The new System x3250 M5 is the most compact rack server in the System x portfolio. Designed in a single-socket 1U form factor, it supports double the system storage density of its predecessor in the same 22-inch deep chassis – four 3.5-inch hard disk drives (HDDs) or up to eight 2.5-inch serial attached SCSI (SAS)/serial advanced technology attachment (SATA) HDDs.1 Choose the latest Intel® processor that best matches your workloads, whether Intel Xeon® E3-1200 v3 series, Core i3, or Pentium®, including Xeon Data Centre (DC) Graphics processors. With increasing focus on data security, the included Trusted Platform Module (TPM) can help safely store cryptographic keys.

Expand with simplicity – on your timetable

After activating the Integrated Management Module 2 (IMM2) standard on your server, you can use Feature on Demand (FoD) for several upgrades. For example, using FoD you can easily enable two more Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports, in addition to the two standard ports, without opening your system hardware. You can also upgrade the speed and security of the ServeRAID C100 redundant array of independent disks (RAID)-5 upgrade within the FoD key activation system. Furthermore, by using FoD for upgrades, your two peripheral component interconnect Express (PCIe) x8 expansion slots remain free for other upgrade options as your business grows.

Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
Choice of processor – Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 series (quad-core) up to 3.6 GHz/8 MB/1600 MHz, Intel Core i3 series (dual-core) up to 3.6 GHz/4 MB/1600 MHz, Pentium series (dual-core) up to 3.3 GHz/3 MB/1600 MHz
Flexible storage options
Large memory capacity
Innovative RAID solution with advanced choices
High performance input/output (I/O) slots
Integrated quad GbE
Limited warranty
Form factor/height Rack/1U
Processor (max) Up to one Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 v3 series processor (quad-core), Core i3 series processor (quad-core), or Pentium® series processor (dual-core)
Cache (max) Up to 8 megabyte (MB) per processor
Memory (max) Up to 32 GB via four slots (unregistered dual inline memory module (UDIMM))
Media bays One optional optical bay for 2.5-inch model
Disk bays Up to four 3.5-inch or eight 2.5-inch hard disk drives (HDD)*
RAID support Integrated ServeRAID C100 RAID-0, -1, (RAID-5 upgrade via FoD), optional hardware RAID-0, -1, -10 or RAID-5, -50 or RAID-6, -60*
Power supply (std/max) One fixed 300 W or up to two 460 W hot-swap redundant power supplies*
Hot-swap components Up to four 3.5-inch or eight 2.5-inch HDDs, 460 W hot-swap redundant power supplies
Network interface Two Gigabit Ethernet (GBE) ports standard; two additional GBE ports upgradeable via FoD
Expansion slots 1 PCIe 3.0 x8 slot and 1 PCIe 3.0 x8 (electrical x4) slot
Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports 2 USB 3.0 front/4 USB 2.0 rear/1 USB 2.0 internal
Maximum internal storage Up to 24 terabyte (TB)
Energy efficiency Fixed power supply compliant with 80 PLUS Bronze/ Redundant power supply compliant with 80 PLUS Gold
Systems management IMM2 standard with Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0 and Serial over local area network (LAN), optional upgrade to remote presence via FoD; IBM Systems Director, ServerGuide
Operating systems (OS) supported Microsoft® Windows® Server 2012 R2/ Microsoft Windows Server 2012/Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Red Hat Linux®, Novell SUSE Linux, VMware
Limited warranty three-year customer replaceable unit (CRU) and onsite limited warranty, next business day 09:00 to 17:00; service upgrades available

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