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A cost-optimized storage-rich alternative to traditional enterprise 2U dual-socket servers

Product Guide

May 2010

IBM System x3620 M3

Product Overview

Cost-effective 2U storage server packed with innovation

CONTENTS

Product Overview

Selling Features

Key Features

Key Options

x3620 M3 Images

x3620 M3 Specifications

The Bottom Line

Server Comparison

For More Information

Legal Information

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In today’s tough economic environment, your challenge is to do more with less—serve more Web

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pages, handle more secure connections, support more e-mail users, and do it all on a tight

budget. You need to reduce the costs of doing business and improve the service you deliver to

 

2your customers while lowering your overall risk. The dual-socket IBM® System x3620 M3 can

reduce your costs with its new energy-smart design and budget-conscious features. It can

4improve service with reduced operational complexity and increased management functionality. It

11can lower your IT risk with the resiliency that comes from hot-swap/redundant features. And like all IBM servers, the x3620 M3 offers you the trust that comes from the IBM global reach, service

13and support.

14The x3620 M3 is a game-changing rack server that uses significantly less power than previous generations, with unified systems management tools; high reliability, availability, and

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serviceability features; and broad system flexibility, housed in a compact 2U mechanical

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package.

The x3620 M3 features Intel® Xeon® 5600 Series 6-core and 4-core, and 5500 Series 4-core

 

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processors, with up to 12MB of shared L3 cache, to provide you with the computing power you

19need to match your business needs and growth. The new line of Intel processors delivers unprecedented intelligent performance with features like adaptive performance for applications and environments, Turbo Boost Technology and Hyper-Threading Technology, and integrated power gates and automated power management.

The x3620 M3 supports up to 12 DIMMs / 96GB of RDIMM 1333MHz DDR3 memory and provides ChipkillECC (Error Checking and Correcting) protection—for high performance and reliability. For even higher levels of availability, the x3620 M3 also offers memory mirroring. Two integrated high-speed Gigabit Ethernet ports are included, as are three high-performance PCIe adapter slots. The x3620 M3 offers an optional embedded hypervisor to manage your virtual workloads.

Some System x3620 M3 models support up to 8 hot-swap 3.5-inch Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) or Serial-Attached ATA (SATA) HDDs with an internal storage capacity of 16TB. Other

models support up to 4 simple-swap SATA drives, with a storage capacity of up to 8TB. The server includes firmware RAID-0/1 standard, and offers a choice of several IBM ServeRAID® storage controllers that provide broad levels of hardware-based RAID solutions. To meet your backup needs, the x3620 M3 supports a choice of internal tape drives, as well as the internal

RDX Removable Disk Backup System.

The ultra-dense 2U form factor allows businesses to increase their computing power and spread their workload without outgrowing their current data center. Up to 21 of these 2U servers can be installed in a single 42U rack, for a total of up to 42 processors, 252 processor cores (and 504 threads), offering tremendous deployment flexibility.

Standard in the x3620 M3 is the Integrated Management Module (IMM) that enables the user to manage and control the server easily—both locally and remotely. The IMM offers a high level of manageability that is designed to keep costs down and the system up—even when network

usage increases. The IMM helps maximize network availability by increasing uptime, as do

Active Memoryprotection, hot-swap/redundant SAS or SATA HDDs, hot-swap/redundant ultra-efficient power supplies and redundant fan modules; integrated RAID; temperaturecontrolled fans; IPMI 2.0 support, including highly secure remote power control and Serial over LAN; as well as text-console redirect over LAN.

Another improvement with the new generation of X-Architecture is the replacement of old BIOS with a new generation United Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). UEFI provides a more intuitive user interface and understandable event logs and better management.

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With the inclusion of unique IBM service and support features such as the IMM, IBM Systems

 

 

Director 6.1, IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, IBM ToolsCenter, IBM

 

 

ServerGuide, and support for the optional Virtual Media Key for remote presence capability, the

 

 

x3620 M3 is designed for superior uptime.

 

 

If you need highly manageable, dual-socket/multi-core computing power in a budget rack-dense

 

 

package, the x3620 M3 is the ideal system.

 

 

 

 

 

Selling Features

Price/Performance

 

 

The x3620 M3 offers numerous features to boost performance and reduce costs:

 

 

Up to two 6-core or 4-core Xeon 5600 Series or 4-core Xeon 5500 Series processors and

 

 

12MB or 4MB of cache per processor, offer superior performance capable of tackling the

 

 

toughest jobs. 64-bit extensions provide the flexibility to run 32-bit and 64-bit applications

 

 

concurrently. Xeon 5600 series processors offer up to 43% better performance than the

 

 

previous-generation 5500 series processors (depending on workload).

 

 

Low-voltage processors (available via the Configure To Order process) draw less energy

 

 

and produce less waste heat than high-voltage processors, thus helping to reduce data center

 

 

energy costs. Selected 4-core Xeon 5600 Series processors use only 40W and selected 6-

 

 

core processors consume only 60W. This is less than half the wattage consumed by 130W

 

 

processors.

 

 

Twelve DIMMs of registered 1333MHz DDR3 ECC memory with Chipkill1 protection

 

 

(optional) provide speed, high availability, and a memory capacity of up 96GB.

 

 

x3620 M3 servers using the L5640 (via CTO) and X56xx processors support 2 DIMMs per

 

 

channel (2DPC) at 1333MHz (using 1.5V DIMMs).

 

 

Two x8 (“by 8”) PCIe Gen 2 and one x4 PCIe Gen 2 adapter slot offer investment protection

 

 

by supporting high-performance adapters, such as 10Gb Ethernet, Fibre Channel and

 

 

InfiniBand cards, none of which will run in older 33MHz and 66MHz conventional PCI slots.

 

 

The optional integrated 3Gbps ServeRAID-BR10il v2 controller, or the 6Gbps ServeRAID-

 

 

M1015, ServeRAID-M5014, or ServeRAID-M5015 controller, provide high-performance RAID

 

 

support for SAS/SATA drives.

 

 

Up to 8 3.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA hard disk drives offer high-performance and high

 

 

capacity, with high availability. Up to 4 3.5-inch simple-swap SATA drives offer high

 

 

capacity and quick servicing

 

 

The integrated dual-port Gigabit Ethernet controller with IPMI 2.0 provide high-speed

 

 

network communications.

 

 

A high degree of device integration—including hot swap SAS/SATA HDDs, multiple

 

 

hardware-based ServeRAID options, Gigabit Ethernet ports, systems management and video

 

 

controllers—lowers costs and frees up valuable adapter slots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flexibility

 

 

The x3620 M3 has the ability to grow with your application requirements, thanks to

 

 

A choice of 4-core or 6-core processors with 2.13 to 2.66GHz clock rates, up to 6.4

 

 

gigatransfers per second, and 80W or 95W maximum power draw. (Two additional choices,

 

 

40W and 60W, are available via CTO.)

 

 

A choice of either standard 1.5V DIMMs, or 1.35V DIMMs2 that consume 20% less energy.

 

 

Up to 96GB of high-speed registered DDR3 system memory.

 

 

Three available high-performance PCIe adapter slots in all models.

 

 

Upgrading to one of several ServeRAID controllers provides up to 512MB of battery-backed

 

 

cache to enable higher-performance hardware RAID support, and allows the x3620 M3 to

 

 

offer five RAID levels standard: RAID-0/1/10/5/50 (and optionally 6/60 with Self-Encrypting

 

 

Disk).

 

 

The five USB 2.0 ports (two front, two rear, one internal) are up to 40X faster3 than older USB

 

 

1.1 ports. This provides speedy access to external HDDs (non-arrayed), optical drives, tape

 

 

drives, and other USB devices. Two ports are on the front of the unit and two are on the back.

 

 

The internal port supports an internal tape or IBM RDX Removable Disk Backup System, and

 

 

a flash drive with embedded hypervisor can be support via another internal USB port.

 

 

A choice of up to eight 3.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA HDDs or four 3.5-inch simple-swap

 

 

SATA drives and one internal tape drive or RDX Removable Disk Backup System, offer a

 

 

variety of storage options. The SATA models provide a maximum of 16.0TB of internal

 

 

storage, while the SAS models support up to 4.8TB.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 All models require Chipkill-enabled DIMMs (provided standard) for Chipkill protection.

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Alternatively, direct-attach, network-attached storage (NAS), or iSCSI or Fibre Channelattached storage can be attached using IBM System Storage® servers.

Manageability / Security

Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the x3620 M3:

The x3620 M3 includes an Integrated Management Module (IMM) to monitor server availability, perform Predictive Failure Analysis, etc., and trigger IBM Systems Director alerts. The IMM performs the functions of both the Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) of earlier systems and the advanced Remote Supervisor Adapter II and is upgradeable to remote presence/cKVM.

An optional Virtual Media Key provides additional systems management capabilities, including Web-based out-of-band control; virtual floppy and optical drive support; Windows “blue screen” error capture; LDAP and SSL support; and remote redirection of keyboard, PCI video and text, and mouse (cKVM). And it does all this without consuming a valuable adapter slot.

Text Console Redirection support allows the administrator to remotely view x3620 M3 text messages over Serial or LAN.

Integrated industry-standard Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) next-generation BIOS. New capabilities include:

Human readable event logs — no more beep codes

Complete out-of-band coverage by the Advance Settings Utility to simplify remote setup

A complete setup solution, allowing adapter configuration functions to be moved into UEFI

Consistent firmware management across an entire product line

Industry-standard AES NI support for faster, stronger encryption (in 5600 Series processors only).

Integrated IPMI 2.0 support alerts IBM Systems Director to anomalous environmental factors, such as voltage and thermal conditions. It also supports highly secure remote power control using data encryption.

IBM Systems Director 6.1x is included for proactive systems management. IBM Systems Director comes with a portfolio of tools, including IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, IBM Service and Support Manager, and others. In addition, IBM Systems Director offers extended systems management tools for additional server management and increased availability. When a problem is encountered, IBM Systems Director can issue administrator alerts via e-mail, pager, and other methods.

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, an IBM-exclusive, is designed to take advantage of new system power management features, by providing actual realtime energy monitoring and reporting features.

Availability and Serviceability

The System x3620 M3 provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:

x3620 M3 servers offer Chipkill ECC memory protection4 (when using x4 DIMMs). Chipkill memory is up to 16X better than standard ECC memory at correcting memory errors. This can help reduce downtime caused by memory errors.

The x3620 M3 offers memory mirroring for redundancy in the event of a non-correctable memory failure

Toolless cover removal provides easy access to upgrades and serviceable parts. Similarly, the Virtual Media Key and the ServeRAID controller can be installed and replaced without tools. This means less time (and therefore less money) spent servicing the x3620 M3. Additionally, hot-swap/redundant HDDs and power supplies, redundant fan modules, as well as mirrored memory, mean greater system uptime while these components are being serviced.

The external LED panel and helps to quickly lead the technician to failed components. This simplifies servicing, speeds up problem resolution and helps improve network availability.

Optional integrated 3Gbps or 6Gbps RAID controller to enhance system availability and data protection without using a PCIe slot.

IPMI 2.0 supports highly secure remote system power control using data encryption. This

2 1.35V DIMMs available in Q3/10.

3 Data transfer rates may be less than the maximum possible.

4 Chipkill protection is supported with x4 DDR3 DIMMs, but not x8 DIMMs.

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allows an administrator to restart a server without having to visit it in person, saving travel time and getting the server back up and running quickly and securely. It also adds new features to those provided by IPMI 1.5, including VLAN support, Serial over LAN, enhanced authentication and encryption algorithms (RMCP+ and AES) and a firmware firewall.

Temperature-controlled fans 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 fans produce less ambient noise in the data center than if

 

 

they were constantly running at full speed.

 

 

The three-year (parts and labor) limited onsite warranty5 helps afford you peace of mind

 

 

and greater investment protection than a one-year warranty does.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Features

High-Performance / High-Efficiency Xeon 5600 / 5500 Processors

 

 

The x3620 M3 supports up to two high-performance Intel Xeon 5600 Series or 5500 Series

 

 

processors, allowing you to upgrade to a second processor as your business needs require. The

 

 

x3620 M3 offers a choice of processor clock rates, memory access speeds and energy draw,

 

 

including:

 

 

95W 6-core Xeon 5600 models X5650 running at 2.66GHz with reduced power draw and

 

 

impressive performance/watt (only 15.83W per core; 6.4GTps QPI speed), 12MB of L3

 

 

processor cache, 1333MHz memory access, 2 threads per core, and Intel Turbo Boost and

 

 

Hyper Threading technology

 

 

80W 4-core Xeon 5600 models E5620 or E5630 running at 2.4 or 2.53GHz, respectively, with

 

 

reduced power draw and impressive performance/watt (20W per core; 5.86GTps QPI speed),

 

 

12MB of L3 processor cache, 1066MHz memory access, 2 threads per core, and Intel Turbo

 

 

Boost and Hyper Threading technology

 

 

80W 4-core Xeon 5500 models E5506 or E5507 running at 2.13 or 2.26GHz, respectively, with

 

 

reduced power draw and impressive performance/watt (20W per core; 4.8GTps QPI speed),

 

 

4MB of L3 processor cache, and 800MHz memory access

 

 

Also available, via configure-to-order (CTO):

 

 

60W 6-core Xeon 5600 low-voltage model L5640 running at 2.26GHz with low power draw

 

 

and impressive performance/watt (only 10W per core; 5.86GTps QPI speed), and 12MB of

 

 

shared L3 cache, 1333MHz memory access, 2 threads per core, and Intel Turbo Boost and

 

 

Hyper Threading technology (CTO only)

 

 

40W 4-core Xeon 5600 low-voltage model L5630 running at 2.13GHz, with extremely low

 

 

power draw and amazing performance/watt (only 10W per core; 5.86GTps QPI speed), 12MB

 

 

of L3 processor cache, 1066MHz memory access, 2 threads per core, and Intel Turbo Boost

 

 

technology

 

 

With the Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series processors, Intel has diverged from its traditional Symmetric

 

 

Multiprocessing (SMP) architecture to a Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) architecture. The

 

 

processors are connected through serial coherency links called QuickPath Interconnect (QPI).

 

 

QPI is capable of 6.4, 5.6 or 4.8 GTps (gigatransfers per second), depending on the processor

 

 

model.

 

 

4-core Xeon processors contain four complete processor cores. Each 5600 Series processor

 

 

contains one 12MB L3 cache shared by all the cores. The shared cache is dynamically allocated

 

 

among the cores as needed. The multiple cores appear to software as multiple physical

 

 

processors. Fourand six-core processors offer considerably higher performance than a same-

 

 

speed Xeon processor with 2 cores.

 

 

Turbo Boost Technology increases performance by translating the temperature, power and

 

 

current head room into higher frequency. It will dynamically increase by 133MHz for short and

 

 

regular intervals until the upper limit is met or the maximum possible upside for the number of

 

 

active cores is reached. The maximum frequency is dependent on the number of active cores.

 

 

The amount of time the processor spends in the Turbo Boost Technology state depends on the

 

 

workload and operating environment, providing the performance you need, when and where you

 

 

need it. For example, a 2.66GHz 6-core X5650 processor with 3-6 cores active can run the cores

 

 

at 2.93GHz. With only one or two cores active, the same processor can run those cores at

 

 

3.06GHz. Similarly, a 2.4GHz 4-core E5620 processor can run at 2.53GHz or even 2.66GHz.

 

 

When the inactive cores are needed again, they are dynamically turned back on and the

 

 

processor frequency is adjusted accordingly.

 

 

In processors implementing Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, each core has two threads

 

 

capable of running an independent process. Thus, a 6-core processor can run 12 threads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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concurrently.

Intelligent Power Capability powers individual processor elements on and off as needed, to reduce power draw.

Execute Disable Bit functionality can help prevent certain classes of malicious buffer overflow attacks when combined with a supporting operating system.

Intel’s Virtualization Technology (VT) integrates hardware-level virtualization hooks that allow operating system vendors to better utilize the hardware for virtualization workloads.

DDR3 Memory with Chipkill ECC Protection

The x3620 M3 ships with registered double data rate III (DDR3) memory and provides Active Memory features, including advanced Chipkill memory protection (using x4 DIMMs), for up to 16X better error correction than standard ECC memory. In addition to offering better performance than DDR2 or fully-buffered memory, DDR3 memory also uses less energy. DDR2 memory already offered up to 37% lower energy use than fully buffered memory. Now, a generation later, DDR3 memory is even more efficient, using up to 15% less energy than DDR2 memory.

The x3620 M3 currently supports up to 96GB of 1.5V RDIMM (registered DIMM) memory in 12 DIMM slots. The x3620 M3 also supports either standard 1.5V DIMMs, or 1.35V DIMMs that consume 20% less energy. Redesign in the architecture of the Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series processors bring radical changes in the way memory works in these servers. For example, the Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series processors integrate the memory controller inside the processor, resulting in two memory controllers in a 2-socket system. Each memory controller has three memory channels. Depending on the type of memory, population of memory, and processor model, the memory may be clocked at 1333MHz, 1066MHz or 800MHz.

Xeon 5600 / 5500

Processor 1

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Notes: Adding a second processor not only doubles the amount of memory available for use, but also doubles the number of memory controllers, thus doubling the system memory bandwidth. If you add a second processor, but no additional memory for the second processor, the second processor would have to access the memory from the first processor “remotely,” resulting in longer latencies and lower performance. The latency to access remote memory is almost 75% higher than local memory access. So, the goal should be to always populate both processors with memory.

The L5640 and X56xx processor models support up to 1333MHz memory clock speed. With new single-rank and dual-rank RDIMMs, L5640 and Xi56xx processors support 2 DIMMs per channel (2DPC) at 1333MHz using 1.5V DIMMs. The E562x-and-up and L56xx models support a maximum of 1066MHz clock speed (and thus memory access rate), and the E550x models support 800MHz clock speed.

Running memory at 1333MHz (where supported) versus 1066MHz offers up to 9% better performance, while memory running at 1066MHz produces up to 28% better performance than memory running at 800MHz. Xeon 5500/5600 Series processors access memory with almost 50% lower latency than the earlier 5400 Series processors. That can result in faster processing of latency-sensitive workloads.

Regardless of memory speed, the Xeon 5500/5600 platform represents a significant improvement in memory bandwidth over the previous Xeon 5400 platform. At 1333MHz, the improvement is almost 500% over the previous generation. This huge improvement is mainly due to the dual integrated memory controllers and faster DDR3 1333MHz memory. Throughput at 800MHz is 25 gigabytes per second (GBps); at 1066MHz it’s 32GBps; and at 1333MHz it’s 35GBps. This improvement translates into improved application performance and scalability.

Memory interleaving refers to how physical memory is interleaved across the physical DIMMs. A balanced system provides the best interleaving. A Xeon 5500/5600 Series processor-based system is balanced when all memory channels on a socket have the same amount of memory.

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The 5500 and 5600 Series processors support single-, dual-, and quad-rank memory. A memory rank is simply a segment of memory that is addressed by a specific address bit.

A typical memory DIMM description is 4GB 2Rx4 DIMM

The 2R designator is the rank count for this particular DIMM (2R = dual-rank)

The x4 designator is the data width of the rank

It is important to ensure that DIMMs with the appropriate number of ranks are populated in each channel for optimal performance. Whenever possible, use dual-rank DIMMs in the system. Dualrank DIMMs offer better interleaving and hence better performance than single-rank DIMMs. For instance, a system populated with six 2GB dual-rank DIMMs outperforms a system populated with six 2GB single-rank DIMMs by 7% for SPECjbb2005. Dual-rank DIMMs are also better than quad-rank DIMMs because quad-rank DIMMs will cause the memory speed to be downclocked.

Another important guideline is to populate equivalent ranks per channel. For instance, mixing one single-rank DIMM and one dual-rank DIMM in a channel should be avoided.

Notes: It is important to populate all three memory channels in each processor. The relative memory bandwidth decreases as the number of channels populated decreases. This is because the bandwidth of all the memory channels is utilized to support the capability of the processor. So, as the channels are decreased, the burden to support the requisite bandwidth is increased on the remaining channels, causing them to become a bottleneck. If 1.5V and 1.35V DIMMs are mixed, all DIMMs will run at 1.5V.

In addition to Chipkill error correction, the x3620 M3 offers an additional level of IBM Active

Memory protection: memory mirroring.

Memory mirroring works much like disk mirroring. The total memory is divided into three channels: a primary channel, a backup channel, and an unused channel. Data is written concurrently to both the primary and backup channels. If a DIMM fails in one of the DIMMs in the primary channel, it is instantly disabled and the mirrored memory in the backup channel becomes active (primary) until the failing DIMM is replaced. One-third of total memory is available for use at any one time with mirroring enabled. (Note: Due to the double writes to memory, performance is affected.) Because the third channel is disabled with mirroring active, there is no point in populating it with memory.

Mirroring is handled at the hardware level; no operating system support is required.

DDR3 memory is currently available in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB RDIMMs. DIMMs can be installed individually (not in pairs). However, for performance reasons, in a 2-processor system, it’s best to install a DIMM per processor.

Maximum memory capacity and speed in 2-processor configurations include:

 

 

Memory

DIMMs per

Max. Memory

5600 Series

5500 Series

 

 

 

Frequency

Channel

Capacity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1333MHz

1

48GB RDIMM

X5650, L5640

N/A

 

 

 

(6 DIMMs)

and above

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1333MHz

26

96GB RDIMM

X5650, L5640

N/A

 

 

 

(12 DIMMs)

and above

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1066MHz

2

96GB RDIMM

E5620, L5630

N/A

 

 

 

(12 DIMMs)

and above

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

800MHz

2

96GB RDIMM

N/A

E5506, E5507

 

 

 

(12 DIMMs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

800MHz-

2

64GB RDIMM

All

All

 

 

 

1333MHz

(8 DIMMs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Integrated Virtualization

All models of the x3620 M3 support a USB 2.0 Flash Key installed preloaded with VMware ESXi 4.0 ESXi is an embedded version of VMware ESX 4.0, fully contained on the flash drive and requiring no disk space—not an “ESX Lite.” Rather than management through a Service Console based on a Linux operating system, ESXi relies on aggregate management tools, including VirtualCenter, the Remote Command Line interface and the introduction of CIM for standards-based and agentless hardware monitoring.

6 2 DIMMs per channel at 1333MHz is supported only with 1.5V RDIMMs.

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VMware ESXi includes all the performance, scalability and compatibility features of ESX, including full VMFS support across FC SAN, iSCSI SAN, and NAS, and 4-way VSMP. Because it runs from flash memory, it’s extremely fast and ideal for diskless configurations. It also offers enhanced security, because it runs without an operating system-based console and is updated/patched much like firmware. Licensing works the same as for “standard” ESX.

Disk Controllers

The x3620 M3 simple-swap models include firmware RAID-0/1 (in other words, without hardware assist) standard, and support an optional ServeRAID-BR10il v2, ServerRAID-M1015, ServeRAID-M5014, or ServeRAID-M5015 SAS/SATA controller, to enhance system performance, availability and data protection. Hot-swap models include either a ServeRAIDM1015, ServeRAID-M5014, or ServeRAID-M5015 controller standard (model-specific). They can be upgraded to other ServeRAID controllers. The supported ServeRAID controllers include:

The 3Gbps7 (x4 PCIe) ServeRAID-BR10il v2 controller offers hardware RAID-0/1/1E support (no cache) for up to 4 HDDs.

The 6Gbps (x8 PCIe) ServeRAID-M1015 SAS/SATA controller supports RAID-0/1/10 (no cache) for up to 16 drives (limited by available bays to 8). The IBM ServeRAID M1000 Series Advance Feature Key adds RAID-5 with SED support.

The 6Gbps (x8 PCIe) ServeRAID-M5014 SAS/SATA controller offers enhanced performance with 256MB of cache memory (with optional battery backup), and supports RAID-0/1/10/5/50 for up to 16 drives (limited by available bays to 8).

The 6Gbps (x8 PCIe) ServeRAID-M5015 SAS/SATA controller offers enhanced performance with 512MB of cache memory and battery backup included, and supports RAID-0/1/10/5/50 for up to 16 drives (limited by available bays to 8).

The IBM ServeRAID M5000 Series Advance Feature Key adds RAID-6/60 with SED support to the ServeRAID-M5014 and M5015. The IBM ServeRAID M5000 Series Battery Key adds battery backup support to the M5014.

Drive Bays

The x3620 M3 supports up to 9 or 5 drive bays in all (model-specific). Models include either 8 hot-swap or 4 simple-swap 3.5-inch drive bays, plus one 5.25-inch bay for either an optional optical drive, a tape drive, or an RDX Removable Disk Backup System. The hot-swap bays support either SATA or SAS HDDs. The simple-swap bays support only SATA drives.

Hot-swap drives may be inserted or removed through the front of the server without powering off the system. Simple-swap drives can be inserted or removed through the front of the server as well; however, the system power must first be turned off.

For additional storage, a direct-attach, NAS or SAN external expansion option can be added, using an optional controller.

No diskette drive is supplied with any model; an external USB floppy drive may be used, if needed.

Flexible Internal Storage

The x3620 M3 offers flexibility with either 4 or 8 2.5” HDD bays (model-dependent), supporting high-performance drives that provide high density/high reliability and allow you to scale up as your business grows. (Hot-swap models require a RAID controller.)

3.5-inch Hot-Swap SAS

15,000 RPMs — 300, 450, or 600GB (4.8TB maximum capacity, with 8 bays)

3.5-inch Hot-Swap SATA

7,200 RPMs — 250 or 500GB, 1 or 2TB (16.0TB maximum capacity, with 8 bays)

3.5-inch Simple-Swap SATA

7,200 RPMs — 250 or 500GB, 1 or 2TB (8.0TB maximum capacity, with 4 bays)

The hot-swap drives use the Converged Tray for interchangeability with other IBM System x® systems. If you need more storage space, terabyte capacities are possible with external IBM System Storage direct-attach, NAS and SAN offerings.

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High-Performance Adapter Slots

The x3620 M3 provides three PCIe (PCI Express) Gen 2 I/O slots for long-term investment protection. PCI Express Gen 2 is the next-generation of high-performance, low-latency, serial I/O bus. Each slot is capable of supporting Gen 1 or Gen 2 adapters.

One x16/x8 (x16 physical/x8 electrical) full-height, half-length (8Gbps)

One x8/x8 (x8 physical/x8 electrical) full-height, half-length (8Gbps)

One x16/x4 (x16 physical/x4 electrical) low profile (4Gbps) — for ServeRAID cards, only

Dual-Port Gigabit Ethernet Controller

The x3620 M3 includes one dual-port integrated Intel 82575 Gigabit Ethernet controller standard, for up to 10X higher maximum throughput than a 10/100 Ethernet controller and failover support.

The controller also supports IPMI 2.0, plus Wake on LAN® and PXE (Preboot Execution Environment) flash interface. Optional PCI adapters offering failover and load balancing between adapters are available for added throughput and increased system availability.

10 Gigabit Ethernet Integrated Virtual Fabric Adapter for IBM

The Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter (part number 49Y4200 with special riser card, supported by CTO) is an industry-leading performance and scalability per watt, dual-port network adapter for 10Gbps Ethernet (10GbE) networks. It offers the benefits and flexibility of I/O convergence in a single end-to-end solution. Protocol offload for stateless TCP/IP and TCP Chimney provide maximum bandwidth with minimum use of CPU resources. It achieves line rate 10Gbps performance with support for TCP/IP stateless offloads and TCP Offload Engine (TOE) support. TOE reduces system processor utilization, providing increased system performance and reducing overall system power requirements.

The adapter is based on the Emulex OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapter (UCNA) platform that also includes the capability for future upgrades to Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI protocol offloads. By using a common infrastructure for Ethernet and storage networks, data centers can reduce capital expense (CapEx) for adapters, switches and cables, and operational expense (OpEx) for power, cooling and IT administration.

End-to-end data protection with hardware parity, CRC, ECC and other advanced error checking and correcting ensure that data is safe from corruption.

Integrated dual 10Gbps Ethernet ports:

IPv4/IPv6 TCP, UDP checksum offload; Large Send Offload (LSO); Large Receive Offload; Receive Side Scaling (RSS); IPV4 TCP Chimney Offload

VLAN insertion and extraction

Jumbo frames up to 9000 Bytes

Preboot eXecutive Environment (PXE) 2.0 network boot support

Interrupt coalescing

Load balancing and failover support including adapter fault tolerance (AFT), switch fault tolerance (SFT), adaptive load balancing (ALB), teaming support and IEEE 802.3ad

Note: You must have either one SFP+ transceiver or one SFP+ direct-attached cable for each of the two 10Gb ports on the adapter.

Ultra-Efficient Cooling

Strategically located fans, combined with efficient airflow paths, provide highly effective system cooling for the x3620 M3. The base server with one power supply includes four fan modules, for redundant cooling. Each module includes 2 back-to-back fans with counter-rotating blades. In addition, each power supply also contains a fan.

The system contains two cooling zones. Zone 1 (incorporating one fan module) cools the PCIe slots, Zone 2 (three fan modules) cools both processors and all the DIMMs.

The fans automatically adjust speeds in response to changing thermal requirements depending on the zone and internal temperatures. When the temperature inside the server increases, the fans speed up to maintain the proper ambient temperature. When the temperature returns to a normal operating level, the fans return to their default speed.

Why not simply run the fans at 100% capacity all the time? For several good reasons: to reduce the ambient noise, reduce the wear-and-tear on the fans and reduce the server power draw. The reduction in ambient noise and power draw may be relatively minor for a single server, but put dozens or hundreds in a data center and it can make a big difference.

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grouped more densely than round holes, providing greater airflow through the system cover.

This cooling scheme is important because newer, more powerful processors generate a significant amount of heat, and heat must be controlled for the system to function properly.

Hot-Swap/Redundant Components

System availability is maximized through the extensive use of hot-swap and redundant components, including:

Redundant memory protection (with Chipkill protection, and memory mirroring enabled)

Hot-swap, redundant hard disk drives (with RAID protection)—model-specific

Optional hot-swap, redundant power supplies

Other Features

Five USB 2.0 ports — Provides flexibility to add high-speed external devices. The USB 2.0 specification supports up to 480Mbps transfer rates. (Note: Not all USB 2.0 devices are capable of achieving this rate.) Two ports are provided on the front of the server, two on the back, plus one USB connector reserved for an internal tape drive, RDX Removable Disk Backup System, or USB flash memory key containing an embedded hypervisor is supported via another internal USB port. For pre-boot and normal drive use, use the external ports.

Toolless slides — Allows quick rack installation and quicker upgrade and servicing of the server.

Toolless chassis — The cover can be opened without tools, and many components can be removed and replaced without tools, including the CD-RW/DVD combo drive, hot-swap drives, and PCIe adapters, as well as the integrated ServeRAID card, embedded hypervisor key, and Virtual Media Key. This can save a servicer significant time.

Extensive System Support Features

The IBM services and technical support portfolio provides world-class, consistent, high-quality service and support. The x3620 M3 server offers a number of tools and services designed to make ownership a positive experience. From the start, IBM programs make it easier for you to plan for, configure and purchase System x or xSeries servers, get them running and keep them running long-term. These features include IBM Express Portfolio, IBM ServerProven®, IBM Standalone Solutions Configuration Tool, IBM System x and BladeCenter Power Configurator, IBM ServerGuide, IBM Systems Director Service and Support Manager, 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 server and are officially supported to work together. It is updated frequently to ensure that the latest compatibility information is always 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 System x and BladeCenter Power Configurator helps IT managers plan for data center power needs, by providing the following information for specific configurations of System x and BladeCenter systems: power input (watts), PDU sizing (amps), heat output (BTUs), airflow requirements through chassis (CFM), VA rating, leakage current (mA), and peak inrush current

(amps).

IBM ServerGuide (installed from CD) simplifies the process of installing and configuring System x and xSeries servers. ServerGuide goes beyond mere hardware configuration by assisting with the automated installation of the Microsoft Windows Server® 2003 and 2008 operating systems, device drivers and other system components, with minimal user intervention. (Drivers are also included for support of Novell NetWare, Red Hat Linux and SUSE LINUX.) This focus on deployment helps you reduce both you total cost of ownership and the complexity that administrators and technical personnel face.

IBM Systems Director Service and Support Manager (previously called IBM Electronic Service Agent) is 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. Service and Support Manager 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

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determination.

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 System x and xSeries hardware and software, as well as onsite custom services to provide the level of expertise you require.

IBM Maintenance and Technical Support solutions can help you get the most out of your IT investment by reducing support costs, increasing availability and simplifying management with integrated support for your multiproduct, multivendor hardware and software environment. For more information on hardware maintenance, software support, solution support and managed support, visit http://ibm.com/services/maintenance.

Advanced Systems Management Capabilities

The x3620 M3 has a high level of systems management capabilities that are well-suited to remote locations as well as to stand-alone environments. Features include UEFI, IMM, IBM ToolsCenter, IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, Automatic Server Restart, Wake on LAN® support, PXE support, text console redirect, Predictive Failure Analysis, and IBM Systems Director.

The Integrated Management Module (IMM) 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

Predictive Failure Analysis for system fans

Web-based out-of-band control

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

Enhanced authentication and encryption algorithms (RMCP+ and AES)

VLAN support

Local update of IMM firmware

Firmware firewall

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

Other mandatory and optional IPMI IMM functions

The IMM alerts IBM Systems Director to anomalous environmental factors, such as voltage and thermal conditions—even if the server has failed.

The x3620 M3 also supports an optional IBM Virtual Media Key for additional systems management capabilities, including:

Latest OS failure screen capture

Graphical console redirection over LAN

Remote virtual floppy and CD-ROM

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

IBM ToolsCenter consolidates 42 needed tools for managing servers individually into an

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integrated suite of 8 tools. They are organized by function: deployment, updates, configuration

 

and diagnostics. Tools are now simpler to access and use with a single webpage for access, a

 

common look and feel and a common command line interface for the scripting tools. The

 

ToolsCenter Bootable Media Creator offers significantly more functionality than past tools with

 

the ability to add more tools to the bootable image and to automatically download the bootable

 

environment if needed. Bootable Media Creator allows you to create bootable CDs, DVD, and

 

USB keys for updates customized to your systems.

 

IBM developed IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager to put control of system power-

 

saving features at the fingertips of administrators. Active Energy Manager is designed to take

 

advantage of new features, such as monitoring power usage and balancing the performance of

 

the system according to available power input. It provides the ability to plan and predict power

 

consumption based on your hardware configuration. It also helps enable you to reduce the

 

infrastructure required for redundancy, by using fewer servers on smaller power feeds and

 

potentially lowering your overall data center support costs. It does this by inventorying all

 

components, then adding up the total power draw and tracking the usage. It also includes power

 

management features to help administrators manage or reduce power usage.

 

Automatic Server Restart (ASR) helps reduce downtime by restarting the server automatically

 

in the event of a system lockup. ASR technology is a combination of hardware circuitry tied into

 

the server’s system reset function and a device driver. As long as the server continues running,

 

the ASR watchdog timer will keep being reset, but if the operating system crashes or the

 

hardware freezes somehow the ASR software will be unable to reset the hardware timer. If the

 

timer is not reset within five minutes, it automatically triggers the ASR hardware, which

 

immediately restarts the server (and logs an ASR event with IBM Systems Director). These

 

features are designed so that no more than five minutes can pass before the server is restarted.

 

Wake on LAN permits the server to be remotely powered on if it has been shut off. Once

 

powered up, the server can be controlled across the network, using the Preboot Execution

 

Environment (PXE).

 

Like Wake on LAN, PXE is system firmware. It enables software such as the optional IBM

 

Remote Deployment Manager to take control of a system before the BIOS, operating system or

 

applications are loaded (using Wake on LAN/PXE) and lets an administrator perform many low-

 

level tasks remotely that would otherwise require a visit to each system. These tasks may include

 

such things as formatting a hard disk drive, updating system firmware, or deploying a Windows or

 

Linux operating system.

 

Text Console Redirection support allows the administrator to remotely view x3620 M3 text

 

messages over serial or LAN. An optional upgrade to the Virtual Media Key adds graphical

 

console redirection.

 

Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) is designed to allow the system to detect impending failure of

 

supported components (memory, HDDs, and the onboard battery) before actual failure, and alert

 

the administrator through IBM Systems Director. This gives you the ability to replace the failing

 

component before it fails, resulting in increased uptime.

 

IBM Systems Director software for advanced workgroup management is included with the

 

x3620 M3. IBM Systems Director comes with a portfolio of tools, including IBM Systems

 

Director Active Energy Manager, Service and Support Manager, and others. System

 

Availability (a no-charge download) and Capacity Manager (sold separately) are available as add-

 

ons for additional server management and increased availability. IBM Systems Director provides

 

a single uniform graphical interface for all of these systems management functions.

 

IBM Systems Director enables you to customize thresholds and monitor system components (for

 

things like temperature, voltage regulation, etc.) to help maximize uptime.

 

 

Key Options

IBM options for System x servers help you take your servers to a

 

higher level

 

You rely on System x options to supply a complete solution for your business needs. Options

 

help you create an optimized server 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 System x servers and options lets you

 

keep your fingers on the pulse of your e-business.

 

Processors —Intel Xeon processors provide high clock rates, 4 to 6 cores, 64-bit extensions,

 

and advanced features for performance, availability and power management. Large cache size,

 

combined with fast 1333MHz, 1066MHz or 800MHz memory access and an integrated memory

 

controller reduce memory latency and facilitate the movement of data. (Note: System

 

performance depends not only on the number of processors in the server but also on the

 

frequency and functionality of each processor.) Adding a second processor may be a cost-

 

effective way to achieve significant performance improvements.

 

Memory — Memory is a major factor in systems application performance. Adding more memory

 

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to a System x server is one of the most effective ways to increase application performance. For best performance in a server with a 4-core processor, there should be twice as much memory as for a 2-core processor. A 6-core processor should have three times as much memory as a 2-core processor.

Hard Disk Drives — IBM hard disk drives help you improve the transaction and cost performance of your System x servers. The choice of hard disk drives can be a critical aspect of maximizing the I/O throughput of the system. 3.5-inch SAS hard disk drives are available for the x3620 M3 with capacities of up to 600GB at 15,000 RPMs. 3.5-inch SATA HDDs are available in capacities up to 2TB at 7,200 RPMs.

Power Supply — The optional second power supply for the x3620 M3 enables redundancy for hot-swap power. In addition, its 92%-efficient design helps lower your energy bill for power and cooling.

Virtual Media Key — The x3620 M3 includes a plethora of systems management features builtin; however, sometimes additional management capability is needed. In those situations, the Virtual Media Key not only offers powerful new features, it does so without taking up a valuable PCIe adapter slot, instead using a dedicated connector on the motherboard.

ServeRAID Controllers — System x servers using ServeRAID technology allow companies to build a reliable foundation for business-critical computing. IBM ServeRAID technology allows an array consisting of multiple physical hard disk drives to be treated as one logical drive. ServeRAID technology also allows data to be stored redundantly, across multiple hard disk drives—enhancing both the integrity and the availability of the data. SAS and SATA ServeRAID controllers offer enhanced performance due to onboard processors and cache. Because IBM ServeRAID controllers can help significantly improve data transfer rates, this technology is extremely effective when implementing demanding, transaction-oriented applications. By employing the advanced fault tolerance of IBM ServeRAID technology, companies can effectively implement networked business systems that require large amounts of storage space for data and applications that must be available for their businesses to continue operating.

The ServeRAID-BR10il v2 SAS/SATA Controller offers RAID-0/1/1E support, with up to 3Gbps per SAS port. The IBM ServeRAID-M1015, x8 PCIe and 6Gbps, offers RAID-0/1/10; optionally RAID-5 with SED support. The IBM ServeRAID-M5014, x8 PCIe and 6Gbps, provides 256MB cache and RAID-0/1/10/5/50; optionally RAID-6/60 with SED, and battery backup). The IBM ServeRAID-M5015, x8 PCIe and 6Gbps, has 512MB cache and RAID-0/1/10/5/50; optionally RAID-6/60 with SED, and battery backup. The IBM ServeRAID M1000 Series Advance Feature Key adds RAID-5 and SED support to the ServeRAID-M1015. Similarly, the IBM ServeRAID M5000 Series Advance Feature Key adds RAID-6/60 with SED support to the M5014 and M5015. The IBM ServeRAID M5000 Series Battery Key adds battery backup support to the M5014.

External Storage — The IBM System Storage EXP810 and EXP3000 expansion units, as well as the DS3000, DS4000, and DS8000 series storage subsystems and N3000, N5000, N6000, and N7000 NAS systems comprise a powerful and broad shared storage family with integrated management software designed to meet midrange and enterprise needs.

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IBM System x3620 M3 Images

Front View

Hot-Swap 3.5” HDDs

Power Button

USB 2.0

Hexagonal Ventilation Holes

Status LEDs

 

 

Ports

Simple-Swap 3.5” HDDs

 

 

Optical Drive

 

Inside View

Hot-Swap Power

Supplies

6 DIMM Slots

Processor /

 

 

 

 

Heatsink

 

 

 

4 Tandem

 

 

Counter-

Processor

 

rotating

Socket

 

Fan

 

6 DIMM Slots

Packs

 

 

Adapter

Slots Gb

Ethernet

Controller

USB Port

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Rear View

Hot-Swap Power Supplies

Hexagonal Ventilation Holes

Adapter Slots

Serial Port

Video Port

USB Ports Fast Ethernet

Gb Ethernet Ports

 

 

Port for IMM

 

 

IBM System x3620 M3 Specifications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Machine type

 

 

 

 

7376-22x, 32x, 42x, 52x, 62x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Form factor

 

 

 

 

2U

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6-Core Xeon

 

 

4-Core Xeon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(E56xx/L56xx)

 

 

 

 

 

(L56xx/X56xx)

 

 

4-Core Xeon (E55xx)

 

 

 

 

2.4GHz E5620 (42x),

 

Processor types (standard)

2.66GHz X5650 (62x);

 

2.13GHz E5506 (22x),

 

 

2.53GHz E5630 (52x);

 

 

L5640, X5670 processors

 

2.26GHz E5507 (32x)

 

 

 

L5630 processor

 

 

supported via CTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

supported via CTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

95W—62x (X5670

 

80W—22x, 32x,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

processor

 

 

60W—L5640 via

 

40W—L5630 via

 

Maximum processor power draw

 

42x, 52x (E5640

 

 

 

supported via

 

 

CTO

 

 

CTO

 

 

 

 

via CTO)

 

 

 

 

 

CTO)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) speed

6.4GTps

 

 

5.86GTps

 

 

4.8GTps

 

(62x plus E5640, L5630,

 

(42x, 52x, plus E5640,

 

 

 

(gigatransfers per second)

 

 

 

(22x, 32x)

 

X5670 via CTO)

 

 

L5630, L5640 via CTO)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of processors standard / maximum

 

 

 

1 / 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes (2 threads per core) — 42x, 52x,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hyper Threading Technology supported

62x, plus E5640, L5630, L5640, X5670

 

 

No — 22x, 32x

 

 

via CTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turbo Boost Technology supported

Yes — 42x, 52x, 62x, plus E5640,

 

 

No — 22x, 32x

 

L5630, L5640, X5670 via CTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12MB (1 shared 12MB cache)—42x,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internal L3 cache

52x, 62x, plus E5640, L5630, L5640,

 

4MB (1 shared 4MB cache)—22x, 32x

 

 

X5670 via CTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chipset

 

 

 

 

Intel 5520

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIOS type

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standard memory8 (96GB maximum)

12GB (3 x 4GB) — 62x

 

4GB (1 x 4GB) — 32x,

2GB (1 x 2GB) — 22x

 

 

 

 

 

 

42x, 52x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of DIMM sockets total / available

12 / 9 — 62x

 

 

 

12 / 11 — All other models

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory voltage standard

 

 

 

 

1.5V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory type standard

Registered PC3-10600 (DDR III ECC (Chipkill protection standard)—Dual-rank x4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maximum memory access speed

1333MHz (62x)

 

 

1066MHz (42x, 52x)

 

800MHz (22x, 32x)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8Maximum memory and disk capacity may require the replacement of standard components with the largest supported component available.

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Memory interleaving

 

 

Yes (two-way using pairs of DIMMs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PC3-10600

 

 

 

PC3L-106009

 

 

 

 

1333MHz RDIMM

 

 

 

 

 

 

1GB single-rank x8, 1.5V;

1333MHz RDIMM

 

 

PC3L-8500R

DIMM types / capacities supported

2GB single-rank x4, 1.5V;

2GB dual-rank x8 1.35V;

 

1066MHz RDIMM

 

2GB dual-rank x8 1.5V;

4GB dual-rank x4 1.35V;

8GB dual-rank x4 1.35V

 

4GB dual-rank x4 1.5V;

8GB dual-rank x4 1.35V

 

 

 

 

8GB dual-rank x4 1.5V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supports 1333MHz with 2 DIMMs per

L5640 and X56xx processors support 2DPC at 1333MHz

channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online hot-spare memory supported

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory mirroring supported / # of DIMM

Yes / 1 channel (2 slots per processor) active, 1 spare, 1 unused

sockets reserved for mirroring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storage technology

 

Hot-swap SAS/SATA, simple-swap SATA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of HDD drive bays total / available

8 / 8 (3.5-inch) hot-swap, with internal

 

4 / 4 (3.5-inch) simple-swap, with

backup drive (32x, 42x, 52x, 62x)

 

internal backup drive (22x)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of 5.25" bays total / available

 

 

 

 

1 / 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.5-inch HS SATA II

 

 

3.5-inch SS SATA II

 

 

3.5-inch HS SAS

Maximum drive capacity

16.0TB (8 x 2TB), plus

 

8.0TB (4 x 2TB), with

 

4.8TB (8 x 600GB), plus

 

internal backup drive

 

 

internal tape drive

 

internal backup drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.5-inch HS SATA II

 

 

3.5-inch SS SATA II

 

 

3.5-inch HS SAS

Drive capacities supported

250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB

 

250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB

 

 

 

 

300, 450, 600GB 15K

 

– 7.2K

 

 

 

– 7.2K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of HDDs standard

 

 

 

 

None (all models open bay)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of optical drives standard

 

 

 

 

None (optional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of diskette drives standard

 

 

 

 

None (optional via USB)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internal backup supported

One USB or SATA tape drive (DDS Gen 5, DDS Gen 6) or USB RDX Removable

 

 

 

 

Disk Backup System

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Integrated disk controller

 

 

 

 

Chipset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of disk drives supported per port

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ServeRAID-

 

ServeRAID-

 

 

 

ServeRAID-

 

M5014 (256MB

 

M5015 (512MB

 

 

 

M1015 (no

 

cache)—RAID-

 

battery-backed

 

None (firmware

 

cache)—RAID-

 

0/1/10/5/50;

 

cache)—RAID-

RAID controllers Standard

 

0/1/10; optional

 

optional RAID-

 

0/1/10/5/50;

RAID only)—22x

 

 

 

 

RAID-5 with SED,

 

6/60 with SED,

 

optional RAID-

 

 

 

 

 

 

6Gbps; supports 8

 

optional battery;

 

6/60 with SED;

 

 

drives—32x, 42x

 

6Gbps; supports 8

 

6Gbps; supports 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

drives—52x

 

drives—62x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ServeRAID-BR10il v2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optional RAID controllers

(no cache)—RAID-0/1/1E,

 

ServeRAID-M5014—32x,

 

ServeRAID-M5015—32x,

3Gbps; supports 4

 

 

 

42x

 

 

 

42x, 52x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

drives—22x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External disk drives supported

 

 

 

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of adapter slots total / available

 

 

 

 

3 / 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of PCIe x16/x8 Gen 2 slots (8GBps)

 

 

 

 

1 (full-height/half-length)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of PCIe x8/x8 Gen 2 slots (8GBps)

 

 

 

 

1 (full-height/half-length)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of PCIe x16/x4 Gen 2 slots (4GBps)

 

 

 

 

1 (low-profile)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 1.35V DIMMs available in Q3/10.

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# of PCI-X/133 slots (1GBps)

 

None

 

 

 

 

# of 33MHz legacy PCI slots

 

None

 

 

 

# of video ports

1 (rear)

 

 

 

Video controller

Matrox G200eV (in IMM) standard

(NVIDIA FX580 optional)

 

 

 

 

Video memory

16MB DDR3 SDRAM

 

 

 

 

Maximum video resolutions

1280x1024 at 60Hz (32 bits)

 

1600x1200 at 85Hz (16 bits)

 

 

 

Gigabit Ethernet controller

Intel 82575

 

 

 

Fabric acceleration standard

 

None

 

 

 

# of Gigabit Ethernet ports

 

2

 

 

 

 

Emulex 10GbE Integrated Virtual Fabric

2 ports available via CTO

Adapter for IBM

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of RS485 ports

 

None

 

 

# of serial ports

1 (rear)

 

 

# of parallel ports

None (USB-attached)

 

 

# of mouse ports

None (USB-attached)

 

 

# of keyboard ports

None (USB-attached)

 

 

 

5 (2 front, 2 rear, 1 internal for an optional tape drive, IBM RDX Removable Disk

# of USB 2.0 ports

Backup System, plus a USB flash memory key containing an embedded hypervisor is

 

supported via another internal USB port)

 

 

Integrated systems management controller

Yes (IMM)

 

 

Optional systems management adapter

Virtual Media Key (optional)

 

 

 

Light path diagnostics support

 

No

 

 

Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) support

Memory, HDDs, and the onboard battery

 

 

Power supply size

675W universal, autoswitching, hot-swap; 92% efficiency

 

 

 

# of power supplies standard / maximum

 

1 / 2

 

 

Hot-swap/redundant power supported

Yes (with two power supplies installed)

 

 

# of fans modules standard / maximum

4 / 4 (2 fans per module)

 

 

Hot-swap/redundant fans supported

Redundant-only

 

 

Heat emitted (minimum/maximum)

663 – 2,305 BTUs;

194 - 675 Watts

 

 

 

 

Rack mount method

 

Rail

 

 

Maximum altitude

7,000 ft;

2,133 m

 

 

 

 

 

Operating temperature range

50 – 95º F; 10 – 35º C (up to 3,000 ft /

 

50 – 90º F; 10 – 32º C (3,000 ft to 7,000

914.4 m)

 

ft / 914.4m to 2,133m)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.4” (86.5mm) H

 

35.9 (minimum) – 49.5 lb (maximum)

Dimensions (HWD) / weight

19.2” (488.0mm) W

 

 

16.3 – 22.45 kg

 

29.5” (749.4mm) D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 / 2008 R2 (Standard/Enterprise/Web/Datacenter),

 

64-bit; Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 (Standard/Enterprise/Web/Datacenter),

Operating systems supported

64-bit; Microsoft SBS 2003 R2 (Standard/Premium); RHEL 5 U4 64-bit, with and

 

without Xen; SLES 11 64-bit with and without Xen, 32-bit without Xen; SLES 10 SP3

 

64-bit with and without Xen; VMware ESX Server 4.0, ESXi 4.0 / 4.0 U1

 

 

 

 

 

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3 years (parts and labor)10

 

 

 

The Bottom Line

The IBM System x3620 M3 is an extremely energy efficient, powerful system, incorporating significantly redesigned management tools and abundant IBM-unique innovations:

Price/Performance

High-throughput processors — Up to two 2.66GHz 6-core or 2.13GHz to 2.53GHz 4-core

Xeon 5600 Series processors; or two 2.13GHz to 2.26GHz 4-core Xeon 5500 Series processors

Energy-efficient low-voltage processors 40W 4-core and 60W 6-core Xeon 5600 Series processors (via the CTO process)

Hyper Threading Technology for up to 12 processor cores and 24 threads total (processorspecific)

Turbo Boost Technology for a performance boost when not all cores are in use (processorspecific)

64-bit extensions (EM64T)

Large cache 12MB or 4MB of L3 processor cache (processor-specific)

Fast memory — Registered PC3-10600 DDR III ECC DIMMs standard, operating at 1333MHz, 1066MHz or 800Mhz (depending on processor model and memory configuration); supports 2 DIMMs per channel at 1333MHz (5600 Series only)

Fast disk technology — Supports high-performance 6Gbps SAS drives that provide high density/high reliability and allow you to scale up as your business grows.

Fast communications — Integrated dual Gigabit Ethernet controllers standard, with failover support

Fast I/O — Three PCIe adapter slots (2 x8 and 1 x4)

Flexibility

Large memory capacity — Up to 96GB of registered DDR3 DIMMs, in 12 DIMM slots

Up to 8 3.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA HDDs or 4 simple-swap SATA HDDs

Choice of disk storage — Up to 16.0TB of internal hot-swap/simple-swap SATA storage, 4.8TB of internal hot-swap SAS storage

High-performance external expansion Five 480Mbps USB 2.0 ports (two front, two rear, one internal for an optional tape drive, IBM RDX Removable Disk Backup System), plus a flash memory USB key containing an embedded hypervisor support

Slotless hardware-based 3Gbps RAID-0/1/1E, or 6Gbps RAID-0/1/10 or RAID-0/1/10/5/50 standard

Three available adapter slots:

One x16/x811 PCIe Gen 2 slots (8GBps)

One x8/x812 PCIe Gen 2 slots (8GBps)

One x16/x413 PCIe Gen 2 slot (4GBps)—requires a non-I/O card

Choice of optional DVD-RW drive, or tape drive, or RDX Removable Disk Backup System

Manageability, Serviceability and Availability

IBM Systems Director systems management software, including (among others):

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager

IBM Service and Support Manager

Integrated Management Module (IMM):

IPMI 2.0 compliance, including highly secure remote power control

Text console redirection systems management standard

Optional Virtual Media Key daughter card (no slot required)

Supports LDAP and SSL industry standards

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11The x16/x8 slot can accept x1, x4, x8, or x16 Gen 1 or Gen 2 adapters running at x1, x4, x8, or x8 throughput, respectively.

12The x8/x8 slot can accept x1, x4, or x8 Gen 1 or Gen 2 adapters running at x1, x4, or x8 throughput, respectively.

13The x16/x4 slot can accept x1, x4, x8, or x16 Gen 1 or Gen 2 adapters running at x1, x4, x4, or x4 throughput, respectively.

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Active Memory protection:

Advanced Chipkill ECC memory protection support

Memory mirroring

Integrated ServeRAID controller — enhances system availability and serviceability

A choice of hot-swap SAS/SATA HDDs or simple-swap SATA HDDs for quicker servicing than with fixed drives

Ultra-efficient cooling

Optional hot-swap/redundant power supplies

Front-panel status LEDs

Toolless chassis and toolless slide design

Server Comparison Chart

The following table shows the suggested uses for the respective IBM System x rack-optimized servers, including comparisons of the uses for which each server is best suited:

 

 

 

Important

Nice to Have

Can do without

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best

 

Better

Good

 

 

 

 

 

Requirements

 

 

 

 

 

Rack-Optimized Servers

 

 

Theme

Key Workloads

Scalability

Density Storage and I/O Integer Performance Memory Throughput Point Floating Performance

Availability High

Systems Management

Security

Distributed Deployment

x3250 M3

x3550 M3

x3620 M3

x3650 M3

x3690 X5

x3755

x3850 X5

x3950 X5

 

Cluster / HPC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HPC

Modeling & Simulation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Performance DB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Intelligence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Search

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web 2.0 /

Content

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web 3D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commerce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collaboration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ERP/SCM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business

CRM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hosted Client

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Point of Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Branch Office

 

 

 

 

 

Virtualization

 

 

 

 

 

Business Continuity

 

 

 

 

Infrastructure

Database

 

 

 

 

Applications

Email/Collaboration

 

 

 

 

Security

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web Serving

 

 

 

 

 

File & Print

 

 

 

 

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IBM System x and BladeCenter Power Configurator

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

Standalone Solutions Configuration Tool

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

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

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

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