Enhanced IBM eX5
enterprise systems

Breakthrough innovation for Smarter Computing.
Integrated. Efficient. Intelligent.

The premiere x86 enterprise system just got even better

Your business needs to manage costs while meeting the demands of customers, partners and employees. You need rack systems that offer the performance your applications need, the flexibility the market demands, and the availability your customers expect—all at a cost your business can afford. eX5 systems feature exclusive IBM X-Architecture innovations that deliver unparalleled capability, while continuing to leveraging open, standards-based components for affordability, flexibility and choice.

The new System x3850 X5 has the capability to scale from 4 to 8 sockets with memory, storage and processing capacity to meet the demands of your business now and into the future. The new System x3950 X5 offers the same core features as the x3850 X5 and is workload optimised to deliver performance and rapid deployment of database applications, virtualised environments or SAP In-Memory Appliance, SAP HANA™, depending on your business requirements.

Watch an animated demo of System x3850 X5 features and benefits.

Why choose System x3850 X5 or x3950 X5?

The System x3850 X5 and x3950 X5 are designed to help your business address demands from key workloads.

  • - Larger, faster databases

    Support larger, faster databases than today’s systems can handle. Your databases need more memory, processing power, and room to grow. MAX5 memory expansion and eXFlash SSD technology increase your system’s memory capacity and storage performance, delivering larger, faster databases and reducing the need for additional systems or external storage.

  • - Consolidation

    Consolidating and virtualizing workloads from multiple servers onto a System x3850 X5 or x3950 X5 with MAX5 can help lower costs. Consolidation of many-to-one conserves rack space while enabling higher utilisation, better ROI, lower administration costs and reduced energy consumption.

  • - Enterprise workloads

    With x3850 X5 and x3950 X5, you can run your enterprise workloads more efficiently and protect your IT investment. Move enterprise workloads off proprietary platforms like Sun SPARC and HP with Itanium to a more cost efficient, industry-standard platform. Take advantage of the enterprise-class robustness and reliability of the IBM eX5 platform. Leverage the memory and performance scaling capabilities of the x3850 X5 and x3950 X5 servers to flexibly manage workloads.

Key features

The new System x3850 X5 and x3950 X5 offer improved performance and enhanced features including MAX5 memory expansion and workload optimised models to improve integration and efficiency. Compared to previous generation servers, the x3850 X5 and x3950 X5 offer:

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IBM eX5 enterprise systems can help you maximise memory, minimize cost and simplify deployment


eX5: The next leap forward
Roland Hagan, World Wide VP IBM System x Servers, discusses eX5, the next leap forward in x86 server architecture and design.

IBM Information Management and eX5
Arvind Krishna, IBM General Manager of Information Management Software discusses eX5 technology and how it is optimised for IBM Software Group products.

VMWare and IBM eX5
Stephen Herrod, CTO of VMware, discusses eX5 technology and its impact on virtualisation.

Microsoft and IBM eX5
Bill Laing, Corporate VP at Microsoft talks about eX5 technology and how IBM and Microsoft work together to satisfy customers.

SAP and IBM eX5
Mike Ellis, VP of the IBM Alliance at SAP talks about eX5 technology and IBM's and SAP's long history of collaboration for customers.

Analyst reports

The Value of Memory-Dense Servers: IBM's System x MAX 5 for its eX5 Server Family (PDF, 791KB)
International Data Corporation (IDC) highlights how IBM MAX5 memory technology plays a significant role in increasing the value of memory dense servers.

IBM's System x eX5 servers attack customers' most challenging IT problems with efficiency and flexibility (PDF, 580KB)
By Technology Business Research (TBR)

The System x X5 Difference – IBM Innovation on Industry Standard Servers (PDF, 151KB)
Pund-It Analyst Charles King covers key eX5 differentiators.

IBM System x - From Boxes to Workloads (PDF, 205KB)
This white paper by Illuminata focuses on x86 server evolution. IBM eX5 represents a new era in x86 product capabilities.

White papers

Highly-Scalable Virtualisation: Optimising your Infrastructure with IBM eX5 and VMware vSphere (PDF, 1MB)
VMware and IBM discuss how to maximise the return on your virtualisation investment.

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