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IBM N2215 SAS/SATA Host Bus Adapter integrates the latest enhancements in PCI Express and SAS technology to offer high-performance internal storage connectivity for System x servers

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 113-161
September 11, 2013

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Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Technical information Technical information
Planned availability date Planned availability date Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
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The N2215 SAS/SATA Host Bus Adapter (HBA) for IBM® System x® (47C8675) provides ideal solutions for all servers needing high-speed data transfer in storage connectivity for data backup and mission-critical applications. This eight-port HBA provides support for SAS and SATA hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SSDs).


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The N2215 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x is an ideal solution for System x servers requiring high-speed internal storage connectivity. This eight-port host bus adapter supports direct attachment to SAS and SATA internal HDDs and SSDs.

With a low-profile form-factor design, the N2215 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x offers two (x4) internal mini-SAS HD connectors. The N2215 is based on LSI's 3008 12 Gbps SAS I/O controller and provides eight lanes of 12 Gbps SAS and eight lanes of PCIe 3.0 to eliminate data bottlenecks and provide high data-transfer rates for medium- to large-capacity server storage applications.

Features and functions include:

Warranty: The adapter comes with a one-year, customer replaceable unit (CRU), limited warranty1 .

1 For information on the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, visit


Alternatively, this information is available through your IBM representative or reseller. Copies are available upon request.

With respect to on-site service, IBM sends a technician after attempting to diagnose and resolve the problem remotely.

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The N2215 SAS/SATA HBA can be used on supported System x servers with an available PCI Express expansion slot and SAS cables with mini-SAS HD connectors.

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Planned availability date
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November 29, 2013

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The N2215 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x offers an affordable and reliable storage area network (SAN) to small and medium businesses. The adapter is designed to be easy to use, with proven quality, and demonstrated robustness (highest mean-time between failures). This adapter is based on a design that requires minimum user effort while delivering maximum user satisfaction. Emphasis on ease of use at every step helps to provide a successful, enhanced experience.

You can easily monitor and perform any necessary maintenance, including updating firmware.

The N2215 SAS/SATA HBA is the latest PCIe adapter card option for System x servers.

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Option offerings (SEOs)

The following are features already announced for the 3331 machine type:

Description                           Type  Model Feature  SEO      number
N2215 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x   3331  HC1   A3YY     47C8675  47C8675

The following are features already announced for the 3331 machine type:

Description                                       MT    Model Feature
N2215 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x               3331  HC1   A3YY

The following are features already announced for the 5374 machine type:

Description                                       MT    Model Feature

N2215 SAS/SATA HBA Placement                      5374  CM1   A46U

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).


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Publications are shipped with the announced product.

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Global Technology Services®

IBM services include business consulting, outsourcing, hosting services, applications, and other technology management.

These services help you learn about, plan, install, manage, or optimize your IT infrastructure to be an on-demand business. They can help you integrate your high-speed networks, storage systems, application servers, wireless protocols, and an array of platforms, middleware, and communications software for IBM and many non-IBM offerings. IBM is your one-stop shop for IT support needs.

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System x and BladeCenter® support services

Recommended core technical support

When you buy IBM System x technology, include the support services you need -- to help keep both your hardware and software working for you, day after day, at peak performance. It's your first step toward helping to protect your investment and sustain high levels of system availability. We offer service-level and response-time options to fit your business needs. And we'll help you get started with a core support package that includes:

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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications


Shipping dimensions

Agency approvals




Operating environment



Relative humidity: 8% to 93% (noncondensing)

Maximum altitude: 10,700 m (35,105 ft)


This product is not certified for direct connection by any means whatsoever to interfaces of public telecommunications networks. Certification may be required by law prior to making any such connection. Contact an IBM representative or reseller for any questions.

Hardware requirements

This adapter must be installed in a selected System x server.

Installation into x3500 M4 requires one of the following:

Installation into x3550 M4 requires one of the following:

Installation into x3650 M4 requires one of the following:

Installation into x3650 M4 HD requires one of the following:

Software requirements

The N2215 SAS/SATA HBA supports the following major operating systems:


For latest compatibility information, visit


Note: Some configurations may not be compatible.



User group requirements

This announcement satisfies or partially satisfies the requirements from one or more of the worldwide user group communities. Groups include COMMON, COMMON Europe, Guide Share Europe (GSE), InterAction (Australia/New Zealand), Japan Guide Share (JGS), and SHARE Inc.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

The N2215 SAS/SATA 8-port HBA product is designated as customer setup. Customer installation instructions are shipped with each option part.

Cable orders



The N2215 SAS/SATA eight-port HBA requires about 20 minutes for installation.

Installation includes unpacking, setting up, and powering on.



Product                  Package description                Boxes

N2215 SAS/SATA           Option Unit Box                    1
Eight-port HBA
for IBM System x
                      HBA eight-port adapter
                      2U bracket kit
                      3U bracket kit (installed)
                      CD with pubs
                      Important Notices Flyer

The N2215 SAS/SATA adapter is shipped as a single package. Other items are in zipped bags.

Retail only

Packaging dimensions and weight

Note: All measurements are approximate.

Security, auditability, and control

It is a customer's responsibility to ensure that the server is secure to prevent sensitive data from being removed.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.

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IBM Electronic Services
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Electronic Service Agent™ and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to IBM Systems customers. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support all at no additional cost to you.

Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX® 5.3, AIX 6.1, and AIX 7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM , which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type "smitty esa_main", and select "Configure Electronic Service Agent ." In addition, ESA now includes a powerful web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent , refer to


The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled customers to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.


Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the "symptoms," diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24x7 monitoring and reporting mean no more dependence on human intervention or off-hours customer personnel when errors are encountered in the middle of the night.

Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM . The Electronic Service Agent tool securely transmits via either the Internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem, and can be configured to communicate securely through gateways to provide customers a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into a customer's system. System inventory information is stored in a secure database, which is protected behind IBM firewalls. It is viewable only by the customer and IBM . The customer's business applications or business data is never transmitted to IBM .

More accurate reporting: Since system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support center in conjunction with the service request, customers are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM , problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.

Customized support: Using the IBM ID entered during activation, customers can view system and support information in the "My Systems" and "Premium Search" sections of the Electronic Support website at


My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent . Reports are available for any system associated with the customer's IBM ID. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from their systems, customers are able to see search results that apply specifically to their systems.

For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or visit


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Terms and conditions
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MES discount applicable


Field installable feature


Warranty period

One year

N2215 SAS/SATA HBA Adapter

An IBM part or feature installed during the initial installation of an IBM machine is subject to a full warranty effective on the date of installation of the machine. An IBM part or feature that replaces a previously installed part or feature assumes the remainder of the warranty period for the replaced part or feature. An IBM part or feature added to a machine without replacing a previously installed part or feature is subject to a full warranty effective on its date of installation. Unless specified otherwise, the warranty period, type of warranty service, and service level of a part or feature are the same as those for the machine in which it is installed.

Customer setup


Machine code

No license terms apply.

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For current prices, contact IBM at 888-Shop-IBM (746-7426) or visit


To locate the web price, search on the feature number in the Search field.

Description                                      number  
N2215 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x              47C8675 
Field    Plant             
install  install  MES      Cables
only     only     removal  required
 N        N        N        N

If field installed on a purchased machine, parts removed or replaced become the property of IBM and must be returned.

The following are features already announced for the 3331 machine type:

                              Model      Feature     Both         RP
Description                   number     number      Support  CSU MES

N2215 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
                              HC1        A3YY        MES

The following are features already announced for the 5374 machine type:

                              Model      Feature     Both         RP
Description                   number     number      Support  CSU MES

N2215 SAS/SATA HBA Placement
                              CM1        A46U        Initial

Maintenance charges

For additional information on maintenance and pricing, contact your IBM Sales Representative or your IBM Business Partner, or call 1-800-IBM-CALL (1-800-426-2255).


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