IBM PureFlex System

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 114-125
September 2, 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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IBM® PureFlex™ System enables you to:



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Overview
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IBM PureFlex System is a fully integrated optimized configuration for x86 delivered preconfigured. It delivers a flexible cloud infrastructure system with integrated expertise. The system integrates and optimizes all compute, storage, and networking resources to deliver infrastructure as a service (IaaS) out of the box. And it does all this with integrated and simplified infrastructure management. You can start with these flexible, open infrastructure services that save time, resources, and cost across the IT lifecycle and add your choice of middleware and applications.

A PureFlex System includes integrated expertise designed to automate and optimize the deployment and maintenance of your workloads. Consolidation and management expertise from thousands of successful data center optimizations drives automation to significantly reduce manual processes that consume too many staff hours. Optimization expertise also allows your infrastructure to dynamically flex to address unexpected demands without requiring expensive surplus capacity.

This system is designed to provide a simplified experience and reduce IT complexity without compromising the flexibility you need. By delivering both simplicity and flexibility in a system with integrated expertise, you can rapidly deploy IT services and keep them running at the performance levels your business demands while still managing costs.



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IBM PureFlex System configurations vary in type and quantity based on your IT needs. They are defined as single-chassis offerings with a wide selection of compute, network, and storage elements.



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Planned availability date
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September 12, 2014



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Description
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PureFlex System is designed to help support big data, social, mobile, analytics, and the flow of critical information. For small and medium businesses, PureFlex may be configured in an affordable single-chassis configuration. PureFlex System can be optimized for scalable cloud deployments and has built-in redundancy for highly reliable and resilient operation to support demanding applications and cloud services required by many enterprises. PureFlex System provides the scalability, flexibility, and versatility you demand for business-critical workloads.

PureFlex System

IBM Flex System Compute Nodes          x220, x222, x240, x440
IBM PureFlex System Rack Optional      42U
IBM Flex System Chassis                Single
Integrated 10 Gb Switch                Selectable option with redundancy
Integrated 16 Gb Fibre Channel Switch  Selectable option with redundancy
Integrated IBM Flex System® Converged   Selectable option with redundancy
 Scalable Switch (FCoE)
IBM Flex System management node        Yes
IBM Flex System Manager (SW)           Flex System Manager Standard
Power supplies (std/max)               2/6
80 mm fans (std/max)                   4/8
Chassis Management Modules (CMM)       2

Highlights

Today's marketplace is changing. Customers, employees, and partners demand access to data and applications on their terms. Users want full service from mobile devices. Social networking is driving business priorities. You have to manage and analyze huge amounts of data. Cloud technology can support the flexibility and performance needed to address mobile, social, and big data demands. But you have to implement a cloud infrastructure efficiently. You need simplified management and application platforms and infrastructure that meet your needs both in functionality and in ongoing cost.

PureFlex System is a complete, flexible cloud infrastructure system with integrated expertise. The system integrates and optimizes all compute, storage, and networking resources to deliver infrastructure as a service (IaaS) out of the box. These fully integrated, optimized solutions can be configured for your specific business need and may be complemented by additional support and deployment services.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html


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IBM Flex System suits multiple delivery models, from highly customizable hardware platforms to a fully integrated and optimized system.



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The following are features already announced for the 1723, 7309, 7906, 7916, 7917, 8721, 8731, 8737, and 9363 machine types:

Description                                        MT    Model   Feature
 
2.8m, 10A/100-250V, C13 to IEC 320-C20 Rack Power
Cable                                              9363  RC4     6204
IBM Flex System Management Serial Access Cable     8721  HC1     A2RR
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration                                      1723  HC1     A5R8
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration                                      7309  HC1
                                                         HC3
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration                                      7906  AC1
                                                         MC1
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration                                      7916  AC1
                                                         MC1
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration                                      7917  AC1
                                                         MC1
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration                                      8721  HC1
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration                                      8737  AC1
                                                         MC1
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration                                      9363  RC4
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration                                      8731  AC1
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration                                      1723  HC1     A5R9
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration                                      7309  HC1
                                                         HC3
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration                                      7906  AC1
                                                         MC1
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration                                      7916  AC1
                                                         MC1
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration                                      7917  AC1
                                                         MC1
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration                                      8721  HC1
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration                                      8737  AC1
                                                         MC1
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration                                      9363  RC4
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration                                      8731  AC1
Transparent Mode Switch Indicator                  8721  HC1     A5RA
Non-Transparent Mode Switch Indicator              8721  HC1     A5RB
Fibre Channel Pass-Thru Indicator                  8721  HC1     A5RC
2GB USB Hypervisor Key (latest VMware level for
PureFlex)                                          7906  AC1     AS0B
                                                         MC1
2GB USB Hypervisor Key (latest VMware level for
PureFlex)                                          7916  AC1
                                                         MC1
2GB USB Hypervisor Key (latest VMware level for
PureFlex)                                          7917  AC1
                                                         MC1
2GB USB Hypervisor Key (latest VMware level for
PureFlex)                                          8737  AC1
                                                         MC1
VDI  Edition for PureFlex Indicator                1723  HC1     AS0C
VDI  Edition for PureFlex Indicator                7309  HC1
                                                         HC3
VDI  Edition for PureFlex Indicator                7906  AC1
                                                         MC1
VDI  Edition for PureFlex Indicator                7916  AC1
                                                         MC1
VDI  Edition for PureFlex Indicator                7917  AC1
                                                         MC1
VDI  Edition for PureFlex Indicator                8721  HC1
VDI  Edition for PureFlex Indicator                8737  AC1
                                                         MC1
VDI  Edition for PureFlex Indicator                9363  RC4

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=114-125


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The User's Guide, Maintenance Guide, and Problem Determination and Service Guide for components of IBM PureFlex System, in US English versions, are available from

http://www.ibm.com/support

Under "Product Support", select "System x", and under "Choose your page" select "Documentation". Information for the PureFlex System and other Flex System products is available from

http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/flexsys/information/index.jsp


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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

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:

For more information, visit

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


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Specified 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.

Software requirements

The following network operating systems have been tested for compatibility with IBM PureFlex System:

Note: For additional support, certification, and version information on network operating systems, visit

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

IBM PureFlex System contains licensed system programs that include set configuration, set features, and test programs. IBM system BIOS is loaded from a "flash" EEPROM into system memory. This BIOS provides instructions and interfaces designed to support the standard features of the X6 Compute Nodes and to maintain compatibility with many current software programs.

Contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or refer to the IBM Sales Manual for information on the compatibility of hardware and software for System x servers. The Sales Manual is updated periodically as new features and options are announced that support these servers.

Planning information

Cable orders

All cables are supplied with IBM PureFlex System. Depending on the applications, the cables may be fully installed, partially installed (plugged at one end and packaged for shipping), or included as part of a shipment group.

Security, auditability, and control

Three of the most important features in compute node design are reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS). These RAS features help to ensure the integrity of the data that is stored in the compute node, the availability of the compute node when you need it, and the ease with which you can diagnose and correct problems.

The compute node has the following RAS features:

This offering uses the security and auditability features from standard IBM offerings and supported Linux distributions.

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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Terms and conditions features section

Warranty period

Three years.

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 it is installed in.

The following has been designated as consumables or supply items and is, therefore, not covered by this warranty:

The following part has been designated as a Tier 1 CRU:

Customer setup

Yes.

Machine code

No.

All other terms and conditions are the same as those applicable to the IBM machine type in which the feature is installed.



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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.

The following are features already announced for the 1723 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
                              Model    Feature       Both         RP
Description                   number   number        support  CSU MES
 
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration
                              HC1      A5R8          Initial
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration
                              HC1      A5R9          Initial
VDI  Edition for PureFlex Indicator
                              HC1      AS0C          Initial

The following are features already announced for the 7309 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
                              Model    Feature       Both         RP
Description                   number   number        support  CSU MES
 
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration
                              HC1      A5R8          Initial
                              HC3                    Initial
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration
                              HC1      A5R9          Initial
                              HC3                    Initial
VDI  Edition for PureFlex Indicator
                              HC1      AS0C          Initial
                              HC3                    Initial

The following are features already announced for the 7906 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
                              Model    Feature       Both         RP
Description                   number   number        support  CSU MES
 
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration
                              AC1      A5R8          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration
                              AC1      A5R9          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
2GB USB Hypervisor Key (latest VMware level for
PureFlex)
                              AC1      AS0B          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
VDI  Edition for PureFlex Indicator
                              AC1      AS0C          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following are features already announced for the 7916 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
                              Model    Feature       Both         RP
Description                   number   number        support  CSU MES
 
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration
                              AC1      A5R8          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration
                              AC1      A5R9          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
2GB USB Hypervisor Key (latest VMware level for
PureFlex)
                              AC1      AS0B          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
VDI  Edition for PureFlex Indicator
                              AC1      AS0C          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following are features already announced for the 7917 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
                              Model    Feature       Both         RP
Description                   number   number        support  CSU MES
 
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration
                              AC1      A5R8          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration
                              AC1      A5R9          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
2GB USB Hypervisor Key (latest VMware level for
PureFlex)
                              AC1      AS0B          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
VDI  Edition for PureFlex Indicator
                              AC1      AS0C          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following are features already announced for the 8721 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
                              Model    Feature       Both         RP
Description                   number   number        support  CSU MES
 
IBM Flex System Management Serial Access Cable
                              HC1      A2RR          Initial
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration
                              HC1      A5R8          Initial
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration
                              HC1      A5R9          Initial
Transparent Mode Switch Indicator
                              HC1      A5RA          Initial
Non-Transparent Mode Switch Indicator
                              HC1      A5RB          Initial
Fibre Channel Pass-Thru Indicator
                              HC1      A5RC          Initial
VDI  Edition for PureFlex Indicator
                              HC1      AS0C          Initial

The following are features already announced for the 8731 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
                              Model    Feature       Both         RP
Description                   number   number        support  CSU MES
 
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration
                              AC1      A5R8          Initial
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration
                              AC1      A5R9          Initial

The following are features already announced for the 8737 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
                              Model    Feature       Both         RP
Description                   number   number        support  CSU MES
 
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration
                              AC1      A5R8          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration
                              AC1      A5R9          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
2GB USB Hypervisor Key (latest VMware level for
PureFlex)
                              AC1      AS0B          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
VDI  Edition for PureFlex Indicator
                              AC1      AS0C          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following are features already announced for the 9363 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
                              Model    Feature       Both         RP
Description                   number   number        support  CSU MES
 
2.8m, 10A/100-250V, C13 to IEC 320-C20 Rack Power
Cable
                              RC4      6204          Initial
PureFlex Foundation Minimum
Configuration
                              RC4      A5R8          Initial
PureFlex Foundation Expansion
Configuration
                              RC4      A5R9          Initial
VDI  Edition for PureFlex Indicator
                              RC4      AS0C          Initial
Trademarks

PureFlex is a trademark of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

IBM, IBM Flex System, CloudBurst, PartnerWorld, Global Technology Services, System x, BladeCenter and Express are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

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Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries, or both.

Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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