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Product Guide
March 2010
IBM System x3500 M3
The ultimate balance of performance, availability, security,
and powerful yet easy management
Product Overview
Suggested uses: Workgroups of medium-to-large corporations; remote offices; fast growing small
businesses.
CONTENTS
Product Overview
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Selling Features
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Key Features
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Key Options
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x3500 M3 Images
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x3500 M3 Specifications 13
The Bottom Line
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Server Comparison Table 17
For More Information
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Legal Information
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In a distributed computing environment, servers are spread across many locations; therefore, as limited
resources challenge IT management, high availability is crucial. The dual-socket IBM® System x3500 M3,
incorporating IBM X-Architecture™ features, delivers the superior power and availability needed by small
businesses and those with branch or remote locations. The x3500 M3 supports the latest six-core and
four-core Intel® Xeon™ 5600 series (Westmere) processors, designed with up to a leading-edge
1333MHz memory access speed and 12MB of L3 cache, to help provide you with the computing power
you need to match your business needs and growth. In addition, the x3500 M3 uses industry-standard
registered DDR-3 memory with Chipkill™ ECC (Error Checking and Correcting) protection—for high
performance, energy savings, and reliability. For even higher levels of availability, the x3500 M3 also
offers memory mirroring. A dual-port integrated high-speed Gigabit Ethernet controller is standard
(including TOE, RDMA, and iSCSI support), as are high-performance PCIe adapter slots and a legacy PCI
slot to support legacy expansion cards.
All models offer impressive scalability, including dual-processor support and up to 192GB1 of memory.
Base models support eight high-performance 2.5-inch hot-swap Serial-Attach SCSI (SAS) HDDs with
an internal storage capacity of up to 4TB. Optional upgrade kits are available to boost the storage to
sixteen or twenty four2 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS HDDs for up to 8TB or 12TB of internal storage capacity
(respectively). For additional performance and high availability, the x3500 M3 includes an IBM
ServeRAID® controller standard, providing hardware RAID support. Controllers supplied standard include
the ServeRAID-M1015, ServeRAID-M5014, or ServeRAID-M5015 (server-dependent). The x3500 M3
ships as a tower unit; CTO models can also be ordered as a 5U rack-mounted server, or a tower-to-rack
option can be ordered to help save precious data center floor space.
Standard in the x3500 M3 is an Integrated Management Module (IMM) that enables users to manage
and control the server easily—both locally and remotely. Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is
an evolutionary leap over legacy BIOS. This high level of manageability is designed to keep costs down
and the system up—even when network usage increases. The built-in, externally viewable light path
diagnostics panel enables quick servicing of the system if a problem develops. These advanced features
help maximize network availability by increasing uptime, as do hot-swap/redundant HDDs, power and
fans; Active Memory™; integrated RAID; temperature-controlled fans with Calibrated Vectored
Cooling™; industry-standard IPMI 2.0 support, including highly secure remote power control and Serial
over LAN; as well as text-console redirect over LAN.
With the inclusion of unique IBM service and support features such as light path diagnostics, IBM
Systems Director, IBM ServerGuide™ and the IMM, the x3500 M3 is equally well designed for a locally
managed data center environment as for a remotely managed or stand-alone environment, while offering
maximum availability.
For a balance of high-performance six-core, dual-socket processing, high availability and vast internal
storage, the x3500 M3 is the ideal system.
Selling Features
Price/Performance
The x3500 M3 offers numerous features to help boost performance and reduce product and operating
costs:
• Up to two six-core Xeon 5600 Series processors and 12MB of shared cache per processor, offer
superior performance capable of tackling the toughest jobs. 64-bit extensions provide the flexibility to
run 32-bit and 64-bit applications concurrently. Xeon 5600 series processors offer up to 40% better
performance than the previous-generation 5500 series processors and up to 900% better performance
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192GB of RDIMM or 48GB of UDIMM memory supported when 16GB RDIMMs and 4GB UDIMMs are available in 2Q/2010.
16- and 24-drive upgrades will be available in June 2010.
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than the single-core processors of a few years ago that you may still be using.
• Sixteen DIMMs of ultra-fast registered 1333MHz (or 1066MHz or 800MHz) DDR3 ECC memory with
Chipkill3 protection (optional) provides speed, high availability, and a memory capacity of up 192GB
• Five high-speed PCIe Gen 2 adapter slots (plus a 6th PCIe Gen 1 slot) offer investment protection by
supporting high-performance adapters, such as 10Gb Ethernet, Fibre Channel and InfiniBand cards,
none of which will run in older conventional PCI slots. A legacy PCI/33 adapter slot offers support for
older adapters.
• Integrated ServeRAID-M5015 (on selected models) provides RAID-0/1/10/5/50 (optional 6/60 with the
ServeRAID M5000 Series Advance Feature Key) without consuming a valuable adapter slot. It also
includes 512MB of battery-backed cache for higher performance and data protection.
• Up to twenty four 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS hard disk drives offer high-performance with high
availability. The SAS controller provides full-duplex (bidirectional 300MBps) data transfers for SAS
drives. For standard-performance and large capacity support, support for eight 3.5-inch hot-swap
SAS/SATA hard disk drives is available via CTO.
• The integrated dual-port Gigabit Ethernet controller with IPMI 2.0 support provides high-speed
network communications, as well as TOE, RDMA, and iSCSI support to offload work from the system
processor. (Note: iSCSI/RDMA support requires an optional license key.)
• A high degree of device integration, including SAS, RAID, IMM, dual Gigabit Ethernet, systems
management, embedded hypervisor, and video, helps to lower costs and frees up valuable adapter
slots.
• Energy-efficient components, including low-voltage transistors and voltage regulator modules, and
power supplies that are up to 90% efficient, help keep your energy bills down.
Flexibility
The x3500 M3 has the ability to grow with your application requirements, thanks to:
• A choice of six-core or four-core processors at 2.13GHz to 3.46GHz clock rates, up to 6.4
gigatransfers per second, and 80W, 95W, or 130W maximum power draw.
• Up to 192GB of high-speed registered DDR3 system memory.
• Six available high-performance PCIe adapter slots and one legacy PCI slot in all models. Optionally,
a riser card supporting two PCI-X/133 adapters can be exchanged for one PCIe slot.
• The x3500 M3 supports both the new 6Gbps RAID technology and the previous generation 3Gbps
RAID controllers. With the new ServeRAID-M1015, the x3500 M3 offers RAID-0/1/10, standard (RAID5 with upgrade). The ServeRAID-M5014 offers RAID-0/1/10/1E/5/50 with 256MB of cache,
upgradeable to battery backup. The ServeRAID-M5015 offers the same RAID levels, but with 512MB
of battery-backed cache standard. They can both be upgraded to RAID 6/60 with Self Encrypting Disk.
• The eight USB 2.0 ports (six external, two internal) are up to 40X faster4 than older USB 1.1 ports.
This provides speedy access to external HDDs (non-arrayed), floppy drives, flash drives, optical drives,
tape drives, and other USB devices. Two ports are on the front of the unit and four are on the back.
• Up to 24 internal 2.5-inch HDDs, and 1 half- high tape or optical drive offer tremendous internal
storage capability, along with full data backup. (16 internal 2.5-inch HDDs maximum with 1 half-high
tape drive.) Standard models offer eight 2.5-inch HDDs with a maximum of 4TB of hot-swap 2.5-inch
SAS or 2.4TB of hot-swap 2.5-inch SAS. Up to 12TB of internal hot-swap 2.5-inch SAS storage is
supported via upgradeable storage options and CTO models.
Manageability
Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the x3500 M3:
• UEFI — The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface is the next generation of BIOS, providing greater
manageability and function. Used in PCs for several years, it is now moving into the server arena. IBM
is the first to incorporate UEFI in our new servers. Features include:
Human readable event logs — no more beep codes
Complete out-of-band coverage by the Advance Settings Utility to simplify remote setup
A complete setup solution, allowing adapter configuration functions to be moved into UEFI
Consistent firmware management across an entire product line
• The x3500 M3 includes the IMM to monitor server availability, perform Predictive Failure Analysis, etc.,
and trigger IBM Systems Director alerts. The IMM enables service personnel to use sophisticated
diagnostic tools, such as light path diagnostics, to resolve problems quickly.
• Integrated IPMI 2.0 support alerts IBM Systems Director to anomalous environmental factors, such as
voltage and thermal conditions. It also supports highly secure remote power control using data
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All models require Chipkill-enabled DIMMs (provided standard) for Chipkill protection.
Data transfer rates may be less than the maximum possible.
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encryption.
• Text Console Redirection support allows the administrator to remotely view x3500 M3 text messages
over Serial or LAN.
• Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 support.
• The completely redesigned IBM Systems Director is included for proactive systems management.
IBM Systems Director comes with a portfolio of tools, including Active Energy Manager, and Service
and Support Manager. In addition, IBM Systems Director offers extended systems management tools
for additional server management and increased availability. When a problem is encountered, IBM
Systems Director can issue administrator alerts via e-mail, pager, and other methods.
• IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™, an IBM-exclusive, is designed to take advantage
of new system power management features, by providing power monitoring and power capping
features.
• The IMM provides remote presence without consuming a valuable adapter slot.
Availability and Serviceability
The x3500 M3 provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:
• x3500 M3 servers offer Chipkill ECC memory protection5 (when using x4 DIMMs). Chipkill memory is
up to 16X better than standard ECC memory at correcting memory errors. This can help reduce
downtime caused by memory errors.
• The x3500 M3 offers memory mirroring for redundancy in the event of a non-correctable memory
failure
• Toolless cover removal provides easy access to upgrades and serviceable parts. Similarly the
ServeRAID controllers can be installed and replaced without tools. This means less time (and
therefore less money) spent servicing the x3500 M3. Additionally, hot-swap/redundant HDDs, fans
and power supplies, as well as online mirrored memory, mean greater system uptime while these
components are being serviced.
• Environmental monitoring with fan speed control for temperature, voltages, fan failure, power supply
failure, and power backplane failure.
• The externally visible light path diagnostics panel and individual light path LEDs quickly lead the
technician to failed (or failing) components. This simplifies servicing, speeds up problem resolution and
helps improve network availability.
• IPMI 2.0 supports highly secure remote system power control using data encryption. This allows an
administrator to restart a server without having to visit it in person, saving travel time and getting the
server back up and running quickly and securely. It also adds new features to those provided by IPMI
1.5, including VLAN support, Serial over LAN, enhanced authentication and encryption algorithms
(RMCP+ and AES) and a firmware firewall.
• Temperature-controlled fans adjust to compensate for changing thermal characteristics. At the lower
speeds they draw less power and suffer less wear. Equally important in a crowded data center,
temperature-controlled fans produce less ambient noise in the data center than if they were constantly
running at full speed.
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Key Features
The three-year (parts and labor) limited onsite warranty6 helps afford you peace of mind and
greater investment protection than a one-year warranty does.
High-Performance Xeon Processors
The x3500 M3 supports up to two high-performance Intel Xeon 5600 or 5500 Series processors, allowing
you to upgrade to a second processor as business needs require. The x3500 M3 offers a choice of
processor clock rates, memory access speeds and power draw:
• 130W six-core Xeon 5600 Series processor model X5680 at 3.33GHz (respectively) running 6.4GTps
(gigatransfers/second) with 12MB of L3 processor cache, 1333MHz memory access, and Intel Turbo
Boost technology and Hyper Threading Technology
• 95W six-core Xeon 5600 Series processor models X5670 or X5650 at 2.93 or 2.66GHz (respectively)
running 6.4GTps with 12MB of L3 processor cache, 1333MHz memory access, 2 threads per core, and
Intel Turbo Boost technology and Hyper Threading Technology
• 80W four-core Xeon 5600 Series processor models E5640, E5630, or E5520 at 2.66, 2.53, or 2.40GHz
(respectively) running 5.86GTps with 12MB of L3 processor cache, 1066MHz memory access, and
Intel Turbo Boost technology and Hyper Threading Technology
• 80W four-core Xeon 5500 Series processor models E5507 or E5506 at 2.26 or 2.13GHz (respectively)
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Chipkill protection is supported with x4 DDR-3 DIMMs, but not x8 DIMMs.
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IBM attempts to resolve the problem remotely. International warranty service is available in any country in which this product is
sold.
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running 4.8GTps with 4MB of L3 processor cache, and 800MHz memory access.
Other Xeon 5600 and 5500 series processor are supported via CTO, including:
• 95W six-core Xeon 5600 Series processor models X5660 at 2.8GHz (respectively) running 6.4GTps
with 12MB of L3 processor cache, 1333MHz memory access, and Intel Turbo Boost technology and
Hyper Threading Technology
• 130W four-core Xeon 5600 Series processor model X5677 at 3. 46GHz (respectively) running 6.4GTps
with 12MB of L3 processor cache, 1333MHz memory access, and Intel Turbo Boost technology and
Hyper Threading Technology
• 95W four-core Xeon 5500 Series processor models E5540, E5530, E5520 at 2.53, 2.4, or 2.26Ghz
(respectively), running 5.86GTps with 8MB of L3 processor cache, and1066MHz memory access
• 80W four-core Xeon 5500 Series processor model E5504 at 2.0Ghz running 4.8GTps with 4MB of L3
processor cache, and 800MHz memory access
With the Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series processors, Intel has diverged from its traditional Symmetric
Multiprocessing (SMP) architecture to a Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) architecture. The Xeon
5600 processors are connected through a serial coherency link called QuickPath Interconnect (QPI). QPI
is capable of 6.4, 5.6 or 4.8 GTps (gigatransfers per second), depending on the processor model.
Six-core Xeon processors contain six complete processor cores. Processors contain one shared
12MB L3 cache. The cache is dynamically allocated between the cores as needed. The multiple cores
appear to software as multiple physical processors. Six-core processors offer considerably higher
performance than a same-speed Xeon processor with four cores or two cores.
Turbo Boost Technology increases performance by translating the temperature, power and current head
room into higher frequency. It will dynamically increase by 133MHz for short and regular intervals until the
upper limit is met or the maximum possible upside for the number of active cores is reached. The
maximum frequency is dependent on the number of active cores. The amount of time the processor
spends in the Turbo Boost Technology state depends on the workload and operating environment,
providing the performance you need, when and where you need it. For example, a 3.33GHz six-core
X5680 processor with 3-6 cores active can run the cores at 3.46GHz. With only one or two cores active,
the same processor can run those cores at 3.6GHz. Similarly, a 3.46GHz four-core X5677 processor can
run at 3. 6GHz or even 3.73GHz. When the inactive cores are needed again, they are dynamically turned
back on and the processor frequency is adjusted accordingly.
Intelligent Power Capability powers individual processor elements on and off as needed, to reduce
power draw.
Execute Disable Bit functionality can help prevent certain classes of malicious buffer overflow attacks
when combined with a supporting operating system.
Intel’s Virtualization Technology (VT) integrates hardware-level virtualization hooks that allow operating
system vendors to better utilize the hardware for virtualization workloads.
DDR-3 Registered Memory with Chipkill ECC Protection
The x3500 M3 ships with registered double data rate III (DDR-3) memory and provides Active
Memory features, including advanced Chipkill memory protection (optionally), for up to 16X
better error correction than standard ECC memory. In addition to offering better performance than
DDR-2 or fully-buffered memory, DDR-3 memory also uses less energy. DDR-2 memory already
offered up to 37% lower energy use than fully buffered memory. Now, a generation later, DDR-3
memory is even more efficient, using 22% less energy than DDR-2 memory.
The x3500 M3 supports up to 192GB of memory in sixteen DIMM slots. Redesign in the
architecture of the Xeon 5500 series processors bring radical changes in the way memory works
in these servers. For example, the Xeon 5500 series processor integrates the memory
controller inside the processor, resulting in two memory controllers in a 2-socket system. Each
memory controller has three memory channels. Depending on the type of memory, population of
memory, and processor model, the memory may be clocked at 1333MHz, 1066MHz or 800MHz.
Note: If only one processor is installed, only the first eight DIMM slots can be used. Adding a
second processor not only doubles the amount of memory available for use, but also doubles the
number of memory controllers, thus doubling the system memory bandwidth. If you add a second
processor, but no additional memory for the second processor, the second processor has to
access the memory from the first processor “remotely,” resulting in longer latencies and lower
performance. The latency to access remote memory is almost 75% higher than local memory
access. So, the goal should be to always populate both processors with memory.
The X56xx models support up to 1333MHz memory clock speed, while the E556x-and-up models
support up to 1066MHz clock speed, and the E550x models support 800MHz clock speed. Using
1333MHz memory (where supported) versus 1066MHz offers up to 9% better performance, while
1066MHz memory produces up to 28% better performance than 800MHz memory.
Xeon 5650 series processors access memory with almost 50% lower latency than the previous
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Xeon 5600 / 5500
Processor 0
Xeon 5600 / 5500
Processor 1
QPI
Memory Controller
Ch0
Ch1
7
4
D1
D2
1
D3
Ch2
8
5
2
D4
D5
Memory Controller
Ch0
6
3
D7
D8
Ch1
15
12
D9
D10
9
D6
D11
Ch2
16
13
10
D12
D13
14
11
D15
D16
D14
1-16: DIMM population sequence; D1-D16: DIMM slot assignments
This new processor design comes with some trade-offs in memory capacity, performance, and
cost: For example, greater memory capacity comes with lower memory speed. Alternatively, it
is possible to achieve the same memory capacity at lower cost but at a lower memory speed.
Regardless of memory speed, the Xeon 5600/5500 platform represents a significant improvement
in memory bandwidth over the previous Xeon 5400 platform. At 1333MHz, the improvement is
almost 500% over the previous generation. This huge improvement is mainly due to the dual
integrated memory controllers and faster DDR-3 1333MHz memory. Throughput at 800MHz is 25
gigabytes per second (GBps); at 1066MHz it’s 32GBps; and at 1333MHz it’s 35GBps. This
improvement translates into improved application performance and scalability.
Memory interleaving refers to how physical memory is interleaved across the physical DIMMs. A
balanced system provides the best interleaving. A Xeon 5600/5500 processor-based system is
balanced when all memory channels on a socket have the same amount of memory.
A memory rank is simply a segment of memory that is addressed by a specific address bit.
DIMMs typically have 1, 2 or 4 memory ranks, as indicated by their size designation.
• A typical memory DIMM description is 2GB 4Rx8 DIMM
• The 4R designator is the rank count for this particular DIMM (R for rank = 4)
• The x8 designator is the data width of the rank
It is important to ensure that DIMMs with appropriate number of ranks are populated in each
channel for optimal performance. Whenever possible, it is recommended to use dual-rank
DIMMs in the system. Dual-rank DIMMs offer better interleaving and hence better performance
than single-rank DIMMs. For instance, a system populated with six 2GB dual-rank DIMMs
outperforms a system populated with six 2GB single-rank DIMMs by 7% for SPECjbb2005. Dualrank DIMMs are also better than quad-rank DIMMs because quad-rank DIMMs will cause the
memory speed to be down-clocked.
Another important guideline is to populate equivalent ranks per channel. For instance, mixing
one single-rank DIMM and one dual-rank DIMM in a channel should be avoided.
Note: It is important to ensure that all three memory channels in each processor are populated.
The relative memory bandwidth decreases as the number of channels populated decreases. This
is because the bandwidth of all the memory channels is utilized to support the capability of the
processor. So, as the channels are decreased, the burden to support the requisite bandwidth is
increased on the remaining channels, causing them to become a bottleneck.
For increased availability, the x3500 M3 offers an additional (but mutually exclusive) level of IBM
Active Memory protection: online memory mirroring.
Memory mirroring works much like disk mirroring. The total memory is divided into two channels.
Data is written concurrently to both channels. If a DIMM fails in one of the DIMMs in the primary
channel, it is instantly disabled and the mirrored (backup) memory in the other channel becomes
active (primary) until the failing DIMM is replaced. One-half of total memory is available for use
with mirroring enabled. (Note: Due to the double writes to memory, performance is affected.)
Mirroring is handled at the hardware level; no operating system support is required.
DDR3 memory is currently available in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB RDIMMs, or 1GB and 2GB
UDIMMs. (16GB RDIMMs and 4GB UDIMMs are planned for 2Q/2010.) DIMMs are installed
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install matching DIMMs for each processor.
Maximum memory capacity and speed in 2-processor configurations include:
Memory
Frequency
DIMMs per
Channel
Max.
Memory
Capacity *
5600 Series
5500 Series
1333MHz (CTO
only)
1
(6 DIMMs)
48GB
RDIMM
24GB
UDIMM
X5650 and
above
N/A
1333MHz (CTO
only)
2
(12 DIMMs)
96GB
RDIMM
48GB
UDIMM
X5650 and
above
N/A
1066MHz
2
(12 DIMMs)
96GB
RDIMM
48GB
UDIMM
E5620 and
above
E5520 and
above
800MHz
3
(16 DIMMs)
128GB
RDIMM
48GB
UDIMM
E5620, and
above
E5502 - E5507
and above
800MHz-1333MHz
(Mirroring)
3
(12 DIMMs)
96GB
RDIMM
24GB
UDIMM
E5620, L5609,
and above
E5502 - E5507
and above
Hot-Swap/Redundant Components
System availability is maximized through the extensive use of hot-swap and redundant components,
including:
• Redundant memory protection (with memory mirroring enabled) and Chipkill protection
• Hot-swap, redundant hard disk drives (with RAID-1/10/1E/5/50/6/60 protection)
• Hot-swap, redundant power supplies
• Hot-swap, redundant cooling fans
Large HDD Storage Capacity
The x3500 M3 offers a choice of disk storage, supporting up to 8, 16, or 24 2.5-inch hot-swap SerialAttach SCSI (SAS) or Serial ATA II (SATA II) drives. Standard models include 8 or 16 2.5-inch HDD bays;
24 2.5-inch or 8 3.5-inch HDD bays are available via HDD upgrade option kit or CTO.
2.5-inch SAS
• 7.2K RPMs — 500GB (4TB maximum capacity standard; 8TB / 12TB via upgrade or CTO)
• 10,000 RPMs — 146.8 or 300GB (2.4TB standard; 4.8TB / 7.2TB via upgrade or CTO)
• 15,000 RPMs — 73.4 or 146.8GB (1.17TB standard; 2.34TB / 3.5TB via upgrade or CTO)
2.5-inch SATA
• 7.2K RPMs — 160GB or 500GB (4TB standard; 8TB / 12TB via upgrade or CTO)
3.5-inch SAS
• 15,000 RPMs — 300, 450, 600GB (4.8TB; via CTO only)
Notes: Hot-swap SAS drives use the Converged Tray for interchangeability with other IBM System x™
systems. If you need more storage space, terabyte capacities are possible with external direct-attach,
NAS and SAN solutions.
Disk/Tape Controllers
All x3500 M3 models include an integrated hardware based ServeRAID SAS/SATA controller (modelspecific). The controller provides data transfer speeds of up to 6Gbps per SAS port on a x8 PCIe card. It
supports both SAS and SATA HDDs. Additional expenders are required for sixteen or twenty four drives
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TheServeRAID-M1015 SAS/SATA controller supports RAID-0/1/10 (no cache) for up to 8 drives. The IBM
ServeRAID M1000 Series Advance Feature Key adds RAID-5 with SED support.
The ServeRAID-M5014 SAS/SATA controller offers enhanced performance with 256MB of cache
memory, and supports RAID-0/1/10/5/50 for up to 8 drives.
The ServeRAID-M5015 SAS/SATA controller offers enhanced performance with 512MB of cache
memory and battery backup, and supports RAID-0/1/10/5/50 for up to 8 drives.
The IBM ServeRAID M5000 Series Advance Feature Key adds RAID-6/60 with SED support to the
M5014 and M5015. The IBM ServeRAID M5000 Series Battery Key adds battery backup support to the
M5014.
For external storage, the 3Gbps ServeRAID-MR10M controller enables connection to up to four IBM
System Storage EXP3000 SAS expansion units (48 HDDs total). It provides RAID-0/1/10/5/50 support and
256MB of onboard cache.
x3500 M3 models with the ServeRAID-M1015 controller standard can upgrade to the M5014 or 5015
controller. Models equipped with the ServeRAID-M5015 controller can upgrade to the 5015 controller. Any
of them can be replaced with the MR10M controller for external storage needs, or it can be installed
additionally in one of the standard PCIe slots.
Drive Bays
The x3500 M3 contains 11 drive bays in standard models and up to 25 bays in CTO models. Standard
models offer 8 HDD bays that support small form-factor (SFF) 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS drives. HDD
upgrade options are available to offer 16 or 24 2.5-inch bays. Base models include 3 5.25-inch bays, one
reserved for the optical drive and two for a tape drive or 8 additional 2.5-inch HDD bays.
An internal full-high tape drive can be installed using 2 of the 5.25-inch drive bays; alternatively, an
internal half-high tape drive can be installed using 1 of the 5.25-inch drive bays. The tape drive must have
a USB 2.0 interface. Upgrading to 24 2.5-Inch drives will leave only one 5.25-inch bay for either a half-high
tape or optical drive.
A half-high DVD-ROM drive with a SATA interface ships standard in the other 5.25-inch bay. No diskette
drive is supplied with any model; an external USB floppy drive may be used, if needed.
Hot-swap drives may be inserted or removed through the front of the server without powering off the
system.
For still more storage, a direct-attach, NAS or SAN external expansion option can be added, using an
optional controller.
High-Performance Adapter Slots
The x3500 M3 provides seven adapter slots standard: five PCIe Gen 2 slots, one PCIe Gen 1 slot, and
one legacy PCI slot. PCI Express Gen 2 is the next-generation of high-performance, low-latency, serial
I/O bus. Slot 2 is a x16 (“by 16”) physical/x8 electrical PCIe (PCI Express) Gen 2 full-length/full-height
adapter slot. This means that although the slot runs at x8 Gen 2 speeds (8GBps), it can accept a x16 Gen
2 adapter in the slot. It is also capable of supporting x1/x4/x8 adapters at full speed. In addition to this slot,
the x3500 M3 also includes two x8 physical/x8 electrical Gen 2 slots (8GBps), two x8 physical/x4 Gen
2 electrical slots (4GBps), one x8 physical/x4 Gen 1 electrical slot (2GBps) on a riser card, and one
33MHz legacy PCI slot. As part of a configure-to-order (CTO) build, the PCIe riser card can be replaced
with a riser card containing two 133MHz PCI-X slots.
Slot 1 is a half-length/full-height PCIe slot; slots 2, 3, 4 and 5 are full-length/full-height PCIe slots,
and Slot 6 is a half-length/full-height 33MHz legacy PCI slot. Slot 7, on the PCIe riser card, is a fulllength/full-height slot. The PCI-X riser contains two full-length/full-height slots (7 and 8).
Internal Backup
The x3500 M3 supports several internal tape backup options. Supported technologies include:
• DDS-5 (half-high)
• DDS-6 (half-high)
• RDX – Internal/External (half-high)
• LTO-3 Ultrium (half-high)
• LTO-4 Ultrium (half-high)
• LTO-5 Ultrium (half-high)
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Dual-Port Gigabit Ethernet Controller
The x3500 M3 includes one dual-port integrated Broadcom 5709C Gigabit Ethernet controller for up to
10X higher maximum throughput than a 10/100 Ethernet controller, as well as support for PXE 2.0
remote boot, TCPIP Offload Engine (TOE), Internet SCSI (iSCSI), Remote Direct Memory Access
(RDMA), and jumbo frames (9KB). A license key is required to enable the iSCSI and RDMA features.
Jumbo Frames—those larger than the standard frame (packet) size of 1,500 bytes—can be more
efficient, dramatically increasing network performance and reducing server CPU overhead. TOE helps
improve overall system performance by offloading TCP/IP protocol processing from the system
microprocessor to the onboard Ethernet TOE processor. There is no additional charge for this capability.
It also supports highly secure remote power management using IPMI 2.0, plus Wake on LAN® and PXE
(Preboot Execution Environment) flash interface. Optional PCIe adapters offering failover and load
balancing between adapters are available for added throughput and increased system availability.
Integrated Ethernet ports:
• 3 Gb RJ45 Ethernet ports, ideal for virtualization and I/O-intensive workloads
• 2 ports standard for Gb Ethernet and plus 1 dedicated Fast Ethernet port for systems management
• Improves system performance by offloading protocol processing from CPU to a separate TOE engine
• Primary performance improvement for data copying (CPU) where CPU utilization is 90-100%
• The embedded NIC/TOE supports software iSCSI using a Microsoft iSCSI initiator
• Using a software initiator enables offloading the processing of TCP frames with the TOE engine in the
adapter card, but the processing of iSCSI packets themselves is not hardware-offloaded at the
Broadcom NIC
• Broadcom hardware-offloaded iSCSI (using TOE engine) of the iSCSI frames
Onboard Broadcom 5709C Gigabit Ethernet controller provides two Gigabit ports supporting IEEE 802.3
for 1000Base-T, 100Base-TX, and 10Base-T applications (802.3, 802.3u, 802.3ab) over a CAT 5 twistedpair cable. TOE support on Windows is available today, but requires the Windows Scalable Network Pack
(SNP) installed. Linux has no plan to support TOE at this time. Please refer to TOE_RDMA_iSCSI.doc for
technology details. Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is supported.
Ultra-Efficient Cooling
Strategically located fans, combined with efficient airflow paths, provide highly effective system cooling for
the x3500 M3, known as Calibrated Vectored Cooling. The base server with one power supply includes
three hot-swap fans. Adding the optional power supply for redundant power adds three more hot-swap
fans, for redundant cooling. In addition, each power supply also contains a fan.
The system contains three cooling zones. Zone 1 cools the memory slots and the three 5.25-inch
drive bays. Zone 2 cools the processors and drives 9-16 (in a CTO configuration), while Zone 3 cools
the adapter slots and the standard 8 HDD bays.
The fans automatically adjust speeds in response to changing thermal requirements, depending on the
zone, redundancy, and internal temperatures. When the temperature inside the server increases, the fans
speed up to maintain the proper ambient temperature. When the temperature returns to a normal
operating level, the fans return to their default speed. Why not simply run the fans at 100% capacity all the
time? For several good reasons: to reduce the ambient noise, reduce the wear-and-tear on the fans and
reduce the server power draw. The reduction in ambient noise and power draw may be relatively minor for
a single server, but put dozens or hundreds in a data center and it can make a big difference!
In addition, the server uses hexagonal ventilation holes in the chassis. Hexagonal holes can be grouped
more densely than round holes, providing greater airflow through the system cover.
This cooling scheme is important because newer, more powerful processors generate a significant amount
of heat, and heat must be controlled for the system to function properly.
Light Path Diagnostics
Light path diagnostics enables a technician to quickly identify and locate a failed or failing system
component, such as a specific processor, DIMM, HDD, VRM, fan, or power supply. This enables quick
replacement of the component, which helps increase server uptime and lower operating costs.
An LED panel is mounted on the front of the server for easy viewing without the need to open the server
cover (or remove the server from a rack). The light path diagnostics panel tells the servicer which
component requires attention. In addition, many components have their own identifying LEDs. For
example, each of the twelve memory modules has an LED next to the socket, as do both processors, all
adapter slots, all fans, all power supplies, the voltage regulator module and the service processor, allowing
the servicer to easily identify exactly which component needs servicing. By following the “light path,” the
component can be replaced quickly, and without guesswork. (Note: In the event of a failed DIMM, the
system will restart and mark the DIMM as bad while offline, thus allowing the system to continue running,
with reduced memory capacity, until serviced.)
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Other Features
• Eight USB 2.0 ports — Provides flexibility to add high-speed external devices. The USB 2.0
specification supports up to 480Mbps transfer rates. (Note: Not all USB 2.0 devices are capable of
achieving this rate.) Two ports are provided on the front of the server, four are on the back, one is
internal to support a USB-interface tape drive, and one is internal to support a USB flash drive for an
embedded hypervisor.
• Embedded hypervisor; a USB port on the motherboard, activated with an optional 2GB USB key for
supporting VMWare ESXi for virtualization
• Remote Presence — This standard feature adds local and remote management functions without
consuming a valuable adapter slot.
• Toolless chassis — The cover can be opened without tools, and many components can be removed
and replaced without tools, including the CD-RW/DVD combo drive, hot-swap drives, and PCIe/PCI-X
adapters, as well as the integrated ServeRAID controller, and embedded hypervisor key. This can save
a servicer significant time.
Extensive System Support Features
The IBM services and technical support portfolio provides world-class, consistent, high-quality service and
support. The x3500 M3 server offers a number of tools and services designed to make ownership a
positive experience. From the start, IBM programs make it easier for you to plan for, configure and
purchase System x or xSeries servers, get them running and keep them running long-term. These
features include IBM Express Portfolio, IBM ServerProven®, the IBM Standalone Solutions Configuration
Tool, IBM System x and BladeCenter Power Configurator, IBM ServerGuide, IBM Systems Director
Service and Support Manager, Product Customization Services and extensive technical support offerings.
This System x server is part of the IBM Express Portfolio, designed, developed and priced to meet the
specific needs of midsized businesses. The IBM Express Portfolio of solutions is easy to acquire, install
and manage. And they leverage IBM technology to provide tangible solutions to help you solve business
problems in an on demand world.
The IBM ServerProven program provides the confidence that specific options and operating systems
have been tested on the server and are officially supported to work together. It is updated frequently to
ensure that the latest compatibility information is always at your fingertips.
The IBM Standalone Solutions Configuration Tool (SSCT) is a downloadable tool that simplifies the
often complex chore of configuring a full rack of servers (including blade servers) and confirming that you
have all the cables, power distribution units, KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) switch boxes and other
components you need, as well as the proper airflow clearances, electrical circuits and other environmental
conditions.
IBM System x and BladeCenter Power Configurator helps IT managers plan for data center power
needs, by providing the following information for specific configurations of System x and BladeCenter
systems: power input (watts), PDU sizing (amps), heat output (BTUs), airflow requirements through
chassis (CFM), VA rating, leakage current (mA), and peak inrush current (amps).
IBM ServerGuide (installed from CD) simplifies the process of installing and configuring System x and
xSeries servers. ServerGuide goes beyond mere hardware configuration by assisting with the automated
installation of the Microsoft® Windows® Server 2000 and 2003 operating systems, device drivers and other
system components, with minimal user intervention. (Drivers are also included for support of Novell
NetWare, Red Hat Linux and SUSE LINUX.) This focus on deployment helps you reduce both your total
cost of ownership and the complexity that administrators and technical personnel face.
IBM Systems Director Service and Support Manager (previously called IBM Electronic Service Agent™)
is an innovative “call home” feature that allows System x and BladeCenter servers to automatically report
hardware problems to IBM support, which can even dispatch onsite service if necessary to those
customers entitled to onsite support under the terms of their warranty or an IBM Maintenance Agreement.
Electronic Service Agent resides on a server and provides electronic support and problem management
capabilities through a highly secure electronic dialogue between your systems and IBM. It monitors
networked servers for hardware errors and it can perform hardware and software inventories and report
inventory changes to IBM. All information sent to IBM is stored in a highly secure database and used for
improved problem determination.
Additional services include hardware warranty upgrades and factory-installed Product Customization
Services (PCS), such as asset tagging, hardware integration, software imaging and operating systems
personalization.
IBM offers extensive technical support by phone and via the Web. Support options include links to
forums/newsgroups, problem submission, online shopping support, service offerings, device drivers for all
IBM product lines, software downloads and even upcoming technical seminar worldwide schedules and
registration. Also available are remote installation, configuration and usage support for System x and
xSeries hardware and software, as well as onsite custom services to provide the level of expertise you
require.
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IBM Maintenance and Technical Support solutions can help you get the most out of your IT investment
by reducing support costs, increasing availability and simplifying management with integrated support for
your multiproduct, multivendor hardware and software environment. For more information on hardware
maintenance, software support, solution support and managed support, visit
http://ibm.com/services/maintenance.
Advanced Systems Management Capabilities
The x3500 M3 has a high level of systems management capabilities that are well-suited to remote
locations as well as to stand-alone environments. Features include UEFI, IMM, IBM ToolsCenter, IBM
Systems Director Active Energy Manager, Automatic Server Restart, Wake on LAN® support, PXE
support, text console redirect, Predictive Failure Analysis, and IBM Systems Director.
The Integrated Management Module (IMM) provides industry-standard Intelligent Platform
Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0-compliant systems management. It provides a number of important
system functions, including:
• Monitoring of system and battery voltage, system temperature, fans, power supplies, processor and
DIMM status
• Fan speed control
• Product ID and Family ID detection
• Highly secure remote power on/off
• System reset control
• NMI/SMI detection and generation
• System diagnostic LED control (power, HDD, activity, alerts, heartbeat)
• IPMI over LAN
• Serial Over LAN
• Proxy server support
• LAN messaging and alerting
• Text console redirection over LAN
• Predictive Failure Analysis for system fans
• Web-based out-of-band control
• SSL (Secure Socket Layer) and LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) support
• VLAN support
• Enhanced authentication and encryption algorithms (RMCP+ and AES)
• Local update of BMC firmware
• Firmware firewall
• Support for IPMI v2.0 compliant management software (e.g., xCAT)
• Other mandatory and optional IPMI BMC functions
The IMM alerts IBM Systems Director to anomalous environmental factors, such as voltage and thermal
conditions—even if the server has failed.
The x3500 M3 also includes IMM remote presence standard for additional systems management
capabilities, including:
• Latest OS failure screen capture
• Graphical console redirection over LAN
• Remote virtual floppy and CD-ROM
• High-speed remote redirection of PCI video, keyboard and mouse
IBM ToolsCenter consolidates 42 needed tools for managing servers individually into an integrated suite
of 8 tools. They are organized by function: deployment, updates, configuration and diagnostics. Tools are
now simpler to access and use with a single webpage for access, a common look and feel and a common
command line interface for the scripting tools. The ToolsCenter Bootable Media Creator offers
significantly more functionality than past tools with the ability to add more tools to the bootable image and
to automatically download the bootable environment if needed. Bootable Media Creator allows you to
create bootable CDs, DVD, and USB keys for updates customized to your systems.
IBM developed IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager to put control of system power-saving
features at the fingertips of administrators. Active Energy Manager is designed to take advantage of new
features, such as monitoring power usage and balancing the performance of the system according to
available power input. It provides the ability to plan and predict power consumption based on your
hardware configuration. It also helps enable you to reduce the infrastructure required for redundancy, by
using fewer servers on smaller power feeds and potentially lowering your overall data center support
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costs. It does this by inventorying all components, then adding up the total power draw and tracking the
usage. It also includes power management and capping features to help administrators manage or reduce
power usage.
Automatic Server Restart (ASR) helps reduce downtime by restarting the server automatically in the
event of a system lockup. ASR technology is a combination of hardware circuitry tied into the server’s
system reset function and a device driver. As long as the server continues running, the ASR watchdog
timer will keep being reset, but if the operating system crashes or the hardware freezes somehow the ASR
software will be unable to reset the hardware timer. If the timer is not reset within five minutes, it
automatically triggers the ASR hardware, which immediately restarts the server (and logs an ASR event
with IBM Systems Director). These features are designed so that no more than five minutes can pass
before the server is restarted.
Wake on LAN permits the server to be remotely powered on if it has been shut off. Once powered up, the
server can be controlled across the network, using the Preboot Execution Environment (PXE).
Like Wake on LAN, PXE is system firmware. It enables software such as the optional IBM Remote
Deployment Manager to take control of a system before the BIOS, operating system or applications are
loaded (using Wake on LAN/PXE) and lets an administrator perform many low-level tasks remotely that
would otherwise require a visit to each system. These tasks may include such things as formatting a hard
disk drive, updating system firmware, or deploying a Windows or Linux operating system.
Text Console Redirection support allows the administrator to remotely view x3500 M3 text messages
over serial or LAN. This feature is standard on the x3500 M3.
Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) is designed to allow the system to detect impending failure of
supported components (processor, memory, HDDs, fans, VRM, and power supplies) before actual failure,
and alert the administrator through IBM Systems Director. This gives you the ability to replace the failing
component before it fails, resulting in increased uptime.
IBM Systems Director software for advanced workgroup management is included with the x3500 M3.
IBM Systems Director comes with a portfolio of tools, including Systems Director Active Energy Manager,
System and Support Manager, and other tools. System Availability (a no-charge download) and Capacity
Manager (sold separately) are available as add-ons for additional server management and increased
availability. IBM Systems Director provides a single uniform graphical interface for all of these systems
management functions.
IBM Systems Director enables you to customize thresholds and monitor system components (for things
like temperature, voltage regulation, etc.) to help maximize uptime.
Key Options
IBM options for System x servers help you take your servers to a higher
level
You can rely on System x options to supply a complete solution for your business needs. Options help you
create an optimized server system to meet your data protection, storage and availability needs. Every IBM
option is designed and tested for peak performance and flexibility, helping to maximize your return on
investment. The combination of System x servers and options lets you keep your fingers on the pulse of
your e-business.
Processors — The Intel Xeon processor provides high clock rates, four cores, 64-bit extensions, a large
cache and advanced features for availability and manageability. Large cache size, combined with fast
1333MHz, 1066MHz or 800MHz memory access and an integrated memory controller reduce memory
latency and facilitates the movement of data. (Note: System performance depends not only on the number
of processors in the server but also on the power and functionality of each processor.) Adding a second
processor may be a cost-effective way to achieve significant performance improvements.
Memory — Memory is a significant factor in systems application performance. Adding more memory to a
System x server is one of the most effective ways to increase application performance. For best
performance in a server with a six-core processor, there should be three times as much memory available
as for a 2-core processor.
Backup Drives — Backup drives help you protect your data. IBM offers several choices of capacities and
technologies, including DDS-5, DDS-6, LTO-3, LTO-4, and LTO-5 tape backup, as well as the RDX
Removable Disk Cartridge drive (internal and external).
Hard Disk Drives — IBM hard disk drives help you improve the transaction and cost performance of your
System x servers. The choice of hard disk drives can be a critical aspect of maximizing the I/O throughput
of the system. SAS 2.5-inch hard disk drives are available for the x3500 M3 with capacities up to 300GB
apiece at 10,000 RPMs or up to 146.8GB apiece at 15,000 RPMs. For larger capacities, SATA drives up
to 500GB at 7,200 RPMs are available. For CTO models with 3.5-inch SAS bays, drive capacities up to
600GB at 15K RPMs are available.
Power Supply — The optional second power supply for the x3500 M3 enables redundancy for hot-swap
power. In addition, its 90%-efficient design helps lower your energy bill for power and cooling.
ServeRAID Controllers — System x servers using ServeRAID technology allow companies to build a
reliable foundation for business-critical computing. IBM ServeRAID technology allows an array consisting
of multiple physical hard disk drives to be treated as one logical drive. ServeRAID technology also allows
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data to be stored redundantly, across multiple hard disk drives— enhancing both the integrity and the
availability of the data. SAS and SATA ServeRAID controllers offer enhanced performance due to onboard
processors and cache. Because IBM ServeRAID controllers can help significantly improve data transfer
rates, this technology is extremely effective when implementing demanding, transaction-oriented
applications. By employing the advanced fault tolerance of IBM ServeRAID technology, companies can
effectively implement networked business systems that require large amounts of storage space for data
and applications that must be available for their businesses to continue operating.
The IBM ServeRAID-M1015, x8 PCIe and 6Gbps, offers RAID-0/1/10; optionally RAID-5 with SED
support. The IBM ServeRAID-M5014, x8 PCIe and 6Gbps, provides 256MB cache and RAID-0/1/10/5/50;
optionally RAID-6/60 with SED, and battery backup). The IBM ServeRAID-M5015, x8 PCIe and 6Gbps,
has 512MB cache and RAID-0/1/10/5/50; optionally RAID-6/60 with SED, and battery backup. For external
storage, the ServeRAID-MR10M controller provides RAID-0/1/10/5/50 support and 256MB of onboard
cache and enables connection to up to four IBM System Storage EXP3000 SAS expansion units (48
HDDs total). The IBM ServeRAID M1000 Series Advance Feature Key adds RAID-5 and SED support
to the ServeRAID-M1015. Similarly, the IBM ServeRAID M5000 Series Advance Feature Key adds
RAID-6/60 with SED support to the M5014 and M5015. The IBM ServeRAID M5000 Series Battery Key
adds battery backup support to the M5014.
External Storage — The IBM System Storage DS3000, DS4000, DS6000, and DS8000 series, as well
as the N3000, N5000, and N7000 series, comprise a powerful and broad shared storage family with
integrated management software designed to meet midrange and enterprise needs. For lower-end needs,
IBM offers the System Storage DS400 storage enclosures.
External SAN, iSCSI, and direct-attach storage is available using one of several IBM System Storage and
TotalStorage host bus adapters. Additionally, external LAN-attached tape storage is available.
x3500 M3 Images
Front View
Rear View
USB 2.0
Ports Externally Visible
DVD-ROM Drive
2 Open 5.25” Drive
Bays or additional 8
Hot-Swap 2.5” SHDD
bays
Light Path
Diagnostics Panel
Hexagonal
Ventilation
Holes
Hot-Swap/Redundant
Power Bays
Hexagonal
Ventilation
Holes
Locking
Drive
Cover
Serial
Port
Video
Port
Fast Ethernet
Port for IMM
Cover
Lock Key
4 USB
Ports
16 Hot-Swap 2.5”
SAS HDD Bays
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GB Ethernet
Ports
7
Adapter
Slots /
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Interior View
Hot-Swap Power
Supplies
5.25-inch Drive
Bays
DIMMs
(Hidden)
DIMMs
(Hidden)
Power Supply
Handles
CPU 1
Zone Cooling
Shield
CPU 2
HotSwap
Fans
BCM5709C
CTO HDD
Drive Bays
Hypervisor
USB Port
Adapter
Slots
Standard
Model HDD
Bays
UEFI
(Hidden)
IMM
x3500 M3 Specifications
Machine type
7380-32x, 42x, 52x, 62x, 72x, 82x, 92x
Form factor
Tower (or 5U rack via CTO or conversion kit)
BIOS type
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)
Processor type
Maximum processor power draw
QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) speed
(gigatransfers per second)
6-Core Intel Xeon
(X56xx)
2.66GHz X5650 (72x),
2.93GHz X5670 (82x),
3.33GHz X5680 (92x)
4-Core Intel Xeon
(E56xx)
2.4GHz E5620 (42x),
2.53GHz E5630 (52x),
2.66GHz E5640 (62x)
4-Core Intel Xeon
(E55xx)
2.13GHz E5506 (32x)
130W (92x)
95W (72x, 82x)
80W (32x, 42x, 52x, 62x)
6.4GTps
(72x, 82x, 92x)
5.86GTps
(42x, 52x, 62x)
4.8GTps
(32x)
# of processors standard / maximum
Internal L3 cache
1/2
12MB—42x, 52x, 62x, 72x, 82x, 92x
Chipset
4MB—32x
Intel 5520
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192GB8)
Standard memory type
Maximum memory access speed
DIMM capacities supported
8GB (2 x 4GB)—62x, 72x, 82x, 92x
4GB (1 x 4GB)—32x, 42x, 52x
Registered PC3-10600 DDR III ECC (Chipkill protection when using x4 DIMMs);
single-, dual-, or quad-rank
1333MHz (72x, 82x, 92x)
1066MHz (42x, 52x, 62x)
800MHz (32x)
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1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB
7
Maximum memory and disk capacity may require the replacement of standard components with the largest supported component
available.
128GB of RDIMM or 48GB of UDIMM memory supported when 16GB RDIMMs and 4GB UDIMMs are available in 2Q/2010.
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# of DIMM sockets total / available
16 (8 per processor) / 14—62x, 72x, 82x,
92x
16 (8 per processor) / 15—32x, 42x, 52x
Online hot-spare memory supported
No
Memory mirroring supported / # of
DIMM sockets reserved for mirroring
Yes / 12 (6 per processor)
# of drive bays total / available
# of 5.25-inch bays total / available
11 or 17 standard
25 via CTO or options)
3 / 2 (optical drive installed)—16-HDD
models
3 / 1—24-HDD models
# of HDD drive bays total / available
8 standard / 16 or 24 via CTO or options
# of 2.5-inch HDD drive bays total /
available
8 / 8 (16 or 24 via CTO or options)
# of 3.5-inch HDD drive bays total /
available
8 (via CTO only) / 8
Maximum HDD capacity
2.5-inch Hot-Swap SAS
4TB (8 x 500GB) or 8TB
(16 x 500GB) (standard);
12TB (24 x 500GB) via
HDD upgrade option kit or
CTO)
2.5-inch Hot-Swap SATA
8TB (16 x 500GB); 12TB
(24 x 500GB) via HDD
upgrade option kit CTO
3.5-inch Hot-Swap SAS
4.8TB (8 x 600GB) via
CTO only
HDD capacities supported
2.5-inch Hot-Swap SAS
146.8, 300GB — 10K
RPMs; 73.4, 146.8GB —
15K RPMs; 500GB —
7.2K RPMs
2.5-inch Hot-Swap SATA
146.8, 300GB — 10K
RPMs; 73.4, 146.8GB —
15K RPMs; 500GB —
7.2K RPMs
3.5-inch Hot-Swap SAS
300, 450, 600GB—15K
RPMs
# of HDDs standard
None
# of optical drives standard
1 SATA DVD-ROM Combo (in dedicated 5.25" bay)
# of diskette drives standard
None (USB-attach)
Internal tape drives supported
1 full-high or 2 half-high (uses one or two
5.25-inch bays)—8 or16-HDD models
Disk drive technology
Integrated disk controller
Optional RAID controller
# of disk drives supported per port
External disk drives supported
# of adapter slots total / available
1 half-high (for either 5.25-inch optical or
tape drive)—24-HDD models
Hot-swap SAS
ServeRAID-M5015
(512MB cache) with
battery—RAID0/1/10/5/50; optional
RAID-6/60, SED (72x, 82x,
92x)
ServeRAID-M5014
(256MB cache) internal
SAS/SATA—RAID0/1/10/5/50; optional
RAID-6/60, battery, SED
(62x)
ServeRAID-M5015—32x, 42x, 52x, 62x
ServeRAID-M1015 (no
cache) internal
SAS/SATA—RAID-0/1/10;
optional RAID-5/50 (32x,
42x, 52x)
ServeRAID-M5014—32x, 42x, 52x
1
Yes, via ServeRAID-MR10M controller (256MB cache standard—SAS/SATA; RAID0/1/10/5/50/6/60)
7 / 6 (standard);
8 (CTO)
# of PCIe x16 Gen 2 physical/x8 Gen 2
electrical slots (8GBps)
1 full-height/full-length
# of PCIe x8 Gen 2 physical/x8 Gen 2
electrical slots (8GBps)
2 full-height/full-length (1 slot reserved for RAID card)
# of PCIe x8 Gen 2 physical/x4 Gen 2
2 full-height/full-length
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electrical slots (4GBps)
# of PCIe x8 Gen 1 physical/x4 Gen 1
electrical slots (2GBps)
1 full-height/half-length (on an extender card)
# of PCI-X/133 slots (1GBps)
None standard (2 optional via CTO, by replacing the PCIe extender card)
# of 33MHz legacy PCI slots
1 full-height/half-length
# of video ports
1
Video controller
Matrox G200eV (in IMM)
Video memory
16MB DDR-2 SDRAM
Maximum video resolution at 32-bit
color
1600 x 1200 x 16-bit color at 85Hz
Gigabit Ethernet controller
1 dual-port Broadcom BCM5709C (TOE, iSCSI, RDMA)—iSCSI/RDMA support
requires license key
# of Gigabit Ethernet ports
2 (rear)
# of Fast Ethernet ports (via) IMM
1 (rear)
# of RS485 ports
None
# of serial ports
1 (rear)
# of parallel ports
None (USB-attached)
# of PS/2 mouse ports
None (USB
# of PS/2 keyboard ports
None (USB
# of USB 2.0 ports
8 total; 6 external (2 front, 4 rear) ports, plus 1 internal connector for a tape drive and 1
internal connector for an embedded hypervisor (on USB flash drive)
Integrated systems management
controller
Yes (IMM)
Optional systems management
controller
None
Light path diagnostics support
Yes, with externally viewable panel (processors, DIMMs, HDDs, VRMs, fans, and power
supplies)
Predictive Failure Analysis support
Processors, memory, HDDs, VRMs, fans, and power supplies
Power supply size
920W universal, autoswitching
# of power supplies standard /
maximum
1/2
Hot-swap/redundant power supported
# of fans/blowers standard /
maximum
Yes / Yes (with two power supplies installed)
3 (with one power supply installed) / 6 (with redundant power installed)
Hot-swap/redundant fans supported
Yes / Yes (with two power supplies installed)
Heat emitted: minimum/maximum
BTUs/Watts
2,013 / 2,610 (BTUs);
590 / 1058 (Watts)
7,000 ft;
2,133 m
Maximum altitude
Operating temperature range
50 – 95º F; 10 – 35º C (up to 7,000 ft / 2,133m)
Operating humidity range
Dimensions (HWD) / weight
8-80%
Tower
17.3” (440mm) H
Tower
44.0 – 83.6 lb;
Rack
16.7” (424mm) H
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Rack
44.0 - 74.8 lb;
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x3500 M3 Specifications
8.6” (218mm) W
30.2” (767mm) D
20.0 - 38.0 kg
(min/max)
20.0 - 34.0 kg
(min/max)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 & R2 32/64-bit, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 32/64bit, RHEL 4/5 32/64-bit (with and without Xen), SLES 10 64-bit (with and without Xen),
VMware ESX Server 4.0 / ESXi 4.0
Operating systems supported
3 years (parts and labor)10
Length of limited warranty
The Bottom
Line
8.6” (218mm) W
27.6” (702mm) D
The x3500 M3 is an extremely powerful system, incorporating leading-edge industry-standard
features and adding IBM-unique innovations:
Performance
• High-throughput processors — Up to two 2.66 to 3.33GHz six-core or 2.0 to 3.34GHz fourcore Xeon 5600 processors, or up to two 2.13GHz four-core Xeon 5500 Series
• Large cache — 12MB or 4MB of L3 processor cache
• 64-bit extensions (EM64T)
• Fast memory — Registered PC3-10600 DDR-3 ECC DIMMs standard, operating at 1333MHz,
1066MHz or 800MHz (depending on processor model and memory configuration). Low Voltage
(1.35V) memory is also supported.
• Fast disk technology — Integrated SAS controller and slotless hardware-based RAID-0 data
striping
• Fast communications — Integrated dual-port Gigabit Ethernet controller standard, supporting
Jumbo Frames, TOE, and optional iSCSI and RDMA (requires license key); two additional NICs
optional
• Fast I/O — Five PCIe Gen 2 adapter slots and one PCIe Gen 1 slot
Flexibility
• Large memory capacity — Up to 192GB of registered DDR3 DIMMs, using 16 DIMM slots
• Up to 24 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS drives
• Choice of disk storage — U p to 8TB of internal SAS (standard); up to 12TB of internal SAS
(additional options required)
• High-performance external expansion — Six 480Mbps USB 2.0 ports (two front, four rear)
• Hardware-based RAID support standard; optional support for RAID-6/60 with full disk encryption
and external storage
• Seven available adapter slots —
One x16/x811 PCIe Gen 2 slots (8GBps)
Two x8/x812 PCIe Gen 2 slots (8GBps)
Two x8/x413 PCIe Gen 2 slots (4GBps)
One x8/x414 PCIe Gen 1 slots (2GBps)
One 33MHz PCI slot (500MBps)
A riser card containing two 133MHz PCI-X slots can replace the x8/x4 Gen 1 slot (via CTO)
• Integrated DVD/CD-RW combo drive
Manageability, Serviceability and Availability
• IBM Systems Director systems management software, including:
Active Energy Manager
Service and Support Manager
• Integrated Management Module (IMM):
IPMI 2.0 compliance, including highly secure remote power control
10
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ServerProven or ClusterProven. Telephone support may be subject to additional charges. For warranties including onsite labor, a
technician is sent after IBM attempts to resolve the problem remotely. International warranty service is available in any country in
which this product is sold.
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The x16/x8 Gen 2 slot can accept x1, x4, x8, or x16 adapters running at x1, x4, x8, or x8 throughput, respectively.
12
The x8/x8 Gen 2 slots can accept x1, x4, or x8 adapters running at x1, x4, or x8 throughput, respectively.
13
The x8/x4 Gen 2 slots can accept x1, x4, or x8 adapters running at x1, x4, or x4 throughput, respectively.
14
The x8/x4 Gen 1 slots can accept x1, x4, or x8 adapters running at x1, x4, or x8 throughput, respectively.
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Text console redirection systems management standard
Combines former BMC and Remote Supervisor Adapter II functions
• Active Memory protection:
Advanced Chipkill ECC memory protection
Memory mirroring
• Support for highly available optional hardware-based RAID-1/10/1E/5/50/6/60 arrays
• Hot-swap SAS hard disk drives
• Ultra-efficient cooling incorporating Calibrated Vectored Cooling features
• Optional hot-swap/redundant power supplies and cooling
• Light path diagnostics (front externally viewable light path panel)
Server Comparison Table
The following table shows the suggested uses for the respective IBM System x tower servers, including comparisons of the uses for
which each server is best suited:
Important
Nice to Have
Can do without
1
2
3
Best
Requirements
Virtualization
Business Continuity
Database
Infrastructure
Applications Email/Collaboration
Security
Web Serving
File & Print
1
2
2
1
3
3
3
3
1
1
1
3
1
3
2
3
3
2
2
1
1
1
3
2
2
3
3
2
1
1
1
2
1
2
2
1
3
3
1
1
1
2
1
3
3
1
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
3
3
2
2
1
2
2
2
1
1
2
3
2
2
2
1
1
1
2
1
1
2
1
2
2
3
2
3
2
1
2
3
2
2
1
2
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
3
1
3
2
1
2
2
1
1
2
2
3
3
3
2
1
3
1
1
1
1
2
3
3
3
2
2
1
1
2
1
1
2
2
2
1
2
1
1
2
3
2
3
3
3
1
2
2
1
2
2
2
2
1
2
1
2
1
2
2
3
2
3
2
1
2
2
1
1
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
3
3
2
2
2
3
1
2
1
3
3
2
3
2
3
1
2
2
1
3
3
x3500
M3
Branch Office
1
2
x3400
M3
Point of Sale
3
x3200
M3
CRM
Business
Hosted Client
Applications
Good
x3100
M3
Collaboration
ERP/SCM
Distributed
Deployment
Communities
Commerce
Security
Web 2.0 /
Web 3D
Content
Systems
Management
Search
Towers
High Availability
Business Intelligence
Density
High Performance DB
I/O and Storage
Modeling & Simulation
Integer
Performance
HPC
Memory
Throughput
Scalability
Key Workloads
Cluster / HPC
Floating Point
Performance
Theme
Better
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