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IBM Flex System x222 Compute Node
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The IBM® Flex System™ x222 Compute Node is a high-density dual-server offering that is designed for
virtualization, dense cloud deployments, and hosted clients. The x222 has two independent servers in
one mechanical package, which means that the x222 has a double-density design that allows up to 28
servers to be housed in a single 10U Flex System Enterprise Chassis.
Suggested use: For clients looking to virtualize their workloads while maximizing the density of their
computing resources.
The following figure shows the IBM Flex System x222 Compute Node.
Figure 1. The IBM Flex System x222 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 in to a single system that is easy to deploy and manage. IBM
Flex System has full and 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
multigenerational upgrades to protect and maximize IT investments.
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Key features
The IBM Flex System x222 Compute Node is a high-density offering that is designed to maximize the
computing power that is available in the data center. With a balance between cost and system features,
the x222 is an ideal platform for dense workloads, such as virtualization. This section describes the key
features of the x222.
Scalability and performance
The x222 offers numerous features to boost performance, improve scalability, and reduce costs:
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Two independent servers in one mechanical package to maximize computing capacity.
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Powered by the Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 product family to improve productivity by offering
affordable dual-socket system performance with eight-core processors with up to 2.3 GHz core
speeds, up to 20 MB of L3 cache, and one QPI interconnect link of up to 8 GTps.

Up to two processors in each server, 16 cores total, and 32 threads maximize the concurrent
execution of multithreaded applications.
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Intelligent and adaptive system performance with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 allows processor
cores to run at maximum speed during peak workloads by temporarily going beyond processor
Thermal Design Power (TDP).
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Intel Hyper-Threading Technology boosts performance for multithreaded applications by enabling
simultaneous multithreading within each processor core, up to two threads per core.
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Intel Virtualization Technology integrates hardware-level virtualization hooks that allow operating
system vendors to better use the hardware for virtualization workloads.
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Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVT) improve floating-point performance for compute-intensive
technical and scientific applications compared to Intel Xeon 5600 series processors.
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There are 12 DIMM sockets in each server, which support low profile (LP) RDIMMs and LRDIMMs,
with a total capacity of up 384 GB using 32 GB LRDIMMs.
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Supports memory speeds of up to 1600 MHz to maximize memory performance.
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Support for 2.5-inch and 1.8-inch solid-state drives (SSDs) to maximize I/O operations per second
(IOPS), which significantly improves application performance.
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The theoretical maximum memory bandwidth of the Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 product family is
38.4 GBps, which is 20% more than in the previous generation of Intel Xeon 5600 processors.

The server offers PCI Express 3.0 I/O expansion capabilities that improve the theoretical maximum
bandwidth by almost 100% (8 GTps per link using 128b/130b encoding) compared to the previous
generation of PCI Express 2.0 (5 GTps per link using 8b/10b encoding)
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With Intel Integrated I/O Technology, the PCI Express 3.0 controller is integrated into the Intel Xeon
processor E5 family. This integration reduces I/O latency and increases overall system performance.
Availability and serviceability
The x222 provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:

Chipkill, memory mirroring, and memory rank sparing for redundancy if there is a non-correctable
memory failure.

Tool-less cover removal provides easy access to upgrades and serviceable parts, such as processor,
memory, and adapters.
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Use of optional 1.8-inch hot-swap drives allows for greater system uptime.
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A light path diagnostics panel and individual light path LEDs lead the technician to failed (or failing)
components. These features simplify servicing, speed up problem resolution, and help improve
system availability.

Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) detects when system components (such as processors, memory,
and hard disk drives) operate outside of standard thresholds and generates proactive 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.

A built-in Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) continuously monitors system parameters,
triggers alerts, and performs recovery actions in case of failures to minimize downtime.

Built-in diagnostic tests using Dynamic Systems Analysis (DSA) Preboot speed 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 x222:

Each server includes an Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) to monitor server availability and
perform remote management.

An integrated industry-standard Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) enables improved
setup, configuration, and updates, and simplifies error handling.

Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) V1.2 support enables advanced cryptographic
functionality, such as digital signatures and remote attestation.

Industry-standard AES NI support for faster and 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, increasing uptime,
reducing costs, and improving productivity through advanced server management capabilities.

IBM Fabric Manager simplifies the 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.
Energy efficiency
The x222 offers the following energy-efficiency features to save energy, reduce operational costs,
increase energy availability, and contribute to a green environment:
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The component-sharing design of the IBM Flex System chassis provides ultimate power and cooling
savings.

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 product family offers better performance over the previous
generation while fitting in to the same TDP limits.

Intel Intelligent Power Capability powers individual processor elements on and off as needed to
reduce power draw.
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Low-voltage Intel Xeon processors draw less energy to satisfy the demands of power and thermally
constrained data centers and telecommunication environments.
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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.
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The server 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.
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Locations of key components and connectors
The following figure shows the front of the server.
Figure 2. Front view of the IBM Flex System x222 Compute Node
The following figure shows how the two servers connect together.
Figure 3. Open view of the IBM Flex System x222 Compute Node
The following figure shows the locations of key components inside the upper server.
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Figure 4. Inside view of the upper server
The following figure shows the locations of key components inside the lower server.
Figure 5. Inside view of the lower server
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Standard specifications
The following table lists the standard specifications.
Table 1. Standard specifications (part 1)
Components
Specification
Form factor
Standard Flex System form factor with two independent servers.
Chassis support IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis.
Processor
Up to four processors in a standard (half-width) Flex System form factor.
Each server: Up to two Intel Xeon Processor E5-2400 product family CPUs with eight-core (up
to 2.3 GHz) or six-core (up to 2.4 GHz) or quad-core (up to 2.2 GHz), one QPI link running at
8.0 GTps, L3 cache up to 20 MB, and memory speeds up to 1600 MHz.
Note: The two servers are independent and cannot be combined to form a single four-socket
system.
Chipset
Intel C600 series.
Memory
Up to 24 DIMM sockets in a standard (half-width) Flex System form factor.
Each server: Up to 12 DIMM sockets (6 DIMMs per processor) using Low Profile (LP) DDR3
DIMMs. RDIMMs and LRDIMMs are supported. 1.5 V and low-voltage 1.35 V DIMMs are
supported. There is support for up to 1600 MHz memory speed, depending on the processor.
There are three memory channels per processor (two DIMMs per channel). Supports two
DIMMs per channel operating at 1600 MHz (2 DPC @ 1600MHz) with single and dual rank
RDIMMs.
Memory
maximums
Each server:
With LRDIMMs: Up to 384 GB with 12x 32 GB LRDIMMs and two processors
With RDIMMs: Up to 192 GB with 12x 16 GB RDIMMs and two processors
Memory
protection
ECC, Chipkill, optional memory mirroring, and memory rank sparing.
Disk drive bays
Each server: One 2.5" simple-swap SATA drive bay supporting SATA and SSD drives. Optional
SSD mounting kit to convert a 2.5” simple-swap bay into two 1.8” hot-swap SSD bays.
Maximum
internal storage
Each server: Up to 1 TB using a 2.5” SATA simple-swap drive or up to 512 GB using two 1.8”
SSDs and the SSD Expansion Kit.
RAID support
None.
Network
interfaces
Each server: Two 10 Gb Ethernet ports with Embedded 10Gb Virtual Fabric Ethernet LAN on
motherboard (LOM) controller; Emulex BE3 based. Routes to chassis bays 1 and 2 through a
Fabric Connector to the midplane. Features on Demand upgrade to FCoE and iSCSI. Usage of
both ports on both system boards requires two scalable Ethernet switches in the chassis, each
upgraded to enable 28 internal switch ports.
PCI Expansion
slots
Each server: One connector for an I/O adapter; PCI Express 3.0 x16 interface. Supports special
mid-mezzanine I/O cards that are shared by both system boards. Only one card is needed to
connect both system boards.
Video
Each server: Matrox G200eR2 video core with 16 MB video memory that is integrated into
IMM2. The maximum resolution is 1600x1200 at 75 Hz with 16 M colors.
Ports
Each server: One external, two internal USB ports for an embedded hypervisor. A console
breakout cable port on the front of the server provides local KVM and serial ports (cable
standard with chassis; additional cables optional).
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Table 1. Standard specifications (part 2)
Components
Specification
Systems
management
Each server: UEFI, IBM Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) with Renesas SH7757
controller, Predictive Failure Analysis, light path diagnostics panel, automatic server restart, and
remote presence. Support for IBM Flex System Manager, IBM Systems Director, and IBM
ServerGuide.
Security
features
Power-on password and admin password, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2.
Limited
warranty
3-year customer-replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty with 9x5/NBD.
Operating
systems
supported
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6, SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server 10 and 11, and VMware ESXi 4.1, 5.0 and 5.1.
Service and
support
Optional country-specific service upgrades are available through IBM ServicePacs: 6, 4, 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: 217 mm (8.6 in.), height: 56 mm (2.2 in.), depth: 492 mm (19.4 in.)
Weight
Maximum configuration: 8.2 kg (18 lb).
The x222 servers are shipped with the following items:
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Statement of Limited Warranty
Important Notices
Documentation CD that contains the Installation and User's Guide
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Standard models
The following table lists the standard models. The components that are listed for each model are for the
entire x222 (half for each server).
Table 2. Standard models
Model
Intel Xeon processors
(2 max per server,
4 total)*
Memory (12 max
per server,
24 total)*
Disk adapter
(1 per
server)
Disk bays
(1 per
server)*
Disks
Networking*
(2 per
server)
I/O slots
(used/
max)
7916-A2x
2x E5-2418L 4C 2.0GHz
10MB 1333MHz 50W
2x 8 GB 2Rx4
(1333 MHz)**
SATA
(non-RAID)
2x 2.5” SS
Open
4x 10 GbE
0/1
7916-B2x
2x E5-2430L 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 60W
2x 8 GB 2Rx4
(1333 MHz)**
SATA
(non-RAID)
2x 2.5” SS
Open
4x 10 GbE
0/1
7916-C2x
2x E5-2450L 8C 1.8GHz
20MB 1600MHz 70W
2x 8 GB 2Rx4
1600 MHz
SATA
(non-RAID)
2x 2.5” SS
Open
4x 10 GbE
0/1
7916-D2x
2x E5-2403 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
2x 8 GB 2Rx4
(1066 MHz)**
SATA
(non-RAID)
2x 2.5” SS
Open
4x 10 GbE
0/1
7916-F2x
2x E5-2407 4C 2.2GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
2x 8 GB 2Rx4
(1066 MHz)**
SATA
(non-RAID)
2x 2.5” SS
Open
4x 10 GbE
0/1
7916-G2x
2x E5-2420 6C 1.9GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
2x 8 GB 2Rx4
(1333 MHz)**
SATA
(non-RAID)
2x 2.5” SS
Open
4x 10 GbE
0/1
7916-H2x
2x E5-2430 6C 2.2GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
2x 8 GB 2Rx4
(1333 MHz)**
SATA
(non-RAID)
2x 2.5” SS
Open
4x 10 GbE
0/1
7916-H6x
2x E5-2430 6C 2.2GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
2x 8 GB 2Rx4
(1333 MHz)**
SATA
(non-RAID)
2x 2.5” SS
Open
4x 10 GbE
2x InfiniBand†
1/1
7916-J2x
2x E5-2440 6C 2.4GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
2x 8 GB 2Rx4
(1333 MHz)**
SATA
(non-RAID)
2x 2.5” SS
Open
4x 10 GbE
0/1
7916-M2x
2x E5-2450 8C 2.1GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
2x 8 GB 2Rx4
1600 MHz
SATA
(non-RAID)
2x 2.5” SS
Open
4x 10 GbE
0/1
7916-N2x
2x E5-2470 8C 2.3GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
2x 8 GB 2Rx4
1600 MHz
SATA
(non-RAID)
2x 2.5” SS
Open
4x 10 GbE
0/1
* The quantities here are for the entire x222 Compute Node, half for each server. For example, each x222 model
ships with two processors as standard, one installed in each of the two servers.
** The 1600 MHz memory DIMMs that are standard in these models operate at most at 1333 MHz or 1066 MHz as
indicated, matching the memory speed of the processor.
† Model H6x includes the IBM Flex System IB6132D 2-port FDR InfiniBand Adapter.
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Chassis support
The x222 is supported in the IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis.
Up to 14 x222 Compute Nodes can be installed in the chassis, allowing a total of 28 servers to be
deployed in 10U of rack space. The actual number of x222 Compute Nodes that can be installed in a
chassis depends on these factors:
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The TDP power rating for the processors that are installed in the x222
The number of power supplies installed
The capacity of the power supplies installed (2100 W or 2500 W)
The power redundancy policy used (N+1 or N+N)
The following table provides guidelines about what number of x222 Compute Nodes can be installed. For
more guidance, use the Power Configurator, found at the following website:
http://ibm.com/systems/bladecenter/resources/powerconfig.html
In the table:
Green = No restriction to the number of x222 Compute Nodes that are installable
Yellow = Some bays must be left empty in the chassis
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Table 3. Maximum number of x222 Compute Nodes installable based on power supplies installed and
power redundancy policy used
2100 W power supplies installed
2500 W power supplies installed
N+1, N=5
x222 TDP 6 power
rating
supplies
N+1, N=4
5 power
supplies
N+1, N=3
5 power
supplies
N+N, N=3
6 power
supplies
N+1, N=5
6 power
supplies
N+1, N=4
5 power
supplies
N+1, N=3
4 power
supplies
N+N, N=3
6 power
supplies
50W
14
14
13
14
14
14
14
14
60W
14
14
12
13
14
14
14
14
70W
14
14
11
12
14
14
14
14
80W
14
14
10
11
14
14
13
14
95W
14
13
9
10
14
14
12
13
Expansion Node support
The x222 does not support the IBM Flex System Storage Expansion Node or the IBM Flex System PCIe
Expansion Node.
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Processor options
The x222 supports the processor options that are listed in the following table. The x222 supports up to
four Intel Xeon E5-2400 processors, one or two in each independent server. All four processors that are
used in an x222 must be identical.
Note: The two servers are independent and cannot be combined to form a single four-socket system.
The table also shows which server models have each processor as standard. If no corresponding where
used model for a particular processor is listed, then this processor is available only through the
configure-to-order (CTO) process.
Table 4. Processor options
Part
number
Feature code*
Intel Xeon processor description
Models
where used
Intel Xeon processors
00D1266
A35X / A370
Intel Xeon E5-2403 4C 1.8GHz 10MB 1066MHz 80W
D2x
00D1265
A35W / A36Z
Intel Xeon E5-2407 4C 2.2GHz 10MB 1066MHz 80W
F2x
00D1264
A35V / A36Y
Intel Xeon E5-2420 6C 1.9GHz 15MB 1333MHz 95W
G2x
00D1263
A35U / A36X
Intel Xeon E5-2430 6C 2.2GHz 15MB 1333MHz 95W
H2x, H6x
00D1262
A35T / A36W
Intel Xeon E5-2440 6C 2.4GHz 15MB 1333MHz 95W
J2x
00D1261
A35S / A36V
Intel Xeon E5-2450 8C 2.1GHz 20MB 1600MHz 95W
M2x
00D1260
A35R / A36U
Intel Xeon E5-2470 8C 2.3GHz 20MB 1600MHz 95W
N2x
Intel Xeon processors - Low power
00D1269
A360 / A373
Intel Xeon E5-2418L 4C 2.0GHz 10MB 1333MHz 50W
A2x
00D1271
A362 / A375
Intel Xeon E5-2428L 6C 1.8GHz 15MB 1333MHz 60W
-
00D1268
A35Z / A372
Intel Xeon E5-2430L 6C 2.0GHz 15MB 1333MHz 60W
B2x
00D1270
A361 / A374
Intel Xeon E5-2448L 8C 1.8GHz 20MB 1333MHz 70W
-
00D1267
A35Y / A371
Intel Xeon E5-2450L 8C 1.8GHz 20MB 1600MHz 70W
C2x
* The first feature code is for processor 1 and the 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 panel 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 servers in the x222 supports Low Profile (LP) DDR3 memory RDIMMs and LRDIMMs. UDIMMs are
not supported. Each of the two servers in the x222 has 12 DIMM sockets. Each server supports up to six
DIMMs when one processor is installed and up to 12 DIMMs when two processors are installed. Each
processor has three memory channels, and there are two DIMMs per channel.
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The following rules apply when you select the memory configuration:
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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.
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The maximum number of ranks that are supported per channel is eight.
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The maximum quantity of DIMMs that can be installed in each server in the x222 depends on the
number of processors, as shown in the "Max. qty supported" row in the following table.

All DIMMs in all processor memory channels operate at the same speed, which is determined as the
lowest value of the following situations:

The memory speed that is supported by a specific processor.

The lowest maximum operating speed for the selected memory configuration that depends on the
rated speed, as shown under the "Max. operating speed" section in the following table. The
shaded cells indicate that the speed that is indicated is the maximum speed 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 the maximum memory capacity at
any speed that is supported by the DIMM and the maximum memory capacity at the rated DIMM speed. In
the table, cells that are highlighted with a gray background indicate when the specific combination of
DIMM voltage and number of DIMMs per channel still allows the DIMMs to operate at rated speed.
Note: The quantities and capacities are for one server (that is, half of the x222). The maximums for the
entire x222 (both servers) is double these numbers.
Table 5. Maximum memory speeds
Spec
RDIMMs
Rank
LRDIMMs
Single rank
Dual rank
Quad rank
Part numbers
49Y1406 (4 GB)
49Y1559 (4 GB)
49Y1407 (4 GB)
49Y1397 (8 GB)
49Y1563 (16 GB)
90Y3178 (4 GB)
90Y3109 (8 GB)
00D4968 (16GB)
90Y3105 (32 GB)
Rated speed
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 MHz
Rated voltage
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
Operating
voltage
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
Max quantity*
12
12
12
12
12
12
12
12
Largest DIMM
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB
16 GB
16 GB
16 GB
32 GB
32 GB
Max memory
capacity
48 GB
48 GB
48 GB
192 GB
192 GB
192 GB
384 GB
384 GB
Max memory
at rated speed
48 GB
48 GB
48 GB
129 GB
192 GB
192 GB
N/A
192 GB
Maximum operating speed (MHz)
1 DIMM
per channel
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1066 MHz
1333 MHz
2 DIMMs
per channel
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1066 MHz
1066 MHz
* The maximum quantity that is supported is shown for two installed processors. When one processor is installed,
the maximum quantity that is supported is half of that shown.
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The following memory protection technologies are supported:
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ECC
Chipkill (for x4-based memory DIMMs; look for "x4" in the DIMM description)
Memory mirroring
Memory sparing
If memory mirroring is used, then the DIMMs must be installed in pairs (minimum of one pair per
processor), 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 to be 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 that are installed.
The following table lists the memory options that are available for the x222. DIMMs can be installed one
at a time in each server, but for performance reasons, install them in sets of three (one for each of the
three memory channels).
Table 6. Memory options for the x222
Part
number
Feature
code
Description
Models
where
used
Registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) - 1333 MHz
49Y1406
8941
4GB (1x4GB, 1Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP
RDIMM
-
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
-
Registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) - 1600 MHz
49Y1559
A28Z
4GB (1x4GB, 1Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP
RDIMM
-
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
All models
00D4968
A2U5
16GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz
LP RDIMM
-
Load-reduced DIMMs (LRDIMMs)
90Y3105
A291
32GB (1x32GB, 4Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz
LP LRDIMM
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Internal disk storage options
The x222 has two 2.5-inch simple-swap drive bays that are accessible from the front of the unit (Figure 2),
with one bay for each of the servers. Each server offers a 6 Gbps SATA controller that is implemented by
the Intel C600 chipset. RAID functionality is not provided by the chipset and must be implemented by the
operating system.
The 2.5-inch drive bays support SATA hard disk drives (HDDs) or SATA solid-state drives (SSDs). Each
server in the x222 optionally supports 1.8-inch SSDs by first installing the Flex System SSD Expansion
Kit in to the 2.5-inch bay. This kit then provides two 1.8-inch hot-swap drive bays.
The following table lists the supported drives.
Table 7. Supported drives
Part number Feature Description
code
Maximum supported
per server*
1.8-inch drives and expansion kit
00W0366
A3HV
IBM Flex System SSD Expansion Kit
(used to convert the 2.5-inch bay in to two 1.8-inch bays)
1
00W1120
A3HQ
IBM 100GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
2
49Y6119
A3AN
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
2
90Y8974
A369
IBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps SATA 2.5'' G2 SS HDD
1
90Y8979
A36A
IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps SATA 2.5'' G2 SS HDD
1
90Y8984
A36B
IBM 128GB SATA 2.5” MLC Enterprise Value SSD for Flex
System x222
1
90Y8989
A36C
IBM 256GB SATA 2.5” MLC Enterprise Value SSD for Flex
System x222
1
90Y8994
A36D
IBM 100GB SATA 2.5” MLC Enterprise SSD for Flex System
x222
1
2.5-inch drives
* The quantities that are listed here are for each of the two servers in the x222.
Internal tape drives
The x222 does not support an internal tape drive. However, it can be attached to external tape drives by
using Fibre Channel connectivity.
Optical drives
The x222 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 server supplies up to 0.5 A at 5 V. For devices that require more power, an
additional power source is required.
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Embedded 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter
Each server in the x222 includes an Embedded 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter (VFA, also known as LAN on
Motherboard (LOM)) built in to the system board. The x222 has one Fabric Connector (which is physically
on the lower server) and the Ethernet connections from both Embedded 10 Gb VFAs are routed through
it. Figure 5 shows the location of the Fabric Connector.
The Fabric Connector enables port 1 on each embedded 10Gb VFA to be routed to I/O module bay 1 and
port 2 to be routed to I/O module bay 2. Only scalable switches that are upgraded to enable 28 or more
internal ports are supported.
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:
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

PCI-Express Gen2 x8 host bus interface
Supports multiple virtual NIC (vNIC) functions
TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE enabled)
SR-IOV capable
RDMA over TCP/IP capable
iSCSI and FCoE upgrade offering through 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 8. Feature on Demand upgrade for FCoE and iSCSI support
Part number
Feature
code
Description
Maximum
supported
per server*
90Y9310
A2TD
IBM Virtual Fabric Advanced Software Upgrade (LOM)
1
* The quantities that are listed here are for each of the two servers in the x222.
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Network and storage adapters
The x222 supports one I/O adapter, which is shared between the two servers. Standard Flex System I/O
adapters are not supported. Installing an I/O adapter card allows the two servers to connect with switch
modules in the IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis. The adapter is mounted in the lower server, as
shown in the following figure. The adapter has two host interfaces, one on either side, for connecting to
the servers. The host interfaces are PCI Express 3.0 x16.
The following figure shows the location of the I/O adapter.
Figure 6. Location of the I/O adapter
The following table lists the supported network and storage adapter. Adapters are shared between the two
servers with half the ports routing to each server.
Table 9. Network adapters
Part
number
Feature
code
Description
Number
of ports
Maximum
supported
A365
IBM Flex System IB6132D 2-port FDR InfiniBand Adapter
2
1*
IBM Flex System FC5024D 4-port 16Gb FC Adapter
4
1*
InfiniBand
90Y3486
Fibre Channel
95Y2379
A3HU
* One adapter is supported per x222. The adapter is shared between the two servers.
The IB6132D is a two-port adapter and has one port that is routed to each server. One port of the adapter
connects to the InfiniBand switch in switch bay 3 and the other adapter port connects to the InfiniBand
switch in switch bay 4 in the chassis. The IB6132D requires that two InfiniBand switches be installed in
the chassis.
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The FC5024D is a four-port adapter where two ports are routed to each server. The two ports of a server
go one each to the switches in switch bay 3 and 4. To take advantage of all four ports, you must install a
Fibre Channel switch in both switch bays.
We describe I/O connectivity within the chassis in the next section.
For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Adapter cards category at the
following website:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/puresystems?Open&page=pg&cat=adapters
I/O architecture
The two servers in the x222 each have an embedded two-port 10 Gb Ethernet controller that is routed to
Ethernet switches that are installed in switch bays 1 and 2 of the chassis. The x222 supports one I/O
adapter that is shared between the two servers and is routed to the switches that are installed in bays 3
and 4 of the chassis.
The following figure shows how the four ports of the two Embedded 10 GbE VFAs and the FC5024D
4-port 16 Gb FC adapter are connected to the Ethernet and Fibre Channel switches that are installed in
the chassis.
Figure 7. Logical layout of the interconnects - Ethernet and Fibre Channel
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The following figure shows how the four ports of the two Embedded 10 GbE VFAs and the IB6132D 2-port
FDR InfiniBand adapter are connected to the Ethernet and InfiniBand switches that are installed in the
chassis.
Figure 8. Logical layout of the interconnects - Ethernet and InfiniBand
The following figure shows the location of the switch bays in the IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis.
Figure 9. Location of the switch bays in the IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis
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A compatible switch module must be installed in the corresponding I/O bays in the chassis, as indicated
in the following table. Installing four switches in all four switch bays of the chassis means that all ports of
the adapter are enabled, which improves performance and network availability.
Table 10. Adapter to I/O bay correspondence
Server
Adapter
Embedded 10 GbE
Virtual Fabric Adapter
Port 1
Module bay 1
Upper server
Port 2
Module bay 2
Embedded 10 GbE
Virtual Fabric Adapter
Port 1
Module bay 1
Port 2
Module bay 2
Lower server
Upper server
Lower server
I/O Expansion adapter
FC5024D 4-port 16Gb FC
or
IB6132D 2-port FDR InfiniBand
IBM Flex System x222 Compute Node
With
FC5024D
4-port
With
IB6132D
2-port
Corresponding
I/O module bay
in the chassis
Port 1
Not used
Module bay 3
Port 2
Port 1
Module bay 4
Port 1
Port 1
Module bay 3
Port 2
Not used
Module bay 4
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Supported switches
The x222 supports only Ethernet scalable switches with at least the first internal port upgrade enabled or
Fibre Channel switches with dynamic port assignment. The following table shows which Ethernet, Fibre
Channel, and InfiniBand switches are supported:
Table 11. Supported switches
Adapter
Embedded 10 GbE
Virtual Fabric
Adapter
FC5024D 4-port
16Gb FC Adapter
Switches supported
Minimum required switch
upgrades
EN2092 1Gb Ethernet Scalable Switch (49Y4294)
Upgrade 1 (90Y3562)
EN4093 10Gb Scalable Switch (49Y4270)*
Upgrade 1 (49Y4798)*
EN4093R 10Gb Scalable Switch (95Y3309)
Upgrade 1 (49Y4798)
CN4093 10Gb Converged Scalable Switch
(00D5823)
Upgrade 1 (00D5845)
SI4093 System Interconnect Module (95Y3313)
Upgrade 1 (95Y3318)
FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switch (88Y6374)
Switch port licenses can be used for
internal or external ports. Additional
ports may be needed depending on
your configuration. See the FC5022
Product Guide**
FC5022 24-port 16Gb SAN Scalable Switch
(00Y3324)
FC5022 24-port 16Gb ESB SAN Scalable Switch
(90Y9356)
IB6132D 2-port
FDR InfiniBand
Adapter
IB6131 InfiniBand Switch (90Y3450)
None required†
* Withdrawn from marketing.
** IBM Redbooks Product Guide for the IBM Flex System FC5022 SAN Scalable Switch can be found at the
following website: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0870.html
† A switch upgrade is not required to activate the necessary ports. However, to run the ports at FDR speeds, you
need the FDR upgrade 90Y3462.
The following switches are not supported by the x222 because they do not provide enough internal ports
to connect to both servers in the x222 Compute Node:

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

IBM Flex System EN4091 10Gb Ethernet Pass-thru Module
IBM Flex System FC3171 8Gb SAN Switch
IBM Flex System FC3171 8Gb SAN Pass-thru
IBM Flex System EN6131 40Gb Ethernet Switch
For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Adapter cards category at the
following website:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/puresystems?Open&page=pg&cat=switches
Power supplies
Server power is derived from the power supplies that are installed in the chassis. There are no server
options regarding power supplies. Support for the x222 might be affected by the choice of the power
supply that is installed in the chassis, as described in the Chassis support section.
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Integrated virtualization
Each server in the x222 supports the ESXi hypervisor on a USB memory key through two internal USB
ports (see Figure 3). The supported USB memory keys are listed in the following table.
There are two types of USB keys: preload keys or blank keys. Blank keys allow you to download an IBM
customized version of ESXi and load it onto the key. Each server supports one or two keys that are
installed, but only certain combinations:
Supported combinations:
One preload key
One blank key
One preload key and one blank key
Two blank keys




Unsupported combinations:
Two preload keys

Installing two preload keys prevents ESXi from booting, as described at the website
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1035107. Having two keys that are installed provides a backup boot device.
Both devices are listed in the boot menu, which allows you to boot from either device or to set one as a
backup in case the first one becomes corrupted.
Table 12. Virtualization options
Part number
Feature
code
Description
Maximum
supported
41Y8298
A2G0
IBM Blank USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi Downloads
2
41Y8307
A383
IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.0 Update1
1
41Y8311
A2R3
IBM USB Memory Key for VMWare ESXi 5.1
1
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Light path diagnostics panel
For quick problem determination when you are physically at the server, the x222 Compute Node offers a
three-step guided path:
1. The Fault LED on the front panel of each server
2. The light path diagnostics panels, one for each server, as shown in the following figure
3. LEDs that are next to key components on the system board
The two light path diagnostics panels on the x222 are visible when you remove the server from the
chassis. One panel is for the upper server and one is for the lower server.
Figure 10. Location of x222 light path diagnostics panels
To illuminate the light path diagnostics LEDs, power off the server, 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 13. 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.
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Remote management
The two servers in the x222 each contain an IBM Integrated Management Module II (IMM2), which
interfaces with the advanced management module in the chassis. The combination of these features
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
Each server also supports virtual media and remote control features, which provide the following
functions:

Remotely viewing video with graphics resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 at 75 Hz with up to 23 bits per
pixel, regardless of the system state

Remotely accessing the server by 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 servers in the x222 Compute Node supports the following operating systems:

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





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


Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition with Service Pack 2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition with RA Service Pack 2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition with RA Service Pack 2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition with RA Service Pack 2
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T, Service Pack 2
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T, Service Pack 2
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition, U9
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition, U9
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition, U4
VMware ESX 4.1, U3
VMware ESXi 4.1, U3
VMware vSphere 5, U2
VMware vSphere 5.1, U1
Support by some of these operating system versions are after the date of initial availability. For the latest
information about the specific versions and service levels that are supported and any other prerequisites,
see the IBM ServerProven® website, found at the following address:
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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Width: 217 mm (8.6 in.)
Height: 56 mm (2.2 in.)
Depth: 492 mm (19.4 in.)
Maximum weight: 8.2 kg (18 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.)
Supported environment
The IBM Flex System x222 server complies with ASHRAE Class A3 specifications when it is installed
within the Flex System Enterprise Chassis.
Here 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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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 x222 Compute Node has a three-year onsite warranty with 9x5 next-business-day
terms. IBM offers the warranty service upgrades through IBM ServicePac®, which is described in this
section. The IBM ServicePac is a series of prepackaged warranty maintenance upgrades and
post-warranty maintenance agreements with a defined scope of services, including service hours,
response time, term of service, and service agreement terms and conditions.
IBM ServicePac offerings are country-specific. 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 the IBM ServicePac offerings that are available in your
country, see the IBM ServicePac Product Selector at the following website:
https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac
The following table explains the warranty service definitions in more detail.
Table 14. Warranty service definitions
Term
Description
IBM onsite
repair (IOR)
A service technician comes 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. - 5:00 p.m. in
the customer's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays. If it is after 1:00
p.m., and it is determined that onsite 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 arrives 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. 5:00 p.m. in the customer's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays.
In general, here are the types of IBM ServicePac offerings:

Warranty and maintenance service upgrades:




One, two, three, four, or five years of 9x5 or 24x7 service coverage
Onsite 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 9x5 next business day for all severities
Installation and startup support for IBM 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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





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, and
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/ENUS112-096

IBM Flex System x222 Compute Node product page:
http://ibm.com/systems/flex/compute-nodes/x86/

IBM Flex System Information Center:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/flexsys/information/index.jsp

IBM Flex System x222 Compute Node Installation and Service Guide:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/flexsys/information/topic/com.ibm.acc.7916.doc/printable_doc.html

ServerProven for IBM Flex System:
http://ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/flexsystems.html

ServerProven hardware compatibility page for the x222:
http://ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/blade/7916.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/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® Interoperability Center:
http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic
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