IBM Flex System x222


Today, only one in five organisations spend more than half of their IT budget on new hardware. That is because management and administrative costs have escalated to almost 70 percent of the average organisation’s current IT budget.1

Even with that shift, business requirements continue to multiply – more virtual desktop users along with increased demand for virtualised resources such as cloud and test environments. As a result, IT executives must find new ways to satisfy user demand.

Density optimised solution

Successfully meeting this challenge means you must increase data centre (DC) capacity without growing operating costs. The IBM Flex System x222 compute node has been designed to cost-effectively supply the compute and virtualised resources you need now, in a platform designed to support your future needs.
Each Flex System x222 compute node features two independent twin compute nodes, enabling the equivalent of up to 28 independent compute nodes in a 10U Flex System Enterprise Chassis. There is no need for additional switching hardware or connectivity options – simply enable additional ports to the existing networking hardware via Feature on Demand (FoD) offerings. This helps reduce the cost of the overall solution. Finally, clients can still benefit from using the Flex System x222 along with other Flex System compute nodes and PureFlex System solutions to create a flexible and optimised chassis solution for their diverse workloads.

A building block of the IBM PureSystems family, the Flex System x222 achieves these design goals by increasing your available compute capacity while retaining your current physical footprint and operational infrastructure. The PureFlex System is an integrated infrastructure solution available in two configurations, with x86 or POWER processor-based compute nodes that can be further customised with additional options to meet your precise IT infrastructure needs.

Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
Double-density in a standard node form factor – with equivalent of up to 28 nodes per IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis
Dual-port converged lights out management (LOM) plus two-port 8/16 Gb Fibre Channel (FC) or dual-port converged LOM plus single fourteen data rate (FDR) InfiniBand
Balanced central processing unit (CPU), memory and I/O
Processor/cores Up to two, Intel Xeon E5-2400 Series Processor per twin node; 16 cores per twin node
Level 2 (L2) cache 256 kilobytes (KB) per core
Level 3 (L3) cache 2C – 5 megabytes (MB), 4C – 10 MB, 6C – 15 MB, 8C – 20 MB
Chipset Intel C600
Form factor Flex System standard node with two 2-socket twin nodes
Dimensions Inches/Millimeters Width: 8.6 in./217 mm, Height: 2.2 in./57 mm, Depth: 19.4 in./492 mm
Memory 12 double data rate-3 (DDR3)/DDR3L LP, 384 GB max with 32 GB load-reduced dual inline memory modules (LRDIMMs) per twin node
Internal Storage 1 x 2.5-inch (serial advanced technology attachment (SATA)/solid state drive (SSD)), or 2 x hot-swap 1.8-inch SSD per twin node
Internal universal serial bus (USB) 2 x standard USB Flash Key +, 1 x front access USB Key per twin node
Ethernet IBM Virtual Fabric 2 x 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) lights out management (LOM) per twin node
Chassis support Flex System Enterprise Chassis
Input/output (I/O) expansion 1 x Mezzanine cards (2 ports 8 gigabit (Gb)/16 Gb Fibre Channel (FC), or 1-port quad data rate (QDR)/fourteen data rate (FDR) InfiniBand) per twin node
Warranty 3-year customer replaceable unit (CRU) and onsite limited warranty, next business day 09:00 to 17:00, service upgrades available
Management integrated management module 2 (IMM2), Removable Transportable Memory Module (RTMM) keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) Dongle
Operating systems (OS) Microsoft® Windows® Server, SUSE, Red Hat Enterprise Linux®, VMware