IBM System x3850/x3950 X5

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Tailored to your workload demands

With rising costs, increasing workloads and demands for around-the-clock availability, there’s no room in your organisation for underperforming, underutilised or unreliable servers. Built on the latest generation of IBM® Enterprise X-Architecture technology and Intel processors, the IBM System x3850 X5 offers superb performance and excellent reliability within an energy- and wallet-friendly design. Best of all, it offers ultimate scalability and flexibility to help you get what you need, when you need it.

You need to get solutions deployed in your data centre and generating returns faster than ever. The x3950 X5 workload-optimised systems are turnkey solutions configured for high performing database or virtualisation environments. Choose among models configured with the right balance of processing power, memory, high performance storage, networking and software for your database application, virtualised or SAP high performance analytics applicance (HANA) environment.

Grow as your business grows

The x3850 X5 server allows freedom of choice with extremely flexible configurations plus memory expansion capabilities. A modular building block design lets you customise your system for current needs while providing the ability to react to changing workloads. Expand from a two processor system up to four processors. Add a second system to create an eight processor system. Start with two memory dual inline memory modules (DIMMs) and expand up to 192 with a dual-node system and two MAX5 memory expansion options. Reallocate resources as your environment changes. The x3850 X5 meets your needs today, while providing an easy, cost-effective upgrade path to change your environment when you’re ready.

Select configurations of the x3850 X5 are part of the IBM Express Portfolio designed to meet the needs of small and midsized businesses (SMBs). Easy to manage, Express models and configurations vary by country.

Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
Flexible, balanced design for scalability, memory expansion
Fifth generation IBM X-Architecture chipset design combined with the latest Intel Xeon processor E7 product line
IBM MAX5 for System x
Exclusive IBM eXFlash high performance SSD technology
Available Emulex integrated 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Virtual Fabric Adapter delivering Line Rate 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) performance with TCP Offload and capability for future upgrades to fibre channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
IBM Systems Director
IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager
Power-optimised, 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 and -6 with battery-backed cache)
Optional embedded hypervisor
Hot-swap redundant components
Memory reliability features through IBM Active Memory
Integrated dual port GbE
OS flexibility
Form factor/height Rack/4U per chassis
Processor (max) Intel Xeon up to 2.4 GHz (10-core)/1066 MHz memory access
Number of processors (std/max) Two/four per node (optional 2-node support)
Cache (max) Up to 30 megabyte (MB)
Memory (std/max) 32 gigabyte (GB)/2.0 terabyte (TB) max PC3-10600 double data rate (DDR)3L, up to 3.0 TB with MAX5
Expansion slots Seven total PCIe half-length
Disk bays (total/hot-swap) 8/8 2.5 in. Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or 16/16 SAS solid state drive (SSD)
Maximum internal storage 4.8 TB per chassis (supports 8 × 73.4 GB, 146.8 GB, 300 GB, 500 GB and 600 GB SAS hard disk drives (HDDs), 8 × 160 GB and 500 GB SATA HDDs, or 16 × 50 GB and 200 GB SSDs)
Network interface 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Dual Channel Converged Network Adapter, integrated dual Gigabit Ethernet with TCP-IP off-load engine (TOE), 10 Gbps Ethernet
Power supply (std/max) 1975 W 220 V 2/2
Hot-swap components Power supplies, fans, HDDs and SSDs
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), QuickPath interconnect (QPI) Faildown
Operating systems supported Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 (Standard, Enterprise and Data Centre Editions 64-bit), 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux® (RHEL), 64-bit SUSE Enterprise Linux, (Server and Advanced Server), VMware vSphere Hypervisor
Limited warranty Three years customer replaceable unit and on-site limited warranty

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