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IBM 128 GB and 256 GB 1.8-inch solid-state drives offer an affordable, reliable, performance-driven solution for read-intensive applications using a 6 GBps SATA interface and MLC NAND technology

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 112-228
December 18, 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 Pricing Pricing


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The 128 GB and 256 GB solid-state drives (SSDs) provide affordable, reliable, and performance-driven solid-state storage solutions for read-intensive applications. These drives present an opportunity for you 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® 128 GB and 256 GB solid-state drives employ cost-effective MLC NAND technology to bring an affordable, but performance-driven solution for read-intensive applications. The new SSDs will be available as 1.8-inch options.

These SSDs use a single-chip controller with a SATA interface on the system side and n-channels of Micron NAND flash internally. Packaged in an HDD replacement enclosure, these SSDs integrate easily in existing storage infrastructures. They are targeted at applications that require high I/O performance in random read operations in applications such as web or video serving or content delivery.

Providing that additional peace of mind, your 128 and 256 GB MLC SSDs are covered under IBM warranty. These drives carry a one-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 which are listed as Total Bytes Written (TBW). See Limitations and the device specifications for details.

Features and functions:

128 GB and 256 GB SATA MLC SSDs for IBM System x

Warranty

128 GB and 256 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC SSDs offer a one-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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January 22, 2013



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Description
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IBM 128 GB and 256 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise Value SSDs

These new drives bring solid-state reliability and low-power capabilities to on-blade storage. These new options will be available as single 1.8-inch MLC 2.5-watt drives.

Configurator support



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These SATA MLC SSD options are positioned as optimal choices for read-intensive applications.

These SSDs support enterprise-level server and workstation applications such as:



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Single Entity Offerings (SEOs)

 
                                                         SEO
Description                                              number
 
IBM 128 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise Value SSD        00W1222
 
IBM 256 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise Value SSD        00W1227

The following features are already announced for the 3331, 7143, 7147, 7871, 7915, and 8722 machine types:

Description                                        MT    Model   Feature

IBM 128GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD       3331  HC1     A3TG
IBM 128GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD       7143  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 128GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD       7147  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 128GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD       7871  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 128GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD       7915  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 128GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD       8722  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 256GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD       3331  HC1     A3TH
IBM 256GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD       7143  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 256GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD       7147  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 256GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD       7871  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 256GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD       7915  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 256GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD       8722  AC1
                                                         MC1

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=112-228


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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

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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



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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

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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

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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications

IBM 128 GB and 256 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise Value SSDs

Shipping dimensions

IBM 128 GB and 256 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise Value SSDs

Agency approvals

Standards

None

Operating environment

Temperature: 0° to 70°C (32° to 158°F)

Relative humidity: 8% to 85% (noncondensing)

Maximum altitude: 3,050 m (10,000 ft)

Hardware requirements

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

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 device has a maximum amount of write cycles it can be subjected to 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 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, 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 left based on the workload the drive will be subjected to. 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.

As an example, let’s 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 5 years and stay inside the 72 TBW limit. For the device to last 3 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 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 128 GB and 256 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC SSDs

Product                     Package description            Boxes

IBM 128 GB and 256 GB       Option Unit Box                1
SATA 1.8-inch MLC
Enterprise Value 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/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.

Customer setup

Yes

Machine code

No license terms apply.

Optional features warranty period

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:



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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 128 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise         00W1222  
Value SSD
IBM 256 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise         00W1227  
Value SSD
 
 
Field    Plant             
install  install  MES      Cables
only     only     removal  required
 
N        N        N        N
  
 
If field installed on a purchased machine, parts removed or
replaced become the property of IBM and must be returned.

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

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

IBM 128GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD
                              HC1      A3TG          MES
IBM 256GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD
                              HC1      A3TH          MES

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

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

IBM 128GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD
                              AC1      A3TG          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 256GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD
                              AC1      A3TH          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

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

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

IBM 128GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD
                              AC1      A3TG          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 256GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD
                              AC1      A3TH          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

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

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

IBM 128GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD
                              AC1      A3TG          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 256GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD
                              AC1      A3TH          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

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

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

IBM 128GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD
                              AC1      A3TG          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 256GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD
                              AC1      A3TH          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

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

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

IBM 128GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD
                              AC1      A3TG          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 256GB SATA 1.8" MLC Enterprise Value SSD
                              AC1      A3TH          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
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