IBM X3650 M3 Motherboard
Flexibility and scalability
The IBM X3650 M3 Motherboard has the ability to grow with your application requirements with these features:
- A choice of 4-core or 6-core processors with clock rates from 1.6 GHz to 3.6 GHz.
- 18 DIMM sockets allow memory expansion of up to 288 GB.
- A choice of power supplies including 460 W, 675 W AC or DC, or energy-efficient 675 W.
- Five or six USB 2.0 ports are available – two front, two rear, one internal for an embedded hypervisor, plus one additional internal port when the optional Tape Enablement Kit is installed.
- Storage bay flexibility: Up to 16 hot-swap 2.5″ drive bays for SAS or SATA HDDs, or solid-state drives (intermixing supported); or eight 2.5″ bays plus an internal tape drive bay. Direct-attach SAS storage with the EXP2512, EXP2524, and EXP3000 storage enclosures is supported. IBM System Storage servers, including network-attached storage (NAS), and iSCSI or Fibre Channel-attached storage. can also be attached.
- The x3650 M3 provides four PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 x8 I/O slots. for increased network or storage connectivity.
The x3650 M3 offers numerous features to boost performance and reduce costs:
- Up to two 6-core Xeon 5600 series processors offering superior performance. Xeon 5600 series processors offer up to 54% better performance than the previous generation 5500 series processors (workload dependent).
- Eighteen DIMMs of registered 1333 MHz DDR3 ECC memory provide speed, high availability, and a memory capacity of up to 288 GB.
- High-performance 6 Gbps SAS RAID controllers and 15K RPM 6 Gbps SAS disk drives in a variety of capacities to suit your local storage requirements.
- The use of solid-state drives (SSDs) instead of or along with traditional spinning drives (HDDs). can significantly improve I/O performance. An SSD can support 20,000 I/O operations per second (IOPS) where as a typical HDD handles fewer than 500 IOPS.
Manageability and security
Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the x3650 M3:
- The x3650 M3 includes an Integrated Management Module (IMM) to monitor server availability, perform Predictive Failure Analysis, and trigger IBM Systems Director alerts.
- An optional Virtual Media Key enables additional systems management capabilities, including web-based out-of-band remote control (keyboard video and mouse), remote optical drive support, Windows “blue screen” error capture, and support for LDAP and SSL protocols.
- Text Console Redirection support allows the administrator to remotely view x3650 M3 text messages over Serial or LAN connections. Integrated industry-standard Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) next-generation BIOS. New capabilities 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.
- Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 support.
- Industry-standard AES NI support for faster, stronger encryption.
- Integrate 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 encryption.
- IBM Systems Director is included for proactive systems management. IBM Systems Director comes with a portfolio of tools, including IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, IBM Service. and Support Manager, and others. IBM Systems Director also 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 email, pager, and other methods.
- Systems Director Active Energy Manager provides advanced power management features with actual real-time energy monitoring, reporting, and capping features.