IBM System x3550 M4

Highlights

Optimised for performance, reliability, and virtualisation

The right choice when compromise is not an option, the IBM System x3550 M4 blends outstanding uptime, performance and I/O flexibility with rock-solid reliability for business critical workloads, including cloud computing, virtual desktop, business analytics, high performance computing, and SAP. This compact rack server offers an energy-smart, easy-to-use solution with a pay-as-you-grow design to manage risks. With more computing power per watt, support for the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series processors and advanced memory support, the x3550 M4 offers balanced performance and density. Ideal for a wide range of business critical applications, including cloud computing and virtualisation. Big things do come in small packages.

Uptime for business-critical applications

With redundant and hot-swap fans, disks and power supplies, the x3550 M4 provides a resilient architecture ideal for business-critical applications. Predictive failure analysis and light path diagnostics proactively monitor the system’s sub-components and provide advanced warning on power supplies, fans, VRMs, disks, processors and memory. Redundant, hot-swap components make it easy to replace failures without taking your system down. Light path diagnostics displays a visible warning light indicator on a failing component, allowing time for component replacement prior to failure and facilitating high availability.

Select configurations of the x3550 M4 are part of the IBM® Express Portfolio™ designed to meet the needs of small and midsized businesses. Easy to manage, Express® models vary by country.

Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
1U rack
High-performance, energy-smart Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v2 product family with up to 30 MB L3 cache per processor socket, integrated PCIe 3.0, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, Hyper-Threading Technology, and two QuickPath interconnect
24 DIMM sockets of DDR-3 RDIMM/UDIMM/LRDIMM memory
Support for up to eight small form factor (SFF) 2.5-inch hot-swap or three large form factor (LFF) 3.5-inch hot-swap or simple-swap serial attached SCSI (SAS) and serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drives (model dependent); or up to eight 2.5-inch hot-swap or simple-swap SSDs
Slotless 6 Gbps hardware RAID
Up to two next-generation PCIe 3.0 I/O slots for system expansion
Optional PCI-X slots
Integrated quad-port Gigabit Ethernet and optional embedded dual-port 10 GbE
Optional hot-swap, redundant power and hot-swap cooling
Drop-down light path diagnostics panel
Energy-efficiency compliance
IBM Integrated Management Module 2 (IMM2)
IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)
Support for the VMware vSphere and USB keys (optional)
Security capabilities
IBM ServerGuide software
Warranty
Form factor/height 1U Rack
Processors (max) Up to two 12-core Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series processors
Cache (max) 30 MB per processor
Memory (max) Up to 768 GB via 24 slots (UDIMM/RDIMM/LRDIMM)
Media bays One optional ODD bay for 2.5-inch model
Disk bays Eight 2.5-inch or three 3.5-inch hard disk drives (HDDs)
RAID support Integrated 6 Gbps hardware RAID-0, -1, -10; optional RAID-5, -50 or -6, -60. Supports new 12 Gbps* RAID.
Power supply (std/max) 1/2 redundant 550 W AC, 750 W AC, or 750 W DC (model dependent)
Hot-swap components Power supplies, fan modules and hard disk drives
Network interface 4 × 1 GbE (std.), 2 × 10 GbE embedded adapter (slotless opt.)/Trusted Platform Module
Expansion slots 2 PCIe 3.0 slots, optional 1 PCI-X
USB ports 2 (three for 3.5-inch model) front/4 back/1 internal
VGA ports 1 front/1 back
Maximum internal storage Up to 12.8 TB (2.5-inch model) or 12 TB (3.5-inch model) SAS/SATA
Energy-efficiency compliance 80 PLUS® Platinum and ENERGY STAR® (model dependent) Compliance
Systems management IBM IMM2 with optional FoD remote presence, Predictive Failure Analysis, Diagnostic LEDs, light path diagnostics panel, Automatic Server Restart, IBM Systems Director and Active Energy Manager™
Operating systems supported Microsoft Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, VMware vSphere
Limited warranty 3-year customer replaceable unit and onsite service, next business day 9×5, service upgrades available

System x3550 M4

This 2-socket, 1U rack server offers a perfect balance of performance, density, flexibility and cost efficiency.


 

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