They make use of the latest Intel Xeon processors and offer plenty of memory and a host of configuration options. All it takes is more server boxes. IBM intends this to be a pay-as-you-go architecture. Need more processing power? Hook up another box. The server comes in 4U building blocks.

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Trademarks Abstract The x X5 server is the fifth generation of the Enterprise X-Architecture, delivering innovation with enhanced reliability and availability features to enable optimal performance for databases, enterprise applications, and virtualized environments.

Environments that run around the clock to supply information world-wide require dependable servers with features that can tolerate a component failure without total shutdown. The x X5 server packs numerous fault-tolerant and high-availability features into a high-density, rack-optimized package that helps to significantly reduce the space needed to support massive network computing operations.

Two x X5 servers can be connected together to form a single-system image with up to eight processors and up to 6 TB of RAM. This processing capacity is ideal for large-scale database or virtualization requirements. Note: The x X5 is withdrawn from marketing, effective June 30, Change History Updated the tables in the Internal drive options section. Introduction The x X5 server is the fifth generation of the Enterprise X-Architecture, delivering innovation with enhanced reliability and availability features to enable optimal performance for databases, enterprise applications, and virtualized environments.

A single x X5 supports up to four of the new Intel Xeon E7 high-performance core processors and up to 3 TB of memory. Figure 1 shows the System x X5. Figure 1. The System x X5 Did you know? The x X5 is an ideal server for enterprise database and virtualization workloads. The x X5 held 1 scores in five industry-standard benchmarks.

This included a four-socket TPC-C database benchmark result of over 2. Key features The x X5 is a mission-critical 4U four-socket server, capable of expanding to up to 8 processor sockets and 6 TB of memory in 10U of rack space.

It offering outstanding performance, and superior reliability and fault-tolerant memory characteristics. Scalability and performance The x X5 offers numerous features to boost performance, improve scalability, and reduce costs: The x X5 supports up to four high-performance Intel Xeon E7 family allowing you to upgrade as business needs require.

Scalable to eight processors by connecting two x X5 servers together to form a single system image. Supports the Intel Xeon E, E and E families of high performance processors, up to 10 cores each, offering superior system performance Intel Turbo Boost Technology dynamically turns off unused processor cores and increases the clock speed of the cores in use, by up to three model frequencies.

For example, with cores active, a 2. With cores active, it can run those cores at 2. Memory access is at up to MHz frequency, depending on the processor model and memory used.

The MAX5 V2 adds an additional four memory controllers for a total of eight memory controllers to maximize memory parallelism and performance. In processors implementing Hyper-Threading technology, each core has two threads capable of running an independent process. Thus, an 8-core processor can run 16 threads concurrently. Up to 24 1. Seven PCIe 2. SAP HANA is one of the first application which leverages the MCA recovery to handle system errors in order to prevent the application from being terminated in case of a system error.

The combination of Chipkill and RBS provides very robust memory protection that sustains to two sequential memory DRAM chip failures without affecting overall system performance. Single image 8-way systems consisting of two interconnected 4-way nodes provide self-healing capabilities in case of single node failure. Two independent nodes form a resilient 8-way configuration. In case of single node failure the system can be restarted in degraded mode thus eliminating unexpected downtime that requires service specialist to recover.

Memory mirroring and memory rank sparing for redundancy in the event of a non-correctable memory failure. Hot-swap drives, supporting RAID redundancy for data protection and greater system uptime. Two W hot-swap power supplies and five fans three hot-swap, two integrated into the power supplies.

The power source independent light path diagnostics panel and individual light path LEDs quickly lead the technician to failed or failing components, which simplifies servicing, speeds up problem resolution, and helps improve system availability. Predictive Failure Analysis PFA detects when system components processors, VRMs, memory, HDDs, fans, and power supplies operate outside of standard thresholds and generates proactive alerts in advance of a possible failure, therefore increasing uptime.

Built-in Integrated Management Module IMM continuously monitors system parameters, triggers alerts, and performs recovering actions in case of failures to minimize downtime.

Three-year customer-replaceable unit and on-site limited warranty, 9x5 next business day. Optional service upgrades are available. Manageability and security Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the x X5: The server includes an Integrated Management Module IMM to monitor server availability and perform remote management.

Integrated industry-standard Unified Extensible Firmware Interface UEFI enables improved setup, configuration, and updates, and simplifies error handling. IBM Systems Director is included for proactive systems management. It offers comprehensive systems management tools that help to increase uptime, reduce costs, and improve productivity through advanced server management capabilities.

Energy efficiency The x X5 offers the following energy-efficiency features to save energy, reduce operational costs, increase energy availability, and contribute to the green environment: Energy-efficient planar components help lower operational costs.

Support for one or two or four highly efficient W ac power supplies allows for efficient use and scalability to meet the power requirements of the installed components. Intel Xeon processor E product family offers significantly better performance over the previous generation while fitting into the same thermal design power TDP limits.

Low-voltage Intel Xeon processors draw less energy to satisfy the demands of power and thermally constrained data centers and telecommunication environments. Low-voltage 1.

Hexagonal holes can be grouped more densely than round holes, providing more efficient airflow through the system. Locations of key components Figure 2 shows the front of the server with the front bezel removed. Figure 2. Front view of the System x X5 Figure 3 shows the rear of the server.

Figure 3. Rear view of the System x X5 Figure 4 shows the locations of key components inside the server. Figure 4. This 1U device is cabled directly to the server and provides an additional GB of memory capacity for applications that can benefit from the extra RAM. Figure 5 shows the MAX5 optional memory expansion unit.

Figure 5. Inside view of the MAX5 optional memory expansion unit for the System x X5 Standard specifications The following table lists the standard specifications. Table 1. Standard specifications.


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