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IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node
IBM Redbooks Product Guide
The IBM Flex System™ x240 Compute Node is a high-performance server that offers outstanding
performance for virtualization with new levels of CPU performance and memory capacity, and flexible
configuration options. The x240 Compute Node is an efficient server designed to run a broad range of
workloads, armed with advanced management capabilities allowing you to manage your physical and
virtual IT resources from a single-pane of glass.
Suggested use: database, virtualization, enterprise applications, collaboration/email, streaming media,
web, HPC, Microsoft RemoteFX, and cloud applications.
Figure 1 shows the IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node.
Figure 1. The IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node
Did you know?
IBM Flex System is a new category of computing that integrates multiple server architectures, networking,
storage, and system management capability into a single system that is easy to deploy and manage. IBM
Flex System has full built-in virtualization support of servers, storage, and networking to speed
provisioning and increased resiliency. In addition, it supports open industry standards, such as operating
systems, networking and storage fabrics, virtualization, and system management protocols, to easily fit
within existing and future data center environments. IBM Flex System is scalable and extendable with
multi-generation upgrades to protect and maximize IT investments.
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Key features
The IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node is a high-availability, scalable compute node optimized to
support the next-generation microprocessor technology and is ideally suited for medium and large
businesses. This section describes the key features of the server.
Scalability and performance
The x240 offers numerous features to boost performance, improve scalability, and reduce costs:

The Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 product family improves productivity by offering superior system
performance with up to 8-core processors and up to 3.3 GHz core speeds depending on the CPU's
number of cores, up to 20 MB of L3 cache, and QPI interconnect links of up to 8 GT/s.

The Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 provides up to 80% performance boost over the previous
generation, the Intel Xeon Processor 5600 (Westmere EP).

Up to two processors, 16 cores, and 32 threads maximize the concurrent execution of multi-threaded
applications.

Intelligent and adaptive system performance with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 allows CPU cores
to run at maximum speeds during peak workloads by temporarily going beyond processor TDP.

Intel Hyper-Threading Technology boosts performance for multi-threaded applications by enabling
simultaneous multi-threading within each processor core, up to two threads per core.

Intel Virtualization Technology integrates hardware-level virtualization hooks that allow operating
system vendors to better utilize the hardware for virtualization workloads.

Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVT) significantly improve floating point performance for
compute-intensive technical and scientific applications compared with Intel Xeon 5600 series
processors.

Up to 24 DDR3 ECC memory RDIMMs provide speeds up to 1600 MHz and a memory capacity of up
to 384 GB. Load-reduced DIMMs (LRDIMMs) are supported with a maximum capacity of 768 GB.

The theoretical maximum memory bandwidth of the Intel Xeon processor E5 family is 51.6 GBps,
which is 60% more than in the previous generation of Intel Xeon processors.

The use of solid-state drives (SSDs) instead of or along with traditional spinning drives (HDDs) can
significantly improve I/O performance. An SSD can support up to 100 times more I/O operations per
second (IOPS) than a typical HDD.

Supports the Storage Expansion Node providing an additional 12 hot-swap 2.5-inch drive bays for
local storage.

Up to 16 virtual I/O ports per compute node with integrated 10 Gb Ethernet ports, offering the choice
of Ethernet, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, or FCoE connectivity.

The x240 offers PCI Express 3.0 I/O expansion capabilities that improve the theoretical maximum
bandwidth by 60% (8 GT/s per link), compared with the previous generation of PCI Express 2.0.

With Intel Integrated I/O Technology, the PCI Express 3.0 controller is integrated into the Intel Xeon
processor E5 family. This helps to dramatically reduce I/O latency and increase overall system
performance.

Support for high-bandwidth I/O adapters, up to two in each x240 Compute Node. Support for 10 Gb
Ethernet, 16 Gb Fibre Channel, and FDR InfiniBand.

Supports the PCIe Expansion Node for support for up to six additional I/O adapters.
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Availability and serviceability
The x240 provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:

Chipkill, memory mirroring and memory rank sparing for redundancy in the event of a non-correctable
memory failure.

Tool-less cover removal provides easy access to upgrades and serviceable parts, such as CPU,
memory, and adapter cards.

Hot-swap drives supporting integrated RAID 1 redundancy for data protection and greater system
uptime.

A light path diagnostics panel and individual light path LEDs to quickly lead the technician to failed (or
failing) components. This simplifies servicing, speeds up problem resolution, and helps improve
system availability.

Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA), which detects when system components (such as processors,
memory, and hard disk drives) operate outside of standard thresholds and generates pro-active alerts
in advance of possible failure, therefore increasing uptime.

Solid-state drives (SSDs), which offer significantly better reliability than traditional mechanical HDDs
for greater uptime.

Built-in Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) continuously monitors system parameters, triggers
alerts, and performs recovering actions in case of failures to minimize downtime.

Built-in diagnostics using Dynamic Systems Analysis (DSA) Preboot speeds up troubleshooting
tasks to reduce service time.

Three-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty, next business day 9x5. Optional
service upgrades are available.
Manageability and security
Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the x240:

The x240 includes an Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) 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.

Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 support enables advanced cryptographic functionality,
such as digital signatures and remote attestation.

Industry-standard AES NI support for faster, stronger encryption.

Integrates with the IBM® Flex System™ Manager for proactive systems management. It offers
comprehensive systems management for the entire IBM Flex System platform that help to increase
up-time, reduce costs, and improve productivity through advanced server management capabilities.

IBM Fabric Manager simplifies deployment of infrastructure connections by managing network and
storage address assignments.

Intel Execute Disable Bit functionality can help prevent certain classes of malicious buffer overflow
attacks when combined with a supporting operating system.

Intel Trusted Execution Technology provides enhanced security through hardware-based resistance
to malicious software attacks, allowing an application to run in its own isolated space protected from
all other software running on a system.
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Energy efficiency
The x240 offers the following energy-efficiency features to save energy, reduce operational costs,
increase energy availability, and contribute to the green environment:

Component-sharing design of the IBM Flex System chassis provides ultimate power and cooling
savings.

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family offers significantly better performance over the
previous generation while fitting into the same thermal design power (TDP) limits.

Intel Intelligent Power Capability powers individual processor elements on and off as needed, to
reduce power draw.

Low-voltage Intel Xeon processors draw less energy to satisfy demands of power and thermally
constrained data centers and telecommunication environments.

Low-voltage 1.35 V DDR3 memory RDIMMs consume 15% less energy than 1.5 V DDR3 RDIMMs.

Solid state drives (SSDs) consume as much as 80% less power than traditional spinning 2.5-inch
HDDs.

The x240 uses hexagonal ventilation holes, a part of IBM Calibrated Vectored Cooling™ technology.
Hexagonal holes can be grouped more densely than round holes, providing more efficient airflow
through the system.

Active Energy Manager provides advanced power management features with actual real-time energy
monitoring, reporting, and capping features.
Locations of key components and connectors
Figure 2 shows the front of the server.
Figure 2. Front view of the IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node
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Figure 3 shows the locations of key components inside the server.
Figure 3. Inside view of the IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node
Standard specifications
The following table lists the standard specifications.
Table 1. Standard specifications (part 1)
Components
Specification
Form factor
Half-wide compute node.
Chassis support IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis.
Processor
Up to two Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 product family CPUs with eight-core (up to 2.9 GHz) or
six-core (up to 2.9 GHz) or quad-core (up to 3.3 GHz) or dual-core (up to 3.0 GHz). Two QPI
links up to 8.0 GT/s each. Up to 1600 MHz memory speed. Up to 20 MB L3 cache.
Chipset
Intel C600 series.
Memory
Up to 24 DIMM sockets (12 DIMMs per processor) using Low Profile (LP) DDR3 DIMMs.
RDIMMs, UDIMMs, and LRDIMMs supported. 1.5 V and low-voltage 1.35 V DIMMs supported.
Support for up to 1600 MHz memory speed depending on the processor. Four memory
channels per processor (three DIMMs per channel). Supports two DIMMs per channel operating
at 1600 MHz (2 DPC @ 1600MHz) with single and dual rank RDIMMs. Supports three DIMMs
per channel at 1066 MHz 1600MHz) with single and dual rank RDIMMs.
Memory
maximums
With LRDIMMs: Up to 768 GB with 24x 32 GB LRDIMMs and two processors.
With RDIMMs: Up to 384 GB with 24x 16 GB RDIMMs and two processors.
With UDIMMs: Up to 64 GB with 16x 4 GB UDIMMs and two processors.
Memory
protection
ECC, Chipkill (for x4-based memory DIMMs), memory mirroring, and memory rank sparing.
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Table 1. Standard specifications (part 2)
Components
Specification
Disk drive bays
Two 2.5" hot-swap SAS/SATA drive bays supporting SAS, SATA, and SSD drives. Optional
support for up to eight 1.8” SSDs. Up to 12 additional 2.5-inch drive bays with the optional
Storage Expansion Node.
Maximum
internal storage
With two 2.5” hot-swap drives: Up to 2 TB with 1 TB 2.5" NL SAS HDDs, or up to 1.8 TB with
900 GB 2.5" SAS HDDs, or up to 2 TB with 1 TB 2.5" SATA HDDs, or up to 512 GB with 256 GB
2.5" SATA SSDs. Intermix of SAS and SATA HDDs and SSDs is supported. With 1.8” SSDs and
ServeRAID M5115 RAID adapter: Up to 1.6 TB with eight 200 GB 1.8” SSDs.
RAID support
RAID 0 and 1 with integrated LSI SAS2004 controller. Optional ServeRAID M5115 RAID
controller with RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 50 support and 1 GB cache. Supports up to eight 1.8” SSD with
expansion kits. Optional flash-backup for cache, RAID 6/60, SSD performance enabler.
Network
interfaces
x2x models: Two 10 Gb Ethernet ports with Embedded 10Gb Virtual Fabric Ethernet
LAN-on-motherboard (LOM) controller; Emulex BE3 based.
x1x models: None standard; optional 1Gb or 10Gb Ethernet adapters.
PCI Expansion
slots
Two I/O connectors for adapters. PCI Express 3.0 x16 interface. Includes an Expansion
Connector (PCIe 3.0 x16) to connect an expansion node such as the PCIe Expansion Node.
PCIe Expansion Node supports two full-height PCIe adapters, two low-profile PCIe adapters and
two Flex System I/O adapters.
Ports
USB ports: One external. Two internal for embedded hypervisor with optional USB Enablement
Kit. Console breakout cable port providing local KVM and serial ports (cable standard with
chassis; additional cables optional).
Systems
management
UEFI, IBM Integrated Management Module 2 (IMM2) with Renesas SH7757 controller,
Predictive Failure Analysis, light path diagnostics panel, automatic server restart, remote
presence. Support for IBM Flex System Manager, IBM Systems Director and Active Energy
Manager, IBM ServerGuide.
Security
features
Power-on password, administrator's password, Trusted Platform Module 1.2.
Video
Matrox G200eR2 video core with 16 MB video memory integrated into the IMM2. Maximum
resolution is 1600x1200 at 75 Hz with 16 M colors.
Limited
warranty
3-year customer-replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty with 9x5/NBD.
Operating
systems
supported
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6, SUSE Linux Enterprise
Server 10 and 11, VMware ESX 4. See "Supported operating systems" for details.
Service and
support
Optional service upgrades are available through IBM ServicePacs®: 4-hour or 2-hour response
time, 8-hour fix time, 1-year or 2-year warranty extension, remote technical support for IBM
hardware and selected IBM and OEM software.
Dimensions
Width: 215 mm (8.5”), height 51 mm (2.0”), depth 493 mm (19.4”).
Weight
Maximum configuration: 6.98 kg (15.4 lb).
The x240 servers are shipped with the following items:



Statement of Limited Warranty
Important Notices
Documentation CD that contains the Installation and User's Guide
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Standard models
Table 2 lists standard models.
Table 2. Standard models
Model___
Processor (2 maximum)*
Memory
(max
786 GB)
Disk
adapter
Disk bays
(used/max)†
Disks
10 GbE
Embedded
Virtual
Fabric‡
I/O slots
(used/max)
8737-A1x
1x Xeon E5-2630L 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 60W
2x 4 GB
SAS/SATA
RAID
2.5” hot-swap
(0 / 2)
Open
No
0/2
8737-D2x
1x Xeon E5-2609 4C 2.40GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
2x 4 GB
SAS/SATA
RAID
2.5” hot-swap
(0 / 2)
Open
Standard
1 / 2‡
8737-F2x
1x Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
2x 4 GB
SAS/SATA
RAID
2.5” hot-swap
(0 / 2)
Open
Standard
1 / 2‡
8737-G2x
1x Xeon E5-2630 6C 2.3GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
2x 4 GB
SAS/SATA
RAID
2.5” hot-swap
(0 / 2)
Open
Standard
1 / 2‡
8737-H1x
1x Xeon E5-2640 6C 2.5GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
2x 4 GB
SAS/SATA
RAID
2.5” hot-swap
(0 / 2)
Open
No
0/2
8737-H2x
1x Xeon E5-2640 6C 2.5GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
2x 4 GB
SAS/SATA
RAID
2.5” hot-swap
(0 / 2)
Open
Standard
1 / 2‡
8737-J1x
1x Xeon E5-2670 8C 2.6GHz
20MB 1600MHz 115W
2x 4 GB
SAS/SATA
RAID
2.5” hot-swap
(0 / 2)
Open
No
0/2
8737-L2x
1x Xeon E5-2660 8C 2.2GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
2x 4 GB
SAS/SATA
RAID
2.5” hot-swap
(0 / 2)
Open
Standard
1 / 2‡
8737-M1x
1x Xeon E5-2680 8C 2.7GHz
20MB 1600MHz 130W
2x 4 GB
SAS/SATA
RAID
2.5” hot-swap
(0 / 2)
Open
No
0/2
8737-M2x
1x Xeon E5-2680 8C 2.7GHz
20MB 1600MHz 130W
2x 4 GB
SAS/SATA
RAID
2.5” hot-swap
(0 / 2)
Open
Standard
1 / 2‡
8737-N2x
1x Xeon E5-2643 4C 3.3GHz
10MB 1600MHz 130W
2x 4 GB
SAS/SATA
RAID
2.5” hot-swap
(0 / 2)
Open
Standard
1 / 2‡
8737-Q2x
1x Xeon E5-2667 6C 2.9GHz
15MB 1600MHz 130W
2x 4 GB
SAS/SATA
RAID
2.5” hot-swap
(0 / 2)
Open
Standard
1 / 2‡
8737-R2x
1x Xeon E5-2690 8C 2.9GHz
20MB 1600MHz 135W
2x 4 GB
SAS/SATA
RAID
2.5” hot-swap
(0 / 2)
Open
Standard
1 / 2‡
* Processor detail: Processor quantity and model, cores, core speed, L3 cache, memory speed, power
consumption.
† The 2.5-inch drive bays can be replaced and expanded with 1.8" solid-state drive bays and a ServeRAID M5115
RAID controller to support up to eight 1.8-inch SSDs.
‡ The x2x models include an Embedded 10Gb Virtual Fabric Ethernet controller. Connections are routed using a
Fabric Connector. The Fabric Connector precludes the use of an I/O adapter in I/O connector 1.
Chassis support
The x240 is supported in the IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis.
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Processor options
The x240 supports the processor options listed in the following table. The server supports one or two
processors. The table also shows which server models have each processor standard. If no
corresponding where used model for a particular processor is listed, then this processor is available only
through Configure to Order (CTO).
Table 3. Processor options
Part
number
Feature code**
Intel Xeon processor description
Models
where used
81Y5180
A1CQ / A1D1
Intel Xeon E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz 10MB 1066MHz 80W
-
81Y5182
A1CS / A1D3
Intel Xeon E5-2609 4C 2.40GHz 10MB 1066MHz 80W
D2x
81Y5183
A1CT / A1D4
Intel Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz 15MB 1333MHz 95W
F2x
81Y5184
A1CU / A1D5
Intel Xeon E5-2630 6C 2.3GHz 15MB 1333MHz 95W
G2x
81Y5206
A1ER / A1DD
Intel Xeon E5-2630L 6C 2.0GHz 15MB 1333MHz 60W
A1x
49Y8125
A2EP / A2EQ
Intel Xeon E5-2637 2C 3.0GHz 5MB 1600MHz 80W
-
81Y5185
A1CV / A1D6
Intel Xeon E5-2640 6C 2.5GHz 15MB 1333MHz 95W
H1x, H2x
81Y5190
A1CY / A1DA
Intel Xeon E5-2643 4C 3.3GHz 10MB 1600MHz 130W
N2x
95Y4670
A31A / A31C
Intel Xeon E5-2648L 8C 1.8GHz 20MB 1600MHz 70W
-
81Y5186
A1CW / A1D7
Intel Xeon E5-2650 8C 2.0GHz 20MB 1600MHz 95W
-
81Y5179
A1ES / A1DE
Intel Xeon E5-2650L 8C 1.8GHz 20MB 1600MHz 70W
-
95Y4675
A319 / A31B
Intel Xeon E5-2658 8C 2.1GHz 20MB 1600MHz 95W
-
81Y5187
A1CX / A1D8
Intel Xeon E5-2660 8C 2.2GHz 20MB 1600MHz 95W
L2x
49Y8144
A2ET / A2EU
Intel Xeon E5-2665 8C 2.4GHz 20MB 1600MHz 115W
-
81Y5189
A1CZ / A1DB
Intel Xeon E5-2667 6C 2.9GHz 15MB 1600MHz 130W
Q2x
81Y9418
A1SX / A1SY
Intel Xeon E5-2670 8C 2.6GHz 20MB 1600MHz 115W
J1x
81Y5188
A1BB / A1D9
Intel Xeon E5-2680 8C 2.7GHz 20MB 1600MHz 130W
M1x, M2x
49Y8116
A2ER / A2ES
Intel Xeon E5-2690 8C 2.9GHz 20MB 1600MHz 135W
R2x
** The first feature code is for processor 1 and second feature code is for processor 2
Memory options
IBM DDR3 memory is compatibility tested and tuned for optimal performance and throughput. IBM
memory specifications are integrated into the light path diagnostics for immediate system performance
feedback and optimum system uptime. From a service and support standpoint, IBM memory
automatically assumes the IBM system warranty, and IBM provides service and support worldwide.
The x240 supports Low Profile (LP) DDR3 memory RDIMMs, UDIMMs, and LRDIMMs. The server
supports up to 12 DIMMs when one processor is installed and up to 24 DIMMs when two processors are
installed. Each processor has four memory channels, and there are three DIMMs per channel.
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The following rules apply when selecting the memory configuration:

Mixing 1.5 V and 1.35 V DIMMs in the same server is supported. In such a case all DIMMs operate at
1.5 V.

The maximum number of ranks supported per channel is eight.

The maximum quantity of DIMMs that can be installed in the server depends on the number of CPUs,
DIMM rank, and operating voltage, as shown in the "Max. qty supported" row in the following table.
The shaded cells indicate that the DIMM type supports the maximum number of DIMMs (24 for the
x240)

All DIMMs in all CPU memory channels operate at the same speed, which is determined as the
lowest value of:

Memory speed supported by specific CPU

Lowest maximum operating speed for the selected memory configuration that depends on rated
speed, as shown under the "Max. operating speed" section in the following table. The shaded
cells indicate that the speed indicated is the maximum that the DIMM allows.
The following table shows the maximum memory speeds that are achievable based on the installed
DIMMs and the number of DIMMs per channel. The table also shows maximum memory capacity at any
speed supported by the DIMM and maximum memory capacity at rated DIMM speed. In the table, cells
highlighted with a grey background indicate when the specific combination of DIMM voltage and number
of DIMMs per channel still allows the DIMMs to operate at rated speed.
Table 4. Maximum memory speeds
Specification
UDIMMs
RDIMMs
Rank
Dual rank
Single rank
Rated speed
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1600
MHz
1333 MHz
Rated voltage
1.35 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
Operating
voltage
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
Max quantity*
16
16
16
24
24
Largest DIMM
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB
Max memory
capacity
64 GB
64 GB
64 GB
Max memory
at rated speed
64 GB
64 GB
LRDIMMs
Dual rank
Quad rank
Quad rank
1600
MHz
1066 MHz
1333 MHz
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
16
24
24
8
16
24
24
4 GB
16 GB
16 GB
16 GB
32 GB
32 GB
32 GB
32 GB
96 GB
96 GB
256 GB
384 GB
384 GB
256 GB
512 GB
768 GB
768 GB
64 GB
64 GB
64 GB
256 GB
256 GB
256 GB
128 GB
256 GB
768 GB
512 GB
Maximum operating speed (MHz)
1 DIMMs
per channel
1333
MHz
1333
MHz
1333
MHz
1333
MHz
1600
MHz
1333
MHz
1333
MHz
1600
MHz
800
MHz
1066
MHz
1066
MHz
1333
MHz
2 DIMMs
per channel
1333
MHz
1333
MHz
1333
MHz
1333
MHz
1600
MHz
1333
MHz
1333
MHz
1600
MHz
NS**
800
MHz
1066
MHz
1333
MHz
3 DIMMs
per channel
NS**
NS**
NS**
1066
MHz
1066
MHz
NS**
1066
MHz
1066
MHz
NS**
NS**
1066
MHz
1066
MHz
* The maximum quantity supported is shown for two processors installed. When one processor is installed, the
maximum quantity supported is a half of that shown.
** NS = Not supported. When three 1.35 V DIMMs are installed in a memory channel, they operate at 1.5 V instead.
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The following memory protection technologies are supported:




ECC
Chipkill (for x4-based memory DIMMs -- look for "x4" in the DIMM description)
Memory mirroring
Memory sparing
If memory mirroring is used, then DIMMs must be installed in pairs (minimum of one pair per CPU), and
both DIMMs in a pair must be identical in type and size.
If memory rank sparing is used, then a minimum of one quad-rank DIMM or two single-rank or dual-rank
DIMMs must be installed per populated channel (the DIMMs do not need being identical). In rank sparing
mode, one rank of a DIMM in each populated channel is reserved as spare memory. The size of a rank
varies depending on the DIMMs installed.
The following table lists memory options available for the x240 server. DIMMs can be installed one at a
time, but for performance reasons, install them in sets of four (one for each of the four memory channels).
Table 5. Memory options for the x240
Part number
Feature
code
Description
Models
where used
Registered DIMM (RDIMM) modules - 1066 MHz and 1333 MHz
49Y1405
8940
2GB (1x2GB, 1Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM
-
49Y1406
8941
4GB (1x4GB, 1Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM
H1x, H2x, G2x,
F2x, D2x, A1x
49Y1407
8942
4GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM
-
49Y1397
8923
8GB (1x8GB, 2Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM
-
49Y1563
A1QT
16GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM
-
49Y1400
8939
16GB (1x16GB, 4Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-8500 CL7 ECC DDR3 1066MHz LP RDIMM
-
Registered DIMM (RDIMM) modules - 1600 MHz
49Y1559
A28Z
4GB (1x4GB, 1Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP RDIMM
R2x, Q2x, N2x,
M2x,
M1x, L2x, J1x
90Y3178
A24L
4GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP RDIMM
-
90Y3109
A292
8GB (1x8GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP RDIMM
-
00D4968
A2U5
16GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP RDIMM
-
Unbuffered DIMM (UDIMM) modules
49Y1404
8648
4GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP UDIMM
-
Load-reduced (LRDIMM) modules
49Y1567
A290
16GB (1x16GB, 4Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP
LRDIMM
-
90Y3105
A291
32GB (1x32GB, 4Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP
LRDIMM
-
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Internal disk storage options
The x240 server has two 2.5" hot-swap drive bays accessible from the front of the blade server (Figure 2).
These bays are connected to the integrated 4-port LSI SAS2004 6 Gbps SAS/SATA RAID-on-Chip (ROC)
controller.
The integrated LSI SAS2004 ROC has the following features:




Four-port controller with 6 Gbps throughput per port
PCIe x4 Gen 2 host interface
Two SAS ports routed internally to the two hot-swap drive bays
Supports RAID levels 0 (Integrated Striping), 1 (Integrated Mirroring), 10 (Integrated Mirroring and
Striping), and 1E (Integrated Mirroring Enhanced)
The 2.5" drive bays support SAS or SATA hard disk drives (HDDs) or SATA solid state drives (SSDs).
The following table lists the supported 2.5" drive options.
Table 6. 2.5-inch drive options for internal disk storage
Part number
Feature
code
Description
Maximum
supported
10K SAS hard disk drives
42D0637
5599
IBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD
2
49Y2003
5433
IBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD
2
81Y9650
A282
IBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD
2
15K SAS hard disk drives
42D0677
5536
IBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD
2
81Y9670
A283
IBM 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD
2
81Y9722
A1NX
IBM 250GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD
2
81Y9726
A1NZ
IBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD
2
81Y9730
A1AV
IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD
2
42D0707
5409
IBM 500GB 7200 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD
2
81Y9690
A1P3
IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD
2
43W7718
A2FN
IBM 200GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS SSD
2
90Y8643
A2U3
IBM 256GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD
2
90Y8648
A2U4
IBM 128GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD
2
49Y5844
A3AU
IBM 512GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD
2
49Y5839
A3AS
IBM 64GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD
2
NL SATA
NL SAS
Solid state drives
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Support for 1.8" solid state drives
The x240 supports up to eight 1.8-inch solid-state drives combined with a ServeRAID M5115 SAS/SATA
controller (90Y4390). The M5115 attaches to the I/O adapter 1 connector and can be attached even if the
Compute Node Fabric Connector is installed (used to route the Embedded 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter to
bays 1 and 2, as discussed in "I/O expansion options"). The ServeRAID M5115 cannot be installed if an
adapter is installed in I/O adapter slot 1.
The ServeRAID M5115 supports combinations of 2.5-inch drives and 1.8-inch solid state drives:
Up to two 2.5-inch drives only
Up to four 1.8-inch drives only
Up to two 2.5-inch drives, plus up to four 1.8-inch solid state drives
Up to eight 1.8-inch solid state drives




The ServeRAID M5115 SAS/SATA Controller (90Y4390) provides an advanced RAID controller
supporting RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, and optional 6 and 60. It includes 1 GB of cache, which can be backed up
to Flash when attached to the supercapacitor included with the optional ServeRAID M5100 Series
Enablement Kit (90Y4342).
At least one hardware kit is required with the ServeRAID M5115 controller, and there are three hardware
kits that are supported that enable specific drive support:

ServeRAID M5100 Series Enablement Kit for IBM Flex System x240 (90Y4342) enables support
for up to two 2.5” HDDs or SSDs in the hot-swap bays in the front of the server. It includes a
CacheVault unit, which enables MegaRAID CacheVault flash cache protection. This enablement kit
replaces the standard two-bay backplane (which is attached via the planar to an onboard controller)
with a new backplane that attaches to an included flex cable to the M5115 controller. It also includes
an air baffle, which also serves as an attachment for the CacheVault unit.
MegaRAID CacheVault flash cache protection uses NAND flash memory powered by a
supercapacitor to protect data stored in the controller cache. This module eliminates the need for a
lithium-ion battery commonly used to protect DRAM cache memory on PCI RAID controllers. To avoid
the possibility of data loss or corruption during a power or server failure, CacheVault technology
transfers the contents of the DRAM cache to NAND flash using power from the supercapacitor. After
the power is restored to the RAID controller, the saved data is transferred from the NAND flash back
to the DRAM cache, which can then be flushed to disk.
Tip: The Enablement Kit is only required if 2.5-inch drives are to be used. If you plan to install four or
eight 1.8-inch SSDs only, then this kit is not required.

ServeRAID M5100 Series IBM Flex System Flash Kit for x240 (90Y4341) enables support for up to
four 1.8-inch SSDs. This kit replaces the standard two-bay backplane with a four-bay SSD backplane
that attaches to an included flex cable to the M5115 controller. Because only SSDs are supported, a
CacheVault unit is not required, and therefore this kit does not have a supercap.

ServeRAID M5100 Series SSD Expansion Kit for IBM Flex System x240 (90Y4391) enables
support for up to four internal 1.8-inch SSDs. This kit includes two air baffles, left and right, which can
attach two 1.8-inch SSD attachment locations and Flex cables for attachment to up to four 1.8-inch
SSDs.
Note: The SSD Expansion Kit cannot be installed if the USB Enablement Kit, 49Y8119, is already
installed as these kits occupy the same location in the server.
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The following table shows the kits required for each combination of drives. For example, if you plan to
install eight 1.8-inch SSDs, then you will need the M5115 controller, the Flash kit, and the SSD Expansion
kit.
Table 7. ServeRAID M5115 hardware kits
Components required
Desired drive support
Maximum
number of
2.5" drives
Maximum
number of
1.8" SSDs
ServeRAID
M5115
90Y4390
Enablement Kit
90Y4342
2
0
=>
Add this
... and this
0
4 (front)
=>
Add this
2
4 (internal)
=>
Add this
0
8 (both)
=>
Add this
Flash Kit
90Y4341
SSD
Expansion Kit
90Y4391
... and this
... and this
... and this
... and this
... and this
The following figure shows how the ServeRAID M5115 and the Enablement Kit are installed in the server
to support two 2.5-inch drives with MegaRAID CacheVault flash cache protection (row 1 of the preceding
table).
Figure 4. The ServeRAID M5115 and the Enablement Kit installed
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The following figure shows how the ServeRAID M5115 and Flash and SSD Expansion Kits are installed in
the server to support eight 1.8-inch solid-state drives (row 4 of the preceding table).
Figure 5. ServeRAID M5115 with Flash and SSD Expansion Kits installed
The eight SSDs are installed in the following locations:
Four in the front of the system in place of the two 2.5-inch drive bays
Two in a tray above one the memory banks for CPU 1
Two in a tray above one the memory banks for CPU 2



The ServeRAID M5115 controller has the following specifications:

Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports

PCI Express 3.0 x8 host interface

6 Gbps throughput per port

800 MHz dual-core IBM PowerPC® processor with LSI SAS2208 6 Gbps RAID on Chip (ROC)
controller

Support for RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 50 standard; support for RAID 6 and 60 with optional upgrade
using 90Y4411

Optional onboard 1 GB data cache (DDR3 running at 1333 MHz) with optional flash backup
(MegaRAID CacheVault technology) as part of the Enablement Kit 90Y4342.

Support for SAS and SATA HDDs and SSDs

Support for intermixing SAS and SATA HDDs and SSDs; mixing different types of drives in the same
array (drive group) not recommended

Optional support for SSD performance acceleration with MegaRAID FastPath and SSD caching with
MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 (90Y4447)

Support for up to 64 virtual drives, up to 128 drive groups, up to 16 virtual drives per one drive group,
and up to 32 physical drives per one drive group
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Support for logical unit number (LUN) sizes up to 64 TB

Configurable stripe size up to 1 MB

Compliant with Disk Data Format (DDF) configuration on disk (COD)

S.M.A.R.T. support

MegaRAID Storage Manager management software
Optional add-ons to the ServeRAID M5115 controller are RAID 6 support, SSD performance accelerator,
and SSD caching enabler. The feature upgrades are as listed in the following table. These are all Feature
on Demand (FoD) license upgrades.
Table 8. Supported upgrade features
Part number
Feature
code
Description
Maximum
supported
90Y4410
A2Y1
ServeRAID M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade for IBM Flex System
1
90Y4412
A2Y2
ServeRAID M5100 Series Performance Upgrade for IBM Flex System
(MegaRAID FastPath)
1
90Y4447
A36G
ServeRAID M5100 Series SSD Caching Enabler for IBM Flex System
(MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0)
1
These features are described as follows:

RAID 6 Upgrade (90Y4410)
Adds support for RAID 6 and RAID 60. This is a Feature on Demand license.

Performance Upgrade (90Y4412)
The Performance Upgrade for IBM Flex System (implemented using the LSI MegaRAID FastPath
software) provides high-performance I/O acceleration for SSD-based virtual drives by exploiting an
extremely low-latency I/O path to increase the maximum I/O per second (IOPS) capability of the
controller. This feature boosts the performance of applications with a highly random data storage
access pattern, such as transactional databases. Part number 90Y4412 is a Feature on Demand
license.

SSD Caching Enabler for traditional hard drives (90Y4447)
The SSD Caching Enabler for IBM Flex System (implemented using the LSI MegaRAID CacheCade
Pro 2.0) is designed to accelerate the performance of hard disk drive (HDD) arrays with only an
incremental investment in solid-state drive (SSD) technology. The feature enables the SSDs to be
configured as a dedicated cache to help maximize the I/O performance for transaction-intensive
applications, such as databases and web serving. The feature tracks data storage access patterns
and identifies the most frequently accessed data. The hot data is then automatically stored on the
SSDs that are assigned as a dedicated cache pool on the ServeRAID controller. Part number
90Y4447 is a Feature on Demand license. This feature requires at least one SSD drive be installed.
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The 1.8-inch solid state drives supported with the ServeRAID M5115 controller are listed in the following
table.
Table 9. Supported 1.8-inch solid state drives
Part number
Feature
code
Description
Maximum
supported
43W7746
5420
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC SSD
8
43W7726
5428
IBM 50GB SATA 1.8" MLC SSD
8
IBM Flex System Storage Expansion Node
The x240 supports the attachment of the IBM Flex System Storage Expansion Node. The IBM Flex
System Storage Expansion Node provides the ability to attach additional 12 hot-swap 2.5-inch HDDs or
SSDs locally to the attached compute node. The Storage Expansion Node provides storage capacity for
Network Attach Storage (NAS) workloads, providing flexible storage to match capacity, performance and
reliability needs.
The following figure shows the IBM Flex System Storage Expansion Node attached to a compute node.
Figure 6. IBM Flex System Storage Expansion Node (right) attached to a compute node (left)
The ordering information for the Storage Expansion Node is shown in the following table.
Table 10. Ordering part number and feature code
Part number
Feature code
Description
Maximum
supported
68Y8588
A3JF
IBM Flex System Storage Expansion Node
1
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The Storage Expansion Node has the following features:

Connects directly to supported compute nodes via a PCIe 3.0 interface to the compute node's
expansion connector (See Figure 3)

Support for 12 hot-swap 2.5-inch drive, accessible via a sliding tray

Support for 6 Gbps SAS and SATA drives, both HDDs and SSDs

Based on an LSI SAS2208 6 Gbps RAID on Chip (ROC) controller

Supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50 as standard. JBOD also supported. Optional RAID 6 and 60 with a
Features on Demand upgrade.

Optional 512 MB or 1 GB cache with cache-to-flash super capacitor offload
Note: The use of the Storage Expansion Node requires that the x240 Compute Node have both
processors installed.
For more information, see the IBM Redbooks Product Guide on the IBM Flex System Storage Expansion
Node, http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0914.html?Open
Internal tape drives
The server does not support an internal tape drive. However, it can be attached to external tape drives
using Fibre Channel connectivity.
Optical drives
The server does not support an internal optical drive option. However, you can connect an external USB
optical drive, such as the IBM and Lenovo part number 73P4515 or 73P4516, or use the remote media
feature of the IMMv2 and the Chassis Management Module.
Note: The USB port on the compute nodes supply up to 0.5 A at 5 V. For devices that require more
power, an additional power source will be required.
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Embedded 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter
Some models of the x240 include an Embedded 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter (VFA, also known as LAN
on Motherboard or LOM) built into the system board. Table 2 lists what models of the x240 include the
Embedded 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter. Each x240 model that includes the embedded 10Gb VFA also
has the Compute Node Fabric Connector installed in I/O connector 1 (and physically screwed onto the
system board) to provide connectivity to the Enterprise Chassis midplane. Figure 3 shows the location of
the Fabric Connector.
The Fabric Connector enables port 1 on the embedded 10Gb VFA to be routed to I/O module bay 1 and
port 2 to be routed to I/O module bay 2. The Fabric Connector can be unscrewed and removed, if
required, to allow the installation of an I/O adapter on I/O connector 1.
The Embedded 10Gb VFA is based on the Emulex BladeEngine 3 (BE3), which is a single-chip, dual-port
10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Ethernet Controller. These are some of the features of the Embedded 10Gb
VFA:






PCI-Express Gen2 x8 host bus interface
Supports multiple virtual NIC (vNIC) functions
TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE enabled)
SRIOV capable
RDMA over TCP/IP capable
iSCSI and FCoE upgrade offering via FoD
The following table lists the ordering information for the IBM Flex System Embedded 10Gb Virtual Fabric
Upgrade, which enables the iSCSI and FCoE support on the Embedded 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter.
Table 11. Feature on Demand upgrade for FCoE and iSCSI support
Part number
Feature
code
Description
Maximum
supported
90Y9310
A2TD
IBM Flex System Embedded 10Gb Virtual Fabric Upgrade
1
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I/O expansion options
The x240 has two I/O expansion connectors for attaching I/O adapter cards. There is a third expansion
connector designed to connect an expansion node such as the PCIe Expansion Node. The I/O expansion
connectors are a very high-density 216-pin PCIe connector. Installing I/O adapter cards allows the server
to connect with switch modules in the IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis. Each slot has a PCI Express
3.0 x16 host interface and both slots support the same form-factor adapters.
The following figure shows the location of the I/O expansion connectors.
Figure 7. Location of the I/O adapter slots in the IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node
All I/O adapters are the same shape and can be used in any available slot.. A compatible switch or
pass-through module must be installed in the corresponding I/O bays in the chassis, as indicated in the
following table. Installing two switches means that all ports of the adapter are enabled, which improves
performance and network availability.
Table 12. Adapter to I/O bay correspondence
I/O adapter slot in the server
Port on the adapter
Corresponding I/O module bay in the chassis
Port 1
Module bay 1
Port 2
Module bay 2
Port 3 (for 4-port cards)
Module bay 1
Port 4 (for 4-port cards)
Module bay 2
Port 1
Module bay 3
Port 2
Module bay 4
Port 3 (for 4-port cards)
Module bay 3
Port 4 (for 4-port cards)
Module bay 4
Slot 1
Slot 2
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The following figure shows the location of the switch bays in the IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis.
Figure 8. Location of the switch bays in the IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis
The following figure shows how two-port adapters are connected to switches installed in the chassis.
Figure 9. Logical layout of the interconnects between I/O adapters and I/O modules
IBM Flex System PCIe Expansion Node
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The x240 supports the attachment of the IBM Flex System PCIe Expansion Node. The IBM Flex System
PCIe Expansion Node provides the ability to attach additional PCI Express cards such as High IOPS SSD
adatpers, fabric mezzanine cards, and next-generation graphics processing units (GPU) to supported IBM
Flex System compute nodes. This capability is ideal for many applications that require high performance
I/O, special telecommunications network interfaces, or hardware acceleration using a PCI Express card.
The PCIe Expansion Node supports up to four PCIe 2.0 adapters and two additional Flex System
expansion adapters.
The PCIe Expansion Node is attached to the x240 as shown in the following figure.
Figure 10. PCIe Expansion Node
The ordering information for the PCIe Expansion Node is shown in the following table.
Table 13. Ordering part number and feature code
Part number
Feature code
Description
Maximum
supported
81Y8983
A1BV
IBM Flex System PCIe Expansion Node
1
The PCIe Expansion Node has the following features:

Support for up to four standard PCIe 2.0 adapters:
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
Two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots that support full-length, full-height adapters
Two PCIe 2.0 x8 slots that support half-length, low-profile adapters

Support for PCIe 3.0 adapters by operating them in PCIe 2.0 mode

Support for one full-length, full-height double-wide adapter (consuming the space of the two
full-length, full-height adapter slots)

Support for PCIe cards with higher power requirements -- a single adapter card (up to 225W), or to
two adapters (up to 150W each)

Two Flex System I/O expansion connectors for to further expand the I/O capability of the attached
compute node.
Note: The use of the PCIe Expansion Node requires that the x240 Compute Node have both processors
installed.
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Node, http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0906.html?Open
Network adapters
As described in "Embedded 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter," certain models (those with a model number of
the form x2x) have a 10Gb Ethernet controller on the system board, and its ports are routed to the
midplane and switches installed in the chassis via a Compute Note Fabric Connector that takes the place
of an adapter in I/O slot 1.
Models without the Embedded 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter (those with a model number of the form x1x)
do not include any other Ethernet connections to the Enterprise Chassis midplane as standard. Therefore,
for those models, an I/O adapter must be installed in either I/O connector 1 or I/O connector 2 to provide
network connectivity between the server and the chassis midplane and ultimately to the network switches.
The following table lists the supported network adapters and upgrades. Adapters can be installed in either
slot. However, compatible switches must be installed in the corresponding bays of the chassis. All
adapters can also be installed in the PCIe Expansion Node. The "Maximum supported" column indicates
the number of adapter than can be installed in the server and in the PCIe Expansion Node (PEN).
Table 14. Network adapters
Part
number
Feature
code
Description
Number
of ports
Maximum
supported
(x240* / PEN)
90Y3554 A1R1
IBM Flex System CN4054 10 Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter
4
2/2
90Y3558 A1R0
IBM Flex System CN4054 Virtual Fabric Adapter (SW
Upgrade)
(Feature on Demand to provide FCoE and iSCSI support)
(one license required per adapter)
License
2/2
90Y3466 A1QY
IBM Flex System EN4132 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet Adapter
2
2/2
IBM Flex System EN2024 4-port 1 Gb Ethernet Adapter
4
2/2
IBM Flex System IB6132 2-port FDR InfiniBand Adapter
2
2/2
10 Gb Ethernet
1 Gb Ethernet
49Y7900 A10Y
InfiniBand
90Y3454 A1QZ
* For x2x models with the Embedded 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter standard, the Compute Node Fabric Connector
occupies the same space as an I/O adapter in I/O slot 1, so you have to remove the Fabric Connector if you plan to
install an adapter in I/O slot 1.
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Storage host bus adapters
The following table lists storage HBAs supported by the x240 server.
Table 15. Storage adapters
Part
number
Feature
code
Description
Number
of ports
Maximum
supported*
Fibre Channel
88Y6370
A1BP
IBM Flex System FC5022 2-port 16Gb FC Adapter
2
2
69Y1938
A1BM
IBM Flex System FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter
2
2
95Y2375
A2N5
IBM Flex System FC3052 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter
2
2
* For x2x models with the Embedded 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter standard, the Compute Node Fabric Connector
occupies the same space as an I/O adapter in I/O slot 1, so you have to remove the Fabric Connector if you plan to
install an adapter in I/O slot 1.
PCIe SSD adapters
The compute node supports the High IOPS SSD adapters listed in the following table.
Note: These adapters are installed in an attached PCIe Expansion Node.
Table 16. SSD adapters
Part number
Feature
code
Description
Maximum
supported
81Y4527
A1NB
1.28TB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x
2
81Y4519
5985
640GB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter for IBM System x
2
90Y4377
A3DY
IBM 1.2TB High IOPS MLC Mono Adapter
4
90Y4397
A3DZ
IBM 2.4TB High IOPS MLC Duo Adapter
2
For details about these adapters, see the IBM Redbooks Product Guide IBM High IOPS SSD PCIe
Adapters, found at the following address:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0729.html?Open
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GPU adapters
The compute node supports the GPU adapters listed in the following table.
Note: These adapters are installed in an attached PCIe Expansion Node.
Table 17. GPU adapters
Part number
Feature code
Description
Maximum
supported
94Y5960
A1R4
NVIDIA Tesla M2090
1*
* When this double-wide adapter is installed in the PCIe Expansion Node, it occupies both full-height slots. The
low-profile slots and Flex System I/O expansion slots can still be used.
Power supplies
Server power is derived from the power supplies installed in the chassis. There are no server options
regarding power supplies.
Integrated virtualization
The x240 offers USB flash drive options preloaded with versions of VMware ESXi. This is an embedded
version of VMware ESXi and is fully contained on the flash drive, without requiring any disk space. The
USB memory key plugs into port 1 on the optional x240 USB Enablement Kit, 49Y8119. The kit offers two
USB ports however only one VMware ESXi memory key can be installed.
The x240 USB Enablement Kit and the supported USB memory keys are listed in the following table.
Note: The x240 USB Enablement Kit and USB memory keys are not supported if the SSD Expansion Kit
(90Y4391) is already installed, because these kits occupy the same location in the server.
Table 18. Virtualization options
Part number
Feature
code
Description
Maximum
supported
49Y8119
A3A3
x240 USB Enablement Kit
1
41Y8298
A2G0
IBM Blank USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi Downloads
1
41Y8300
A2VC
IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.0
1
41Y8307
A383
IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.0 Update1
1
Light path diagnostics
For quick problem determination when located physically at the server, the x240 offers a three-step
guided path:
1. The Fault LED on the front panel
2. The light path diagnostics panel, shown in the following figure.
3. LEDs next to key components on the system board
The x240 light path diagnostics panel is visible when you remove the server from the chassis. The panel
is located on the top right-hand side of the compute node, as shown in the following figure.
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Figure 11. Location of x240 light path diagnostics panel
To illuminate the light path diagnostics LEDs, power off the compute node, slide it out of the chassis, and
press the power button. The power button doubles as the light path diagnostics remind button when the
server is removed from the chassis.
The meanings of the LEDs in the light path diagnostics panel are listed in the following table.
Table 19. Light path diagnostic panel LEDs
LED
Meaning
LP
The light path diagnostics panel is operational.
S BRD
A system board error is detected.
MIS
A mismatch has occurred between the processors, DIMMs, or HDDs within the configuration as
reported by POST.
NMI
A non maskable interrupt (NMI) has occurred.
TEMP
An over-temperature condition occurs that was critical enough to shut down the server.
MEM
A memory fault has occurred. The corresponding DIMM error LEDs on the system board are also lit.
ADJ
A fault is detected in the adjacent expansion unit (if installed).
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Remote management
The server contains an IBM Integrated Management Module II (IMM2), which interfaces with the
advanced management module in the chassis. The combination of these provides advanced
service-processor control, monitoring, and an alerting function. If an environmental condition exceeds a
threshold or if a system component fails, LEDs on the system board are lit to help you diagnose the
problem, the error is recorded in the event log, and you are alerted to the problem. A virtual presence
capability comes standard for remote server management.
Remote server management is provided through industry-standard interfaces:
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Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) Version 2.0
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Version 3
Common Information Model (CIM)
Web browser
The server also supports virtual media and remote control features, which provide the following functions:

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
Remotely viewing video with graphics resolutions up to 1600x1200 at 75 Hz with up to 23 bits per
pixel, regardless of the system state
Remotely accessing the server using the keyboard and mouse from a remote client
Mapping the CD or DVD drive, diskette drive, and USB flash drive on a remote client, and mapping
ISO and diskette image files as virtual drives that are available for use by the server
Uploading a diskette image to the IMM2 memory and mapping it to the server as a virtual drive
Capturing blue-screen errors
Supported operating systems
The server supports the following operating systems:

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Microsoft Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
VMware ESX 4.1
VMware ESXi 4.1
VMware vSphere 5
VMware vSphere 5.1
Note: Support by some of these operating system versions will be after the date of initial availability.
Check the ServerProven® website for the latest information about the specific versions and service levels
supported and any other prerequisites:
http://www.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/nos/matrix.shtml
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Physical specifications
Dimensions and weight (approximate):
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Height: 56 mm (2.2 in)
Depth: 492 mm (19.4 in)
Width: 217 mm (8.6 in)
Maximum weight: 7.1 kg (15.6 lb)
Shipping dimensions and weight (approximate):
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
Height: 197 mm (7.8 in)
Depth: 603 mm (23.7 in)
Width: 430 mm (16.9 in)
Weight: 8 kg (17.6 lb)
Supported environment
The IBM Flex System x240 compute node complies with ASHRAE Class A3 specifications.
This is the supported operating environment:
Power on:





Temperature: 5 - 40 °C (41 - 104 °F)
Humidity, non-condensing: -12 °C dew point (10.4 °F) and 8 - 85% relative humidity
Maximum dew point: 24 °C (75 °F)
Maximum altitude: 3048 m (10,000 ft)
Maximum rate of temperature change: 5 °C/hr (41 °F/hr)
Power off:
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
Temperature: 5 - 45 °C (41 - 113 °F)
Relative humidity: 8 - 85%
Maximum dew point: 27 °C (80.6 °F)
Storage (non-operating):

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
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Temperature: 1 - 60 °C (33.8 - 140 °F)
Altitude: 3050 m (10,006 ft)
Relative humidity: 5 - 80%
Maximum dew point: 29 °C (84.2°F)
Shipment (non-operating):
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

Temperature: -40 - 60 °C (-40 - 140 °F)
Altitude: 10,700 m (35,105 ft)
Relative humidity: 5 - 100%
Maximum dew point: 29 °C (84.2 °F)
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Warranty options
The IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node has a three-year on-site warranty with 9x5 next-business-day
terms. IBM offers the warranty service upgrades through IBM ServicePac, discussed in this section. The
IBM ServicePac is a series of prepackaged warranty maintenance upgrades and post-warranty
maintenance agreements with a well-defined scope of services, including service hours, response time,
term of service, and service agreement terms and conditions.
IBM ServicePac offerings are country-specific. That is, each country might have its own service types,
service levels, response times, and terms and conditions. Not all covered types of ServicePac might be
available in a particular country. For more information about IBM ServicePac offerings available in your
country, see the IBM ServicePac Product Selector at
https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac.
The following table explains warranty service definitions in more detail.
Table 20. Warranty service definitions
Term
Description
IBM on-site
repair (IOR)
A service technician will come to the server's location for equipment repair.
24x7x2 hour
A service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within two hours after
remote problem determination is completed. We provide 24-hour service, every day, including IBM
holidays.
24x7x4 hour
A service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within four hours after
remote problem determination is completed. We provide 24-hour service, every day, including IBM
holidays.
9x5x4 hour
A service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within four business hours
after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
in the customer's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays. If after 1:00
p.m. it is determined that on-site service is required, the customer can expect the service
technician to arrive the morning of the following business day. For noncritical service requests, a
service technician will arrive by the end of the following business day.
9x5 next
business day
A service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location on the business day after we
receive your call, following remote problem determination. We provide service from 8:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. in the customer's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays.
In general, these are the types of IBM ServicePacs:

Warranty and maintenance service upgrades




One, two, three, four, or five years of 9x5 or 24x7 service coverage
On-site repair from the next business day to four or two hours
One or two years of warranty extension
Remote technical support services




One or three years with 24x7 coverage (severity 1) or 9-5 next business day for all severities
Installation and startup support for System x® servers
Remote technical support for System x servers
Software support - Support Line

Microsoft or Linux software

VMware

IBM Systems Director
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Regulatory compliance
The server conforms to the following standards:
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
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




ASHRAE Class A3
FCC - Verified to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules Class A
Canada ICES-004, issue 3 Class A
UL/IEC 60950-1
CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1
NOM-019
Argentina IEC 60950-1
Japan VCCI, Class A
IEC 60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
China CCC (GB4943); (GB9254, Class A); (GB17625.1)
Taiwan BSMI CNS13438, Class A; CNS14336
Australia/New Zealand AS/NZS CISPR 22, Class A
Korea KN22, Class A, KN24
Russia/GOST ME01, IEC 60950-1, GOST R 51318.22, GOST R
51318.249, GOST R 51317.3.2, GOST R 51317.3.3
IEC 60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
CE Mark (EN55022 Class A, EN60950-1, EN55024, EN61000-3-2,
EN61000-3-3)
CISPR 22, Class A
TUV-GS (EN60950-1/IEC 60950-1, EK1-ITB2000)
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Related publications and links
For more information, see the following resources:

IBM US Product Announcement
http://ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=dd&subtype=ca&&htmlfid=897/ENUS112-052

IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node product page
http://ibm.com/systems/flex/compute-nodes/x86/bto/

IBM Flex System Information Center
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/flexsys/information/index.jsp

IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node Installation and Service Guide

ServerProven for IBM Flex System
http://ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/flexsystems.html

ServerProven hardware compatibility page for the x240
http://ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/flex/8737_7863.html

ServerProven compatibility page for operating system support
http://ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/nos/flexmatrix.shtml

IBM Redbooks® Product Guides for IBM Flex System servers and options
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/portals/puresystems?Open&page=pgbycat

IBM Flex System Interoperability Guide
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/fsig

Configuration and Option Guide
http://www.ibm.com/systems/xbc/cog/

xREF - IBM System x Reference Sheets
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/xref

IBM System x Support Portal
http://ibm.com/support/entry/portal/

IBM System Storage® Interoperation Center
http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/flexsys/information/topic/com.ibm.acc.8737.doc/printable_doc.html
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