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IBM 6 Gb SAS Host Bus Adapter for System x
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The IBM 6 Gb SAS HBA is an economical storage enabler to attach RAID-capable external storage
enclosures and provide 3 Gbps or 6 Gbps tape storage connectivity for data archiving applications to
achieve a higher level of performance.
The PCIe small form-factor IBM 6 Gb SAS HBA is based on the LSI SAS2008 controller and can handle
medium to large capacity server storage applications by connecting an 8-lane PCI Express adapter with
one external x4 SFF-8088 connector and four internal SATA connectors.
The IBM 6 Gb SAS Host Bus Adapter is shown in Figure 1 (with the 3U bracket removed).
Figure 1. IBM 6Gb SAS Host Bus Adapter
Did you know?
6 Gbps SAS 2.0 technology has been introduced to address data off-load bottlenecks in the direct-access
storage environment. This new throughput doubles the transfer rate of the previous generation. SAS 2.0
is designed for backward compatibility with 3 Gbps SAS as well as with 3 Gbps SATA hard drives and
tape drives.
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Part number information
Table 1 shows the part number to order these HBAs.
Table 1. Part number and feature code for ordering
Description
Part number
Feature code
IBM 6 Gb SAS Host Bus Adapter for System x
46M0907
3875
Part number 46M0907 includes the following items:
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One 6 Gb SAS Host Bus Adapter with 3U bracket attached
2U bracket
Quick Install Guide
Documentation CD
IBM Important Notices document
Features and specifications
The IBM 6 Gb SAS Host Bus Adapter has the following specifications:
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Four internal SATA connectors
One external SAS x4 connector (SFF-8088)
PCI Express x8 2.0 host interface
SAS Controller: LSI SAS2008
6 Gbps per port data transfer rate
MD2 small form factor
High performance I/O Processor: PowerPC 440 @ 533 MHz
uEFI support
RAID levels : None (uses RAID as provided by external disk enclosures)
Maximum endpoint devices: 512
Power consumption: 13.5 W
The IBM 6 Gb SAS Host Bus Adapter has the following key features:
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Connection to supported internal and external tape drives
Connection to supported external storage controllers
Power management support
Support for SSP, SMP, STP and SATA protocols - flexible to optimize costs
Environmentally friendly due to low power consumption
LSI Fusion-MPT architecture drives more than 290,000 I/Os per second
End-to-End CRC with Advanced Error Reporting
T-10 Protection Model for early detection of and recovery from data corruption
Spread Spectrum Clocking for EMI reductions
Warranty
One-year limited warranty. When installed on a System x server, these cards assume your system’s base
warranty and any IBM ServicePac upgrade.
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Supported servers
The IBM 6 Gb SAS Host Bus Adapter is supported on the IBM System x servers listed in Table 2.
Table 2. Supported servers (Part 1)
Adapter
Part
number
IBM 6 Gb SAS Host Bus Adapter
46M0907
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Y
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Y
Table 2. Supported servers (Part 2)
Adapter
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IBM 6 Gb SAS Host Bus Adapter
46M0907
Y
See the IBM ServerProven Web site for the latest information about the adapters supported by each
System x server type: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/.
Supported tape drives and disk enclosures
The IBM 6 Gb SAS Host Bus Adapter supports connectivity to the following tape drives:
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IBM Half High LTO Gen 3 SAS Tape Drive, 43W8478
IBM Half High LTO Gen 4 SAS Tape Drive, 44E8895
IBM Half-High LTO Generation 5 SAS Tape Drive, 49Y9898
IBM DDS Gen 5 SATA Tape Drive, 43W8480
IBM GoVault Internal Dock, 42D8771
The adapter supports connectivity to the following 6 Gbps SAS external storage enclosures:
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IBM System Storage DS3512 Express Single Controller Storage System (1746A2S)
IBM System Storage DS3512 Express Dual Controller Storage System (1746A2D)
IBM System Storage DS3524 Express Single Controller Storage System (1746A4S)
IBM System Storage DS3524 Express Dual Controller Storage System (1746A4D)
The following external cables are supported:
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IBM 3 m SAS Cable, part number 39R6531
IBM 1 m SAS Cable, part number 39R6529
Note: The adapter does not support internal disk drives.
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Supported operating systems
The adapter supports the following operating systems:
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Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Foundation
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x86 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x86 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x86 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x86 Edition
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Premium Edition
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Standard Edition
Microsoft Windows WebServer 2008 R2
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 AS for AMD64/EM64T
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 AS for x86
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 ES for AMD64/EM64T
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 ES for x86
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition with Xen
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for x86
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for x86
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for x86
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
VMware ESX 4.0
VMware ESX 4.1
VMware ESXi 4.1
VMware vSphere 5
See the IBM ServerProven Web site for the latest information about the specific versions and service
packs supported: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/. Click System x servers, then
Disk controllers to see the support matrix. Click the check mark that is associated with the System x
server in question to see details about the operating system support.
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Operating environment
The IBM 6Gb SAS Host Bus Adapter is supported in the following environment:
Temperature:
10 to 35 °C (50 to 95 °F) at an altitude of 0 to 914 m (0 to 3,000 ft)
10 to 32 °C (50 to 90 °F) at an altitude of 0 to 2,100 m (0 to 7,000 ft)
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Humidity: 20% to 80%, non-condensing
Maximum altitude: 2,100 m (7,000 ft)
Related publications
For more information refer to the following documents:
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IBM Announcement Letter
http://ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=dd&subtype=ca&&htmlfid=897/ENUS110-013
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IBM 6Gb SAS Host Bus Adapter Installation and User's Guide
http://ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5084780
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IBM ServeRAID Adapter Quick Reference
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0054.html?Open
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IBM System x Configuration and Options Guide:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1SCOD-3ZVQ5W
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IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC)
http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/config/ssic
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