With technology that's based on open standards yet committed to innovation, IBM has created the ideal platform for today's business-critical applications: IBM System x™ enterprise servers.
These servers — built on the IBM X-Architecture® blueprint — provide high performance and mainframe-inspired reliability for your x86 workloads, including:
The result of continuing advancements in X-Architecture are servers poised to help you realize innovation in your business, manage increasing complexity and go green and save.
System x enterprise servers are built on the X-Architecture blueprint, which includes X3 and eX4 technology — so-named for the unique third- and fourth-generation chipsets — and other groundbreaking technologies. Central to this latest server technology is the balancing of increasing speeds of Intel® Xeon® processors with more memory and I/O capacity. The result is lower latency, higher throughput and continued outstanding performance. Because of X3 and eX4 technology, System x enterprise servers have posted scores of number-one industry-standard benchmarks since their introduction in 2001.
For nearly a decade, X-Architecture innovation has been synonymous with highly reliable x86 servers. To run mission-critical workloads or feel confident consolidating, you need systems that are dependable. IBM continues to enhance the features and functions of the chipset, driving mainframe-like reliability into System x enterprise servers to help your applications remain available. One advantage of X3 and eX4 technology is an enhanced memory subsystem. With three levels of memory protection, you can realize higher levels of availability, so instead of worrying about your data you can drive innovation in your own business. Innovation that can help you gain a competitive advantage.
Manage complexity and growth
The proliferation of servers, along with the supervision and asset control they require, can make it difficult to manage your data center. IBM Director, an industry-leading hardware management solution, is an open, integrated suite of software tools that provides a consistent, single point of management and automation. It can be extended for additional capability and can integrate with and complement higher-level systems management offerings to further save you time and money.
Multiple other capabilities framed by X3 and eX4 technology allow you to manage the risk associated with downtime. In addition to extensive redundancy and three levels of memory protection, IBM System x enterprise servers feature hot-swap and hot-add capability. They also have a "call-home" ability that allows them to independently place help calls to IBM. Together, these features work to maintain ultra high availability for your business-critical applications.
When it's time to add capacity, System x enterprise servers help you manage growth by enabling you to scale your server in tandem with your expanding workloads. This pay-as-you-grow scalability lets you grow from a 4-socket to a 32-socket server, or significantly increase your memory — simply by adding additional server chassis. And, with the balanced design of eX4 technology, you're able to leverage the power of the latest Intel processors, without sacrificing response times. The X-Architecture advantage allows you to tackle tough workloads and gives you room to grow — at your own pace.
Go green and save
You've told us that energy efficiency concerns are at the top of your list. The eX4 memory design consumes up to 37 percent less power than competitive systems incorporating Intel chipsets and fully buffered DIMMs. This lower power consumption, coupled with power supplies that can operate at over 90 percent efficiency, mean that System x enterprise servers deliver excellent performance per watt — from large databases to server consolidation projects. So you can go green to save on energy costs and become more environmentally responsible.
By consolidating and virtualizing on IBM System x enterprise servers, you can increase the utilization of your hardware and decrease the number of physical assets you need to watch over. These systems give you a perfect opportunity to migrate your database and enterprise applications into a more efficient system that will help simplify your IT — saving energy in addition to floor space and management costs. And, the new optional hypervisor capability makes it easy to deploy virtualized applications right out of the box. The server can boot up as a virtualized hosting platform — radically reducing software installation and setup time.
You've also told us that managing energy in your data center is a growing concern because of the increasing numbers of servers, the incremental heat they generate and ultimately, the rising cost of energy. With System x enterprise servers, IBM has created technologies that not only increase performance per watt, but also help you budget, plan and control your power usage. The IBM Power Configurator lets you select systems and IT infrastructure that fit your business goals before you commit to buying the first server. IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86 (formerly IBM PowerExecutive™) helps optimize energy efficiency so you can be more responsive to energy needs and costs.
System x enterprise servers with X-Architecture innovation:
|X3 and eX4 chipsets||Significant reductions in latency throughout the system deliver much higher throughput than previous generations or competitor servers. Balanced system design accommodates database processing, enterprise applications and virtualization systems.|
|High-performance technologies||Dual-core Intel Xeon Series 7200 MP processors, quad-core Intel Xeon Series 7300 processors, 32- and 64-bit compatibility, SAS disk subsystem, DDR2 memory, PCI-E|
|Engineered to grow||1-4 chassis, 2-32 sockets, 32 DIMM slots per chassis, up to 128 DIMMs memory support, 2GB -128GB of memory|
|Scalable enterprise nodes connect via high-speed scalability ports to allow you to expand on demand||Allows scalability from one to four chassis, delivering up to 64-core processing power. This pay-as-you-grow design keeps you from having to buy more capacity than you initially require.|
|Massive I/O and disk expansion capability||All disk drive bays (4) and I/O slots (7) in each chassis remain available for a total of 28 available I/O slots and 16 available disk drive bays per 4-chassis (16-socket) configuration.|
|Support for Microsoft, Linux and VMware operating environments||System x server platforms with X3 and eX4 technology are optimized and tested to support Microsoft, Linux and VMware operating systems. Running these operating systems on IBM System x hardware provides the optimal combinations to maximize the return from your mission-critical enterprise applications.|
|Built-in redundancy||Hot-swap and hot-add capability in all major subsystems: memory, disk, I/O fans, powers supplies|
|Operating system independent memory mirroring||Provides protections for memory analogous to what RAID-1 disk mirroring does for hard disk drives|
|Chipkill™ memory||Allows multiple errors to be corrected using low-cost, industry-standard ECC memory|
|Memory ProteXion™||Takes advantage of unused bits on memory DIMMs similar to a hot-spare hard disk drive. Doubles your error correction capabilities without consuming 1-bit of capacity. Provides very high memory availability that's far cheaper than online sparing or memory mirroring.|
|Integrated hardware and remote management software||Hardware and software components such as an embedded hypervisor that lets you virtualize right out of the box, integrated baseboard management controller, a Remote Supervisor Adapter II and IBM Director, which allow both in-band and out-of-band server management, either locally or from a remote location.|
|IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86 (formerly PowerExecutive)||Allows you to monitor and cap power consumption to improve energy efficiency and manage costs.|
|Call-home ability||Enables your servers to independently place help calls to IBM, saving you time and minimizing costly downtime.|
|Integrated hardware-based security||Integrated TPM facilitates higher levels of system security.|
|Comprehensive alerting||Technologies such as light path diagnostics and Predictive Failure Analysis® (PFA) — twice the component coverage of competitor designs — continuously monitor systems health and advise on areas of concern before they develop into more significant problems.|
|VMware ESX integration||Facilitates implementation and management of a virtualized computing environment.|
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