With today’s data centres growing and becoming more complex than ever before, enterprise organisations look for innovative answers that combine extreme density with energy efficiency for productive, low-cost solutions. IBM BladeCenter E delivers a powerful platform to meet these requirements; it integrates servers, storage, networking and applications so organisations can build robust IT infrastructures. The result is a data centre packed with more operating horsepower that leaves a small carbon footprint.
Lower power usage
With its best-in-class energy-efficient design, BladeCenter E enables organisations to reduce power consumption without compromising processing performance. In fact, the system is 11 percent or more efficient in power and cooling compared to the HP c-Class chassis to run the same configuration in the data centre.1 With these power savings, an organisation can operate at full potential with lower energy costs – and can go green and save.
1 Configuration notes: HS21 blade in BladeCenter E and BL460c in c-Class, both with two 2.66 GHz dual-core processors, 16 GB memory, dual Ethernet, one 36 GB SAS hard disk drive (HDD). Power figures based on testing performance 04/14/2007 – per-server power usage is Prime95 avg 4 thread. IBM = 256 W, HP 289 W.
|Robust space-saving 7U chassis|
|IBM Cool Blue technology|
|IBM Open Fabric|
|Powerful solutions management|
|Hot-swap, redundant management, switch, power supply and blower modules|
|Advanced server management|
|IBM Remote Deployment Manager|
|Light path diagnostics self-diagnosis panel|
|Predictive Failure Analysis|
|Airborne Contaminant Filter|
|Three year customer replaceable unit (CRU) and on-site limited warranty|
1 Requires separate chassis from other blade servers
2 Some servers are designed with a power management capability to provide customers with the maximum uptime possible for their systems. In extended thermal conditions, rather than shutdown completely, or fail, these servers automatically reduce the frequency of the processor to maintain acceptable thermal levels.
|IBM BladeCenter E chassis at a glance|
|Form factor/height||Rack-mount chassis/7U
|Blade bays||Up to 14
|Switch modules||Four switch module bays|
|Power supply module||Up to four 2320 W (hot-swap and redundant with load-balancing and failover capabilities)|
|Cooling modules||Two hot-swap and redundant blowers standard|
|Standard media||Optional DVD multi-burner|
|Systems management hardware||One Advanced Management Module standard; add an optional second module for redundancy|
|Input/output (I/O) ports||Keyboard, video, mouse, Ethernet, Universal Serial Bus (USB)|
|Systems management software||Open and easy systems management and trial deployment tools|
|Light path diagnostics||Chassis has Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) for power status, location, over temperature, information and status indicators on both front and back. In addition power supplies, blade servers, management module, switch modules and blowers have light path diagnostics|
|Limited warranty||Three year customer replaceable unit (CRU) and on-site limited warranty
|External storage||Support for IBM System Storage solutions (including DS and Network Attached Storage (NAS) family of products) and many widely adopted non-IBM storage offerings