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IBM United States
Hardware Announcement 103-206
July 15, 2003

IBM ServeRAID-6M Controller — Create high-performance, RAID-protected, data-storage solutions

 ENUS103-206.PDF (26KB)


At a glance

The new ServeRAID-6M Ultra320 SCSI controller provides advanced performance and RAID function at the enterprise level to satisfy mission-critical business applications.

Key features:

  • 64-bit, 133 MHz1 PCI-X adapter — Improves throughput
  • 128 or 256 MB ECC DDR SDRAM battery-backed cache
  • Two channels — Support for up to 28 HDDs
  • Ultra320 SCSI interface — Wide bandwidth for multi-drive, concurrent, streaming data transfers
  • ServeRAID Manager — Proven RAID management and setup
  • Leading RAID support — 0, 00, 1, 10, 1E, 1E0, 5, 50, and 5EE
  • Clustering and failover support

Overview

Put together a winning combination. Satisfy mid-range to advanced high-availability data-storage applications by installing a high-performance ServeRAID™-6M Controller and high-speed Ultra320 SCSI HDDs into your IBM eServer xSeries® server.

Now you can take advantage of Ultra320 SCSI technology with a high-speed, PCI-X RAID controller to:

  • Speed access to stored data
  • Improve server processor utilization and throughput
  • Protect business-critical stored data

Solid performance with proven RAID Management

This two-channel Ultra320 SCSI RAID controller delivers excellent performance. It is architected with:

  • 600 MHz Intel® IOP321 I/O processor based on xScale technology
  • 64-bit, 133 MHz PCI-X
  • 128 or 256 MB ECC DDR SDRAM battery-backed cache

The new controller supports:

  • Up to 14 HDDs per channel
  • Full RAID functions
  • FlashCopy®
  • Clustering and failover
  • Installation in a wide range of xSeries servers

ServeRAID-6M Controller includes an advanced, Java™-based ServeRAID Manager to provide leading setup, monitoring, and administration of the RAID array.

Reliability

The ServeRAID-6M Controller has been rigorously tested on supported systems through the ServerProven® program with a wide range of popular network operating systems. It is backed by a three-year, limited warranty2.

Planned availability date

July 25, 2003

1
MHz denotes the clock speed of the microprocessor only, not application performance. Many factors affect application performance
2
For information on the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, visit:

http://www.ibm.com/servers/support/machine_warranties/

Alternatively, this information is also available by calling 800-772-2227 or contacting your IBM representative or reseller. Copies are available upon request.

Description

Growing family of Ultra320 SCSI offerings for xSeries servers

ServeRAID-6M Controller: The ServeRAID-6M Controller offers advanced RAID and Ultra320 SCSI technology. It is based on high-performance PCI-X architecture and powered by a 600 MHz Intel IOP321 I/O processor based on xScale technology. Teamed with 15,000-rpm Ultra320 SCSI HDD options, they provide a high-performance, wide bandwidth data path to yielding the highest levels of performance of the xSeries SCSI controller and HDD lines.

These offerings, coupled with a supported xSeries server, make an ideal combination to help solve your business-critical, high-speed data storage requirements.

This new Ultra320 SCSI RAID controller provides excellent performance for mid- to advanced-range high-availability storage applications.

Key features include:

  • Powerful 600 MHz Intel IOP321 I/O processor based on xScale technology
  • Wide 64-bit, 133 MHz PCI-X architecture
  • Battery-backed cache — Choice of controllers with 128 MB or 256 MB cache
  • Capability for up to 1064 MB/s data transfers across the PCI-X bus
  • Support for Ultra320 or Ultra160 SCSI HDDs — Up to 320 MB/s data transfers to HDDs
  • Two channels to support up to 14 HDDs per channel — Provides massive RAID protected data storage with up to 28 HDDs
  • Internal and external connections support:
    • Two internal, 68-pin, ANSI connectors — Flexible internal connections
    • Two external industry-standard .8-mm VHDCI connectors — Supports external RAID-protected data storage
  • Support for RAID levels 0, 00, 1, 10, 1E, 1E0, 5, 50, and 5EE — More choices to meet unique business needs

ServeRAID interoperability

The ServeRAID-6M Controller offers:

  • Leadership performance and reliability
  • Support for adapter failover in Microsoft™ Windows® 2000 environments
  • Support for clustering with Microsoft Cluster Services and NetWare High-Availability Services
  • ServeRAID Manager RAID Configuration and monitoring Software for powerful, easy-to-use RAID management across your storage assets
  • Excellent useability features:
    • Logical Drive Migration (LDM) and auto synchronization
    • Support for stripe unit sizes of 8 KB, 16 KB, 32 KB, or 64 KB
    • Support for hot- and cold-swapping of HDDs

Product positioning

This advanced controller is positioned above the ServeRAID-5i Controller that provides a low-cost yet powerful solution for selected entry xSeries servers requiring limited ServeRAID functions. ServeRAID-6M Controller is supported across a wide range of xSeries servers providing excellent performance through 133 MHz PCI-X architecture and on-board microprocessor.

The ServeRAID-6M Controller exceeds the performance of the current family of ServeRAID Ultra160 SCSI Controllers due to the following:

  • PCI-X 133 MHz architecture
  • 600 MHz microprocessor
  • Support of Ultra320 SCSI

ServeRAID-6M Controller will replace the ServeRAID-4Mx and -4H controllers in upcoming months.

Trademarks

 
ServeRAID and e-business logo are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
xSeries, FlashCopy, and ServerProven are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
 
Microsoft is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

ServeRAID™-6M Controller (32P0033)/ServeRAID-6M Controller (256 MB Cache)(02R0988)

Technical information

Performance specifications

  • 600 MHz Intel® IOP321 I/O processor based on xScale technology
  • Up to 133 MHz PCI-X bus speed
  • 64-bit, full-length, 3.3 V, PCI-X adapter card
  • Two VHDCI .8-mm external connectors
  • Two internal, industry-standard, 68-pin connectors
  • Two RAID channels
  • Supports Ultra320 SCSI (320 MB/s)
  • 128 or 256 MB ECC SDRAM battery-backed cache

ServeRAID-6M Controller is backward-compatible with legacy SCSI modes:

  • Ultra160 SCSI (160 MB/s)
  • Wide Ultra2 SCSI (80 MB/s)
  • Wide Ultra SCSI (40 MB/s)
  • Fast/Wide SCSI (20 MB/s)

Physical specifications

Approximate dimensions: The ServeRAID-6M Controller is a full-length PCI-X adapter card.

Operating environment

  • Temperature:
    • 10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3,000 ft)
    • 10° to 32°C (50° to 90°F) at 914 m to 2,133 (3,000 to 7,000 ft)
  • Relative humidity: 8% to 80% (non-condensing)
  • Maximum altitude: 2,133 m (7,000 ft)

Agency approvals

  • Emissions
    • U.S. — FCC Class A
    • Europe — CE Mark (EN55022 Class A)
    • Japan — VCCI Class A
    • Taiwan — BSMI
    • Australia/New Zealand — C-tick mark Class A
    • China — CCIB Mark
    • Korea — MOC Mark
    • Russia — GOST Mark
  • Safety
    • UL/cUL Listing
    • IEC60950 CB Report and Certificate
    • CE Mark — Declaration of Conformity
    • C-Tick
    • Korean EMI Approval Mark/Certification Letter
    • BMSI (Taiwan)
    • CCC Certification CNCA — China

ENERGY STAR-compliant: No

Hardware requirements

The ServeRAID-6M Controller is designed to the PCI 2.2 and PCI-X 1.0 Specifications. It is supported in the following IBM eServer xSeries® servers:

                    Machine
Description         Type           Model
 
xSeries 225         8647           All
xSeries 235         8671           All
xSeries 255         8685           All
xSeries 335         8676, 8830     All
xSeries 345         8670           All
xSeries 360         8686           All
xSeries 440         8687           All

24-inch ServeRAID-6M Internal Connection Cable (02R2068) is required for internal support of the hot-swap backplane of xSeries 235 and 345 servers.

Software requirements

The ServeRAID-6M Controller is supported with the following operating systems:

  • NetWare 5.1
  • NetWare 6.0
  • Microsoft™ Windows® 2000 Advanced Server
  • Windows 2000 Server
  • Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
  • SCO Open Server 5.0.6
  • Open Unix 8.0
  • Linux
    • Red Hat 7.3
    • Red Hat Linux Advanced Server 3.1
    • Red Hat Linux 8.0 Professional
    • Red Hat Linux 9.0 Professional
  • OS/2® Server for e-Business V5.0

ServeRAID-6M Controller is supported with the following application software:

  • Novell Cluster Services V1.6
  • Microsoft Cluster Server
  • BrightStor ARCserve Backup V7.0 for NetWare
  • BrightStor ARCserve Backup V7.0 for Linux
  • Networker 6.1.2 for Linux
  • Networker 6.2 for W2K
  • Tivoli® Storage Manager V5.1
  • Veritas Backup Exec for Windows 2000 8.6
  • Veritas Backup Exec for NetWare 9.0
  • Veritas NetBackup Datacenter 4.5
  • IBM Director

Compatibility

                                             Part
Description                                  Number
 
Other Devices
 
EXP300 Storage Expansion Unit                35311RU(3)
20/40 GB DDS/4 4-mm Internal                 00N7991
 Tape Drive
110/220 GB Super DLT Internal                00N8015
 SCSI Tape Drive
100/200 GB LTO Half-High                     24P2396
 Tape Drive
10/80 GB DLTVS Half-High                     24P2398
 Tape Drive
 
Cables
 
Netfinity(R) 2 M Ultra2 SCSI Cable           03K9310
Netfinity 4.3 M Ultra2 SCSI Cable            03K9311
Netfinity 20 M Ultra2 SCSI Cable             37L7101
IBM 24-inch ServeRAID-6M Internal            02R2068
 Connection Cable
3
This unit supports only hot-swap Ultra160 SCSI HDDs.

Limitations: None

Planning information

Cable orders required: External cables are required when attaching external SCSI storage enclosures. The 24-inch ServeRAID-6M Internal Connection Cable is required when using the ServeRAID-6M Controller to support internal HDD storage in xSeries 235 and 345 servers. Refer to the Compatibility section for supported SCSI cables.

Installation time: Approximately one hour

Packaging

ServeRAID-6M Controller shipment group

  • Controller card assembly
  • ServeRAID support CD-ROM
  • ServeRAID User's Guide/Warranty

Note: The Hardware Maintenance Manual (HMM) for ServeRAID-6M Controller in U.S. English is available at:

Security, auditability, and control

This option uses the security and auditability features of the system in which it is installed.

Terms and conditions

Field-Installable                       Yes
Customer Setup                          Yes
Warranty Period                         3 Year(4)
Service Type                            CCE(5)
Maintenance Agreement                   No
Optional Upgrade                        No
Central Facility Maintenance            No
 Service (CFMS) Option
Licensed Programs                       No
4
Optional features initially installed with an IBM system carry the same warranty classification as the system. If installed after the initial system installation, they carry the balance of the system warranty or the optional feature warranty, whichever is greater.
5
This optional feature is designated as Customer Carry-in Exchange/Repair (CCE/CCR).

Service and support information — features and options

During the warranty period, for problem determination and placement of service calls, contact 800-IBM-SERV (436-7378), or your reseller.

Accessing IBM online services: The xSeries Web site provides a range of product technical and compatibility information and information on xSeries solutions. Visit:

Prices

The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

                                                  IBM
                                   Part           List
Description                        Number         Price(6)
 
ServeRAID-6M Controller            32P0033        $  999
ServeRAID-6M Controller            02R0988         1,249
 (256 MB Cache)
6
IBM List Price does not include tax or shipping and is subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary.

Global Financing

IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified customers to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software, and services, both from IBM and other manufacturers or vendors. Offerings (for all customer segments: small, medium, and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or visit the Web at:

Order now

To order direct, call IBM at 877-999-7115 and select option 4.

For the name of the nearest IBM representative or Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

Trademarks

 
The e-business logo and ServeRAID are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
xSeries, OS/2, Tivoli, and Netfinity are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
 
Microsoft is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.