IBM BladeCenter H Chassis delivers high performance, extreme reliability, and ultimate flexibility to even the most demanding IT environments

Asia Pacific Hardware Announcement AG06-0161
February 9, 2006


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TOC link At a glance TOC link Product number
TOC link Overview TOC link Publications
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Services
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Technical information
TOC link Announcement countries TOC link IBM Electronic Services
TOC link Description TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Product positioning TOC link Prices
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(Corrected on May 8, 2006)

Changed Taiwan to YES in the AP Distribution list.

At a glance


IBM BladeCenter H delivers high performance, extreme reliability, and ultimate flexibility to even the most demanding IT environments.

BladeCenter H features:

  • One pair of 2,900-watt power modules. An additional power module option is available (contains two 2,900 W power supplies).
  • Two hot-swap blowers standard.
  • One Advanced Management Module. A second module is available as an option.
  • Ability to integrate storage and Ethernet networking into chassis.
  • Support for both current and future IBM blade servers for investment protection.
  • Brand new serial port breakout connector to give direct serial connection to installed blades (for those blades with the functionality).
  • IBM DVD, two USB inputs, and light path Diagnostic Panel.

The blades servers supported by this new BladeCenter Chassis are:

  • BladeCenter HS20, BladeCenter HS40
  • AMD Opteron LS20 for IBM BladeCenter
  • BladeCenter JS20, BladeCenter JS21

These blades feature:

  • Xeon DP, Xeon MP, PowerPC®, and Opteron capable models

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BladeCenter® H Chassis — A rock-solid foundation for today's on demand business

  • The rack-optimized, 9 U modular design enclosure holds up to 14 blade servers.
  • A high-availability, redundant midplane supports all current and future IBM blades.
  • The chassis includes:
    • Two 2,900-watt, hot-swap, redundant power modules and support for two additional (optional) 2,900-watt, hot-swap, redundant power modules
    • Two hot-swap, redundant blowers and 6 or 12 supplemental fans
  • The brand new Advanced Management Module (aMM) gives you control over the solutions at the chassis level — simplifying installation and management of everything in your installation.
  • The chassis supports up to four traditional fabrics using networking switches, storage switches, or pass though devices. The chassis also supports up to four new high-speed fabrics for future support of protocols like 4X Infiniband or 10 Gb Ethernet. The built-in media tray is customer serviceable and includes light path diagnostics, front USB inputs, and a DVD drive.
  • IBM Director and Remote Deployment Manager™ makes it easy to install and manage.

BladeCenter Advanced Management Module

The new Advanced Management Module (aMM) increases the functionality and performance seen when remotely accessing the solution:

  • Better video performance and faster refreshes
  • More complete LDAP integration
  • Much better granularity of access and permissioning
  • Faster USB response via USB 2.0 protocol for blade servers that have the functionality
  • Concurrent media access (local and remote) for blade servers that have the functionality
  • Shared management resources in the chassis
  • Multiple remote KVM sessions for blade servers that have the functionality
  • Improved serviceability
  • Backward compatibility with existing switch modules and blade servers

IBM services and support

  • ServerProven® compatibility testing and Web support
  • Three-year, on-site1, limited warranty2

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Key prerequisites
  • A supported blade server — HS20, HS40, LS20, JS20, or the new JS21
  • 200 to 240 V ac power source
  • Monitor, USB keyboard, and USB mouse
  • Ethernet switch module and rack

Product number

For details, refer to the Product number section in this announcement.
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Planned availability date

March 7, 2006
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Announcement countries

AP distribution:  To all Asia Pacific countries for release.

 CTRY/Region        ANNOUNCED
 ASEAN *        —     Yes
 AUSTRALIA      —     Yes
 HONG KONG      —     Yes
 PRC            —     Yes
 TAIWAN         —     Yes
 KOREA          —     Yes
 JAPAN          —     Yes
 NEW ZEALAND    —     Yes
 * Bangladesh, Brunei, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia,
 Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

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Related options

  • BladeCenter Advanced Management Module — 25R5778
  • BladeCenter H Double 30A NEMA L6-30P (208V) 4.3M — 25R5783
  • BladeCenter H Dual 32A IEC 309 P+N+G/16A IEC 320-C20 (230 V) 4.3 M — 25R5784
  • BladeCenter H Triple 16A IEC 320-C20 (200-240V) 2.8M — 25R5785
  • BladeCenter H Serial Port Breakout Cable — 40K9605
  • BladeCenter H Double 30A KSC 8305 (S. Korea) (220 V) 4.3 M — 25R5811
  • BladeCenter H Dual 32A AS/NZS 3112/16A IEC 320-C20 (AUS/NZ) (230 V) 4.3 M — 25R5812
  • BladeCenter H 2900 W AC Power Module Pair with Fan Packs — 31R3335

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Product positioning

In just 9 U of rack space, the BladeCenter H Chassis can contain up to 14 blade servers, 10 switch modules, and four power supplies to provide the necessary I/O network switching, power, cooling, and control panel information to support the individual servers.
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Product number

Note: These models are GAV.

                            Machine           Order
Description                 type      Model   number
IBM BladeCenter H Chassis   8852      4XA     88524XA
                            8852      4XB     88524XB
                            8852      4XK     88524XK
                            8852      4XM     88524XM
                            8852      4XR     88524XR
                            8852      4XV     88524XV

Note: These models are MTM.

IBM BladeCenter H Chassis   8852      4XC     88524XC
                            8852      4XD     88524XD
                            8852      4XE     88524XE
                            8852      4XJ     88524XJ
                            8852      4XN     88524XN
                            8852      4XQ     88524XQ

Note:  xxA = ASEAN — Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brunei,
             Thailand, Philippines, Mynmar,
             Singapore, Malaysia
       xxB = Hong Kong     xxM = ANZ
       xxC = China         xxN = China
       xxD = China         xxQ = India,Nepal, Sri Lanka
       xxE = Japan         xxR = Korea
       xxJ = Japan         xxV = Taiwan
       xxK = Korea

Description                                      number
BladeCenter Advanced Management Module           25R5778
BladeCenter H Double 30A NEMA L6-30P             25R5783
 (208V) 4.3M
BladeCenter H Dual 32A IEC 309 P+N+G/16A         25R5784
 IEC 320-C20 (230V) 4.3 M
BladeCenter H Triple 16A IEC 320-C20             25R5785
 (200-240V) 2.8M
BladeCenter H Serial Port Breakout Cable         40K9605
BladeCenter H Double 30A KSC 8305                25R5811
 (S. Korea) (220V) 4.3 M
BladeCenter H Dual 32A AS/NZS 3112/16A           25R5812
 IEC 320-C20 (AUS/NZ) (230V) 4.3 M
BladeCenter H 2900W AC Power Module Pair         31R3335
 with Fan Packs
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Remote Deployment Manager is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
BladeCenter, ServerProven, and PowerPC are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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An installation and user's guide, and safety and warranty publications are shipped with each BladeCenter® H Chassis.

The following publications are available immediately.

Title                                                  number
BladeCenter Solutions                                  GM13-0173
xSeries(R) Family Brochure                             GM13-0128

The BladeCenter H Chassis Installation and User's Guides and Hardware Maintenance Manuals , in U.S. English versions, are available from our Web site

The new BladeCenter H Chassis Installation and User's Guides .

Displayable softcopy publications

Publications are offered in displayable softcopy form.

These displayable manuals can be used with the BookManager® READ licensed programs in any of the supported environments. Terms and conditions for use of the machine-readable files are shipped with the files.
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IBM Integrated 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

For details on available IBM Business Continuity and Recovery Services, contact your IBM representative or visit

For details on education offerings related to specific products, visit

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Technical information

Specified operating environment

Physical specifications


BladeCenter H Chassis

  • 200-208 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 40 A
  • 220-240 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60Hz; 37 A
  • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately):
    • Minimum configuration: 0.5 kVA
    • Maximum configuration: 8.0 kVA
  • Btu output:
    • Minimum configuration — 1705 Btu/hr (500 VA)
    • Maximum configuration — 27280 Btu/hr (8000 VA)
  • Acoustical: Declared sound power level — 7.5 bels

Standards: This system supports or complies with the following standards:

  • Hardware-enabled to meet the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9241, Part 3

Equipment approvals and safety

  • Japan VCCI, Class A
  • Australia/New Zealand AS/NZS CISPR 22:2002, Class A
  • IEC-60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • China CCEE (GB4943-1995)
  • Taiwan BSMI CNS13438, Class A

Operating environment

  • Temperature:
    • 10.0° to 35.0°C (50° to 95°F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3,000 ft)
    • 10.0° to 32.0°C (50° to 90°F) at 914 to 2,133 m (3,000 to 7,000 ft)
  • Relative humidity: 8% to 80%
  • Maximum altitude: 2,133 m (7,000 ft)

Compatibility: The BladeCenter H 8852-4Xx supports:

  • Blades HS20
  • Blades JS20
  • Blades JS21
  • Blades LS20
  • Blades HS40
  • BSE-1, BSE-2
  • PEU-1, PEU-2

For detailed information about IBM and non-IBM devices, adapters, software, and network operating systems supported with xSeries servers, visit

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 xSeries servers. The Sales Manual is updated periodically as new features and options are announced that support these servers.

Limitations: This BladeCenter H Chassis requires 200 to 240 V ac power.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities: This product is designated as customer setup. Customer setup instructions are shipped with the product.

Configuration information

BladeCenter H Chassis configuration: A control panel located on the right side of the unit contains the following status LEDs:

  • Power good
  • Chassis location
  • Over temperature
  • Information
  • General fault

Two USB ports are located at the bottom right of the control panel, and a DVD-ROM drive is included. An optional USB-attached 1.44 MB diskette drive is available.

Four power modules are front loading for serviceability.

The rear housing contains:

  • Two hot-swap, redundant blower assemblies in the center, mounted one on top of the other
  • Ten I/O module bays
  • One standard management module for KVM/Management and one additional management module bay

Rack installations: The BladeCenter H Chassis 9 U rack-drawer enclosure is designed to be installed in a 19-inch rack cabinet designed for 28-inch deep devices, such as the NetBAY42 ER, IBM S2 42U SR, IBM S2 25U SR, or NetBAY11.

If you choose not to use an IBM rack:

  • The rack must meet EIA™-310-D standards for mounting flanges and hole locations.
  • The front to rear distance of the mounting flanges must be between 698.5 mm and 762 mm (27.5 and 30 inches).
  • The thickness of the mounting flanges must be between 1.9 mm and 3 mm.
  • The mounting flanges must have either 7.1-mm (.28-in) diameter holes or 9.6-mm (.38-in) square holes on the standard EIA hole spacing.
  • The rack must have a minimum depth of 70 mm (2.76 in) between the front mounting flange and inside of the front door for appropriate cooling.
  • The rack must have a minimum depth of 157 mm (6.2 in) between the rear mounting flange and inside of the rear door to install the server and make space for cable management.
  • The minimum side-to-side clearance in the rack between the front and rear mounting flanges must be 467 mm (18.2 in) to accommodate the width of the server and the slide mounting brackets.
  • The minimum side-to-side clearance in the rack between each door and the mounting flanges must be 484 mm (19.1 in.) to accommodate the slide mounting brackets.
  • The rack must not prevent the flow of cool air into the front of the rack and hot air out of the rear of the rack (front and rear doors, if present, must be perforated).
  • It is recommended that any side and top panels be used to try and prevent any unnecessary recirculation within the rack. In addition, it is also strongly recommended that any adjoining racks be sealed between them, also to prevent recirculation. Any openings between, above, or below the rack equipment, can cause significant increase in inlet temperature (and hence increase fan and blower speeds undesirably) from this recirculation, so it should be avoided if at all possible.
  • All empty EIA space in the rack must be closed off with filler panels to prevent the recirculation of air within the rack.
  • The weight-handling capacity of the rack must be able to support the maximum rack configuration, including all servers, external cables, and PDUs.
  • The rack must provide proper stabilization so that the rack does not become unstable when servers are pulled out for service.

Power considerations: BladeCenter H Chassis comes with one pair of 2,900-watt 200 to 240 V ac power modules. These standard power modules support blade server bays one through seven with power redundancy.

Cable orders: Each BladeCenter H Chassis contains one or two management modules with Ethernet connections. The RJ-45 connectors provides a 10/100 Base-T interface (at either half or full duplex) for connecting twisted-pair cable to an Ethernet network. Cabling is not included with the BladeCenter. To connect the management modules to a repeater or switch, use an unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable with RJ-45 connectors at both ends. For 100 Mbps operation, Category 5 cabling must be used. For 10 Mbps operation, Category 3, or better, cabling must be used.

Each BladeCenter H Chassis can contain several switch modules which have cabling requirements of their own, none of which is included with the BladeCenter.

Installability: The BladeCenter H Chassis requires approximately 30 minutes for installation. Installation includes unpacking, setting up, and powering on the system. Additional time is required to install an operating system, additional options, or features.


BladeCenter H Chassis

Product               Package description                  Boxes
BladeCenter           System Unit Carton                   1
                      BladeCenter Unit                     1
                      Publications/CD Package              1
                      Rack kit:                            1
BladeCenter           Publications/CD Package              1
                      Installation Guide
                      Safety, Contents, and About
                       Your Documentation Flyers
                      ServerGuide(TM) Coupon
                      Documentation CD-ROM
                      Installation Template

Related options

BladeCenter 2,900-Watt Power Supply Module pair

  • One power supply module pair (two power supplies)
  • Redundant Management Module (one management module)
  • Serial port breakout cable (one serial port breakout cable)
  • Power cords
    • Triple IEC 320 C20 power cord
    • Dual NEMA L6-30P power cord
    • IEC 309 32A/IEC 320 C20 power cord
    • Korean power cord
    • Australia/New Zealand power cord

Supplies: IBM BladeCenter power option can be purchased through dealers.

Security, auditability, and control

Security and auditability features include:

  • A logon password provides control of who has access to the management module (and hence management access to any switch modules and blade servers installed in the chassis).

Limitations: The BladeCenter H Chassis has no security intrusion detection; therefore, it should be installed in a rack environment that provides security through lockable doors or other security measures. It is a customer's responsibility to ensure that the chassis is secure.

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

IBM Global Services has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to put you on the road to higher systems availability. IBM Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that provides you with an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support on the IBM eServer. You should benefit from greater system availability due to faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. IBM Electronic Services is comprised of two separate, but complementary, elements: IBM Electronic Services news page and IBM Electronic Service Agent™.

IBM Electronic Services news page provides you with a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used by customers 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 IBM Electronic Service Agent is no-additional-charge software that resides on your IBM eServer system. It is designed to proactively monitor events and transmit system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, customer-defined timetable. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tracks system inventory, hardware error logs, and performance information. If the server is under a current IBM maintenance service agreement or within the IBM warranty period, the Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to provide proactive service that maintains higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent will be made available to IBM service support representatives when they are helping answer your questions or diagnosing problems.

To learn how IBM Electronic Services can work for you, visit

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Terms and conditions
To obtain copies of the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, contact your reseller or IBM.

Warranty period

  • System hardware — Three years
  • Optional features — One year

Optional IBM features initially installed in an IBM system carry the same warranty and warranty service support category 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.

Warranty service

If required, IBM provides repair or exchange service depending on the type of warranty service specified below for the machine. IBM will attempt to resolve your problem over the telephone or electronically by access to an IBM Web site. You must follow the problem determination and resolution procedures that IBM specifies. Scheduling of service will depend upon the time of your call and is subject to parts availability. Service levels are response time objectives and are not guaranteed. The specified level of warranty service may not be available in all worldwide locations. Additional charges may apply outside IBM's normal service area. Contact your local IBM representative or your reseller for country- and location-specific information.

Customer Replaceable Unit ("CRU") (for example, keyboard, mouse, speaker, memory, hard disk drive) Service and On-site Service for other selected parts.

Customer Replaceable Unit (CRU) Service: IBM provides replacement CRUs to you for you to install. CRU information and replacement instructions are shipped with your machine and are available from IBM at any time on your request. CRUs are designated as being either a Tier 1 or a Tier 2 CRU. Installation of Tier 1 CRUs is your responsibility. If IBM installs a Tier 1 CRU, at your request, you will be charged for the installation. You may install a Tier 2 CRU yourself or request IBM to install it, at no additional charge, under the type of warranty service specified below, On-site Service.

Based upon availability, CRUs will be shipped for next business day delivery. IBM specifies in the materials shipped with a replacement CRU whether a defective CRU must be returned to IBM. When return is required, (1) return instructions and a container are shipped with the replacement CRU, and (2) you may be charged for the replacement CRU if IBM does not receive the defective CRU within 30 days of your receipt of the replacement.

The following parts have been designated as Tier 1 CRUs:

  • Bezel
  • Fillers
  • Shell
  • System Service Label
  • Rack Kit
  • CD-RW Combo
  • Tray, Media
  • Rear Panel, Card/Cable Asm
  • Management Module
  • Blower
  • Fan Pack
  • Power Supply
  • Line Cord
  • Cable, Serial Port Breakout

On-site Service: IBM On-site Repair (IOR), 9 hours per day, Monday through Friday excluding holidays, next business day response. IBM will repair the failing machine at your location and verify its operation. You must provide a suitable working area to allow disassembly and reassembly of the IBM machine. The area must be clean, well lit, and suitable for the purpose. On-site Service is not available in all countries, and some countries have kilometer or mileage limitations from an IBM service center. In those locations where On-site Service is not available, the normal in-county service delivery is used.

International Warranty Service (IWS): International Warranty Service is available during the warranty period to customers who travel or relocate to countries where their computer is sold and serviced by IBM or IBM resellers authorized to perform warranty service. Eligible IBM computers are identified by their four-digit machine type.

You can obtain IWS through the method of service, such as CRU, depot, carry-in, or on-site, provided in the servicing country. Service methods and procedures vary by country, and some service or parts may not be available in all countries. Service centers in certain countries may not be able to service all models of a particular machine type. In addition, some countries may have fees and restrictions that apply at the time of service.

To determine the eligibility of your computer and to view a list of countries where service is available, visit

For more information on IWS, refer to Services Announcement AA01-3100 , dated September 28, 2001.

Note: Due to the Earth's magnetic field, cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors are manufactured to work in northern, southern, and equatorial regions of the earth and may not produce a satisfactory image when moved between them. Any required adjustment (if possible) is not covered under IWS and may be subject to a chargeable action. The magnetic field does not affect flat panel LCD monitors.

Licensing: Programs included with this product are licensed under the terms and conditions of the License Agreements that are shipped with the system.

Field-installable features: Yes

Model conversions: No

Machine installation: Customer setup. Customers are responsible for installation according to the instructions IBM provides with the machine.

Graduated program license charges apply: No. This product does not contain Licensed Internal Code or Licensed Machine Code.

Educational allowance: None
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For all local charges contact your IBM representative.

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