IBM BladeCenter PS700 Express


Built on the proven foundation of the IBM BladeCenter® family of products—easy-to-use, integrated platforms with a high degree of deployment flexibility, energy efficiency, scalability and manageability—the BladeCenter PS700, PS701 and PS702 Express are the premier blades for 64-bit applications. Minimize complexity, improve efficiency, automate processes, reduce energy consumption and scale easily: these are the benchmarks that matter on a smarter planet. The new POWER7 processor-based PS blades automatically optimize performance and capacity at either a system or virtual machine level and benefits from the new POWER7 processor, which contains innovative technologies that help maximize performance and optimizes energy efficiency. They represent one of the most flexible and cost-efficient solutions for UNIX®, i and Linux deployments available in the market. Further enhanced by its ability to be installed in the same chassis with other IBM BladeCenter blade servers, the PS blades can deliver the rapid return on investment that clients and businesses demand.

Delivering on the promise for a highly dynamic infrastructure, the BladeCenter PS blades help in delivering superior business and IT services with agility and speed—all in a simple to manage highly efficient way. The PS700, PS701 and PS702 Express blades have been preconfigured and tested by IBM and are based on proven technology. Utilizing a 3.0 GHz 64-bit POWER7™ processor and available in a four-core, eight-core or sixteen-core configuration, they are optimized to achieve maximum performance for both the system and its virtual machines. Couple that performance with PowerVM and you are now enabled for massive workload consolidation to drive maximum system utilization, predictable performance, and cost efficiency.

Power is effortlessly balancing workload performance
POWER7 Intelligent Threads technology enables workload optimization by selecting the most suitable threading mode: Single Thread (per core) or Simultaneous Multi Thread-2 or 4 modes. Consequently, Intelligent Threads technology can provide improved application performance. In addition, POWER7 processors can maximize cache access to cores, improving performance, using Intelligent Cache technology.

Power is dynamic energy optimization
EnergyScale™ Technology offers Intelligent Energy management features, which can dramatically and dynamically conserve power and further improve energy efficiency. These Intelligent Energy features enable the POWER7 processor to operate at a higher frequency if environmental conditions permit, for increased performance and performance per watt; or alternatively operate at a reduced frequency if user settings permit, for significant energy savings.

Smart BladeCenter Solutions with Power Blades
If you are looking for the perfect alternative to replacing traditional rack servers, then look no further. With a range of available PS blade choices and BladeCenter chassis supported you have the performance and scalability you need for demanding workloads of any sort. When combined with the BladeCenter S chassis, the PS blades become an ideal solution for deploying blades in an office and distributed enterprise environment. 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 easy to use. By integrating servers, storage, networking and management, BladeCenter is helping companies in every industry sweep complexity aside. The blades contain all the necessities to run an application—processors, memory, I/O and storage. The chassis contains shared redundant power, shared hot-swap cooling, a media tray, integrated Ethernet, storage, switching and consolidated powerful management.

Simplify. Cut costs. Boost productivity. Go green. They’re all priorities for IT, and they’re all driving organizations to rethink their server strategies and become more receptive to new ways to use IT. Blades are the next-generation solution, promising improvements across the board. So toss your cables and take the leap. Migrate to the blade solution that uses less energy and gives more choices and control. You have nothing to lose but complexity. IBM BladeCenter is the right choice. Open. Easy. Green.

  • - Specifically, the BladeCenter PS700 Express blade provides:
    Common features Hardware summary
Feature Benefits
World’s first scalable POWER7-based blade servers
Highly efficient and flexible design of IBM BladeCenter
Pioneering EnergyScale technology and IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™ software
Industry-leading IBM PowerVM™ virtualization technology
Innovative reliability features and systems management
Choice of AIX, IBM i or Linux operating systems
IBM BladeCenter PS700 Express at a glance
Form factor Singlewide blade server for BladeCenter E, BladeCenter T, BladeCenter S, BladeCenter H, or BladeCenter HT chassis
Processor cores Four 64-bit 3.0 GHz POWER7 cores with AltiVec™ SIMD and Hardware Decimal Floating-Point acceleration
Level 2 (L2) cache 256 KB per processor core
Level 3 (L3) cache 4 MB per processor core
Memory (std/max) Base offering: 8 GB (2 x 4 GB); Express offering: 16 GB (4 x 4 GB), up to 64 GB maximum per blade, eight DIMM slots, ECC IBM Chipkill™ DDR3 SDRAM running at 1066 MHz (4 GB DIMMs) 800 MHz (8 GB DIMMs)
Internal disk storage Two 300 or 600 GB 2.5" Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 10K rpm non-hot-swappable disk drive; No disk drive required on base offering.
Networking Integrated Virtual Ethernet adapter (IVE) Dual Gigabit and support for optional dual-gigabit Ethernet
I/O upgrade One PCI-E CIOv Expansion Card and one PCI-E CFFh High Speed Expansion Card
Optional connectivity 1 and 10 Gbps Ethernet, 4 and 8 Gbps Fibre Channel, 4X InfiniBand®, SAS Expansion
PowerVM PowerVM Express Edition: Includes Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) with Integrated Virtualization Manager and PowerVM Lx86
PowerVM Standard Edition: Adds shared processor pools and micropartitioning
PowerVM Enterprise Edition: Adds active memory sharing and live partition mobility
Systems management Integrated systems management processor, IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, light path diagnostics, Predictive Failure Analysis, Cluster Systems Management (CSM), Serial Over LAN, IPMI compliant
RAS features IBM Chipkill ECC detection and correction
Processor Instruction Retry
Service processor with fault monitoring
Hot-swappable disk bays (in BladeCenter S chassis)
Hot-plug power supplies and cooling fans (on chassis)
Dynamic Processor Deallocation
Dynamic deallocation of logical partitions and PCI bus slots
Extended error handling on PCI-E slots
Redundant power supplies and cooling fans (on chassis)
Operating systems AIX V5.3 or later, AIX V6.1 or later
IBM i 6.1 or later1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for POWER® (SLES10 SP3) or later; SLES11 SP1 or later
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 for POWER (RHEL5.5) or later; RHEL5.1 or later
High availability IBM PowerHA™ family
System dimensions PS700 Express blade: 9.65 in (245 mm) H x 1.14 in (29 mm) W x 17.55 in (445 mm) D; weight: 9.6 lb (4.35 kg)2
BladeCenter H chassis: 15.75 in (400 mm) H x 17.5 in (444 mm) W x 28.0 in (711 mm) D; weight: 350 lb (159 kg)2
BladeCenter S chassis: 12.0 in (306 mm) H x 17.5 in (444 mm) W x 28.3 in (733 mm) D; weight: 240 lb (108.9 kg)2
Warranty (limited) 9 hours per day, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), next-business-day for three years at no additional cost; on-site for selected components; CRU (customer replaceable unit) for all other units (varies by country). Warranty service upgrades and maintenance are available.

POWER7® means high performance, high capacity, and near linear scaling. The benchmark and performance data below demonstrate how IBM solutions can be optimized for a wide variety of workloads, each one providing you with performance you can count on.

Multiuser performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz rPerf* CPW**
POWER7 1 4 16 3.0 45.13 21,100
POWER7 1 8 32 3.0 81.24 42,100
POWER7 2 16 64 3.0 154.36 76,300

SPEC CPU2006 performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS SPECint_rate SPECfp_rate
POWER7 2 16 64 3.0 AIX 6.1 520 434
POWER7 2 16 64 3.0 SLES 11 SP1 505 415
POWER7 2 16 64 3.0 RHEL 6 521 455

SPECjbb2005 performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS BOPS BOPS/jvm JVM
POWER7 2 16 64 3.0 AIX 6.1 1,119,946 69,997 16
POWER7 2 16 64 3.0 SLES 11 SP1 1,103,231 68,952 16

LINPACK performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS             HPC Gflops
HPC Peak
POWER7 2 16 16 3.00 AIX 6.1 369.6 422.9
POWER7 2 16 16 3.00 RHEL 6 375.7 422.9

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