IBM NeXtScale System M4

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Highlights

There is no end in sight to growing data and computing requirements – which poses a serious challenge for space-constrained data centres (DC). Also challenging for today’s organisations is the need to perform a larger number and variety of functions – without increasing budgets. IBM® NeXtScale System, an economical addition to the IBM System x family, offers an innovative approach to maximum usable density. Optimised to handle a number of workloads, all demanding agility, NeXtScale System helps drive business velocity by providing rapid procurement, deployment and flexible options. This simple, yet powerful, system can handle applications ranging from technical computing, to grid deployments, to analytics workloads, to large-scale cloud and virtualisation infrastructures.

Designed with industry-standard, off-the-shelf components, this general-purpose platform enables users to create a flexible, mix-and-match offering with compute, storage and acceleration via graphics processing unit (GPU) or Intel® Xeon® Phi coprocessor. Customised solutions can be configured to provide application-appropriate platform with choice of servers, networking switches, adapters and racks.

Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
Full range of processor support – up to 130 W SKUs
Comprehensive Accelerator support
High-speed networking
Storage Native Expansion Tray
Fastest memory – 1866 megahertz (MHz) up to 256 GB per server
IT your way
Elegant simplicity
Scalability for everyone
IBM NeXtScale nx360 M4 at a glance
Form factor/height Half-wide 1U
Processor Two Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series
Cache Level 2: 256 kilobytes (KB) per core
Level 3: 4 cores – 15 megabytes (MB), 6 cores – 15 MB, 8 cores – 20 MB, 10 cores – 25 MB, 12 cores – 30 MB
Memory 8 double data rate-3 (DDR3)/DDR3L LP, 256 gigabytes (GB) maximum with 32 GB LP registered dual inline memory module (RDIMM)
Chassis support NeXtScale n1200 Enclosure
Local Storage One 3.5-inch, two 2.5-inch serial attached SCSI (SAS)/serial advanced technology attachment (SATA) HDDs or four 1.8-inch solid state drives (SSD), up to 4 TB maximum capacity with one 4 TB 3.5-inch HDD
Internal redundant array of independent disks (RAID) Onboard SATA controller with RAID options
PCIe RAID ServeRAID M1100 series adapter
Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports One internal USB key
Ethernet Two built-in 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports standard
Input/output (I/O) Two InfiniBand fourteen data rate (FDR) ports (slotless option), two 10 GbE (slotless option), one PCIe (x16 PCIe 3.0)
Power management Rack-level power capping and management via IBM Extreme Cloud Administration Toolkit (xCAT)
Systems management IBM Integrated Management Module 2 (IMM2) with dedicated management port, Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0 compliant, Platform Load Sharing Facility (LSF) and Platform High Performance Computing (HPC)
Operating systems (OS) supported Microsoft® Windows® Server, SUSE Linux® Enterprise Server (SLES), Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi)
Limited warranty 3-year customer replaceable unit (CRU) and onsite limited warranty, next business day 09:00 to 17:00, service upgrades available
IBM NeXtScale Storage Native Expansion (NeX) Tray
Form factor Half-wide 1U
Drive Bays Seven 3.5-inch SAS/SATA HDDs
IBM NeXtScale PCIe Native Expansion (NeX) Tray
Form factor Half-wide 1U
Adapter capacity Two full-length, full-height x16 + one half-length x8
IBM NeXtScale n1200 Enclosure at a glance
Form factor 6U NeXtScale, standard rack
Bays 12
Power supply Six hot-swappable, non-redundant, N+N or N+1 redundant 80 PLUS Platinum, high energy efficiency, 900 W and 1300 W
Fans 10 hot-swappable
Controller Fan and power controller