IBM Flex System Storage


  • Expands the capability of IBM® Flex System™ compute nodes
  • Easily add dedicated storage capacity for Network Attach Storage workloads
  • Flexible storage to match your capacity, performance, and reliability needs

Over time, IT systems have become more complex and difficult to manage. Without the right systems in place, you run the risk of spending too much time on operations and maintenance and not enough time on innovation. You need a flexible infrastructure that can meet today’s ever-changing business demands.

The IBM Flex System Storage Expansion Node is an element of the IBM Flex System family and the IBM PureFlex™ System family, which combines compute, storage, networking, virtualization and management into a single system that anticipates resource needs to help you optimize your infrastructure. The IBM Flex System Storage Expansion Node provides dedicated hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state disk (SSD) storage to an IBM Flex System x220 and x240 compute node, which expands the compute node’s capability.

Feature Benefits
Up to 12 SAS/SATA or SSD storage
RAID-5 function with up to 1 GB cache
Choice of hot-swap drives including SAS, SATA, boot SSD, and performance SSD
Feature on Demand upgrades
Feature on Demand ServeRAID M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade
ServeRAID M5100 Series SSD Caching Enabler
ServeRAID M5100 Series Performance Accelerator
HDD support SAS 2.1 at 6 Gbps and SATA
PCIe support x8 PCIe Gen 3, 8 GTps
Drive modes JBOD and RAID
RAID modes RAID-0, -1, -5, -6, -10, -50 and -60
Cache options 512 MB and 1 GB with cache-to-flash super capacitor offload
Form factor Flex System standard node
Chassis support Flex System Enterprise Chassis
Limited warranty 3-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty, next business day 9×5, service upgrades available
Systems management iMM V2, RTMM KVM Dongle

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