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IBM ServeRAID F-Series family of products offers caching intelligence, enterprise-class RAID, and flash on a single PCIe controller to accelerate application performance and improve server storage density

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 114-018
January 16, 2014

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


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At a glance
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The ServeRAID F-Series family of products provides an integrated solution offering onboard flash capacity, dynamic caching software, and RAID data protection to meet today's enterprise-grade storage performance requirements.

Performance:

Consistency:

Flexibility:



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ServeRAID F-Series SAS/SATA Controllers for IBM® System x®

The ServeRAID F-Series family of products offers MegaRAID data protection and flexible onboard flash technology that can be used in a variety of ways to help improve performance and server storage density.

These products are optimized to deliver performance demanded by the increasing I/O requirements of today's enterprises. They integrate popular disk media such as SAS and SATA HDDs and emerging solid-state disks into an organization's storage infrastructure.

The portfolio is designed with individual flash modules on board. These flash modules can be configured in a RAID array to support latency-sensitive data storage -- used for the boot volume, for the "golden image" in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) application, or for storing tempdb in SQL server or indexes/data objects from an Oracle or MySQL database, for example -- and will still support a caching volume as well, dynamically identifying "application hot data" to be stored and serviced from the flash for improved performance and reduced latency.

The IBM ServeRAID F5115-200GB and F5115-800GB SAS/SATA Controllers for IBM System x offer full RAID functionality, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, RAID 50, RAID 6, and RAID 60, on connected devices, plus a superior array of additional features. Both the 200 GB and 800 GB flash modules leverage eMLC memory -- each providing essentially two enterprise-quality SSDs on board. The onboard flash storage supports RAID 0 and RAID 1. Intelligent caching algorithms are utilized to help identify frequently accessed application data and promote it to fast onboard flash.

Both the F5115-200GB and F5115-800GB come as a small form factor PCIe adapter, each of which provides one (x4) internal mini-SAS (SFF8087) connector with four lanes of 6 Gbps SAS and eight lanes of PCIe 3.0 to facilitate high data transfer rates.

Providing additional peace of mind, your ServeRAID F-Series portfolio is covered under IBM warranty. All adapters carry a 1-year limited warranty or, when installed in a System x server, assume your system's base warranty and any IBM ServicePac® upgrade.

Features and functions

RAID Controllers

ServeRAID F5115-200GB SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x (00AE882)
ServeRAID F5115-800GB SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x (00AE886)

Warranty

ServeRAID options offer a one-year limited warranty1 or, when installed in a System x server, assume your system's base warranty and any IBM ServicePac upgrade.

Note. 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 devices with solid-state storage is limited to those devices that have not reached the maximum guaranteed number of program/erase cycles, as documented in the Official Published Specifications for the product. Solid-state storage that reaches this limit may fail to operate according to its specifications.

Notes:

1 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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Key prerequisites
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SAS/SATA Controllers 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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February 12, 2014



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Description
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ServeRAID F5115-200GB SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x (00AE882)

ServeRAID F5115-800GB SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x (00AE886)

Compatibility



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                                    Machine                        Part
Description                         type  Model Feature   SEO      number
 
ServeRAID F5115-200GB SAS/SATA      3331  HC1   A4Z7      00AE882  00AE882
Controller for IBM System x
 
ServeRAID F5115-800GB SAS/SATA      3331  HC1   A4Z8      00AE886  00AE886
Controller for IBM System x
 

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

Description                                        MT    Model   Feature 

ServeRAID F5115-200GB SAS/SATA Controller for IBM
System x                                           3331  HC1     A4Z7
ServeRAID F5115-800GB SAS/SATA Controller for IBM
System x                                           3331  HC1     A4Z8

The following are features already announced for the 5374 machine type and Model CM1:

Description                                          MT    Model Feature 

ServeRAID F5115-200GB SAS/SATA Controller Placement  5374  CM1   A54N
ServeRAID F5115-800GB SAS/SATA Controller Placement  5374  CM1   A54P
ServeRAID C100 Placement                             5374  CM1   A2L8
 


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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

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IBM Publications Center Portal

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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

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=114-018


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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications

ServeRAID F5115-200GB SAS/SATA Controller (00AE882)

Shipping dimensions

ServeRAID F5115-800GB SAS/SATA Controller (00AE886)

Shipping dimensions

Hardware requirements

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

Agency approvals

Standards

None

Operating environment

Temperature

Operating: 0° to 45°C (32° to 113°F) at 0 to 5,000 m (16,404 feet)
Storage and transit: -45° to 105°C (-49° to 221°F)

Relative humidity: 20% to 80% (noncondensing)

Maximum altitude: 5,000 m (16,404 ft)

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

Installation into x3650 M4 BD requires no additional cables.

Software requirements

The IBM ServeRAID F5115 product options are supported on the following major 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 write cycles that each cell can incur.

As a result, solid-state storage has a maximum amount of write 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/
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 ServeRAID F5115 products are designed as customer setup. Customer installation instructions are shipped with each option part.

Cable orders

None

Installability

The IBM ServeRAID F5115 controllers requires about 20 minutes for installation.

Installation includes unpacking, attaching a customer-provided power cord, setting up, and powering on.

Packaging

ServeRAID F5115-200GB/800GB SAS/SATA Controller options

Product                    Package description       Boxes

ServeRAID F5115-200GB      Option Unit Box           1
and 800GB SAS/SATA
Controllers for IBM 
System x
 
                      Contents:
                   
                      ServeRAID F5115 controller with 3U bracket
                      2U bracket
                      USB key with Pub (including UG and QIG)
                      Important Notices Flyer
                      Warranty
  

The ServeRAID F5115 Controller 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

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 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

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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MES discount applicable

No

Field-installable feature

Yes

Warranty period

One year

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.

Note: 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 devices with solid-state storage is limited to those devices that have not reached the maximum guaranteed number of program/erase cycles, as documented in the Official Published Specifications for the product. Solid-state storage that reaches this limit may fail to operate according to its specifications.

Customer setup

Yes

Machine code

No license terms apply

Optional features warranty period

Optional features: One year

ServeRAID options offer a one-year limited warranty1 .

Note: 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 devices with solid-state storage is limited to those devices that have not reached the maximum guaranteed number of program/erase cycles, as documented in the Official Published Specifications for the product. Solid-state storage that reaches this limit may fail to operate according to its specifications.

Notes:



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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    

ServeRAID F5115-200GB SAS/SATA Controller        00AE882 
for IBM System x
 
ServeRAID F5115-800GB SAS/SATA Controller        00AE886  
for IBM System x
 

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

                                                      Initial/
                                                      MES/ 
                              Model    Feature        Both         RP
Description                   number   number         support  CSU MES
 
ServeRAID F5115-200GB SAS/SATA Controller for IBM
System x
                              HC1      A4Z7           MES
ServeRAID F5115-800GB SAS/SATA Controller for IBM
System x
                              HC1      A4Z8           MES

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

                                                      Initial/
                                                      MES/ 
                              Model    Feature        Both         RP
Description                   number   number         support  CSU MES
 

ServeRAID F5115-200GB SAS/SATA Controller Placement
                              CM1      A54N           Initial
ServeRAID F5115-800GB SAS/SATA Controller Placement
                              CM1      A54P           Initial
ServeRAID C100 Placement
                              CM1      A2L8           Initial
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