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IBM BladeCenter HX5

Going beyond the industry standards with unique innovations from fifth-generation IBM X-Architecture technology (eX5), the new IBM BladeCenter HX5 enables excellent performance and utilisation in a blade form factor for database and virtualisation. With enhanced MAX5 scalability, the HX5 blade offers memory capacity of up to 640 GB – in a double-wide blade. The result is optimal server utilisation with more virtual machines (VMs) per system and larger and faster databases.

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IBM BladeCenter HX5 Features and Benefits

Easy to own, manage and upgrade with pay-as-you-grow expansion, the HX5 blade server helps protect your investments over the long term. Capabilities such as advanced light path diagnostics, error handling and around-the-clock remote access management help simplify systems management and minimise downtime. Automatic node failover and QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) faildown help promote greater system uptime.

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Feature Benefits
Fifth generation of IBM X-Architecture technology
Up to 40 processor cores with a four-processor blade in a 1.25U equivalent space
MAX5 memory module
Up to 640 GB maximum memory capacity
Flexible systems that can independently scale for processor and memory
Flexible logical node partitioning
Virtualisation support
Automatic node failure
Predictive Failure Analysis
Machine check architecture
Trusted platform module (TPM)
Light path diagnostics standard
Dual and redundant power and I/O connection
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HX5 Hardware Summary and Specifications

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Form factor/height Singlewide (30 mm) – double-wide (60 mm)
Processor (max) Intel® Xeon® E7-8800, E7-4800 and E7-2800 series processors; six/eight/ten cores, up to 2.67 GHz
Up to two processors per single-wide HX5; scalable to four processors
Number of processors (std/max) One/two (scalable to four)
Cache (max) Up to 30 MB per processor (ten core)
Memory (max) 16 Double Data Rate 3 (DDR-3) very low profile (VLP) Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) slots, capacity up to 256 GB, per single-wide HX5 (scalable up to 640 GB max, at speeds up to 1067 MHz, via 40 DIMM slots, using a MAX5 expansion blade)
Expansion slots One CIOv slot (standard PCIe daughter card) and one CFFh slot (high-speed PCIe daughter card) for total of eight ports of I/O to each blade, including four ports of high-speed I/O
Scalable up to 16 ports of I/O in four-socket, double-wide form factor
Disk bays (total/hot swap) Two non-hot-swap bays supporting solid-state drives (SSDs) per single-wide HX5
Maximum internal storage Up to 100 GB of solid-state storage per single-wide HX5 (with 50 GB SSDs)
Network interface Broadcom 5709S onboard Network Interface Card (NIC) with dual Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports with TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE)
Redundant Array of Independent Disk (RAID) support Optional RAID-0, -1, -1E
Systems management Integrated systems management processor
Operating systems supported Microsoft® Windows®, Red Hat Linux®, SUSE Linux, VMware
Limited warranty Three year customer replaceable unit (CRU) and on-site limited warranty
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