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IBM 200 GB and 400 GB 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSDs for System x use MLC NAND technology and offer affordable, performance-driven solutions for read-write mix applications using 6 Gbps SATA interface

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 112-150
September 4, 2012


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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

(Corrected on September 7, 2012)

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The IBM® 200 GB and 400 GB 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise solid-state drives for System x® provide high-performance, reliable solutions for high-capacity enterprise applications with a moderate read/write mix by employing a 6 Gbps SATA interface and MLC NAND technology. These solid-state drives present an opportunity to simplify your local storage infrastructure to help maintain overall maintenance and cooling cost, while considering remote storage solutions for end-to-end data availability.

Benefits include:



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Overview
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The new IBM 200 GB and 400 GB 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise solid-state drives for System x employ enterprise MLC NAND technology to bring an affordable, but performance-driven solution for applications requiring enterprise workloads with a read-write mix. The new SSD drives are available in 1.8-inch options.

These SSDs use a single-chip controller with a SATA interface on the system side and n-channels of NAND Flash internally. Packaged in an HDD replacement enclosure, these SSDs are designed to integrate easily in existing storage infrastructures. They are targeted at databases that require high I/O performance in random read and random write operations including applications caching and tiering. These SSDs can also be configured into the IBM eXFlash solution for maximum capacity and performance.

Providing additional peace of mind, the 200 GB and 400 GB 1.8-inch MLC SSDs 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 do have finite write or P/E cycles and are listed as Total Bytes Written (TBW). Refer to the Limitations section and the device specifications for details.

Features and functions:

Warranty

200 GB and 400 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSDs offer a 1-year limited warranty1 .

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.

Feature exchange

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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October 16, 2012



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Description
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IBM 200 GB and 400 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSDs

These new drives bring solid-state reliability and low-power capabilities to on-blade storage. These new options are available as single 1.8-inch MLC 2.8-4.6 watt drives.

Configurator support



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Product positioning
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These high-performance SATA MLC SSD options are positioned in the family of IBM SATA SSDs based on solid-state technology.

These SSD drives support enterprise-level server and workstation applications, such as:



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Single Entity Offerings (SEOs)

 
                                                        SEO
Description                                             number
 
IBM 200 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSD             49Y6119
IBM 400 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSD             49Y6124
  

The following are features already announced for the 3331, 7143, 7147, 7871, 7873, 7906, 7912, 7915, 8722, 8737 machine types:

Description                                        MT    Model   Feature
 
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             3331  HC1     A3AN
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             7143  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             7147  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             7871  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             7873  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             7906  AC1
                                                         MC1


IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             7915  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             8722  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             8737  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             3331  HC1     A3AP
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             7143  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             7147  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             7871  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             7873  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             7906  AC1
                                                         MC1


IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             7915  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             8722  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD             8737  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=112-150


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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

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For details on education offerings related to specific products, visit

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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 200 GB and 400 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSDs

Shipping dimensions

IBM 200 GB and 400 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSDs

Agency approvals

Standards

None

Operating environment
Hardware requirements

These SDDs must be installed in selected System x or BladeCenter servers with SATA capability.

Software requirements

The new IBM SATA SSDs work with most operating systems.

For further information, contact your IBM representative.

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 drive has a maximum amount of writes it can be subjected to, 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 SSD drive failing to communicate to system-generated commands or become incapable of being written to. In general, it is important to distinguish Enterprise Value drives from Enterprise drives.

Enterprise 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 level drives. SSD write endurance is an important factor to consider because unlike spinning disk media, NAND flash has a finite number of program/erase cycles it will accept. SSD write endurance is typically measured by the number of program/erase cycles, or P/E cycles each cell incurs over it's lifetime and per drive is listed as Total Bytes Written (TBW) in the drive specification. This statistic can be used to give an estimate of the drive's remaining life left based on the workload to which the drive will be subjected. The TBW value assigned to a solid-state drive 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 drive 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, care must be taken to use SSDs in environments that will not exceed the TBW of the drive prior to the required life expectancy of the application.

As an example, assume an access pattern of 50% random data and 50% sequential data with block size mixes of 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. A drive 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 SSD products are designed as customer setup. Customer installation instructions are shipped with each option part.

Cable orders

None

Installability

The IBM SATA SSDs require about 20 minutes for installation.

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

Packaging

IBM 200 GB and 400 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSDs

Product                  Package description              Boxes
 
IBM 200 GB and 400 GB     Option Unit Box                   1
SATA 1.8-inch MLC
Enterprise SSDs
 
 
                         Contents:
                    
                      SSD
                      Important Notices and IBM Warranty Publication,
                      SSD Information Flyer
  

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

Retail only

Packaging dimensions and weight - 1.8-inch SSDs

Note: All measurements are approximate.

Supplies

For end users: IBM SATA 1.8-inch SSDs can be purchased through dealers around the world.

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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IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.

The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The Electronic Service Agent™ is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM . Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, visit

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


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MES discount applicable

No

Field installable feature

Yes

Warranty period

One-year limited warranty1 , 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 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. 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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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.

 
                                                Part       
Description                                     number     
 
IBM 200 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSD     49Y6119   
IBM 400 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSD     49Y6124    
 
 
Field    Plant              
install  install  MES             Cables
only     only     removal         required
 
 N        N        N                 N
 

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

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description                  Model    Feature        Both/        
                             Number   Number         Support  
 
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              HC1      A3AN          MES
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              HC1      A3AP          MES

The following are features already announced for the 7143 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description                  Model    Feature        Both/        
                             Number   Number         Support  
 
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              AC1      A3AN          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              AC1      A3AP          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following are features already announced for the 7147 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description                  Model    Feature        Both/        
                             Number   Number         Support  
 
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              AC1      A3AN          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              AC1      A3AP          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following are features already announced for the 7871 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description                  Model    Feature        Both/        
                             Number   Number         Support  CSU 
 
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              AC1      A3AN          Initial  Yes
                              MC1                    Initial  Yes
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              AC1      A3AP          Initial  Yes
                              MC1                    Initial  Yes

The following are features already announced for the 7873 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description                  Model    Feature        Both/        
                             Number   Number         Support  CSU 
 
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              AC1      A3AN          Initial  Yes
                              MC1                    Initial  Yes
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              AC1      A3AP          Initial  Yes
                              MC1                    Initial  Yes

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

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description                  Model    Feature        Both/        
                             Number   Number         Support    
 
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              AC1      A3AN          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              AC1      A3AP          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

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

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description                  Model    Feature        Both/        
                             Number   Number         Support   
 
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              AC1      A3AN          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              AC1      A3AP          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following are features already announced for the 8722 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description                  Model    Feature        Both/        
                             Number   Number         Support   
 
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              AC1      A3AN          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              AC1      A3AP          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

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

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description                  Model    Feature        Both/        
                             Number   Number         Support  
 
IBM 200GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              AC1      A3AN          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 400GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise SSD
                              AC1      A3AP          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

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