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S3500 800 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise Value SSD for IBM System x features 6 Gbps SATA interface and MLC Flash memory technology, offering an efficient, reliable, performance-driven solution for read-intensive data center application workloads

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 114-050
April 1, 2014


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 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 S3500 800 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise Value SSD for IBM® System x® is an efficient, reliable, and performance-driven SSD for high-capacity, read-intensive workloads and is designed with a 6 Gbps SATA interface and MLC flash memory technology.

Benefits include:



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Overview
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The S3500 800 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise Value SSD for IBM System x is designed around MLC flash memory technology to deliver an efficient, performance-driven solution for read-intensive data center workloads. The drive is available as 1.8-inch option in the 800 GB capacity.

The SSD utilizes flash memory technology to achieve high read performance of up to 75,000 IOPS (4K Random Read). With the 1.8-inch form factor, the SSD can integrate easily in existing storage infrastructures. It is designed for read-intensive data center workloads such as Internet, cloud, analytics, or content delivery.

The S3500 800 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise Value SSDs for IBM System x are covered under IBM warranty. These drives carry a 1-year limited warranty, or when installed in a System x server these drives assume your system's base warranty. Solid-state devices have a finite write or P/E cycles that are listed as Total Bytes Written (TBW). Refer to the Limitations section and the device specifications for details.

Features and functions of the S3500 800 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise Value SSD for IBM System x

Warranty

The S3500 800 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise Value SSDs for IBM System x offers a 1-year limited warranty 1.

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For information on the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, visit
http://www.ibm.com/servers/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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Feature exchange
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None



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Key prerequisites
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IBM System x or BladeCenter® system with SATA capability.



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Planned availability date
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April 24, 2014



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Description
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S3500 800 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise Value SSDs

The S3500 800 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise Value SSD for IBM System x is designed around MLC flash memory technology.

The SSD utilizes flash memory technology to achieve high read performance of up to 75,000 IOPS (4K Random Read). With the 1.8-inch form factor, the SSD can integrate easily in existing storage infrastructures.

Benefits include:



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Product positioning
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This SATA MLC SSD option is positioned an optimal choice for read-intensive applications.

This SSD supports enterprise-level server and workstation applications such as:



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Single Entity Offerings (SEOs)

 
                                                Feature SEO     Part
Description                        MT   Model   number  number  number

S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC         3331  HC1     A58U    00AJ455 00AJ455
Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x
 

The following are features already announced for the 3331, 3837, 5455, 5460, 7143, 7147, 7873, 7915, 7916, 7917, 8722, 8737, 8752 machine type:

Description                                        MT    Model   Feature

S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x                                       3331  HC1     A58U
S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x                                       3837  AC1
                                                         AC2
                                                         AC3
                                                         AC4
                                                         AC5
                                                         AC6
                                                         AC7
                                                         MC1
                                                         MC2
S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x                                       5455  AC1
                                                         MC1
S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x                                       5460  AC1
                                                         MC1
S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x                                       7143  AC1
                                                         MC1
S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x                                       7147  AC1
                                                         MC1
S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x                                       7873  AC1
                                                         MC1
 
S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x                                       7915  AC1
                                                         MC1
S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x                                       7916  AC1
                                                         MC1
S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x                                       7917  AC1
                                                         MC1
S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x                                       8722  AC1
                                                         MC1
S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x                                       8737  AC1
                                                         MC1
S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x                                       8752  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM System x3650 M4 HD Rack Shipping Bracket       5460  AC1     A58V
                                                         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=114-050


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Publications
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Publications are shipped with the announced products.

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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Services
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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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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications

IBM S3500 800 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise Value SSDs

Shipping dimensions

IBM S3500 800 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise Value SSDs

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

This SDD must be installed in selected System x or BladeCenter servers.

Software requirements

The new IBM SATA SSD works with most operating systems.

For further information, contact your IBM representative or visit

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/
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, each solid-state device has a maximum amount of write cycles to which it can be subjected, documented as TBW (Total Bytes Written). 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 SSD drive failing to respond to system-generated commands or becoming incapable of being written to. It is important to distinguish these enterprise-value drives from other enterprise-level drives. Enterprise-level drives have much higher write endurance and, as a result, can withstand a greater number of writes over the lifetime of the device compared to enterprise-value drives. SSD write endurance is an important factor to consider because unlike spinning disk media, NAND flash has a finite number of writes it will accept. SSD write endurance is typically measured by the number of program/erase cycles, or P/E cycles, the drive incurs over its lifetime, which per device is listed as Total Bytes Written (TBW) in the device specification. This statistic can be used to give an estimate of the drive's remaining life based on the workload to which the drive will be subjected. The TBW value assigned to a solid-state device is the total bytes of written data (based on number of P/E cycles) a drive can be guaranteed to complete. Reaching this limit does not cause the drive to immediately fail; it simply denotes the maximum number of writes that can be guaranteed. A solid-state device will not fail upon reaching the specified TBW. At some point based on manufacturing variance margin, after surpassing the TBW value, the drive will reach the end of life point, at which the drive will go into a read-only mode.

As a result of the technology limitations of enterprise-value solid-state devices, care must be taken to use them in write environments that will not exceed the TBW of the drive prior to the required life expectancy of the application.

For example, assume an access pattern of 50% random data and 50% sequential data with block size mixes: 5% of the data is 4k block size, 5% of the data is 8k block size, 10% of the data is 16k block size, 35% of the data is 64k block size, and 35% of the data is 128k block size. For enterprise-value drives capable of 72 TB of lifetime writes, assuming an approximation of the workload stated above as being worse case, the drive workload must be limited to no more than 40 GB of writes per day to last five years and stay inside the 72 TBW limit. For the device to last three years, the drive write workload must be limited to no more then 65 GB of writes per day.

Additional information is available at

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/options/storage/solidstate/index.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 new IBM SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise Value SSD product is designed as customer setup. Customer installation instructions can be found in the Installation and User's Guide for the system into which the drive is to be installed.

Cable orders

None

Installability

The IBM 800 GB SATA 1.8-inch SSD requires about 20 minutes for installation.

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

Packaging

S3500 800 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC SSD

Product                  Package description                Boxes

IBM S3500 800 GB         Option Unit Box                    1
SATA 1.8-inch MLC
Enterprise Value SSDs
for IBM System x
 
                      Contents:
                   
                      SSD
                      Important Notices and IBM Warranty Publication,
                      SSD Information Flyer
 

The SSD is shipped as a single package. Other items are in zipped bags.

Retail only

Packaging dimensions/weight - 1.8-inch SSD

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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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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MES discount applicable

No

Field installable feature

Yes

Warranty period

One year limited warranty 1, or system warranty

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.

1
For information on the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, visit
http://www.ibm.com/servers/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.
Customer setup

Yes

Machine code

No license terms apply.

Optional features warranty period

Optional features: One year limited warranty 1.

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. Solid-state storage that reaches this limit may fail to operate according to its specifications.

Maximum warranted writes per drive:

1
For information on the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, visit
http://www.ibm.com/servers/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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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.

                                                Part     
Description                                     number     

IBM S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise        00AJ455    
Value SSD for IBM System x
 

 
Field    Plant              
install  install  MES       Cables
only     only     removal   required
 
 N        N        N           N
 

The following features already announced for the 3331 machine type:

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

S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x
                              HC1      A58U          MES

The following features already announced for the 3837 machine type:

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

S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x
                              AC1      A58U          Initial
                              AC2                    Initial
                              AC3                    Initial
                              AC4                    Initial
                              AC5                    Initial
                              AC6                    Initial
                              AC7                    Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
                              MC2                    Initial

The following features already announced for the 5455 machine type:

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

S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x
                              AC1      A58U          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following features already announced for the 5460 machine type:

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

S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x
                              AC1      A58U          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM System x3650 M4 HD Rack Shipping Bracket
                              AC1      A58V          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following features already announced for the 7143 machine type:

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

S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x
                              AC1      A58U          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following features already announced for the 7147 machine type:

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

S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x
                              AC1      A58U          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following features already announced for the 7873 machine type:

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

S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x
                              AC1      A58U          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following features already announced for the 7915 machine type:

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

S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x
                              AC1      A58U          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following features already announced for the 7916 machine type:

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

S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x
                              AC1      A58U          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following features already announced for the 7917 machine type:

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

S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x
                              AC1      A58U          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following features already announced for the 8722 machine type:

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

S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x
                              AC1      A58U          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following features already announced for the 8737 machine type:

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

S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x
                              AC1      A58U          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following features already announced for the 8752 machine type:

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

S3500 800GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD for
IBM System x
                              AC1      A58U          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

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