IBM System x3690 X5

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EXA performance, two-processor value

When it comes to business productivity, more is always better – especially if you can achieve it without using more money, space or energy. Innovative and cost-efficient, the IBM System x3690 X5 delivers four-processor performance, memory capacity and reliability features in a breakthrough two-processor system that incorporates Intel Xeon processors and fifth-generation IBM X-Architecture (eX5) technology. By purchasing a system with two fewer processors, you can cut your licensing costs in half while using less energy for a lower TCO. And you won’t have to trade performance for a denser form factor. The x3690 X5 offers leadership performance, including the ability to better handle database transactions than industry-standard two-processor servers.1

Excellent flexibility

The x3690 X5 features greater flexibility to help you meet changing workload demands as your business grows. With MAX5, you can double the memory capacity of your two-processor system to 64 dual inline memory module (DIMM) slots. Increase utilisation and optimise your investments by fitting 100 percent more VMs per system at half the cost per VM with MAX5 memory expansion.1 An easy upgrade path and customisable growth options offer freedom of choice. For example, you can add more memory without having to purchase unneeded processing capabilities.

The x3690 X5 can be tailored with a wide range of options to meet your needs.

Select configurations of the x3690 X5 are part of the IBM Express Portfolio designed to meet the needs of small and midsized businesses. Easy to manage, Express models and configurations vary by country.

Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
Industry-leading enterprise X-Architecture performance, now available in a 2-processor system
Fifth generation IBM X-Architecture chipset design combined with next-generation Intel Xeon processor E7 product line
IBM Systems Director
IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager
Balanced, energy-smart design
Hot-swap, redundant, rear-access power supplies
Light path diagnostics
Predictive failure analysis (PFA)
Redundant array of independent disks (RAID)-0, -1 and -1E (optional RAID-5, -6 with battery-backed cache)
Optional embedded hypervisor
Hot-swap redundant components
Memory reliability features through IBM Active Memory
Integrated dual Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)
OS flexibility
Three years on-site limited warranty for parts and labour
Form factor/height Rack/2U per chassis
Processor (max) Intel Xeon up to 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) (10-core)/1066 megahertz (MHz) memory access
Number of processors (std/max) One/two
Cache (max) Up to 30 megabyte (MB)
Memory (std/max) Eight gigabyte (GB)/1 terabyte (TB) PC3-10600 double data rate (DDR)3 or DDR3L, up to 2.0 TB with 32 GB DIMM and MAX5
Expansion slots Five total PCIe Gen 2
Disk bays (total/hot swap) 16/16 2.5 in. Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or 24/24 1.8 in. SAS solid state drive (SSD) internal storage
Maximum internal storage 9.6 TB SAS per chassis (supports 73.4 GB, 146.8 GB, 300 GB, 500 GB and 600 GB hard disk drives (HDD), 50 GB and 200 GB SSD)
Network interface Integrated dual Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) with TCP-IP off-load engine, optional Emulex 10 GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter
Power supply (std/max) 675 W 220 V 1/4
Hot-swap components Power supplies, fans, HDDs
Redundant array of independent disks (RAID) support Integrated RAID-0, -1, optional RAID-5, -6
Systems management Alert on local area network (LAN) 2, automatic server restart, IBM Systems Director, IBM ServerGuide, integrated management module (IMM), light path diagnostics (independently powered), PFA on HDDs, processors, VRMs, fans and memory, Wake on LAN, dynamic system analysis (DSA)
Operating systems supported Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 (Standard, Enterprise and Data centre editions 64-bit), 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux® (RHEL) and SUSE Enterprise Linux, VMware vSphere Hypervisor
Limited warranty Three years customer replaceable unit (CRU) and on-site limited warranty

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