IBM System x3690 X5

Ground-breaking two-socket server delivers outstanding performance, memory and storage


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 total cost of ownership. 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

Unparalleled 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 DIMM slots. Increase utilization and optimize your investments by fitting 100 percent more virtual machines per system at half the cost per virtual machine with MAX5 memory expansion.¹ An easy upgrade path and customizable 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.

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