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New IBM PCIe Flash Adapters for System x and BladeCenter merge performance, durability, and low-cost, extending application and value of solid-state storage

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 113-177
September 24, 2013

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Overview Overview Product number Product number
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Publications Publications
Planned availability date Planned availability date Technical information Technical information
Description Description Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
Product positioning Product positioning Prices Prices


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The IBM® Flash Adapters Enterprise Value for System x® can deliver fast and scalable performance at low latency required for webscale and cloud environments.

Features:



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Overview
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IBM Flash Adapters F825, F1650, and F3200 Enterprise Value

The IBM Flash Adapters F825, F1650, and F3200 Enterprise Value for System x are designed for the application of solid-state storage to webscale and cloud data centers. Delivering high speed, low latency, and high efficiency, this new line of flash adapters brings scalable and optimized performance to distributed architectures at low cost.

With simple management, these solid-state devices can scale I/O performance in-line with System x and BladeCenter® processing performance to optimize computing efficiency, such as when supporting a distributed server environment. And by minimizing infrastructure and eliminating complex control points, high performance can be achieved with consistency, reliability, and low overhead.

Based on standard PCIe architecture and NAND MLC Flash storage technologies, the adapters deliver 825 GB, 1.6 TB, or 3.2 TB of flash memory per PCIe slot. These adapters are built as block devices on a PCIe bus with advanced wear-leveling and redundancy with self-heal technology, providing durability and efficiency at the flash cell level.

Features and functions:

Whether enabling high-performance computing or reducing the storage footprint, IBM offers Flash Adapters Enterprise Value for System x to meet your storage requirements. These adapters are compatible with a wide variety of System x servers.

Providing that additional peace of mind, your IBM Flash Adapter Enterprise Value purchase is covered under IBM warranty.

Warranty

IBM Flash Adapter Enterprise Value options offer a 1-year limited warranty or System warranty1 .

Solid-state memory cells have an intrinsic, finite number of program/erase cycles that each cell can incur. As a result, solid-state storage has a maximum amount of program/erase cycles to which it can be subjected. IBM's warranty for the solid-state storage is limited to devices that have not reached the maximum guaranteed number of program/erase cycles, as documented in the Official Published Specifications for the product. A drive that reaches this limit may fail to operate according to its specifications.

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For information on the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, visit
http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/machine_warranties
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.
Feature exchange

None



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Key prerequisites
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Flash Adapters Enterprise Value can be used on supported System x servers with an available PCI Express® expansion slot.



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Planned availability date
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October 22, 2013



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Description
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IBM Flash Adapters F825, F1650, and F3200 Enterprise Value for System x

The IBM Flash Adapters F825, F1650, and F3200 Enterprise Value for System x are designed for the application of solid-state storage to webscale and cloud data centers. Delivering high-speed, low latency, and high efficiency, the new line of flash adapters brings scalable and optimized performance to distributed architectures at low cost.

Features:

Compatibility



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Product positioning
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Reference information
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Solid-state memory cells have an intrinsic, finite number of program/erase cycles that each cell can incur. As a result, solid-state storage has a maximum amount of program/erase cycles to which it can be subjected, documented as Total Bytes Written (TBW).

IBM's warranty for the solid-state storage is limited to devices that have not reached the maximum guaranteed number of program/erase cycles, as documented in the notation below. A drive that reaches this limit may fail to operate according to its specifications.

Notes:



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                                    Machine                     Part
Description                         type  Model Feature  SEO    Number
 
IBM Flash Adapter F825  Enterprise   3331  HC1  A4WT   00AE861  00AE861
Value for System x
IBM Flash Adapter F1650 Enterprise   3331  HC1  A4WS   00AE864  00AE864
Value for System x
IBM Flash Adapter F3200 Enterprise   3331  HC1  A4WR   00AE867  00AE867
Value for System x
 

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

Description                                         MT  Model Feature

IBM Flash Adapter F3200 Enterprise Value for
System x                                           3331  HC1     A4WR
IBM Flash Adapter F1650 Enterprise Value for
System x                                           3331  HC1     A4WS
IBM Flash Adapter F825 Enterprise Value for System
x                                                  3331  HC1     A4WT

The following are features announced for the 7158, 7914 and 7915 machine types:

Description                                         MT  Model Feature

IBM Flash Adapter F825 Enterprise Value for        7158  AC1  A4WT
System x                                                 MC1
                                                   7914  AC1
                                                         MC1
                                                   7915  AC1
                                                         MC1
 
IBM Flash Adapter F1650 Enterprise Value for       7158  AC1  A4WS
System x                                                 MC1
                                                   7914  AC1
                                                         MC1
                                                   7915  AC1
                                                         MC1
 
IBM Flash Adapter F3200 Enterprise Value for       7158  AC1  A4WR
System x                                                 MC1
                                                   7914  AC1
                                                         MC1
                                                   7915  AC1
                                                         MC1

Model conversions

None

Feature conversions

None

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).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=113-177


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Publications
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Publications are shipped with the announced product.

The IBM Systems Information Center provides you with a single information center where you can access product documentation for IBM systems hardware, operating systems, and server software. Through a consistent framework, you can efficiently find information and personalize your access. The IBM Systems Information Center is at

http://publib14.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/systems

IBM Publications Center Portal

http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided, as well as payment options via credit card. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, which can currently be downloaded free of charge.

Displayable softcopy publications: None

Source file publications: None



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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.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or visit

http://www.ibm.com/services/

For details on available IBM Business Continuity and Recovery Services, contact your IBM representative or visit

http://www.ibm.com/services/continuity

For details on education offerings related to specific products, visit

http://www.ibm.com/services/learning/index.html

Select your country, and then select the product as the category.

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 is 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 will help you get started with a core support package that includes:

For more information, visit

http://www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/xseries/services.html


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Technical information
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Specified operating environment - Physical specifications

IBM Flash Adapters F825 and F1650 Enterprise Value for System x
IBM Flash Adapter F3200 Enterprise Value for System x

Shipping dimensions

IBM Flash Adapters F825 and F1650 Enterprise Value for System x
IBM Flash Adapter F3200 Enterprise Value for System x

Agency approvals

Standards

None

Operating environment
Homologation

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

The controller must be installed in a selected System x server:

Software requirements

The IBM Flash Adapter Enterprise Value products are supported on the following 64-bit version of these operating systems:

Compatibility

For latest compatibility information, visit

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/

Note: Some configurations may not be compatible.

Limitations

Solid-state memory cells have an intrinsic, finite number of program/erase cycles that each cell can incur. As a result, solid-state storage has a maximum amount of program/erase cycles to which it can be subjected, documented as Total Bytes Written (TBW).

IBM is not responsible for replacement of hardware that has reached the maximum guaranteed number of write cycles. This limit may be revealed as the device failing to respond to system generated commands or becoming incapable of being written to.

Additional information is available at

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/options/storage/solidstate/adapters.html

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 IBM Flash Adapter Enterprise Value products are designed as a customer setup. Customer installation instructions are shipped with each option part.

Cable orders

None

Installability

The IBM Flash Adapters F825, F1650, and F3200 Enterprise Value for System x all require about 20 minutes for installation.

Installation includes unpacking, powering off the server, installing adapter in available, supported PCIe slot, and powering server back on.

Packaging

IBM Flash Adapters F825, F1650, and F3200 Enterprise Value

Product                    Package description              Boxes
 
IBM Flash Adapter F825,     Option Unit Box                   1
F1650 and F3200 Enterprise
Value for IBM System x
 
                 Contents:
                 
                 Flash F825 or F1650 or F3200 adapter with 3U bracket
                 A 2U bracket (F825 and F1650 adapter only)
                 One USB Key with documentation
                 One Quick Install Guide
                 One Important Notices
                 One Warranty notice
 

Each of the IBM Flash Adapters F825, F1650, and F3200, is shipped as a single package. Other items are in zipped bags.

Retail only - Packaging dimensions/weight

IBM Flash Adapters F825 and F1650 Enterprise Value
IBM Flash Adapter F3200 Enterprise Value

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

http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic

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.

Benefits

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 24 x 7 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 either via 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

http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic

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 your system, 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

http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic


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Terms and conditions
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MES discount applicable

No

Field installable feature

Yes

Warranty period

IBM Flash Adapter Options offer a 1-year limited warranty or System warranty.

Solid-state memory cells have an intrinsic, finite number of program/erase cycles that each cell can incur. As a result, solid-state storage has a maximum amount of program/erase cycles to which it can be subjected. IBM's warranty for the solid-state storage is limited to devices that have not reached the maximum guaranteed number of program/erase cycles, as documented in the Official Published Specifications for the product. A drive that reaches this limit may fail to operate according to its specifications

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

Yes

Machine code

No license terms apply.

Optional features warranty period

Flash options offer a one year limited warranty1 .

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For information on the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, visit
http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/machine_warranties
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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Prices
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For current prices, contact IBM at 888-Shop-IBM (746-7426) or visit

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/

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

                                                       SEO
Description                                            number    
 
IBM Flash Adapter F825  Enterprise Value for System x  00AE861   
 
IBM Flash Adapter F1650 Enterprise Value for System x  00AE864   
 
IBM Flash Adapter F3200 Enterprise Value for System x  00AE867    
 

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

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description                  Model    Feature        Both/        
                             Number   Number         Support 

IBM Flash Adapter F3200 Enterprise Value for System
x
                              HC1      A4WR          MES
IBM Flash Adapter F1650 Enterprise Value for System
x
                              HC1      A4WS          MES
IBM Flash Adapter F825 Enterprise Value for System
x
                              HC1      A4WT          MES

The following are features already announced for the 7158 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description                  Model   Feature         Both/        
                             Number  Number          Support 

IBM Flash Adapter F825 Enterprise Value for System x
                              AC1    A4WT             Initial
                              MC1
IBM Flash Adapter F1650 Enterprise Value for System x
                              AC1    A4WS             Initial
                              MC1
IBM Flash Adapter F3200 Enterprise Value for System x
                              AC1    A4WR             Initial
                              MC1

The following are features already announced for the 7914 machine type:

                                                      Initial/
                                                      MES/
Description                  Model   Feature          Both/        
                             Number  Number           Support 

IBM Flash Adapter F825 Enterprise Value for System x
                              AC1    A4WT             Initial
                              MC1
IBM Flash Adapter F1650 Enterprise Value for System x
                              AC1    A4WS             Initial
                              MC1
IBM Flash Adapter F3200 Enterprise Value for System x
                              AC1    A4WR             Initial
                              MC1

The following are features already announced for the 7915 machine type:

                                                      Initial/
                                                      MES/
Description                  Model   Feature          Both/        
                             Number  Number           Support 

IBM Flash Adapter F825 Enterprise Value for System x
                              AC1    A4WT             Initial
                              MC1
IBM Flash Adapter F1650 Enterprise Value for System x
                              AC1    A4WS             Initial
                              MC1
IBM Flash Adapter F3200 Enterprise Value for System x
                              AC1    A4WR             Initial
                              MC1

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