IBM System x3950 X6

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Mission-critical applications are being called upon to do more as businesses expand access through new mobile and cloud deployments. Delivering the right answer at the right time means having ready access to actionable information. Today, IT solutions must be able to easily scale performance, manage large masses of data and reliably make information available in real time.

While the volume of data and transactions continues to grow exponentially, businesses remain constrained by a finite set of capital and operational resources. The new IBM® System x3950 X6 incorporates the sixth generation of enterprise X-Architecture (EXA) to help deliver better, more efficient business results.

X6 platforms can produce at least 2X the performance of previous-generation systems.2 The X6 portfolio increases virtualisation density and decreases infrastructure costs and complexity. This enables you to design faster analytics engines, reign in IT sprawl and deliver information with high reliability. X6 servers are fast, agile and resilient.

Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
Intel Xeon E7-4800/8800 v2 product families up to 3.2 GHz, up to 1600 MHz memory access, 120 cores per chassis
Supports up to 12 TB of maximum memory using 192 x 64 GB LRDIMMs
Supports up to 12.8 TB memory-channel storage using 400 GB eXFlash dual inline memory modules (DIMMs)
Modular compute, storage and I/O books
Up to 22 PCIe expansion slots (18 Gen 3 rear, 4 Gen 2 front)
Built-in PFA
Form factor/height Rack/8U
Processor (max) Up to eight Intel Xeon E7-4800/8800 v2 processor families up to 3.2 gigahertz (GHz), up to 1600 megahertz (MHz) memory access, 15 cores per processor
Cache (max) Up to 37.5 megabyte (MB)
Memory (max) Up to 12.0 TB, 192 x 64 GB LRDIMMs; supports 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB RDIMMs; supports 32 GB and 64 GB LRDIMMs; up to 1600 MHz RAS mode and up to 2667 MHz performance mode
Ultra-low latency Flash storage Up to 12.8 TB, 32 x 400 GB eXFlash DIMMs
Expansion slots Up to 22 peripheral component interconnect Express (PCIe); Gen3 (up to 22), Gen 2 (up to 4), up to ten x16 slots; up to 12 full-length, full-height
Disk bays (total/hot-swap) Up to sixteen 2.5-inch Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or SAS solid state drives (SSDs); or up to thirty two 1.8-inch eXFlash SSDs
Maximum internal storage Up to 19.2 TB, 16 x 2.5-inch SAS/serial advanced technology attachment (SATA) hard disk drives (HDDs) or up to 25.6 TB, 16 x 2.5-inch SSDs or 12.8 TB, 32 x 1.8-inch eXFlash SSDs
Network interface Two ML2 sockets; ML2 card choices include: 4 x 1 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) copper or 2 x 10 GbE SFP+ or 2 x 10 GbE 10BaseT; Two dedicated 1 GbE on-board management ports
Power supply (std/max) Up to eight common 1400 W or 900 W AC or 8 x 750 W DC
Hot-swap components Half-Length I/O Books, Full-Length I/O Books, power supplies, fans, HDDs, SSDs
RAID support Redundant array of independent disks (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 2 (IMM2), light path diagnostics (independently powered) , Wake on LAN, Dynamic System Analysis, Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) on storage, processors, adapter slots, voltage regulator modules (VRM), fans, power supplies and memory
Operating systems (OS) supported Microsoft® Windows® Server, SUSE Linux® Enterprise Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server, VMware vSphere Hypervisor
Limited warranty 3-year customer replaceable unit (CRU) and onsite service, next business day 09:00 to 17:00 , service upgrades available

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