Flex System x280 X6, x480 X6 and x880 X6 Compute Nodes

Highlights

Today’s IT organisations must deliver game-changing cloud, big data and analytics capabilities. They’re also expected to drive innovation with declining budgets. In addition, mission-critical applications are required to do more as businesses increase mobile and cloud deployments. Despite these challenges, IT solutions must be able to scale performance, manage large data and reliably make information available in real-time.

The new Flex System™ X6 family of compute nodes incorporates the sixth generation of enterprise XArchitecture™ to help deliver better, more efficient business results. X6 platforms are fast, agile and resilient so they can produce significantly faster compute performance than previous-generation systems. The X6 portfolio increases virtualisation density, decreases infrastructure costs and complexity and enables analytics engines to process faster, allowing you to rein in IT sprawl.

The new Flex System X6 Compute Node family consists of three servers from the Flex System portfolio. The Flex System x280 X6 is a two-socket scale-out server optimised for workloads that require large memory footprint and virtualisation performance. The Flex System x480 X6 is scalable to a 4-socket system optimised for applications that require more processor cores and memory for larger virtual machines (VM) and databases. The Flex System x880 X6, the first scalable 8-socket Intel Xeon processor-based blade server, is ideal for workloads that demand the highest levels of capacity, performance and resiliency, such as analytics and large databases.

x280 X6 Product features

Hardware summary

x480 X6 Product features

Hardware summary

x880 X6 Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
Intel Xeon E7-2800/4800/8800 v2 product families
Supports up to 12 TB of maximum memory using 192 x 64 GB LRDIMMs
Supports up to 12.8 TB memory-channel storage using eXFlash DIMMs
Scalable from two sockets to four sockets to eight sockets using scalability connectors
PFA and light path diagnostics
Access to the no-comprise building blocks of the Flex System infrastructure
Flex System x280 X6 at a glance
Processor 2/2, Intel Xeon E7-2800 v2 Series Processor
Level 2 (L2) cache 256 kilobyte (KB) per core
Level 3 (L3) cache Up to 37.5 MB
Chipset Intel C600
Form factor Flex System 2-socket compute node
Memory 48 double data rate-3 (DDR3)/DDR3L LP, 3TB maximum with 64 GB LRDIMM
Scalability Two processors max
Internal flash storage Up to 6.4 TB using 16 eXFlash DIMMs; Plus up to 3.2 TB using 2 hot-swap 2.5-inch SSDs
Internal HDD storage Up to 2.4 TB using 2 hot-swap 2.5-inch hard disk drives
Internal RAID LSI 3004, RAID-0, -1
ServeRAID M1200/M5100/5200 Flex System Flash Kit for X6, optional RAID-5 via FoD
Internal Universal Serial Bus USB 2 x Standard USB Flash Key +
1 x Front Access USB Key
Ethernet Virtual Fabric 4 x 10 GbE lights out management (LOM)
Chassis support Flex System Enterprise Chassis
Input/Output (I/O) Expansion 4 x mezzanine peripheral component interconnect Express (PCIe) Gen 3 slots
Power management Active Energy Manager
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), next-generation IBM light path diagnostics, FlexSystem Manager™ with Scaling Support
Operating systems (OS) Microsoft® Windows® Server, SUSE, Red Hat Enterprise Linux® (RHEL), VMware
Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS) features X6 RAS, Upward Integration Modules, front panel and FRU/CRU LEDs
Flex System x480 X6 at a glance
Processor 2/4, Intel Xeon E7-4800 v2 Series Processor
Level 2 (L2) cache 256 KB per core
Level 3 (L3) cache Up to 37.5 MB
Chipset Intel C600
Form factor Flex System 2-socket Compute Node scalable up to 4 sockets (via 2 compute nodes)
Memory 96 DDR3/DDR3L LP, 6 TB maximum with 64 GB LRDIMM
Scalability Four processors max
Internal flash storage Up to 12.8 TB using eXFlash DIMMs; Plus up to 6.4 TB using 4 hot-swap 2.5-inch SSDs
Internal HDD storage Up to 4.8 TB using 4 hot-swap 2.5-inch HDD
Internal RAID LSI 3004, RAID-0, -1
ServeRAID M1200/M5100/5200 Flex System Flash Kit for X6, optional RAID-5 via feature on demand (FOD)
Internal USB 4 Standard USB Flash Key +
2 Front Access USB Key
Ethernet Virtual Fabric 4 x 10 GbE LOM per individual compute node
Chassis support Flex System Enterprise Chassis
I/O Expansion 8 mezzanine PCIe Gen 3 slots
Power management Active Energy Manager
Warranty 3-year CRU and onsite limited warranty, next business day 09:00 to 17:00, service upgrades available
Management IMM2, next-generation IBM light path diagnostics, PFA, FlexSystem Manager with Scaling Support
OS Microsoft Windows Server, SUSE, RHEL, VMware
RAS features Chassis redundant/hot-plug power and cooling
X6 RAS, Upward Integration Modules, front panel and FRU/CRU LEDs
Flex System x880 X6 at a glance
Processor 2/8, Intel Xeon E7-2800 v2 Series Processor
Level 2 (L2) cache 256 KB per core
Level 3 (L3) cache Up to 37.5 MB
Chipset Intel C600
Form factor Flex System 2-socket Compute Node scalable up to 8 sockets (via 4 compute nodes)
Memory 192 DDR3/DDR3L LP, 12 TB maximum with 64 GB LRDIMM
Scalability Eight processors max
Internal flash storage Up to 12.8 TB using eXFlash DIMMs; Plus up to 12.8 TB using 8 hot-swap 2.5-inch SSDs
Internal HDD storage 8 hot-swap 2.5-inch hard disk drives
Internal RAID LSI 3004, RAID-0,-1
ServeRAID M1200/M5100/5200 Flex System Flash Kit for X6, optional RAID-5 via FoD
Internal USB 8 Standard USB Flash Key +
4 Front Access USB Key
Ethernet Virtual Fabric 4 x 10 GbE LOM per individual compute node
Chassis support Flex System Enterprise Chassis
I/O Expansion 16 mezzanine PCIe Gen 3 slots
Power management Active Energy Manager
Warranty 3-year CRU and onsite limited warranty, next business day 09:00 to 17:00, service upgrades available
Management IMM2, next-generation IBM light path diagnostics, PFA, FlexSystem Manager with Scaling Support
OS Microsoft Windows Server, SUSE, RHEL, VMware
RAS features Chassis redundant/hot-plug power and cooling
X6 RAS, Upward Integration Modules, front panel and FRU/CRU LEDs

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