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The new IBM® System x3250 M5 is the most compact rack server in the IBM System x® portfolio. Designed in a single-socket 1U form factor, it supports double the system storage density of its predecessor in the same 22-inch deep chassis—four 3.5-inch hard disk drives (HDDs) or up to eight 2.5-inch SAS/SATA HDDs.1 Choose the latest Intel processor that best matches your workloads, whether Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 series, Core i3, or Pentium, including Xeon Data Center Graphics processors. With increasing focus on data security, the included Trusted Platform Module (TPM) can help safely store cryptographic keys.

Expand with simplicity—on your timetable

After activating the IBM Integrated Management Module 2 (IMM2) standard on your server, you can use IBM Feature on Demand (FoD) for several upgrades. For example, using FoD you can easily enable two more Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports, in addition to the two standard ports, without opening your system hardware. You can also upgrade the speed and security of the ServeRAID C100 RAID-5 upgrade within the FoD key activation system. Furthermore, by using FoD for upgrades, your two PCIe x8 expansion slots remain free for other IBM certified upgrade options as your business grows.

Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
Choice of processor—Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 series (quad-core) up to 3.6 GHz/8 MB/1600 MHz, Intel Core i3 series (dual-core) up to 3.6 GHz/4 MB/1600 MHz, Pentium series (dual-core) up to 3.3 GHz/3 MB/1600 MHz
Flexible storage options
Large memory capacity
Innovative RAID solution with advanced choices
High-performance I/O slots
Integrated quad Gigabit Ethernet
Integrated Management Module 2 (IMM2)
Limited warranty
Form factor/height Rack/1U
Processor (max) Up to one Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 series processor (quad-core), Core i3 series processor (quad-core), or Pentium series processor (dual-core)
Cache (max) Up to 8 MB per processor
Memory (max) Up to 32 GB via four slots (UDIMM)
Expansion slots 1 PCIe 3.0 x8 slot and 1 PCIe 3.0 x8 (electrical x4) slot
Disk bays Up to four 3.5-inch or eight 2.5-inch HDDs*
Maximum internal storage Up to 24 TB
Network interface Two Gigabit Ethernet ports standard; two additional Gigabit Ethernet ports upgradeable via FoD
Power supply (std/max) One fixed 300 W or up to two 460 W hot-swap redundant power supplies*
Hot-swap components Up to four 3.5-inch or eight 2.5-inch HDDs, 460 W hot-swap redundant power supplies
RAID support Integrated IBM ServeRAID C100 RAID-0, -1, (RAID-5 upgrade via IBM Feature on Demand (FoD)), optional hardware RAID-0, -1, -10 or RAID-5, -50 or RAID-6, -60*
Systems management Integrated Management Module 2 (IMM2) standard with IPMI 2.0 and Serial over LAN, optional upgrade to remote presence via FoD; IBM Systems Director, ServerGuide
Operating systems supported Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2/ Microsoft Windows Server 2012/Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Red Hat Linux, Novell SUSE Linux, VMware
Limited warranty 3-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty, next business day 9×5; service upgrades available

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IBM System x3250 M5 Server

IBM System x3250 M5

Single-socket 1U rack server with advanced performance and energy efficiency for small businesses.