

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BladeCenter T Specs

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BladeCenter HT Images

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BladeCenter HT Specs

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Side-by-Side Comparison

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Chassis/Module/Blade

 

Compatibility

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I/O Module Compatibility

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Today’s data center environment is tougher than ever. You are looking to reduce IT cost, complexity, space requirements, power consumption and heat output, while increasing flexibility, utilization and manageability. Moving to innovative IBM® BladeCenter® as your IT foundation can help you accomplish all of these goals.

The IBM BladeCenter family tightly integrates servers, storage, networking, I/O and applications, allowing you to build a flexible IT infrastructure that is robust, integrated and virtualized using common building blocks. This modular technology integrates Intel® and AMD®, as well as IBM POWERor Cell Broadband Engine(Cell/B.E.) processorbased blade servers, supporting many operating systems.

All BladeCenter chassis offer impressive features and an extreme degree of compatibility with one another. For example, a single BladeCenter E or BladeCenter H chassis supports up to 14 hot-swappable 30mm-wide blade servers in only 7U (BladeCenter E) or 9U (BladeCenter H) of rack space, up to 8 hot-swappable blades in the rugged 8U BladeCenter T chassis, or up to 12 in the 12U BladeCenter HT high-speed telecommunications chassis. In addition to the blade servers, these chassis also hold up to 4 switches (BladeCenter E/BladeCenter T), up to 10 switches/bridges (BladeCenter H), or 8 switches/bridges (BladeCenter HT) internally. The BladeCenter S, designed for SMB and mid-market customers, takes integration to a new level, combining up to 12 hotswap SAS/SATA HDDs with 6 blade servers and 4 switches. Using a BladeCenter E chassis, up to 84 blade servers (168 processors with multiple cores per processor) can be installed in one industry-standard 42U rack.

Not only can this degree of integration save significant data center space (and therefore the cost of floor space and rack hardware) compared to 1U servers, but consolidating switches/bridges and cables reduces complexity and helps lower cabling costs, and it allows clients to manage everything in the solution as one. But the value of BladeCenter extends far beyond high-density data center environments. For small and medium businesses, as well as remote branch offices with significant computing needs, the compact 7U BladeCenter S houses up to 6 30mm blades, along with 12 3.5-inch hotswap SAS or SATA HDDs, and 4 switches in one chassis. And the setup wizard; BladeCenter Start Now Advisor makes it extremely easy to get started.

The various BladeCenter chassis are designed to monitor environmental conditions in the chassis and each blade and send alerts to the administrator. Advanced standard features help maintain system availability with increased uptime. These features include

Predictive Failure Analysis, light path diagnostics, hot-swap redundant power supplies and blower/fan modules with Calibrated Vectored Cooling; IPMI 2.0 support with highly secure remote power control; text-console redirect over LAN, and an Advanced Management Module (upgradeable with a redundant AMM).

If you need a highly manageable, power-efficient, highly compatible family of blade enclosures, BladeCenter is the ideal choice.

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Selling Features

Price/Performance

 

The extremely high degree of integration in the various BladeCenter chassis reduces

 

 

the need for server components, replacing numerous fans, KVM and Ethernet cables,

 

 

power supplies, external switches and other components with fewer shared hot-

 

 

swap/redundant components in the BladeCenter chassis themselves. This integration also

 

 

can greatly reduce the amount of power consumed and heat produced, relative to an

 

 

equivalent number of 1U servers—or competitive bade systems. This can significantly

 

 

reduce a data center power bill. The reduced datacenter footprint can also save on

 

 

infrastructure cost.

 

BladeCenter Virtual Fabric delivers a flexible, open, connected infrastructure to help

 

 

optimize application performance. BladeCenter supports many different fabrics, including

 

 

Ethernet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand, iSCSI, and a new SAS fabric, providing an easy

 

 

transition to diskless, stateless servers. This helps centralize storage, offering boot

 

 

capability, which can dramatically reduce the likelihood of a disk outage. Dual SATA-

 

 

attached solid state drives can greatly improve drive availability.

 

Blade servers communicate directly to switch modules inside the BladeCenter

 

 

Virtual Fabric via redundant Ethernet links to help increase the speed and efficiency

 

 

of data transfers across blade servers and networks. In addition, the midplanes used

 

 

in all chassis provide high-speed blade-to-blade (via high-availability firmware) and

 

 

module-to-module communications internally as well as externally. The midplane used

 

 

in the BladeCenter H and HT provides four 10Gb data channels to each blade, and

 

 

supports 4X InfiniBand (HT only) and 10Gb Ethernet high-speed switch modules.

 

IBM Cool Blue technology’s web-based Power Configurator accurately predicts the

 

 

power and cooling required for specific configurations, thereby enabling realistic planning

 

 

of the correct power and cooling infrastructure. The IBM Systems Director Active

 

 

Energy Manager for x86 (formerly known as PowerExecutive) tool tracks actual power

 

 

usage, temperatures and heat emitted, and plots trends over time so you can actively

 

 

manage power and cooling with real information. Active Energy Manager also will manage

 

 

through power incidents (e.g., brownouts or supply failures.) to help users avoid outages

 

 

due to power and cooling issues. IBM’s Rear Door Heat Exchanger can help address hot

 

 

spots in the data center. Cool Blue’s Active Energy Manager also provides an industry-

 

 

unique capability to virtualize power (capping) and move it from one server to another, as

 

 

required. This capability helps maximize server usage within a restricted power envelope.

 

The IBM BladeCenter family features the industry’s most energy-efficient design. The

 

 

various BladeCenter chassis use ultrahigh efficiency power supplies. Most industry-

 

 

standard servers use power supplies that are between 65-75% efficient at converting

 

 

power from AC wall current to the DC power used inside servers. BladeCenter power

 

 

modules are up to 91% efficient. This helps save even more money, as more of the

 

 

power input you are paying for is used for processing, rather than released into the data

 

 

center as waste heat.

 

BladeCenter also reduces the number of parts required to run the system. Sharing

 

 

fans, systems management, floppy devices and media means fewer parts to buy and

 

 

maintain, and fewer items that can fail and bring the solution down.

 

 

 

Flexibility/Durability

Every HS/LS/JS blade server ever released by IBM is supported in BladeCenter H and BladeCenter HT, and most are supported in every BladeCenter chassis ever released, going back to 2002. Every switch module released by IBM is equally compatible. (Ask HP and Dell how far back their compatibility goes.) Future blades and fabric switches are expected to continue to be compatible with previous chassis for the foreseeable future.

The optional Multi-Switch Interconnect Module (MSIM) installs in a high-speed switch module bay of a BladeCenter H chassis and doubles the number of Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel connections to every blade in the chassis (up to 8 or 12 ports, depending on the switch).

A blade server has access to as many as 10 communication switches/bridges in a BladeCenter H or 8 in a BladeCenter HT chassis. (Up to 4 switches in a BladeCenter or BladeCenter T chassis.) And the switches can be Ethernet, InfiniBand, Fibre Channel, Myrinet, or anything else designed and ServerProven for BladeCenter use. Switches,

bridges and interface cards are currently available from such vendors as Brocade, Cisco, Intel®, Nortel/Blade Network Technologies, QLogic, Cisco and others, in addition to IBM.

Nearly 100 vendors are offering options for the BladeCenter family.

Manageability

IBM System Director provides powerful, intelligent solutions management for the BladeCenter family, for rock-solid reliability. System Director exploits the hardware’s

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capabilities by “surfacing” pertinent information about your blade server. The easy-to-use Deployment Wizard also provides step-by-step installation instructions and offers automated deployment capabilities.

Each BladeCenter chassis includes an Advanced Management Module (AMM). The AMM boosts administrator productivity and reduces skill level requirements, which can help reduce costs, improve overall productivity and make administration easier. Unlike traditional servers and some competitive blades with a myriad of separate management tools, this management module provides a single point of control for the solution and supports many industry-standard, open protocols. The AMM provides systems management capabilities, including Web-based out-of-band control; virtual floppy and CDROM support; Windows “blue screen” error capture; LDAP and SSL support; and remote redirection of video, text, keyboard and mouse for the chassis and the components installed in the chassis.

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86, an IBM-exclusive, is designed to take advantage of new system power management features, by monitoring actual power usage and providing power consumption capping features. More accurate power usage data helps with data center construction planning and the sizing of power and cooling needs, as well as allowing you to use available power more efficiently.

IBM System Director is included for proactive systems management and works with both the blade’s internal BMC and the chassis’ management module. It comes with a portfolio of tools, including IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86, Management Processor Assistant, RAID Manager, Update Assistant, and Software Distribution. In addition, IBM System Director offers extended systems management tools for additional server management and increased availability. When a problem is encountered, IBM System Director can issue administrator alerts via e-mail, pager, and other methods.

BladeCenter provides real-time hardware event monitoring with IBM Service Manager. Service Manager simplifies operations for remote branch users and beginner BladeCenter users by automating notification of service and support so that users will be contacted with resolutions to problems when they occur.

Availability and Serviceability

BladeCenter chassis are designed for operation with greatly reduced potential for single points of failure. Most aspects of operation, from blade servers to communication modules, to management modules, to power and blower/fan modules, are hotswappable and redundant. The midplane connections are redundant and other features can be made so, when used in pairs.

Environmentally tuned blower/fan modules in the chassis adjust to compensate for changing thermal characteristics. At the lower speeds they draw less power and suffer less wear. Equally important in a crowded data center, temperature-controlled blowers/fans produce less ambient noise in the data center than if they were constantly running at full speed.

A standard three-year (parts and labor) limited onsite warranty1 affords you peace of mind and greater potential investment protection.

BladeCenter Chassis

IBM’s blade architecture offers five choices of chassis in which to use various blade servers. Each chassis serves different customer needs. The new BladeCenter S is a small, entry-level chassis that offers compatibility and interoperability with the other chassis. The original BladeCenter E chassis offers maximum density, great flexibility and a wide variety of expansion options at an entry-level price. The next-generation BladeCenter H chassis offers all of BladeCenter’s capabilities, and adds new highperformance features. If you need a ruggedized chassis (for example, government/military or telcos), BladeCenter T offers special features optimized for those environments. The next-generation BladeCenter HT is a high-performance ruggedized telecommunications platform. There is a high degree of interchangeability and compatibility of features among the chassis. Any or all of these chassis can be installed in

arack along with other rack-optimized equipment.

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BladeCenter S provides:

A choice of installation methods — Designed for either rack or deskside use with the optional Office Enablement Kit, it’s ideal for offices or remote/branch locations.

Integrated compute blades, SAN storage, and switches in one chassis — In addition to six blade servers, the BladeCenter S also supports 12 shared hot-swap 3.5-inch SAS, SATA, or Nearline SAS HDDs, and four integrated switches (two Ethernet, plus two Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SAS, or RAID SAS Controllers, which can enable true shared storage).

Six 30mm blade slots — These hot-swap slots are capable of supporting any

combination of 6 HC10/HS12/HS20/HS21/HS21 XM (Intel Xeon), LS20/LS21/LS22 (AMD Opteron®), and JS12/JS21/JS22 (IBM PowerPC® 970FX/MP) blade servers, or 3 doublewide (60mm) LS41/LS42 blade servers or a mixture of 30mm and 60mm blades. It also supports multiple optional 30mm Expansion Units in combination with the blade servers, using the same blade slots. Up to six chassis can be installed in an industry-standard 42U rack, for a total of up to 36 30mm blade servers and 72 HDDs per rack, plus switches, with full power redundancy.

Standard office 110V power or 220V power — Don’t have a data center, but still want to consolidate many servers into a few? No problem. BladeCenter S runs on standard office power (as well as 220V), using an auto-sensing power supply.

Simplified setup and configuration — BladeCenter S’s configurable “business in a box” foundation offers the BladeCenter Start Now Advisor, a wizard-based installation tool on a DVD that is shipped standard with every chassis. You can be up and running in minutes. A user can literally plug the blade servers into the system, plug the system into a power outlet, and launch a management tool that enables easy select-and-click configuration via an "express" install. For businesses operating branch offices—such as retailers or financial institutions—IT administrators at headquarters can easily pre-configure hundreds of blade systems to operate in the same manner and ship them out the door knowing an office employee will be able to simply plug a system in and power it up.

Forward and backward compatibility Most blades, and every switch and passthru module released by IBM for BladeCenter E since 2002, are supported. Many new blades and 1X fabric switches released for IBM BladeCenter E, BladeCenter H, BladeCenter T, or BladeCenter HT are also supported in the BladeCenter S chassis.

One module bay for hot-swap Advanced Management Module — The management module provides advanced systems management and KVM capabilities for not only the chassis itself, but for all of the blades and other modules installed in the chassis. The

management module provides capabilities similar to the IBM Remote Supervisor Adapter II used in stand-alone IBM System xor IBM eServerxSeries® rack and tower servers. The features of the management module can be accessed either locally or remotely across a network. One module comes standard.

One module bay for hot-swap Serial Passthru Module — This module provides six RJ45 serial ports (one per blade). The ports are numbered 1 through 6, and correspond to blade slots 1 through six.

Two bays for hot-swap Storage Modules — Each module supports up to 6 hot-swap SAS, SATA, or Nearline SAS drives (12 total), for an internal capacity of up to 3.6TB (using 300GB SAS HDDs) or 12TB (using 1TB SATA drives). The drives can be mixed within a Storage Module. The drives can be shared by one or more blades. If any drives are installed, one or two (for redundancy) SAS Connectivity Modules or the SAS RAID Controller Modules must be installed in switch bays 3 and/or 4. (In addition, if you have

BladeCenter Storage and I/O Expansion Unit blades, which attach to the HS and LS blades, these are supported as well.)

Four module bays for hot-swap communication and I/O switches — The modules interface with all of the blade servers in the chassis and eliminate the need for external switches or expensive, cumbersome, and error-prone cabling. All connections are done internally via the midplane. All modules, when installed in pairs, offer load balancing and failover support. Integrated switch modules mean that no extra “U space” is required in the rack. The first two bays support Ethernet switches only (one comes standard). The other two bays support Ethernet, Fibre Channel, or SAS switches. Either one or two of a kind is required in Bays 3 and 4. (No mixing and matching between the pair.)

Four module bays for Fan Modules — Four hot-swap/redundant blower modules come standard with the chassis. (Each module contains two fans.) They are capable of providing efficient cooling for all blades, switches and storage devices. These modules replace the need for each blade to contain its own fans. The four fan modules are more energy efficient than dozens or hundreds of smaller fans would be, and they offer many fewer points of potential failure.

Four module bays for hot-swap Power Modules — BladeCenter S ships with two 950W

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/ 1400W high-efficiency hot-swap/redundant power modules (upgradeable to four), capable of handling the power needs of the entire chassis. Many servers use power supplies with an efficiency level of approximately 65-75%. Because BladeCenter S uses power supplies that are at least 90% efficient, much less power is wasted as heat. Not only is more power available for chassis use, there is less power wasted as excess heat output. Two additional power modules must be installed when the second Storage Module is used.

Redundant midplane connections — Each chassis contains a midplane that connects all blades and modules together internally. The midplane provides two physical connections to each blade; therefore, a failure of one connector alone cannot bring down the server.

A hot-swappable Media Tray containing a DVD-RW/CD-RW drive, two USB 2.0 port, two BBU module bays, and a light path diagnostic panel—the media tray is shared by all the blades in the server. This eliminates unnecessary parts (and reduces the number of parts than can fail). In the event of a failure of the Media Tray the tray can be swapped for another. While the tray is offline, the servers in the chassis can remotely access the Media Tray in another chassis. The diagnostic LEDs indicate chassis status.

It is extremely important to include all infrastructure costs when comparing a BladeCenter S solution to a competitor’s offering, not just the cost of the chassis and the blades. The high density and level of integration of the BladeCenter chassis greatly reduces the cost of the overall solution. For example, because up to six chassis will fit in a rack, this means that up to 24 switches can be installed per rack without having to reserve any “U” space for the switches, unlike the competition. (And the integrated switches may be less expensive than external, self-powered switches.) Plus, the number of power distribution units (PDUs) needed per rack may be reduced, because there are fewer discrete devices to have to plug in. In addition, because all the blades are connected to all the switches inside the chassis, there is no need for external Ethernet or other communication cables to connect the blades and switches. (Only the few cables needed to connect the switches to the external world are required.) This not only saves the cost of numerous cables per rack, but also the clutter and bother of routing that many cables. An added bonus is potentially much freer airflow behind the rack, due to fewer cables.

BladeCenter E is a 7U chassis that provides:

Reduced single points of failure — Many major components (either standard or optionally) are hot-swappable and/or redundant. Servers and modules can be configured for automatic failover to backups.

Forward and backward compatibility Most blades, and every switch and passthru module released by IBM for BladeCenter E since 2002, are supported. Many new blades and fabric switches released for IBM BladeCenter H, BladeCenter T, or BladeCenter HT are also supported in the BladeCenter E chassis.

Fourteen 30mm blade slots — These hot-swap slots are capable of supporting almost any combination of 14 HC10/HS12/HS20/HS21/HS21 XM, LS20/LS21, and

JS12/JS20/JS21, or QS20 (Cell/B.E) blade servers, or 7 double-wide (60mm) HS40 or LS41 blade servers or a mixture of 30mm and 60mm blades. (Note: The QS20 blade cannot be mixed with other blades.) It also supports multiple optional 30mm Expansion Units in combination with the blade servers, using the same blade slots. Up to six chassis can be installed in an industry-standard 42U rack, for a total of up to 84 30mm blade servers per rack, with full power redundancy.

Four module bays for communication and I/O switches — The modules interface with all of the blade servers in the chassis and eliminate the need for external switches or expensive, cumbersome, and error-prone cabling. All connections are done internally via the midplane. Two module slots are reserved for hot-swap/redundant Gigabit Ethernet switch modules. The other two bays support additional Gigabit Ethernet modules, or Fibre Channel, InfiniBand, and other switch modules or pass-through devices. All modules, when installed in pairs, offer load balancing and failover support. Integrated switch modules mean that no extra “U space” is required in the rack.

Two module bays for management modules (IBM BladeCenter Management Module or the newer Advanced Management Module, depending on the model of the BladeCenter chassis) — The management module provides advanced systems management and KVM capabilities for not only the chassis itself, but for all of the blades and other modules

installed in the chassis. The management module provides capabilities similar to the IBM Remote Supervisor Adapter II used in stand-alone IBM System xor IBM eServerxSeries® rack and tower servers. The features of the management module can be accessed either locally or remotely across a network. One module comes standard. A second management module can be added for hot-swap/redundancy and failover.

Two module bays for Blower Modules — Two hot-swap/redundant blower modules

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come standard with the chassis. They are capable of providing efficient cooling for up to 14 blades. These modules replace the need for each blade to contain its own fans. The two blowers are more energy efficient than dozens or hundreds of smaller fans would be, and they offer many fewer points of potential failure.

Four module bays for Power Modules — BladeCenter E ships with two 2000W highefficiency hot-swap/redundant power modules (upgradeable to four), capable of handling the power needs of the entire chassis. Many servers use power supplies with an efficiency level of approximately 65-75%. Because BladeCenter E uses power supplies that are at least 90% efficient, much less power is wasted as heat. Not only is more power available for chassis use, there is less power wasted as excess heat output. Two additional power modules must be installed when more than 6 blades are used in a chassis.

Redundant midplane connections — Each chassis contains a midplane that connects all blades and modules together internally. The midplane provides two physical connections to each blade; therefore, a failure of one connector alone cannot bring down the server.

A hot-swappable Media Tray containing a DVD-ROM drive, a floppy drive, one USB 1.1 port, and a light path diagnostic panel — The media tray is shared by all the blades in the server. This eliminates unnecessary parts (and reduces the number of parts than can fail). In the event of a failure of the Media Tray the tray can be swapped for another. While the tray is offline, the servers in the chassis can remotely access the Media Tray in another chassis. The diagnostic panel contains LEDs that indicate chassis status.

IBM Airborne Contaminant Filter, which helps protect the blade server’s vital components in non-data center environments.

It is extremely important to include all infrastructure costs when comparing a BladeCenter E solution to a competitor’s offering, not just the cost of the chassis and the blades. The high density and level of integration of the BladeCenter chassis greatly reduces the cost of the overall solution. For example, because up to six chassis will fit in a rack, this means that up to 84 blade servers/processors can be installed. (Some competitive blade offerings would require a second rack for this many blades.) Also, because up to four Ethernet, Myrinet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand or other switches can be installed per chassis, up to 24 switches can be installed per rack without having to reserve any “U” space for the switches, unlike the competition. (And the integrated switches may be less expensive than external, self-powered switches.) Plus, the number of power distribution units (PDUs) needed per rack may be reduced, because there are fewer discrete devices to have to plug in. In addition, because all the blades are connected to all the switches inside the chassis, there is no need for external Ethernet or other communication cables to connect the blades and switches. (Only the few cables needed to connect the switches to the external world are required.) This not only saves the cost of numerous cables per rack, but also the clutter and bother of routing that many cables. An added bonus is potentially much freer airflow behind the rack, due to fewer cables.

BladeCenter H is a high-performance 9U chassis, designed for compute-intensive environments, such as Earth/Life Sciences, commercial analytics and next-generation network (NGN) applications. Think of it as BladeCenter E’s big brother, with more speed and more features. It provides:

Reduced single points of failure — Many major components (either standard or optionally) are hot-swappable and/or redundant. Servers and modules can be configured for automatic failover to backups.

Forward and backward compatibility Every blade, switch, and passthru module released by IBM for the original BladeCenter E chassis since 2002 is supported in the BladeCenter H chassis.

High-speed redundant midplane connections — Based on 4X InfiniBand, the midplane supports up to 40Gb bandwidth and provides four 10Gb data channels to each blade. By giving each blade two physical connections to the midplane that connects all blades and modules together internally, a failure of one connector alone cannot bring down the server.

Fourteen 30mm blade slots — These hot-swap slots are capable of supporting any combination of 14 HC10/HS12/HS20/HS21/HS21 XM, LS20/LS21, JS20/JS21/JS22, and

QS21/QS22 (Cell/B.E), or 7 double-wide (60mm) HS40 or LS41 blade servers, or a mixture of 30mm and 60mm blades. It also supports multiple optional 30mm Expansion Units in combination with the blade servers, using the same blade slots. Up to four chassis can be installed in an industry-standard 42U rack, for a total of up to 56 30mm blade servers per rack.

Up to ten module bays for communication and I/O switches or bridges — The

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modules interface with all of the blade servers in the chassis and alleviate the need for external switches or expensive, cumbersome, and error-prone cabling. All connections are done internally via the midplane. Two module slots are reserved for hot-swap/redundant Gigabit Ethernet switch modules. Two slots support either high-speed bridge modules or legacy Gigabit Ethernet, Myrinet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand and other switch modules. Two slots are dedicated for bridge modules. Four additional slots are dedicated for hot-swap/redundant high-speed switch modules. All modules, when in stalled in pairs, offer load balancing and failover support.

Integrated switch and bridge modules mean that no additional rack “U” space is required.

Two module bays for Advanced Management Modules — The management modules provide advanced systems management and KVM capabilities for not only the chassis itself, but for all of the blades and other modules installed in the chassis. The Advanced Management Module provides capabilities similar to the IBM Remote Supervisor Adapter II SlimLine used in stand-alone System x rack and tower servers. Features include concurrent KVM (cKVM), an external Serial over LAN connection, industrystandard management interfaces (SMASH/CLP/CIM/HPI), USB virtualization, network failover and backward compatibility with the original Management Module, among others. The features of the module can be accessed either locally or remotely across a network. One module comes standard. A second module can be added for hot-swap/redundancy and failover. The module uses USB ports for keyboard and mouse.

Two module bays for Blower Modules — Two hot-swap/redundant blower modules come standard with the chassis. They are capable of providing efficient cooling for up to 14 blades. These modules replace the need for each blade and switch to contain its own fans. The blowers are more energy efficient than dozens or hundreds of smaller fans would be, and they offer many fewer points of potential failure. BladeCenter H also includes up to four additional hot-swap/redundant fan packs to cool the power supplies and high-speed switch modules.

Four bays for Power Modules — BladeCenter H ships with two 2900W high-efficiency hot-swap/redundant power modules (upgradeable to four), capable of handling the power needs of the entire chassis, including future higher-wattage processors. Each power module includes a customer-replaceable hot-swap/redundant fan pack (3 fans) for additional cooling capability.

A hot-swappable Media Tray containing an optional DVD/CD read only or CVD/CD multi-burner drive, two USB 2.0 ports, and a light path diagnostic panel — The media tray is shared by all the blades in the server. This reduces unnecessary parts (and reduces the number of parts than can fail). In the event of a failure of the Media Tray the tray can be swapped for another. While the tray is offline, the servers in the chassis can remotely access the Media Tray in another chassis. The light path diagnostic panel contains LEDs that indicate chassis status.

Multi-Switch Interconnect Module (MSIM) — When installed in a BladeCenter H highspeed switch bay, the optional IBM Multi-Switch Interconnect Module (MSIM) doubles the number of ports available to any blade server in the chassis. Depending on the switch, this can mean up to 8 or 12 Gigabit Ethernet or Fibre Channel ports per blade.

A serial breakout port with optional cable — This provides a direct serial connection to each blade server installed in the chassis, as an alternative to Serial over LAN. (Note: This applies only to newer blades that include this capability.)

It is extremely important to include all infrastructure costs when comparing a BladeCenter H solution to a competitor’s offering, not just the cost of the chassis and the blades. The high density and level of integration of the BladeCenter H chassis can greatly reduce the cost of the overall solution. For example, because up to four chassis will fit in a rack, this means that up to 56 blade servers can be installed. Also, because up to 10 (1Gb or 10Gb) Ethernet, Myrinet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand or other bridges and switches can be installed per chassis, up to 40 switches and bridges can be installed per rack without having to reserve any “U” space for the switches, unlike the competition. (And the integrated switches may be less expensive than external, self-powered switches.) Plus, the number of power distribution units (PDUs) needed per rack may be reduced, because there are fewer discrete devices to have to plug in. In addition, because all the blades are connected to all the switches inside the chassis, there is no need for external

Ethernet or other communication cables to connect the blades, bridges and switches. (Only the few cables needed to connect the switches to the external world are required.) This not only saves the cost of numerous cables per rack, but also the clutter and bother of routing that many cables. An added bonus is potentially much freer airflow behind the rack, due to fewer cables.

BladeCenter T is a carrier grade, rugged 8U (20-inch deep) chassis designed for challenging central office and networking environments. It provides:

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NEBS Level 3/ETSI-tested — Designed for the Network Equipment Provider (NEP)/Service Provider (SP) environment. Also ideal for government/military, aerospace, industrial automation/robotics, medical imaging and finance. Certified testing by Underwriters Laboratories of the BladeCenter HT chassis is in progress; when complete, it will be covered under a UL-certified NEBS Level 3/ETSI test report.

Support for Carrier-Grade Linux — Several distributions are supported, include SUSE and Red Hat.

Reduced single points of failure — Many major components (either standard or optionally) are hot-swappable and/or redundant. Servers and modules can be configured for automatic failover to backups.

Backward compatibility Most blades, and every switch and passthru module released by IBM for the original BladeCenter chassis since 2002, are supported in the BladeCenter T chassis.

Eight 30mm blade slots — These hot-swap slots are capable of supporting almost any combination of 8 Low Voltage HC10/HS20/HS21/HS21 XM blade servers, or 7 standardvoltage HS20/HS21/HS21 XM, LS20/LS21, and JS12/JS20/JS21 blade servers, or 4 double-wide (60mm) LS41 processor-based blade servers, or a mixture of 30mm and 60mm blades. It also supports optional 30mm Expansion Units in combination with the blade servers, using the same blade slots. (Note: The HC10 blade is supported in a nonNEBS environment only.) Up to five chassis can be installed in an industry-standard 42U rack (or a telco rack), for a total of up to 40 30mm blade servers per rack.

Four module bays for communication and I/O switches — The modules interface with all of the blade servers in the chassis and eliminate the need for external switches or expensive, cumbersome cabling. All connections are done internally via the midplane. Two bays are reserved for hot-swap/redundant Gigabit Ethernet switch modules. The other two bays support additional Gigabit Ethernet modules, or Fibre Channel, InfiniBand and other switch modules. All modules, when in stalled in pairs, offer load balancing and failover support. Integrated switch modules mean that no extra “U space” is required in the rack.

Two module bays for Management Modules — The management module provides advanced systems management and KVM capabilities for not only the chassis itself, but for all of the blades and other modules installed in the chassis. The Management Module provides capabilities similar to the IBM Remote Supervisor Adapter II SlimLine used in stand-alone System x rack and tower servers. The features of the Management Module can be accessed either locally or remotely across a network. One module comes standard. A second Management Module can be added for hot-swap/redundancy and failover. The modules include a light path diagnostics panel containing LEDs that indicate chassis status.

Four module bays for Blower Modules All four hot-swap/redundant blower modules come standard with the chassis. These modules replace the need for each blade to contain its own fans. The blowers are more energy efficient than dozens or hundreds of smaller fans would be, and they offer many fewer points of potential failure.

Four module bays for Power Modules — BladeCenter T ships with two 1300W highefficiency hot-swap/redundant DC or AC (model-specific) power modules (upgradeable to four), capable of handling the power needs of up to four blade servers. Two additional power modules can be installed when more than four blades are needed.

Redundant midplane connections — Each chassis contains a midplane that connects all blades and modules together internally. The midplane provides two physical connections to each blade; therefore, a failure of one connector alone cannot bring down the server.

A Media Tray containing a CD-ROM drive, two USB 1.1 ports, and a light path diagnostic panel — The media tray is shared by all the blades in the server. This eliminates unnecessary parts (and reduces the number of parts than can fail). An external floppy drive is optional.

Long-life availability — The BladeCenter T chassis offers an extended product lifecycle (3 years in production from date of General Availability, plus another 5 years of support). This allows telecom Network Equipment Manufacturers (NEPs) and, Service Providers (SPs) to standardize on a configuration for longer than traditional enterprise platforms. Product availability for periods longer than 3 years will be handled on an individual basis.

It is extremely important to include all infrastructure costs when comparing a BladeCenter T solution to a competitor’s offering, not just the cost of the chassis and the blades. The high density and level of integration of the BladeCenter T chassis can greatly reduce the cost of the overall solution. For example, because up to five chassis will fit in a rack, this means that up to 40 blade servers can be installed. Also, because up to four

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switches. (And the integrated switches may be less expensive than external, self-powered switches.) Plus, the number of power distribution units (PDUs) needed per rack may be lessened, because there are fewer discrete devices to have to plug in. In addition, because all the blades are connected to all the switches inside the chassis, there is no need for external Ethernet or other communication cables to connect the blades and switches. (Only the few cables needed to connect the switches to the external world are required.) This not only can save the cost of numerous cables per rack, but also the clutter and bother of routing that many cables. An added bonus is potentially much freer airflow behind the rack, due to fewer cables.

BladeCenter HT is a carrier grade, rugged 12U chassis designed for challenging central office and networking environments. It provides:

NEBS Level 3/ETSI-tested — Designed for the Network Equipment Provider (NEP)/Service Provider (SP) environment. Also ideal for government/military, aerospace, industrial automation/robotics, medical imaging and finance. Certified testing by Underwriters Laboratories of the BladeCenter HT chassis is in progress; when complete, it will be covered under a UL-certified NEBS Level 3/ETSI test report.

Support for Carrier-Grade Linux — Several distributions are supported, include SUSE and Red Hat.

Reduced single points of failure — Many major components (either standard or optionally) are hot-swappable and/or redundant. Servers and modules can be configured for automatic failover to backups.

Backward compatibility — Every blade, switch and passthru module released by IBM for the original BladeCenter chassis since 2002, is supported in the BladeCenter HT chassis.

High-speed redundant Midplane connections — Based on 4X InfiniBand, the midplane supports up to 40Gb bandwidth and provides four 10Gb data channels to each blade. By giving each blade two physical connections to the midplane that connects all blades and modules together internally, a failure of one connector alone cannot bring down the server.

Twelve 30mm blade slots — These hot-swap slots are capable of supporting any combination of 12 HC10/HS20/HS21/HS21 XM, LS20/LS21, JS20/JS21, and

QS21/QS22 or 10 JS22 blade servers, or 6 double-wide (60mm) LS41 blade servers, or a mixture of 30mm and 60mm blades. It also supports multiple optional 30mm Expansion Units in combination with the blade servers, using the same blade slots. Up to three chassis can be installed in an industry-standard 42U rack, for a total of up to 36 30mm blade servers per rack.

Up to eight module bays for communication and I/O switches or bridges — The modules interface with all of the blade servers in the chassis and alleviate the need for external switches or expensive, cumbersome cabling. All connections are done internally via the midplane. Two module slots are reserved for hot-swap/redundant Gigabit Ethernet switch modules. Two slots support either high-speed bridge modules or legacy Gigabit Ethernet, Myrinet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand and other switch modules. Four additional slots are dedicated for hot-swap/redundant high-speed switch modules. All modules, when installed in pairs, offer load balancing and failover support.

Integrated switch and bridge modules mean that no additional rack “U” space is required.

Two module bays for Advanced Management Modules — The management modules provide advanced systems management and KVM capabilities for not only the chassis itself, but for all of the blades and other modules installed in the chassis. The Advanced Management Module provides capabilities similar to the IBM Remote Supervisor Adapter II SlimLine used in stand-alone System x rack and tower servers. Features include concurrent KVM (cKVM), an external Serial over LAN connection, industrystandard management interfaces (SMASH/CLP/CIM/HPI), USB virtualization, network failover and backward compatibility with the original Management Module, among others. The features of the module can be accessed either locally or remotely across a network. One module comes standard. A second module can be added for hot-swap/redundancy and failover. The module uses USB ports for keyboard and mouse.

Four bays for Fan Modules All four hot-swap/redundant fan modules come standard with the chassis. These modules replace the need for each blade to contain its own fans. The high-availability modules are more energy efficient than dozens or hundreds of smaller fans would be, and there are many fewer points of potential failure.

Four bays for Power Modules — BladeCenter HT ships with two high-efficiency hotswap/redundant DC or AC (model-specific) power modules (upgradeable to four), capable of handling the power needs of up to six blade servers. Two additional power modules are required when more than 6 blades or high-speed switches are installed.

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Two hot-swappable Media Trays each contain two external USB 2.0 ports, a light path diagnostic panel, and support a 1GB/4GB compact flash (CF) option — The media trays are shared by all the blades in the server. This reduces unnecessary parts (and reduces the number of parts than can fail). In the event of a failure of the Media Tray the tray can be swapped for another. While the tray is offline, the servers in the chassis can remotely access the Media Tray in another chassis. The diagnostic panel contains LEDs that indicate chassis status. One media tray comes standard (without compact flash); an optional second one provides redundancy. The CF option can act as a boot device, eliminating the need for HDDs in the blades.

Redundant midplane connections — Each chassis contains a midplane that connects all blades and modules together internally. The midplane provides two physical connections to each blade; therefore, a failure of one connector alone cannot bring down the server.

Long-life availability — The BladeCenter HT chassis offers an extended product lifecycle (3 years in production from date of General Availability, plus another 5 years of support). This allows telecom Network Equipment Manufacturers (NEPs) and, Service Providers (SPs) to standardize on a configuration for longer than traditional enterprise platforms. Product availability for periods longer than 3 years will be handled on an individual basis.

It is extremely important to include all infrastructure costs when comparing a BladeCenter HT solution to a competitor’s offering, not just the cost of the chassis and the blades. The high density and level of integration of the BladeCenter HT chassis can greatly reduce the cost of the overall solution. For example, because up to 8 (1Gb and 10Gb) Ethernet, Myrinet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand or other bridges and switches can be installed per chassis, up to 24 switches and bridges can be installed per rack without having to reserve any “U” space for the switches, unlike the competition. (And the integrated switches may be less expensive than external, self-powered switches.) Plus, the number of power distribution units (PDUs) needed per rack may be lessened, because there are fewer discrete devices to have to plug in. In addition, because all the blades are connected to all the switches inside the chassis, there is no need for external

Ethernet or other communication cables to connect the blades, bridges and switches. (Only the few cables needed to connect the switches to the external world are required.) This not only saves the cost of numerous cables per rack, but also the clutter and bother of routing that many cables. An added bonus is potentially much freer airflow behind the rack, due to fewer cables.

Key Features

Management Modules

Each BladeCenter chassis includes an Advanced Management Module (AMM) to provide

 

 

a high level of systems management capabilities that are well-suited to blade environments.

 

The AMM boosts administrator productivity and reduces skill level requirements, which can

 

help reduce costs, improve overall productivity and make administration easier. Unlike

 

traditional servers and some competitive blades with a myriad of separate management

 

tools, this management module provides a single point of control for the solution and

 

supports many industry-standard, open protocols.

 

The AMM, in combination with the blade server‘s Baseboard Management Controller (BMC),

 

provides industry-standard Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0-

 

compliant systems management. It provides a number of important system functions,

 

including:

 

Monitoring of system and battery voltage, system temperature, fans, power supplies,

 

 

processor and DIMM status

 

Fan speed control

 

Product ID and Family ID detection

 

Highly secure remote power on/off

 

System reset control

 

NMI/SMI detection and generation

 

System diagnostic LED control (power, HDD, activity, alerts, heartbeat)

 

IPMI over LAN

 

Serial Over LAN

 

Proxy server support

 

LAN messaging and alerting

 

Text console redirection over LAN

 

VLAN support

 

Enhanced authentication and encryption algorithms (RMCP+, SHA-1, AES)

 

 

 

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Local update of BMC firmware

Firmware firewall

Support for IPMI v2.0 compliant management software (e.g., xCAT)

Other mandatory and optional IPMI BMC functions

Other systems management features offered for the combination of blade server and chassis include:

Predictive Failure Analysis for system processors, memory and HDDs, as well as chassis switch modules, blower/fan modules and power modules

Web-based out-of-band control

Windows “blue screen” capture

Remote virtual media

High-speed remote redirection of PCI video, keyboard and mouse

SSL (Secure Socket Layer) and LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) support

Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) enables the MM/AMM and the server’s Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) to detect impending failure of supported components (processors; memory; expansion cards; switch, blower/fan and power supplies; and hard disk drives) 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.

Power Modules

The various BladeCenter chassis require only two to four high-efficiency power supply modules to provide redundant power for every device in the chassis. This means fewer parts to fail and less power consumed than if each blade server had its own power supplies. The power modules are hot-swap/redundant, so you don’t have to shut down the BladeCenter chassis to replace a power supply.

Blower/Fan Modules

Instead of having hundreds of tiny fans per rack—using power, subject to failure, and creating ambient noise—BladeCenter requires only two (BladeCenter/BladeCenter H) or four (BladeCenter S, BladeCenter T or BladeCenter HT) hot-swap/redundant fan (BladeCenter S or HT) or blower (other chassis) modules to cool all the blades and other devices in the chassis. In normal operation, fan modules share the cooling in the BladeCenter system. If one fan module fails, the others handle the entire load. You can replace a fan module without shutting down the BladeCenter system. These modules draw only 60W between them (100W in the BladeCenter HT chassis). By contrast, some competing blade designs require dozens of non-hot-swappable fans per chassis, consuming hundreds of watts of power and generating lots of noise. Fewer points of failure and less power consumed can mean greater uptime and lower costs.

Key Options

IBM options for BladeCenter chassis let you take your data

 

center to a higher level

 

You can rely on BladeCenter options to supply a comprehensive solution for your business

 

needs. Options help create an optimized system to meet your data protection, storage and

 

availability needs. Every IBM option is designed and tested for peak performance and

 

flexibility, helping to maximize your return on investment. The combination of BladeCenter

 

chassis, blade servers and options lets you keep your fingers on the pulse of your e-

 

business.

 

Communication Modules — The various BladeCenter chassis support integrated

 

communication and I/O switches and/or bridges for Gigabit Ethernet, Myricom, Fibre

 

Channel, InfiniBand, iSCSI, and others. Expansion adapters for individual blade servers are

 

available to interface with these modules.

 

Rear Door Heat eXchanger — The unit attaches to the back of an IBM S2 42U Enterprise

 

Rack. It is capable of removing up to 50,000 BTUs (14KVa) from the data center using water

 

lines under the raised floor. The door swings open for servicing.

 

Redundant features — Optional power supply modules, blower/fan modules, management

 

modules, switches and bridges provide redundancy for the various BladeCenter chassis.

 

External Storage Clients deploying blades are building enterprise infrastructures and/or

 

virtual infrastructures that require end-to-end reliability. Moving to external, shared RAID

 

storage can help increase your data and application availability and make management

 

easier. IBM delivers a wide range of easy-to-install, external storage products to meet your

 

demanding business needs:

 

 

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Network attached storage (NAS) — Provides a large capacity, highly available and secure environment for storing mission-critical data. The System StorageN series attaches to IBM BladeCenter using integrated Ethernet switch modules.

Storage area network (SAN) — Offers iSCSI and Fibre Channel SANs for highperformance, block-level storage solutions. With IBM System Storage DS3000, DS4000, DS6000 and DS8000, IBM can help you create an easy-to-deploy storage solution for your SMB or enterprise needs. The DS portfolio attaches to IBM BladeCenter using integrated Fibre Channel switch modules.

iSCSI SAN — Provides a cost-effective alternative to a Fibre Channel SAN by leveraging an existing Ethernet network. IBM offers a choice of 1Gb hardware or 1Gb and 10Gb software initiators that support iSCSI boot. These SAN offerings are ideally suited for IBM System Storage N series disk systems.

Fibre Channel SAN — Includes integrated storage switches from vendors such as Brocade, Cisco and QLogic, and support for industry-leading host bus adapters from QLogic and Emulex. These Fibre Channel SAN options are ideally suited for IBM System Storage disk systems.

For clients seeking local hard disk drives, IBM offers integrated storage as well as hot-swap options:

Internal Solid State Drives — For OS boot images or primarily random-read-heavy storage (such as Web serving). Provides up to three times the availability of traditional spinning disk drives. (Available in HS12, HS21, HS21 XM, LS21, and LS41 blade servers.)

Internal SAS drives — For I/O-intensive workloads.

Internal USB Flash — For OS/boot images.

Hot-swap SAS — For RAID-5 and additional I/O with the BladeCenter Storage and I/O Expansion Unit blade.

Hot-swap SATA — For price/performance-optimized workloads. Available on BladeCenter S. Additionally, external LAN-attached tape storage is available.

Office Enablement Kit — The Office Enablement Kit is an 11U-high rack cabinet designed to enable the use of the BladeCenter S chassis in a retail or office environment. The rear door of the Office Enablement Kit is an acoustical module that helps to ensure that the BladeCenter chassis is quiet enough for office environments while providing easy access to chassis components. It comes with front and rear locking doors and lockable wheels so it can be moved where it is needed. The Office Enablement Kit includes 4U of additional space besides the BladeCenter S chassis to leave room for storage, KVM, and future growth.

Dust Filter — Specially designed filter to protect your hardware from the airborne particles found in the retail and office environment.

Extensive System Support Features

The IBM services and technical support portfolio provides world-class, consistent, highquality service and support. From the start, IBM programs make it easier for you to plan for, configure and purchase BladeCenter servers, get them running and keep them running long-term. These features include IBM Express Portfolio, IBM ServerProven®, the IBM Standalone Solutions Configuration Tool, IBM Electronic Service Agent, Product Customization Services and extensive technical support offerings.

The IBM ServerProven program provides the confidence that specific options and operating systems have been tested on the blade servers and chassis and are officially supported to work together. It is updated frequently to keep the latest compatibility information at your fingertips.

The IBM Standalone Solutions Configuration Tool (SSCT) is a downloadable tool that simplifies the often complex chore of configuring a full rack of servers (including blade servers) and confirming that you have all the cables, power distribution units, KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) switch boxes and other components you need, as well as the proper airflow clearances, electrical circuits and other environmental conditions.

IBM Electronic Service Agentis an innovative “call home” feature that allows System x and BladeCenter servers to automatically report hardware problems to IBM support, which can even dispatch onsite service if necessary to those customers entitled to onsite support under the terms of their warranty or an IBM Maintenance Agreement. Electronic Service Agent resides on a server and provides electronic support and problem management capabilities through a highly secure electronic dialogue between your systems and 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.

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Additional services include hardware warranty upgrades and factory-installed Product Customization Services (PCS), such as asset tagging, hardware integration, software imaging and operating systems personalization.

IBM offers extensive technical support by phone and via the Web. Support options include links to forums/newsgroups, problem submission, online shopping support, service offerings, device drivers for all IBM product lines, software downloads and even upcoming technical seminar worldwide schedules and registration. Also available are remote installation, configuration and usage support for both System x and BladeCenter hardware and software, as well as onsite custom services to provide the level of expertise you require.

BladeCenter S Chassis Images

Front View

LEDs

Media Tray

Storage

 

Module #2

 

 

CD-RW

 

Hot-Swap

DVD-RW)

 

Drive

 

SAS/SATA

 

 

HDD Bays (6)

Hot-Swap

 

 

SAS/SATA

 

 

HDD Bays

 

 

(6)

 

 

 

 

Blade Server

 

 

Slots

USB 2.0

Ports Battery

Backup

Modules

Rear View

 

Serial Console

 

 

Advanced

 

Port

 

 

 

 

 

Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Module

Power

 

 

 

Power

 

 

 

Module

Module

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blower

Blower

Video

Keyboard

AMM

Modules

Modules

Port

Mouse

 

 

Switch

ports

Ethernet

 

 

 

Port

 

 

Modules

 

Power

 

 

 

Power

Module

 

Empty

 

Module

 

 

Switch

 

 

 

 

Module

 

 

 

 

Bays

 

 

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BladeCenter S Chassis Specifications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Machine type

8886-1Ex/Y, 1Mx/1MY, AC1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rack form factor

7U

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of DVD/CD drives standard

1 DVD-RW/CD-RW (in Media Tray)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of diskette drives standard

None (USB-attached)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of internal (chassis-based) H/S SAS

12 (3.5-inch)

 

 

HDDs supported

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of Media Tray module bays

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internal tape drives supported

None (SAN-attached)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internal hot-swap disk drive support

12 hot-swap SAS/SATA/Nearline SAS (mix-and-match)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internal disk storage capacity

3.6TB (using 12 300GB SAS drives)

 

12TB (using 12 1TB SATA drives)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External disk drive support

NAS/SAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of video ports

1 (on Advanced Management Module)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of blade slots / orientation

6 x 30mm or 3 x 60mm (or combinations thereof) / vertical

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of switch module bays

4 hot-swap/redundant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Switch modules standard

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabric bandwidth

1Gbps Ethernet / 3Gbps SAS / 4Gbps Fibre Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of management modules (std / max)

1 / 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Systems management controller

Advanced Management Module

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of RS485 ports

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of serial breakout ports

None standard (6 using optional Serial Passthru Module)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of parallel ports

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of mouse ports

None (USB-attached)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of keyboard ports

None (USB-attached)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of USB ports

4 (2 in Media Tray, front, 2 in Advanced Management Module, rear)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light path diagnostic panel

Yes (on Media Tray)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Predictive Failure Analysis support

Blades, fan modules

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power supply size standard

950W/1450W AC (110V/220V)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Input voltage

110V / 220V autoswitching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of power supplies standard /

2 / 4 hot-swap/redundant

 

 

maximum

(110V = N+1, 220V = N+N)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heat output

1365 BTUs/hr (400W) min.; 11,942 BTUs/hr. (3500W) max.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of fan modules standard / max.

4 / 4 hot-swap/redundant (two fans per module)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fan module airflow (front-to-back)

200 CFM (per module) at 25ºC; 400 CFM (per module) at 32ºC or greater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.0” (306.3mm) H

 

90-240 lbs

 

 

Dimensions (HWD) / weight

17.5” (444mm) W

 

 

 

 

40.8-108.9 kg

 

 

 

28.9” (733.4mm) D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8765 1UX Tape Drive Enclosure w/ 43W8478 IBM HH LTO Gen 3 SAS Tape Drive,

 

Tape backup options

8767HHX HH Tape Drive Enclosure w/ 43W8478 HH LTO Gen 3 SAS Tape Drive,

 

 

TS2230, TS2240, TS3100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19.

BladeCenter S Chassis Specifications

Length of limited warranty

3 years (parts and labor) onsite

 

 

 

 

BladeCenter E Chassis Images

Front View

 

Rear View

 

 

CD-ROM Drive

Empty Module Slots

 

 

Ethernet Switch Module

 

Media Tray

 

 

Management Module

 

 

 

Blower

 

 

 

 

Blade

Floppy Drive

 

Module

 

 

 

 

Server

 

 

 

 

 

Midplane

Redundant Management

 

 

 

 

Other Blade Servers

 

Blower

Module Slot

 

 

 

Module

Power Modules

Light Path Diagnostics

 

 

Empty Power

Panel

 

 

Module Slots

 

Interior View

 

 

 

 

Diagnostic LEDs

USB Port CD-ROM Drive

Floppy Drive

 

Redundant Midplane

 

BladeCenter E Chassis Specifications

 

 

 

Machine type

 

8677-3RU, 3RX

 

 

 

Rack form factor

 

7U

 

 

 

# of DVD/CD drives standard

 

1 DVD-ROM (in Media Tray)

 

 

 

# of diskette drives standard

 

1 (in Media Tray)

 

 

 

Internal tape drives supported

 

None (SAN-attached)

 

 

 

External disk drive support

 

NAS/SAN-attach

 

 

 

# of video ports

 

1 (on Management Module)

 

 

 

# of blade slots / orientation

 

14 x 30mm or 7 x 60mm (or combinations thereof) / vertical

 

 

 

# of switch module bays

 

4 hot-swap/redundant

 

 

 

Switch modules standard

 

None (in standard chassis offerings)

 

 

 

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20.

BladeCenter E Chassis Specifications

# of management modules (std / max)

1 / 2 hot-swap/redundant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Systems management controller

Management Module

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of RS485 ports

1 (on Management Module)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of serial breakout ports

None (Serial over LAN only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of parallel ports

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of mouse ports

1 (on Management Module)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of keyboard ports

1 (on Management Module)

 

 

 

 

 

# of USB ports

2 (1 on Media Tray, one on Management Module)

 

 

 

 

 

Light path diagnostic panel

Yes (in Media Tray)

 

 

 

 

 

Predictive Failure Analysis support

Blades, switch modules, I/O modules, management modules, power modules, blower

modules, media tray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power supply size standard

2000W AC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of power supplies standard /

2 / 4 hot-swap/redundant

 

 

maximum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heat output

2342 BTUs/hr (686W) min.; 18,680 BTUs/hr. (5478W) max.

 

 

 

 

 

# of blower modules standard / max.

2 / 4 hot-swap/redundant

 

 

 

 

 

Blower module airflow (front-to-back)

250 CFM at 25ºC; 455 CFM at 32ºC or greater

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.0” (305mm) H

 

 

99-240 lbs

Dimensions (HWD) / weight

17.5” (4429mm) W

 

 

 

44.9-108.9 kg

 

28.0” (711mm) D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Length of limited warranty

3 years (parts and labor) onsite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BladeCenter H Chassis Images

Front View

HS21 Blade

Power Supply Modules Empty

Servers

Blade Slots

Light Path

 

 

Diagnostics

 

Panel

Optical

Drive

Media

Tray

USB

2.0

Ports

Power

Supply

Modules

Rear View

Consolidated Redundant Power Inputs

Ethernet

High-Speed

Modules for

Switch

Bridge Modules

Switches or

Modules

 

Bridges

Blower

 

 

Module

Bridge

 

 

 

 

Modules

 

 

 

Midplane

Light Path

High-Speed

 

Bridge

 

Diagnostic

Blower

Modules

Panel

 

Module

Aggregated Serial

 

Connector

Adv. Mgmt

Modules

Please see the Legal Information section for important notices and information.

21.

Interior View

Power Supply Modules (showing fan 3-pack)

Media

Tray

Empty blade slots

Power Supply

Modules (showing fan 3-pack)

 

BladeCenter H Chassis Specifications

 

 

 

 

 

 

Machine type

8852-4XU

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rack form factor

9U

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of DVD/CD drives standard

1 (in Media Tray;

 

 

can choose to have either a read-only or multi-burner or no DVD/CD drive at all)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of diskette drives standard

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internal tape drives supported

None (SAN-attached)

 

 

 

 

 

 

External disk drive support

NAS/SAN-attach

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of video ports

1 (on Management Module)

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of blade slots / orientation

14 x 30mm or 7 x 60mm (or combinations thereof) / vertical

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabric bandwidth

10Gbps

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total # of switch/bridge module slots

10 (includes the following)

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of dedicated Gb Ethernet switch

2 hot-swap/redundant

 

 

module bays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of dedicated bridge module bays

2 hot-swap/redundant

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of switch / bridge module bays

2 hot-swap/redundant (either 2 switch or 2 bridge modules)

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of dedicated high-speed switch

4 hot-swap/redundant

 

 

module bays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of communication / I/O modules

None

 

 

standard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of management modules (std / max)

1 / 2 hot-swap/redundant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Systems management controller

Advanced Management Module

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of RS485 ports

1 (on Management Module)

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of serial breakout ports

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of parallel ports

None (USB-attach)

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of mouse ports

None (USB-attach)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please see the Legal Information section for important notices and information.

22.

 

BladeCenter H Chassis Specifications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of keyboard ports

None (USB-attach)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of USB 2.0 ports

2 (on Management Module)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light path diagnostic panel

2 (one on Media Tray, one on Management Module)

 

 

 

 

 

Predictive Failure Analysis support

Blades, bridge/switch modules, I/O modules, management modules, power modules,

 

blower modules, media tray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power supply size standard

2900W AC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of power supplies standard /

2 / 4 hot-swap/redundant

 

 

maximum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heat output

1700 BTUs/hr, (500W) min.; 26,000 BTUs/hr (7600W) max.

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of blower modules standard / max.

2 / 2 hot-swap/redundant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blower module airflow (front-to-back)

430 CFM at 25ºC; 800 CFM at 32ºC or greater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15.75” (400mm) H

 

41-159 kg

 

Dimensions (HWD) / weight

17.4” (442mm) W

 

 

 

90-350 lbs

 

 

28.0” (711mm) D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Length of limited warranty

3 years (parts and labor) onsite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BladeCenter T Chassis Images

Front View

 

Rear View

 

 

PCI I/O Expansion Unit

Management Modules

 

 

 

 

Hot-Swap

 

 

Blower

 

HDDs

 

 

 

 

 

Module

 

 

 

 

 

HS40 Blade

KVM

Ethernet Switch Modules

 

 

Servers

Ports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blower

 

 

 

AC Power

Module

 

 

 

Modules

 

 

 

 

HS21 Blade

 

 

 

 

Server

 

 

 

 

Media Tray

 

Redundant

Blower

 

Light Path

 

Power Plugs

Module

 

 

 

 

 

Diagnostics

 

 

 

 

Panel

 

Ethernet Switch Modules

 

 

Optical Drive

Blower

 

 

 

 

 

Module

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BladeCenter T Chassis Specifications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Machine type

 

8720-2RX (DC)

 

 

 

8730-2RX (AC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEBS/ETSItested

 

Yes (NEBS Level 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rack form factor

 

8U

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of DVD/CD Combo drives standard

 

1 (in Media Tray)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of diskette drives standard

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internal tape drives supported

 

None (SAN-attached)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External disk drive support

 

NAS/SAN-attach

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please see the Legal Information section for important notices and information.

23.

 

BladeCenter T Chassis Specifications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of video ports

1 (in rear KVM module)

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of blade slots / orientation

8 x 30mm (low-voltage), 7 x 30mm (non-low-voltage), 4 x 60mm, or combinations

 

thereof / horizontal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabric bandwidth

1Gbps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of switch module bays

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of management modules std / max

1 / 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Systems management controller

BladeCenter T Advanced Management Module

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of RS485 ports

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of serial breakout ports

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of parallel ports

None (USB-based)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of mouse ports

None (USB-based)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of keyboard ports

None (USB-based)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of USB 2.0 ports

2 (in Media Tray)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light path diagnostic panel

Yes (in Media Tray)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Predictive Failure Analysis support

Blades, switch modules, I/O modules, management modules, power modules, blower

 

modules, media tray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power supply size standard

1300W DC (8720-2RX), -48V to -60V (nominal);

 

1300W AC (8730-2RX) at 208-240V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of power supplies standard /

2 / 4

 

 

maximum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heat output

675 BTUs/hr, (197W) min.; 11,900 BTUs/hr (3490W) max.

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of blower modules standard / max.

4 / 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blower module airflow (front-to-back)

330 CFM (per blower)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13.75” (349mm) H

 

98-192 lb

 

Dimensions (HWD) / weight

17.4” (442mm) W

 

 

 

44.5-87.4 kg

 

 

20.0” (508mm) D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extended/Long Life Support

3 yrs production from date of GA, 5 yrs post production support (standard)

 

 

 

 

 

Length of limited warranty

3 years (parts and labor) onsite

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please see the Legal Information section for important notices and information.

24.

BladeCenter HT Chassis Images

Front View

 

 

 

Rear View

 

Power Supply Modules

High-Speed Switch Modules

A/C Power Plugs

Multiplexer Expansion Modules

 

 

USB 2.0 Ports

 

 

 

 

A/C Power

Media

 

 

 

 

Plugs

 

 

 

 

 

Tray

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced

 

 

 

 

 

Management

 

 

 

 

 

Module

 

 

Switch/Bridge

 

H/S Fan

Switch/Bridge

Video Ports

Module Bays

 

Modules

(hidden)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Module Bays

 

 

 

 

 

 

Empty Blade Slots

 

 

 

High-Speed

Blade

 

 

 

Switch

 

 

 

 

 

Server

 

 

Advanced

Modules

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management

 

 

 

 

 

Module

 

 

 

 

 

Media

 

 

 

 

 

Tray

 

 

 

 

 

USB 2.0 Ports

 

 

 

 

 

Power

 

 

 

 

 

Modules

 

 

 

Alarm Panel Module

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BladeCenter HT Chassis Specifications

 

 

 

 

 

 

Machine type

8740-1RX (DC)

 

 

8750-1RX (AC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEBS/ETSI-tested

Yes (NEBS Level 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rack form factor

12U

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of DVD/CD Combo drives standard

None (USB-attach)

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of diskette drives standard

None (USB-attach)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internal tape drives supported

None (SAN-attached)

 

 

 

 

 

 

External disk drive support

NAS/SAN-attach

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of blade slots / orientation

12 x 30mm, 6 x 60mm, or combinations thereof / vertical

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabric bandwidth

10Gbps

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total # of switch/bridge module bays

8 (includes the following)

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of legacy switch / bridge module

4 hot-swap/redundant (either 4 switch or 4 bridge modules, or 2 of each)

 

 

bays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of high-speed switch module

4 hot-swap/redundant

 

 

bays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of management modules std / max

1 / 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Systems management controller

BladeCenter Advanced Management Module

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of Serial-over-LAN ports

1 (via Management LAN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of cKVM ports

1 (via Management LAN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of parallel ports

None (USB-attach)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please see the Legal Information section for important notices and information.

25.

 

 

BladeCenter HT Chassis Specifications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of mouse ports

 

None (USB-attach)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of keyboard ports

 

None (USB-attach)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of USB 2.0 ports

 

Up to 6 (2 in Advanced Management Module, 2 per Media Tray)

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of video ports

 

1 (in Advanced Management Module)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light path diagnostic panel

 

Yes (in Media Tray)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Predictive Failure Analysis support

 

Blades, bridge/switch modules, I/O modules, management modules, power modules,

 

 

fan modules, media tray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power supply size standard

 

2535W DC (8740-1RX), -48V or -60V (nominal);

 

 

2880W AC (8750-1RX) at 208V; 3160W at 240V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of power supplies standard /

 

2 / 4

 

 

maximum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heat output

 

4270 BTUs/hr (1250 watts) min., to 21,850 BTUs/hr (6400 watts) max.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of fan modules standard / max.

 

4 / 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21.0” (528mm) H

 

 

 

Dimensions (HWD) / weight

 

17.4” (442mm) W

 

150-350 lb

 

 

25.4” (645mm) D

 

62.8-159 kg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27.8” (706 mm) D (with deep bezel)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extended/long life support

 

3 years production from date of GA; 5 years post-production support (standard)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Length of limited warranty

 

3 years (parts and labor) onsite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chassis Side-by-Side Comparison

 

 

 

 

SMB Chassis

 

 

Enterprise Chassis

 

 

 

 

Telecom Chassis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chassis name

 

 

BladeCenter S

 

BladeCenter E

BladeCenter H

 

BladeCenter T

BladeCenter HT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rack form factor

 

 

7U

 

7U

9U

 

8U

 

12U

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supports deskside

 

 

Yes (with

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rack-only

 

 

 

optional Office

 

Rack-only

Rack-only

 

Rack-only

 

use

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enablement Kit)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of blades

 

 

6 x 30mm /

 

14 x 30mm /

14 x 30mm /

 

8 x 30mm /

12 x 30mm /

 

 

 

3 x 60mm /

 

7 x 60mm /

7 x 60mm /

 

4 x 60mm /

6 x 60mm /

 

supported

 

 

2 x 90mm /

 

4 x 90mm /

4 x 90mm /

 

2 x 90mm /

4 x 90mm /

 

 

 

 

1 x 120mm

 

3 x 120mm

3 x 120mm

 

2 x 120mm

3 x 120mm

 

 

 

 

HC10, HS12.

 

HC10, HS12.

HC10, HS12.

 

 

 

 

HC10, HS20, HS21,

 

 

 

 

 

HS20, HS21, HS21

HS20, HS21, HS21

 

HC10, HS20, HS21,

 

Blade types

 

 

HS20, HS21,

 

 

HS21 XM, JS20,

 

 

 

 

XM, HS40, JS12,

XM, HS40, JS20,

 

HS21 XM, JS12,

 

 

 

HS21 XM, JS12,

 

 

JS21, JS22, LS20,

 

supported

 

 

 

JS20, JS21, LS20,

JS21, JS22, LS20,

 

JS20, JS21, LS20,

 

 

 

JS21, JS22,

 

 

LS21, LS41, QS21,

 

 

 

 

 

LS21, LS41, QS20

LS21, LS41, QS21,

 

LS21, LS41

 

 

 

 

LS20, LS21

 

 

QS22

 

 

 

 

 

 

QS22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabric bandwidth

 

 

1GB

 

1GB

10GB

 

1GB

 

10GB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of management

 

 

 

 

1 / 2

1 / 2

 

1 / 2

 

1 / 2

 

 

 

1 / 1

 

 

hot-swap/

hot-swap/

 

hot-

 

 

 

 

 

 

hot-swap/redundant

 

 

modules std / max.

 

 

 

redundant with 2

redundant with 2

 

swap/redundant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with 2 installed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

installed

installed

 

with 2 installed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 / 4

 

2 / 4

2 / 4

 

2 / 4

 

2 / 4

 

 

# of power modules

 

 

hot-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hot-

hot-

 

hot-

 

 

 

 

swap/redundant

 

 

hot-swap/redundant

 

 

std / max

 

 

 

swap/redundant

swap/redundant

 

swap/redundant (N

 

 

 

(110V = N+1,

 

 

(N + N)

 

 

 

 

 

(N + N)

(N + N)

 

+ N)

 

 

 

 

 

220V = N+N)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power module size

 

 

1450W AC

 

2000W AC

2900W AC

 

1300W

 

1300W

2535W

 

2880W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please see the Legal Information section for important notices and information.

26.

Chassis Side-by-Side Comparison

 

 

 

 

SMB Chassis

 

 

Enterprise Chassis

 

 

 

 

Telecom Chassis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chassis name

 

 

BladeCenter S

 

BladeCenter E

BladeCenter H

 

BladeCenter T

BladeCenter HT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DC -48V

 

AC at

DC -48V

 

AC at

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to -60V

 

208V

to -60V

 

208V;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(nominal)

 

 

(nominal)

 

3160W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AC at

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

240V

 

Power outlets

 

 

110V;

 

220V

220V

 

220V

220V

 

 

required

 

 

220V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1365 BTUs/hr

 

2342 BTUs/hr

1700 BTUs/hr,

 

675 BTUs/hr,

4270 BTUs/hr

 

Heat output

 

 

(400W) min.;

 

(686W) min.;

(500W) min.;

 

(197W) min.;

(1250W) min.;

 

 

 

11,942 BTUs/hr.

 

18,680 BTUs/hr.

26,000 BTUs/hr

 

11,900 BTUs/hr

21,850 BTUs/hr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3500W) max.

 

(5478W) max.

(7600W) max.

 

(3490W) max.

(6400W) max.

 

# of blower/fan

 

 

4 / 4 hot-

 

2 / 4 hot-

2 / 2 hot-

 

4 / 4 hot-

4 / 4 hot-

 

modules std / max.

 

 

swap/redundant

 

swap/redundant

swap/redundant

 

swap/redundant

swap/redundant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

200 CFM (per

 

250 CFM (per

430 CFM (per

 

 

 

 

95 CFM (per

 

Blower/fan module

 

 

module) at 25ºC;

 

module) at 25ºC;

module) at 25ºC;

 

330 CFM (per

module) at 25ºC;

 

 

 

400 CFM (per

 

455 CFM (per

800 CFM (per

 

190 CFM (per

 

airflow

 

 

 

 

module)

 

 

 

module) at 32ºC

 

module) at 32ºC

module) at 32ºC

 

module) at 40ºC or

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or greater

 

or greater

or greater

 

 

 

 

greater

 

 

 

 

Shared

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storage methods

 

 

chassis; server

 

Server blade;

Server blade;

 

Server blade;

Server blade;

 

supported

 

 

blade; expansion

 

expansion blade

expansion blade

 

expansion blade

expansion blade

 

 

 

 

blade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of internal H/S

 

12

 

0

0

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

 

HDD bays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of legacy switch-

 

4

 

4

4 (2 dedicated to

4

 

 

0

 

 

 

only module bays

 

 

Gb Ethenet)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of legacy switch/

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 (either 2 switch

 

 

 

 

4 (either 4 switch or

 

bridge module

 

0

 

0

or bridge 2

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bridge 4 modules)

 

bays

 

 

 

 

 

 

modules)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of high-speed

 

0

 

0

4

 

0

 

 

4

 

 

 

switch module

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of concurrent

 

0

 

0

0

 

0

 

 

1

 

 

 

KVM (cKVM ports)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of USB ports

 

 

4 (USB 2.0)

 

2 (USB 1.1)

2 (USB 2.0)

 

2 (USB 1.1)

4 (USB 2.0)—with

 

 

 

 

 

Media Trays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embedded

 

 

No

 

No

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

 

Compact Flash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

option

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.0” (306.3mm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H

 

12.0” (305mm) H

15.75” (400mm) H

 

13.75” (349mm) H

21.0” (528mm) H

 

Dimensions

 

 

17.5” (444mm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

17.5” (442mm) W

17.4” (442mm) W

 

17.4” (442mm) W

17.4” (442mm) W

 

 

 

W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28.0” (711mm) D

28.0” (711mm) D

 

20.0” (508mm) D

27.6” (706mm) D

 

 

 

 

28.9” (733.4mm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weight

 

 

90-240 lbs

 

99-240 lbs

90-350 lbs

 

98-192 lb

150-350 lb

 

 

 

40.8-108.9 kg

 

44.9-108.9 kg

41-159 kg

 

44.5-87.4 kg

62.8-159 kg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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27.

Chassis / Blades / Management Module Compatibility

 

Blade Servers

 

BCS

 

 

BCE

 

BCT2

 

BCH

 

BCHT3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HS20 single/dual-core (8832/8843)

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 65W

 

 

 

 

 

 

HS21 dual-core (8853)

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

processor power

 

Yes

 

Up to 80W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

draw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HS21 quad-core (8853)

 

Yes

 

Up to 80W

 

Up to 7 blades

 

Yes

 

Up to 10 at

 

 

 

 

at 80W

 

 

120W3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HS21 XM dual-core (7995)

 

Yes

 

Up to 80W

 

Up to 65W

 

Yes

 

Up to 80W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HS21 XM quad-core (7995)

 

Yes

 

Up to 80W

 

Up to 7 blades

 

Yes

 

Up to 12 at

 

 

 

 

at 80W4

 

 

80W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HS40 single-core (8839)

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LS20 single/dual-core (8850)

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LS21 dual-core (7971)

 

Yes

 

Up to 68W5

 

Up to 68W

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LS41 dual-core (7972)

 

Yes

 

Up to 68W6

 

Up to 68W

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JS20 dual-core (8842)

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JS21 dual-core (8844)

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QS20 multi-core (0200-AC1)

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QS21 multi-core (????-????)

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management Modules

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MM (original Management Module)

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMM (Advanced Management Module)

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cMM (Advanced Management Module for

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

Telecom)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes = Full density

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I/O Module Compatibility by Chassis and MSIM

 

P/N

 

I/O Module

 

BCS

 

BCE

 

BCT

 

BCH

 

BCHT

MSIM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethernet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32R1892

 

Cisco Systems Intelligent Gb Ethernet Switch

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32R1888

 

Cisco Systems Intelligent Gb Fiber Ethernet Switch

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39Y9267

 

Nortel 10G Ethernet Switch Module for IBM

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

3

 

 

 

BladeCenter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32R1783

 

Nortel 10G Uplink Ethernet Switch

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32R1859

 

Nortel Layer 2-7 Gb Ethernet Switch

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32R1860

 

Nortel Layer 2/3 Copper Gb Ethernet Switch

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Non-NEBS environment.

3If fully configured, must leave 1 slot open in power domain 1.

4When fully configuring a BladeCenter E (8677) chassis with the maximum possible HS21 XM blade server configuration (fourteen HS21 XM blade servers, each with two 80W processors, eight 4GB memory DIMMs, one SAS HDD, one USB-based flash drive, one I/O card and one cKVM card), there could be periods of time that Power Domain 2 exceeds the 13.5amp rating guidance (Power Domain 1 will not exceed the rating guidance). While this is not violating any safety rules, we recommend that your clients review the electrical infrastructure and power distribution of their installations to account for a peak of 14.4A.

595W is supported but will throttle performance to fit in power envelope – recommend using in BladeCenter H or HT.

Please see the Legal Information section for important notices and information.

28.

 

P/N

 

 

I/O Module

 

 

BCS

 

 

BCE

 

 

BCT

 

 

BCH

 

 

BCHT

 

 

MSIM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32R1861

Nortel Layer 2/3 Fiber Gb Ethernet Switch

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39Y9324

 

Server Connectivity Module

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InfiniBand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43W4419

4x InfiniBand Pass-Thru Module

 

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32R1756

 

Cisco Systems 4X InfiniBand Switch Module

 

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32R1900

 

Cisco Systems InfiniBand Switch Module

 

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39Y9207

 

QLogic InfiniBand Ethernet Bridge Module

 

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39Y9211

QLogic InfiniBand Fibre Channel Bridge Module

 

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fibre Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43W6723

 

4Gb Intelligent Pass-thru Module for IBM

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

2

 

 

 

BladeCenter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32R1813

 

Brocade 10 port – 4Gb SAN Switch

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32R1812

 

Brocade 20 port – 4Gb SAN Switch

 

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39Y9284

 

Cisco Systems 4Gb 10 port Fibre Channel Switch

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

3

 

 

 

Module

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39Y9280

 

Cisco Systems 4Gb 20 port Fibre Channel Switch

 

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

3

 

 

 

Module

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32R1904

 

QLogic 10 port – 4Gb Fibre Channel Switch

 

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43W6724

QLogic 10 port – 4Gb Fibre Channel Switch

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43W6725

QLogic 20 port – 4Gb Fibre Channel Switch

 

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26R0881

 

QLogic 20 port – 4Gb Fibre Channel Switch

 

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39Y9195

 

SAS Connectivity Module

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43W3584

 

IBM BladeCenter S RAID SAS Controller

 

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

No

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Modules

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39Y9320

 

Copper Pass-Thru Module

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39Y9314

 

Multi-Switch Interconnect Module (MSIM)

 

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39Y9316

 

Optical Pass-Thu Module

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note 1: Supported in left I/O Module bay of MSIM Note 2: Supported in right I/O Module bay of MSIM

Note 3: Not supported or not applicable for use with MSIM

Note 4: OPM is supported in MSIM for Ethernet in left I/O module bay or Fibre Channel in right I/O module bay

For the latest compatibility data, refer to the BladeCenter Compatibility Guide, found on Systems Sales.

Please see the Legal Information section for important notices and information.

29.

 

BladeCenter I/O Modules

 

 

 

 

Ethernet

Cisco Fiber Intelligent Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module for IBM

 

 

BladeCenter

 

 

External SFP-based ports for fiber connectivity (SFPs available from Cisco). Supports high

 

 

availability networks through support of advanced STP protocols and trunk failover functionality.

 

 

Optimizes delivery through support of multicast protocols such as IGMP snooping. Eases

 

 

network management through support of Cisco IOS, CiscoWorks, and Cluster Management

 

 

System. Ensures network security through support of RADIUS, TACACS+, 802.1x and other

 

 

authentication protocols.

 

 

 

 

 

Cisco Intelligent Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module for IBM

 

 

BladeCenter

 

 

Supports high availability networks through support of advanced STP protocols and trunk

 

 

failover functionality. Optimizes delivery through support of multicast protocols such as IGMP

 

 

snooping. Eases network management through support of Cisco IOS, CiscoWorks, and Cluster

 

 

Management System. Ensures network security through support of RADIUS, TACACS+, 802.1x

 

 

and other authentication protocols.

 

 

 

 

 

Nortel 10Gb Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter

 

 

Delivers high-bandwidth and time-sensitive switching for applications such as VoIP and IPTV

 

 

with non-blocking 20-port 10Gbps fabric for BladeCenter H. Provides 6 external 10Gb ports

 

 

and 14 internal 10Gb ports and a dedicated 1Gb management port. Simplifies deployment

 

 

and help reduce costs by integrating Layer 2-3 LAN switching and routing into a single

 

 

BladeCenter chassis. Maintain system uptime with high availability and resilience with L2

 

 

failover, Uplink Fast, Spanning Tree, Multiple and Rapid Spanning Tree, Router Redundancy

 

 

Protocol (VRRP) and Equal Cost Multiple Routing (ECMP) for OSPF. Standard-based VLANs

 

 

for traffic segregation. Advanced filtering. Support for RADIUS, TACACS/TACACS+, and 802.1x

 

 

for port security ensures end-to-end data integrity. Flexible and simple management via web

 

 

browser or industry-standard CLI. Offers dual 10Gb Ethernet connections to each server

 

 

blade when used in conjunction with the dual-port NetXen 10G Expansion Card for IBM

 

 

BladeCenter.

 

 

 

 

 

Nortel Layer 2/3 10 Gigabit Uplink Ethernet Switch Module

 

 

Three 10Gb uplinks at line-speed provide maximum bandwidth to any BladeCenter chassis.

 

 

Industry-standard ACLs, advanced traffic management, dynamic routing with RIP, OSPF, BGP

 

 

and VRRP. Unmatched network-wide Quality of Service for time-sensitive applications such as

 

 

VOIP and IPTV. High Availability with L2 failover, Uplink Fast, Spanning Tree, Multiple and

 

 

Rapid Spanning Tree, Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) and Equal Cost Multiple Routing

 

 

(ECMP) for OSPF. Standard-based VLANs for traffic segregation. Advanced filtering. Support

 

 

for RADIUS, TACACS/TACACS+, and 802.1x for port security ensures end-to-end data

 

 

integrity. Flexible and simple management via web browser or industry-standard CLI.

 

 

 

 

 

Cisco Catalyst Switch Module 3012 for IBM BladeCenter

 

 

The Cisco Catalyst Switch Module 3012 provides four external 1Gb ports and fourteen internal

 

 

1Gb ports, and operates in standard I/O module bay. It supports Layer 2 and basic Layer 3

 

 

switching (static routing and RIP) and employs common management with external Cisco

 

 

switches via IOS Command Line Interface and CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution.

 

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Nortel 1/10Gb Uplink Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter

Perfect investment protection for Clients who require 1Gb today and 10Gb for future growth. It is easy to configure, use and manage via a web-based interface. It provides full Layer 2/3 support and uses next-generation SFP+ modules to migrate to 10Gb on the same switch. It also supports 6 1Gb and 3 10Gb Uplink ports.

Nortel Layer 2/3 Copper Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter

Offers 6 six copper uplinks and strongest price/performance benefits. Delivers complete Layer 2 and 3 functionality: routing, filtering, and traffic queueing. Better serves the processing demands of bandwidthintensive applications. Provides port flexibility and traffic management to improve maintenance. Provides upgrade path to full Layer 4-7 services.

Nortel Layer 2/3 Fiber Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter

Offers 6 six fiber uplinks (with SFPs) and strong price/performance benefits. Delivers complete Layer 2 and 3 functionality: routing, filtering, and traffic queueing. Better serves the processing demands of bandwidthintensive applications. Provides port flexibility and traffic management to improve maintenance. Provides upgrade path to full Layer 4-7 services.

Nortel Layer 2-7 Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter

Increases application availability and performance. Better serves the processing demands of bandwidthintensive applications. Greater infrastructure scalability. Enhanced server security. Delivers application and server load balancing.

Server Connectivity Module for IBM BladeCenter

Serves the needs of Small and Medium Business customers. Easy to install, configure and manage through an easy to use browser based interface. Ideal for environments where a separation between the server and networking domains is preferred.

Fibre Channel

Brocade 10and 20-Port SAN Switch Modules

 

Enables high-performance end-to-end 1, 2 and 4Gbps SAN solutions for the data center.

 

Affordable 10-port and 20-port offerings available for Small, Medium and Large Enterprise

 

business needs. Easy-to-use non-disruptive upgrade doubles the 10-port switch

 

connectivity to 20-ports when your business needs change. Integrates the Brocade SAN

 

fabric to simplify deployment/management and reduce infrastructure complexity and total cost of

 

ownership. Utilizes Brocades proven Silkworm technology and fully backward compatible and

 

interoperable with Silkworm and IBM TotalStorage b-type SAN switches.

 

 

Cisco 4Gb 10and 20-Port Fibre Channel Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter

Enables high-performance end-to-end 1, 2 and 4Gbps SAN solutions for the data center. Affordable 10-port and 20-port offerings available for Small, Medium and Large Enterprise business needs. Exciting addition to the Cisco Ethernet and MDS family of products. Includes Tivoli SAN manager enhancements to better manage MDS9000 with integrated IBM SAN Volume Controller. 10-port upgrade available for on demand scaling to a 20-port switch. Cisco SFPs are required: Long-wave, short-wave, or short-wave 4-pack.

QLogic 10-Port and 20-Port 4Gb Fibre Channel Switch Modules

Enables high-performance end-to-end 1, 2 and 4Gbps SAN solutions. Provides interoperability in open mode leveraging standards-compliant (FC-SW2 & FC-SW3) SANs. Affordable 10-port and 20-port offerings are available—ideal for Small, Medium and Enterprise business needs.

Easy-to-use software upgrade doubles your 10-port switch connectivity to 20-ports for on demand scalability. Included with every switch, QLogic's SANsurfer Management Suite eases installation, configuration and management of your SAN infrastructure—all from one GUI.

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SAS

SAS Connectivity Module

 

This high-performance, 3Gbps, SAS-based pass-thru module enables broad storage

 

functionality. It enables up to 12 3.5 in. SAS or SATA disks using the Disk Storage Module. It

 

also enables use of entry storage products such as IBM System Storage DS3200. Provides 4

 

external 3Gb ports. Easy to use IBM Storage Configuration Manager (SCM) or industry standard

 

CLI.

BladeCenter S SAS RAID Controller Module

Enables a fully redundant SAN within the BladeCenter S chassis. Provides high-performance, fully duplex 3 Gbps speeds. Supports two disk storage modules with up to 12 x 3.5 in. SAS or Nearline SAS drives. Provides 4 external 3Gb ports. Easy to use IBM Storage Configuration Manager (SCM) or industry standard CLI.

InfiniBand

Cisco 4X InfiniBand Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter

 

Delivers high performance, low-latency server switching required to enable BladeCenter server

 

systems to form high-performance clusters and grids that deliver the performance required to

 

realize the full potential of next-generations applications and systems. Provides 14 ports of 10-

 

Gbps (4X) server connectivity to blades with less than 200 nanoseconds (ns) port to port

 

latency and 8 equivalent 4X external ports from the BladeCenter H chassis. Supports

 

Message Passing Interface (MPI), IP over InfiniBand (IPoIB), and Sockets Direct Protocol

 

(SDP), which use InfiniBand Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) to support the most

 

demanding high-performance computing applications and high-performance database clusters.

 

Integrated with Cisco's latest release of Vframe—server fabric virtualization software—which

 

offers rapid provisioning and real time re-hosting of server and network interfaces with policy

 

based utilization and high availability rules.

 

 

Cisco InfiniBand Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter

Allows the scaling out of data centers by interconnecting blades and chassis together with InfiniBand as the interconnect. Leverages high bandwidth and low latency characteristics of the InfiniBand standard with Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA). Enables consolidation of LAN and SAN connectivity for an entire data cluster to a centralized location. Virtualizes, and shares I/O and storage across an entire BladeCenter or collection of BladeCenter chassis for cost savings and high availability.

QLogic InfiniBand Ethernet Bridge Module for IBM BladeCenter

Enables InfiniBand within the chassis while seamlessly connecting the chassis to the external Ethernet network. Used in conjunction with the Cisco 4X InfiniBand Switch module and provides up to six 1Gb Ethernet connections to the external network. Bridges enable consolidation of LAN and SAN connectivity for an entire data cluster to a single fabric. Leverages powerful I/O capability of BladeCenter H without any reduction in switching capacity.

QLogic InfiniBand Fibre Channel Bridge Module for IBM BladeCenter

Enables InfiniBand within the chassis while seamlessly connecting the chassis to the external Fibre Channel fabric. Used in conjunction with the Cisco 4X InfiniBand Switch module and provides up to six 4Gb Fibre Channel connections to the external network. Bridges enable consolidation of LAN and SAN connectivity for an entire data cluster to a single fabric. Leverages powerful I/O capability of BladeCenter H without any reduction in switching capacity.

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Rack vs. Blades Positioning

Businesses of all sizes continue to struggle with the overwhelming complexity created by the rapid growth of their IT environments. They are running out of room and exceeding power thresholds in their computer rooms and data centers. And, they are increasingly being asked to do more with less. Blade infrastructures offer ways to simplify your IT, increase density and decrease power requirements while lowering total costs.

With BladeCenter®, IBM has held the leading full-year market share in the blade segment from 2003 through 2006. (IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, December 2006.) As the market leader, IBM has helped many clients migrate from racks to blades and has the experience to help lead a successful transition.

Why Convert from Rack Servers to Blades?

Unlike a stand-alone server that needs multiple power supplies and fans, individual systems management, numerous cables and a lot of space, IBM BladeCenter is compact and simple. The blade contains all the necessities to run an application––processors, memory, I/O and storage. Components that are duplicated in rack If I have to, I’ll publish servers are removed from the individual blade and placed in the BladeCenter chassis instead. Shared N+N redundant power, shared N+N hot-swap cooling, optical media, integrated Ethernet, storage, switching and consolidated powerful management. The beauty of the BladeCenter architecture is that now everything needed for the solution can be housed and managed from a single point of control.

With the BladeCenter Advanced Management Module and IBM Director software, which are both included with a BladeCenter chassis purchase, clients can interact with all the hardware technology within the BladeCenter chassis, so it can be controlled from a single interface—often even if the server is powered down or otherwise non-responsive. The ability to have a single interface to blades, storage and switching is a big advantage for any administrator, but it can be especially helpful to small businesses that might not have dedicated IT staffs.

BladeCenter is an ideal way to replace many uni-, twoor four-socket servers to save space while often reducing power and cooling requirements compared to rack servers. For example, 14 two-socket 1U rack servers can be replaced by 14 two-socket blade servers in a BladeCenter chassis—saving 7U of rack space, helping you save on power and cooling costs and simplifying management. BladeCenter offers higher density and potentially lower total cost of ownership with no sacrifice in performance.

Clients can now combine the IBM BladeCenter Storage and I/O Expansion Blade with any HS21, JS21, LS21 or LS41 blade for a hard-to-beat alternative to many 2U servers. The Storage and I/O Expansion Blade doubles your I/O connectivity, adds hot-swap drive capability and provides the option of adding full RAID-5 capability with battery-backed cache. The resulting blade is 60mm wide, allowing you to install seven inside a BladeCenter E chassis for a solution that uses half the space of seven comparable HP or Dell 2U rack servers.

Discrete Benefits of Blade Servers over Rack Servers

IBM BladeCenter integrates servers, storage and networking to help you reduce complexity, simplify IT management and reduce costs, through a flexible and highly scalable design. Many features and functions found in BladeCenter can deliver significant advantages over typical rack servers and solutions from competing vendors. Consider the many benefits of moving from rack-based servers to IBM BladeCenter:

 

Benefit

 

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environments today can be very complex. You have to manage and install a variety of servers, switches, storage, cables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infrastructure

 

 

and management tools. By simplifying IT architecture and integrating these components in a single BladeCenter solution

 

 

 

 

(with up to 14 enterprise blades per chassis), you can significantly reduce the requirements for space, chassis, switches,

 

 

simplification

 

 

cables, racks, power supplies and PDUs. This helps you save on power and cooling costs, simplify and speed up

 

 

 

 

 

deployment and management, and lower IT staff costs. Additionally, a simple infrastructure can mean fewer parts to fail

 

 

 

 

 

and less time spent at the rack making repairs––freeing your IT staff for other projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you need to upgrade, you don’t have to take apart your foundation and reinvest in infrastructure each time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment

 

 

technology changes. Instead, your can add a blade or new storage functionality as your needs change or as new

 

 

protection

 

 

technology arrives. BladeCenter blades and switches can be seamlessly moved between chassis. This offers you

 

 

 

 

 

investment protection and incredibly flexible, mix-and-match deployment choices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space

 

 

BladeCenter can save up to 50% of the floor space of an equivalent rack solution, without sacrificing application

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

performance. This can be a tremendous benefit in poweror cooling-constrained environments, allowing you to fit more

 

 

savings

 

 

 

 

 

 

processing power into existing power and thermal envelopes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Benefit

 

 

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Energy efficiency is a big issue today and for the foreseeable future. Moving from racks to blades can help you optimize

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

your resources. Data centers limited by aging servers can realize efficiencies with BladeCenter over rack-based servers:

 

 

Efficiency

 

 

Up to 50% more servers in the same amount of space

 

 

 

 

Using as much as 30-40% less power than rack servers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emitting less heat

 

 

 

 

 

Less airflow required per server

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IBM has the broadest ecosystem of solution providers in the blade market. Myriad of software, security, specialized

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flexibility

 

 

applications, I/O expansion cards, SAN switching, networking and high-performance interconnects let us provide you

 

 

 

 

with comprehensive blade solutions––giving you more choices and flexibility. In fact, the IBM ecosystem is one of the

 

 

and choice

 

 

 

 

 

 

things that sets us apart from the competition. Since IBM opened the BladeCenter specifications in 2004, nearly 100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

companies began producing solutions for BladeCenter, ultimately giving you even more choices for the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With BladeCenter, you can have up to 82% fewer cables than with rack servers, which can mean dramatically lower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable

 

 

costs and less complexity. Reduced complexity means less to manage during install and fewer components that can

 

 

reduction

 

 

potentially cause problems. Remember, each cable has three potential points of failure: two connectors and the cable

 

 

 

 

 

itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Centralized

 

 

Management at the chassis level can save time over managing rack servers individually. A single login to a BladeCenter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management Module gives administrators access to the entire solution, consisting of chassis, blades, and modules, not

 

 

management

 

 

 

 

 

 

just one component of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BladeCenter was designed to greatly reduce single points of failure. Reliability features include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redundant, hot-swap cooling, power, management and I/O switches in the chassis.

 

 

 

 

 

A high-availability midplane providing redundant paths to the network. (See Availability below.)

 

 

 

 

 

Redundant connections for power and I/O on the back of each blade.

 

 

Resiliency

 

 

Fewer moving parts. Fewer moving parts mean fewer components to fail and potentially better reliability.

 

 

 

 

 

Light path diagnostics, which can indicate problems with the chassis, blades, power supplies, switches––and for

 

 

 

 

 

 

parts inside the individual blades––even before a problem occurs. It can also light the path to a fix for easy service,

 

 

 

 

 

 

even after the blade is removed or power is turned off.

 

 

 

 

 

Additionally, BladeCenter has a four-year proven track record of enterprise operation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two connections to the midplane are inherent in the BladeCenter design. This means dual communication paths from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the blades to the Ethernet, Fibre Channel, KVM, power and management signals, for higher availability. For example, if

 

 

Availability

 

 

something happened to a connector on the blade, all the servers can stay up and running. Bringing the whole solution

 

 

 

 

 

together means that extra care must be taken to avoid single points of failure. While other blade vendors talk about this

 

 

 

 

 

concept, IBM has embraced it in the BladeCenter design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower

 

 

Equally configured, fourteen blades with servers, switches, HBAs and cables can be substantially less expensive than

 

 

 

 

 

 

acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

 

the 1U alternative.

 

 

cost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtualization

Consolidation from competitive rack servers to BladeCenter presents the opportunity to create an efficient and optimized infrastructure through virtualization and IBM Virtual Fabric Architecture. With virtualization, individual physical servers can be configured as multiple virtual servers, each capable of running its own operating system and applications. Running more applications per server means placing more demands on the system. IBM BladeCenter is excellent for a virtualized environment because many blades can support up to 12 I/O ports and clients can deploy high-speed 10Gb Ethernet––at up to 65% savings vs. rack servers. This is because compared to rack servers, BladeCenter offers:

Lower-cost switch ports

Fewer cables

Lower HBA costs

No need for XFPs

When you migrate from racks to blades, also consider BladeCenter for client consolidation. With IBM’s Virtual Client solution, users are able to enjoy all the benefits and personal control of a stand-alone desktop—including print capabilities, USB drive support and audio—while reducing many of the challenges related to current stand-alone desktop environments. These include limiting susceptibility to theft and viruses, ease of new-user deployment, eliminating extended downtime during a hard-drive failure and eliminating the need to rebuild user preferences and settings after each client refresh.

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Energy Efficiency

The cost of power has become a huge component of IT operating budgets all around the world. Many clients are facing the critical issue of providing sufficient power and cooling to support their highly dense data center. Clients are demanding solutions that allow them to get their work done, while fitting into an affordable power and cooling envelope. IBM considers energy efficiency and addressing global climate change to be not only a decision that makes economic sense, but also one of the most pertinent issues facing the planet at this time. The good news is that an important part of the solution to these issues is available—it’s IBM BladeCenter.

BladeCenter is designed from the ground up to dramatically improve power utilization and reduce energy costs. In fact, aggregate power savings of BladeCenter vs. 1U servers and related external equipment can be as much as 30-40%. This can be attributed to a well-planned system architecture that includes more energy-efficient power supplies and thermals, along with a super-smart power delivery solution. With IBM BladeCenter you get:

Energy-efficient power supplies that operate at over 90 percent efficiency in converting AC power to DC power, compared to an industry standard of 70 percent

A shared-cooling approach that can lead to less power consumption by reducing the need for hundreds of fans for the blades and switches

The ability to add an integrated 10Gb Ethernet switch, which can be up to 95% more energy efficient than external switch offerings

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86, a tool that can help you plan, predict, monitor and actively manage power consumption of your BladeCenter servers

IBM BladeCenter should be part of an energy-efficient data center solution.

Storage

Data is the lifeline of today’s businesses. The integrity, availability and protection of data are vital to productivity and success. Storing information is a requirement that’s shared by all types of businesses, from large enterprises to small businesses and even single departments. Accordingly, managing data has become one of the biggest challenges managers face today. Every year, the need for data storage capacity grows, with no end in sight.

As you consolidate your IT with BladeCenter, you can also consolidate your storage environments. With BladeCenter, the storage fabric is included in the chassis. In fact, IBM was the first blade vendor to integrate the storage fabric into a blade server architecture. By integrating the storage fabric into the BladeCenter chassis, you can potentially realize a significant reduction in small form factor pluggable (SFP) cards and optical fiber cable costs and increase storage utilization.

It can be much more cost-effective and easier to manage BladeCenter when it is connected to external storage. IBM delivers a wide range of easy-to-install, tested external storage products to meet your demanding business needs.

Network-attached storage (NAS) — IBM System StorageN series NAS products provide a large capacity, highly available and secure environment for storing mission-critical data. The N series attaches to BladeCenter using integrated Gigabit Ethernet switch modules.

Storage area network (SAN) — IBM System Storage DS3000, DS4000, DS6000, and DS8000series provide integrated SMB and enterprise solutions with multi-protocol local, campus, metropolitan and global storage networking. The DS portfolio attaches to BladeCenter using Fibre Channel switch modules.

iSCSI — BladeCenter offers both a 1Gb hardware and a 1Gb and 10Gb software iSCSI initiator. Both support iSCSI boot. The iSCSI hardware initiator is an adapter with an embedded processor. This solution is beneficial for clients who don’t want their server performance impacted. The iSCSI software initiator is embedded in the blade server BIOS and enables iSCSI boot through a standard 1Gb Ethernet connection without the need for an adapter. This is an attractive, lower-cost alternative for clients moving their storage off the blade and is available to BladeCenter clients at no charge. The iSCSI software initiator also enables iSCSI boot through a standard 10Gb Ethernet connection with the NetXen 10Gb adapter. HP and Dell do not offer a software iSCSI initiator. The IBM System Storage N series supports iSCSI server attachment.

Fibre Channel — BladeCenter integrates the storage switches from vendors such as Brocade, Cisco and QLogic. And BladeCenter supports industry-leading Fibre Channel host bus adapters from QLogic and Emulex. These options work well with the IBM System Storage DS3400 and DS4000 series. IBM data tells us that more than 40% of BladeCenter users attach their blades to a SAN. This is likely due to the wide selection and cost savings associated with integrated Fibre Channel.

Who Should Consider Blade Servers vs. Rack Servers

Consider blade servers if you:

Plan to buy or replace six or more servers within the next twelve months

Wish to set up a durable, long-term IT infrastructure that will grow with you

Are running applications like Web serving and online commerce, networking, e-mail consolidated file and print, along with large-scale database applications like data warehousing

Run high-performance computing (HPC) applications such as digital signal processing, bioinformatics, seismic modeling, crash simulations or digital rendering

Have old Intel/AMD or SPARC processor-based servers suffering from poor availability and performance, lack of floor space, limited power and cooling capabilities in your data center, and difficulty keeping track of and managing servers

Are transitioning from UNIX® to Linux®

Currently use AIX®

Currently use Solaris 10 or plan to move to Solaris 10 on x86 architectures

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Currently use Solaris and are looking for a low-cost transition to Linux

Are looking to migrate from Sun T2000 servers

Face limitations due to an aging data center

Are looking to integrate Intel, AMD and/or IBM processor-based servers within one infrastructure

Are looking to reduce system administration costs through consolidation and more efficient remote management

Stay with rack servers if you:

Have few servers and are not growing your infrastructure

Require SMP systems with eight or more processors

Require a large number of PCI slots or a very large memory footprint

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Citrix Solution

Citrix Presentation Server (PS) enables users to potentially save large sums of money on management costs and to minimize data security risks by installing all Windows applications in the data center and virtualizing or streaming them to end users over the network.

It allows you to deliver applications quickly to remote users without leaving the data center, by using state-of-the-art application streaming and application virtualization technologies. It eliminates the need to install or manage applications on individual user devices, helping to make application testing, provisioning, management and support easier and less costly.

Presentation Server helps you prevent data from leaving the data center without explicit authorization, supporting regulatory compliance and security objectives. Built-in endpoint scans and policy controls take into account each user’s role, device characteristics, and network conditions to determine which applications and data they are authorized to access. Integrated single sign-on and a secure SSL VPN gateway for remote access enable a “one password, one path” approach to application and data access.

Presentation Server greatly reduces network bandwidth requirements through application virtualization techniques perfected over the past 15 years. PS greatly reduces network bandwidth requirements and mitigates latency issues, because with virtualized applications only mouse movements, keystrokes, and screen updates traverse the network. Even data-laden and graphics-heavy applications perform better, keeping users active and productive.

Thousands of customers currently run mission-critical environments on racks full of aging 1U or 2U dual-processor servers and back-level Presentation Server software. IBM BladeCenter® products, combined with Citrix Presentation Manager v4.5, offer an innovative way to update your environment to the latest technology and help achieve the following:

Vastly reduced server count—reduce your number of servers by up to two-thirds

Reduce software licensing costs

Move to 64-bit technology with Presentation Manager v4.5—at no extra cost from Citrix

Optimize the heat, power, and space requirements of a Presentation Manager farm

Reduced management overhead vs. running hundreds of servers

Which method is right for you—scale up or scale out? PS v4.5 supports both scale-up (via the IBM System x3800 or x3850), and scale-out (via BladeCenter blades).

Citrix PS v4.5 offers both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, to support whatever your operating environment is. This provides you with the flexibility to run a mixed environment initially and migrate over time.

If you have large scale-out “farms” of Citrix PS servers, made up of 1U and 2U servers, you know what a massive infrastructure and management headache it can be. The BladeCenter family may be the answer if you’re looking to simplify your infrastructure, improve flexibility and speed of deployment, and consolidate your space, heat, and power use.

BladeCenter chassis support a wide variety of 2- and 4-socket server blades. This flexibility is what makes the platform ideal for a customer in a state of transition. If you plan to move to PS x64 in 6-12 months, you might prefer an HS21, HS21 XM, or LS21 blade, running in 32-bit mode initially, and then migrate to an x64 environment later (running the same hardware). If you have a mixed PS x32/x64 environment, you might choose LS21 or an LS41 2-socket configuration for your x64 platform, and then later upgrade the LS41 to a 4-socket blade. For a scale-up configuration in a blade form factor, you might choose a 4-socket/dual-core LS41 or a 2-socket/quad-core HS21 XM right from the start.

The BladeCenter family of products offers you ultimate flexibility and maximum potential investment protection. In addition to the flexibility of processor choice, there are also huge potential infrastructure consolidation benefits to be had: all networking, SAN, KVM connectivity, systems management, and power connectivity is integrated into the chassis, potentially saving large sums of money by requiring fewer cables, PDUs, KVM switches, and other infrastructure hardware. Additionally, BladeCenter chassis and blade servers offer significantly more efficient heat/power characteristics than do dozens of 1U and 2U rack servers.

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IBM Virtualization Solution

Today, the line between scale-up and scale-out servers is blurring. Multicore processors allow all servers to run scale-up workloads to some extent. At the same time, scale-up servers can run multiple virtualized scale-out workloads. Performance becomes about utilization through virtualization, which is crucial to unlocking the value of multicore processors. It’s an intelligent sharing of computing, storage or information resources across different disciplines and departments in your organization. System resources are gathered into one pool—and can be allocated dynamically as needed—so servers and storage resources can be utilized more efficiently.

As a result of virtualization, the focus of high-end scalable x86 systems has shifted from a hardware-centric view to one of flexibility and cost-per-virtual-machine. Running 20 or 50 or 100 applications on the same server instead of one task per server is more cost-effective. And it allows the applications to share a dynamically allocated pool of common system resources for improved efficiency.

Businesses of all sizes continue to struggle with the overwhelming complexity created by the rapid growth of their IT environments. A business’s increasing IT demands may appear to be a never-ending and costly spiral:

As the business grows, more computing power is required

Installation and maintenance costs and data center complexity increase as more servers are added

Deployment of additional servers and applications may require additional IT personnel

Virtualization is the process of presenting computing resources in ways that allow for more productive IT, and IT that is more responsive to business goals. Previously, resources were presented only in the ways dictated by their implementation, geographic location or physical packaging. The move toward virtualization helps to improve resource utilization and simplify IT management.

Because Virtualization is a more effective way to run IT, it is IBM’s view that soon virtualization will be utilized across all environments, at all levels of server and storage implementation. Our servers, from entry level to high end to blades, are designed to be optimized for virtualization. For example, BladeCenter, with its modular design, provides you with an extremely flexible solution for virtualization and scale-out growth—supporting multiple processors, operating systems and switches all in the same chassis.

With one hardware platform, you can run your heterogeneous interactive business applications by day and your maintenance, inventory or computational programs at night. With our portfolio of System xand BladeCenter® servers, your virtualization needs are covered, whether scale-up or scale-out.

IBM Virtual Client

With IBM's Virtual Client solution, users are able to enjoy all of the benefits and personal control of a stand-alone desktop—functionality including print capabilities, USB drive support, and audio—while reducing many of the challenges related to current stand-alone desktop environments. These include limiting susceptibility to theft and viruses, ease of deployment of new users, extended downtime during a hard drive failure, or having to rebuild their preferences and settings after each client “refresh.”

Receive highly secure access to your desktop from virtually any client device at any time.

Centralize management of all desktops for better utilization of resources.

Simplify infrastructure—now and into the future—with System x and BladeCenter architecture technology.

Help lower costs with fewer IT staff; application and data are managed centrally.

IBM's Virtual Client solution runs desktop functions on BladeCenter or System x servers in a data center—providing users with remote access to the desktop environment. A full-featured OS such as Windows XP is virtualized using VMware software and accessed via thin client hardware devices or repurposed desktops. Connection broker software connects users to their virtual client machines on the server. While the end user benefits from retaining control over their desktop environment, companies benefit from the cost and management advantages of a centralized computing environment. Virtual Client practically eliminates desk side support resources and is designed to provide much improved levels of security and reliability.

The IBM Virtual Client solution offers companies large and small the capability to improve client efficiency and security for:

Branch offices

Call centers

Outsourced development

Remote development

Remote offices

Retail stores

Roaming users

The IBM Virtual Client solution is competitively priced with traditional desktop deployments and can be economically deployed for as few as 25 users.

The IBM virtual client solution runs desktop functions on a BladeCenter or System x server in a data center-providing users with remote access to the desktop environment. The solution is designed to eliminate the traditional desktop replacement cycle, enhance system security and availability and improve administrative efficiency.

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IBM Virtual Client solution components can include:

IBM System x and BladeCenter Servers

IBM System x and BladeCenter servers are built on open standards and offer a range of affordable, high performance, easy to manage platforms designed to help optimize your datacenter and lower your cost of ownership.

IBM System Storage

IBM System Storage DS3400 leads the way for organizations to take advantage of consolidating and sharing data within a direct-attach or SAN solution. The DS3400 offers the opportunity to meet the demands of data expansion, data availability and flexibility in a simple, affordable disk system.

IBM System Storage DS4000 Series is well-known for its exceptional performance, robust functionality and unparalleled ease of use. The DS4000 disk systems are designed to allow you to create a system to handle some of the most computeintensive workloads and provide robust functionality while maintaining availability of your data.

Thin Client Hardware from IBM Business Partners

Neoware thin client offerings enable end-users to run Windows®, mainframe, midrange, UNIX®, Linux, or Internet applications on smart, solid-state appliances across a wired or wireless network - just choose a thin client platform, operating system and software application that best meets your need.

Devon IT thin clients are more than a cost-effective alternative to standard PCs. End-users can run their Windows and Linux desktops and Windows, UNIX, Linux and mainframe applications directly from data center servers, enabling centralized applications management, network plug-and-play conveniences, higher security and reliability, and much lower IT support costs.

Wyse Technology and its partners delivers the hardware, infrastructure software, and services that comprise thin computing, allowing people to access the information they need using the applications they want, but with better security, manageability, and at a much lower total cost of ownership than a PC.

Middleware

IBM Director is an integrated, easy-to-use suite of tools that provide customers with flexible systems management capabilities to help realize maximum systems availability and lower IT costs.

IBM Virtualization Manager is an extension to IBM Director that allows you to discover, visualize, and manage both physical and virtual systems from a single console. Virtualization Manager simplifies management of both VMware and Microsoft® Virtual Server environments.

IBM Tivoli Provisioning manager (TMP) helps to enable the process of setting up a virtual client environment on demand by automating the manual tasks of provisioning and configuring physical and virtual servers, operating systems, middleware, applications, storage and network devices (routers, switches, firewalls and load balancers).

VMware applications can virtualize servers, storage and networking, allowing multiple unmodified operating systems and their applications to run independently in virtual machines while sharing physical resources—helping to improve hardware utilization, save space, IT staffing and hardware costs.

LeoStream Virtual Connection Broker software allows a user to connect to their virtual machine with a single user sign on, providing a great benefit to your desktop users. Functionality includes VM pooling, stickiness, labeling, monitoring, and reporting.

Microsoft Active Directory and roaming user profiles. By default, Windows desktop systems store user profile data (personal configuration settings) on the local hard drive. Alternatively, Microsoft Windows 2003 can enable storing per-user profile and settings data on a server.

Services

STG Lab Services helps bring the skills and experience of the development lab to your enterprise through on-site consulting, classroom training, and skills transfer to your personnel in your System x or BladeCenter environment.

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For More Information

IBM System x Servers

http://www.ibm.com/systems/x

Electronic Service Agent

http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic

IBM System x and BladeCenter Power Configurator

http://www.ibm.com/systems/bladecenter/powerconfig

Standalone Solutions Configuration Tool

http://www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/xseries/library/configtools.html

Configuration and Options Guide

http://www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/xseries/cog

ServerProven Program

http://www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us

Technical Support

http://www.ibm.com/server/support

Other Technical Support Resources

http://www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/techsupport.html

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MB, GB and TB = 1,000,000, 1,000,000,000 and 1,000,000,000,000 bytes, respectively, when referring to storage capacity. Accessible capacity is less; up to 3GB is used in service partition. Actual storage capacity will vary based upon many factors and may be less than stated.

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