IBM z BladeCenter Extension

IBM BladeCenter PS701 Express blades Minimum: 0 Maximum: 1121
IBM WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI50 for zEnterprise Minimum: 0 Maximum: 281
IBM BladeCenter HX5 (7873) blades Minimum: 0 Maximum: 561
Supported Operating Systems
AIX (on BladeCenter PS701 Express blades installed in zBX Model 004) AIX 5.3, AIX 6.1 and AIX 7.1 and subsequent releases and PowerVM® Enterprise Edition
Linux on System x (on BladeCenter HX5 blade installed in zBX Model 004) Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.5 and up, 6.0 and up, and 7.0 and up and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 (SP4) and up, SLES 11 SP1 and up, and SLES 12 and up —64 bit only
Microsoft Windows (on BladeCenter HX5 blades installed in zBX Model 004)2 Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (SP2) (Datacenter Edition recommended)—64-bit only
IBM BladeCenter PS701 Express blades installed in zBX Model 004 PowerVM Enterprise Edition
VIOS 2.2.3
IBM BladeCenter HX5 (7873) blades installed in zBX Model 004 KVM
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor (RHEV-H) 6.5

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