IBM BladeCenter PS700 Express

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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 Express is the premier blade for 64-bit applications.Minimise complexity, improve efficiency, automate processes, reduce energy consumption and scale easily: this is the benchmark that matters on a smarter planet. The new POWER7 processor-based PS blades automatically optimise performance and capacity at either a system or virtual machine level and benefits from the new POWER7 processor, which contains innovative technologies that help maximise performance and optimises 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 (ROI) that clients and businesses demand.

Delivering on the promise for a highly dynamic infrastructure (DI), 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 Express blade has been preconfigured and tested by IBM and is based on proven technology. Utilising a 3.0 GigaHertz (GHz) 64-bit POWER7 processor and available in a four-core, eight-core or 16-core configuration, it is optimised 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 utilisation, predictable performance and cost efficiency.

Power is effortlessly balancing workload performance

POWER7 Intelligent Threads technology enables workload optimisation 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 maximise cache access to cores, improving performance, using Intelligent Cache technology.

Power is dynamic energy optimisation

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, input/output (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 organisations 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 throw away 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 virtualisation technology
Innovative reliability features and systems management
Choice of AIX, IBM i or Linux OS
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 Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) and Hardware Decimal Floating-Point acceleration

Level 2 (L2) cache

256 KB per processor core

Level 3 (L3) cache

4 MegaByte (MB) per processor core

Memory (std/max)

Base offering: 8 GigaByte (GB) (two x 4 GB); Express offering: 16 GB (four x 4 GB), up to 64 GB maximum per blade, eight Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) slots, Error Checking and Correction (ECC) IBM Chipkill Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory (SDRAM) running at 1066 MegaHertz (MHz) (4 GB DIMMs) 800 MHz (8 GB DIMMs)

Internal disk storage

Two 300 or 600 GB 2.5" Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 10K revolutions per minute (rpm) non-hot-swappable disk drive; No disk drive required on base offering.


Integrated Virtual Ethernet adapter (IVE) Dual Gigabit and support for optional dual-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)

I/O upgrade

One PCI-E CIOv Expansion Card and one PCI-E CFFh High Speed Expansion Card

Optional connectivity

1 and 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) Ethernet, 4 and 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC), 4X InfiniBand, SAS Expansion


PowerVM Express Edition: Includes Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) with Integrated Virtualisation Manager and PowerVM Lx86

PowerVM Standard Edition: Adds shared processor pools and micro-partitioning

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, Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) compliant

Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (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 (LPARs) and PCI bus slots

Extended error handling on PCI-E slots

Redundant power supplies and cooling fans (on chassis)


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)

Nine hours per day, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), next-business-day for three years at no additional cost; on-site for selected components; customer replaceable unit (CRU) for all other units (varies by country). Warranty service upgrades and maintenance are available.

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