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Power Concepts and Solutions for IBM System x and BladeCenter

Document Author:

Christopher R Gillen

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Field Technical Sales Support

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Product(s) covered:

BladeCenter; IBM Director; IBM eServer BladeCenter; IBM eServer xSeries; IBM System x; x3850; x3850M2; x3950; x3950M2

Abstract: Abstract: This guide is intended to present not only the “how” of power delivery for System x and BladeCenter, but also the “what” and the “why” behind power delivery configurations for System x solutions. This will be done by providing an overview of how electricity works then providing some reference material and examples to assist in creating valid power configurations. The goal is to present the connection between electrical theory and electrical application.

This guide is US only. All worldwide permutations of power delivery have been removed in the hopes of simplifying the presentation.

This document is a supplement the IBM publications provided with various products and is intended to be a personal productivity tool. It is not intended to be comprehensive, and is provided for guidance only, on an 'as is basis' without warranty of any kind. Please be aware that its contents have not been certified by IBM.

Version 2.00 includes updated part numbers, new PDUs, and more detail on BladeCenter H and BladeCenter S.





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IBM BladeCenter; IBM System x Family



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