IBM System p 550 Express platform offers POWER6 technology and big enterprise compute capability in a small form factor

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 108-069
January 29, 2008

 

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(Corrected on February 13, 2008)

The Overview was revised to clarify the memory capacity for a full 8-core system. In the Description and Hardware requirements sections, the L3 memory cache was corrected from 36 MB to 32 MB. In the Limitations section, the statement that the maximum system memory is 128 GB with four 3.5 GHz processor cards installed and 256 GB with four 4.2 GHz processor cards installed was corrected to say that the maximum system memory is 128 GB with two processor cards installed and 256 GB with four processor cards installed.
 

At a glance

The System p 550 Express server offers four processor card slots that can contain 2-core IBM POWER6 processor cards running at either 3.5 or 4.2 GHz. The p550 features:

  • Powerful POWER6 processors
  • 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-core configurations
  • Deskside or rack-mount configuration
  • Integrated 10/100/1000 dual-port Virtual Ethernet with optional 10/100/1000 quad-port or dual-port 10 Gb Virtual Ethernet
  • EnergyScale technology
  • Up to 256 GB of memory with four 4.2 GHz processors installed
  • Five I/O slots
  • Up to 1800 GB of internal disk storage
  • One media bay for DVD-ROM or DVD-RAM
  • One media bay for tape drive

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).
 
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Overview

The System p™ 550 Express deskside and 4U rack-mount server (8204-E8A) supports up to four POWER6™ processor cards and 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-core configurations. The POWER6 processors in this server are 64-bit, dual-core modules on a single processor card with 32 MB of L3 cache, and 8 MB of L2 cache, and eight DDR2 memory DIMM slots.

The new POWER6 processors available in the System p 550 Express server operate at a frequency of 3.5 or 4.2 GHz. The DDR2 DIMMs run at speeds up to 667 MHz. A full 8-core system can contain up to 256 GB of memory.

The System p 550 Express server contains EnergyScale technology that provides features such as power trending, power-saving, capping of power, and thermal measurement. These features, enabled via IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for Power software allow you to measure the energy of the system and direct policies toward the energy-efficient operation of the server, while the underlying hardware automatically adjusts to deliver the desired operating solution.

Also available in this model is a choice of quad gigabit or dual 10 Gb integrated host Ethernet adapters. These native ports can be selected at the time of initial order. Virtualization of these integrated Ethernet adapters is supported.

The p550 contains six 3.5-inch SAS DASD bays, which can accommodate up to 1800 GB of disk storage. All DASD are direct dock and hot pluggable. A slim media bay is available for a DVD-ROM or DVD-RAM, and a half-high media bay is available for a tape drive.

Other integrated features include:

  • Five expansion slots
    • Two PCIe x8 short-length slots
    • One PCIe x8 full-length slot
    • Two PCIX DDR full-length slots
    • One GX+ slot shared with PCIe x8 slot 2
    • One GX+/GX++ slot shared with PCIe x8 slot 1
  • Service Processor FSP-1
  • Integrated Dual-port 10/100/1000 Mb Ethernet
    • Optional Quad 10/100/1000 Mb Ethernet
    • Optional Dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet
  • SAS/SATA controller
  • EnergyScale technology
  • Two system ports and three USB ports
  • Two Hardware Management Console (HMC) ports and two SPCN ports
  • AC power standard
  • Redundant and hot-swap power (optional)
  • Redundant and hot-swap cooling

 
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Key prerequisites

If installing the AIX® operating system (one of these):

  • AIX 5.3, with the 5300-07 Technology Level, or later
  • AIX 5.3 with the 5300-06 Technology Level with Service Pack 4, or later
  • AIX 6.1, or later

Visit the IBM Prerequisite Web site for compatibility information for hardware features and the corresponding AIX Technology Levels

If installing the Linux™ operating system (one of these):

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1 for POWER™ Systems, or later
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5 for POWER, or later
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 for POWER, or later

 
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Planned availability date

February 8, 2008, except for features 4945, 4965, and 4985, which are planned to be available on March 7, 2008
 
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Description

System p 550

Summary of standard features:

  • Deskside or rack-mount (4U) configurations
  • 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-core design with one, two, three, or four 3.5 or 4.2 GHz processor cards, each with 32 MB L3 cache

    Note: The 3.5 GHz processor will be available March 7, 2008.

  • 1 GB of PC2-5300 667 MHz ECC memory (error checking and correcting) memory, expandable to 64 GB per processor card (128 GB system maximum with 3.5 GHz processor cards; 256 GB system maximum with 4.2 GHz processor cards)
  • Choice of two DASD options
    • 6 x 3.5-inch DASD backplane with no external SAS port (default)
    • 6 x 3.5-inch DASD backplane with an external SAS port (optional)
  • Choice of three integrated virtual Ethernet daughter cards
    • Dual-port 10/100/1000 Mb copper (default)
    • Quad-port 10/100/100 Mb copper
    • Dual-port 10 Gb optical
  • Two media bays:
    • One slim bay for a DVD-ROM (optional) or DVD-RAM (optional)
    • One half-high bay for a tape drive (optional)

      Note: Either a DVD-ROM or DVD-RAM is required in a minimum configuration.

  • A maximum of five hot-swap slots:
    • Two PCIe x8 slots, short card length:
    • One PCIe x8 slot, full card length
    • Two PCIX DDR slots, full card length
    • One GX+ slot (shares same space as PCIe x8 slot 2)
    • One GX+/GX++ slot (shares same space as PCIe x8 slot 1)
  • Integrated:
    • Service Processor
    • Dual-port 10/100/1000 Mb Ethernet
    • EnergyScale technology
    • Hot-swap and redundant cooling
    • Three USB ports; two system ports
    • Two HMC ports; two SPCN ports
  • One Power Supply, 1700 Watt AC, Hot-swap, Base (redundant power optional)

The minimum p 550 configuration must include a processor, processor activations, memory, power supply, hard disk, a DASD/Media backplane, an Op Panel Cable, an Ethernet daughter card, a DVD-ROM or DVD-RAM, a power cord, one or two configuration indicators, and a Language Group Specify. The defaults, if no choice is made, are:

Feature number   Description
 
4965             0/2 core 3.5 GHz Processor
2 x 4985         2 Processor Activations
4520             1 GB (2 x 512 MB) Memory
 
3646             73.4 GB 15k DASD)
1843             Operator Panel Cable, Deskside with 3.5-inch DASD
                 Backplane
8341             DASD Backplane for 3.5-inch DASD (without external
                 SAS port)
5623             Dual-port 1 Gb Integrated Ethernet Daughter Card
7707             Power Supply, 1700 Watt AC, Base
5756             DVD-ROM
7292             IBM Deskside Covers
9300/97xx)       Language Group Specify
6xxx             Power Cord

System p 550 Express Product Offering

Express Product Offerings are available only as initial order.

If you order a System p 550 server with a two-core POWER6 3.5 GHz (#4965) or 4.2 GHz processor (#4966) Express Product Offering as defined here, you may qualify for a processor activation at no additional charge. The number of processors, total memory, quantity/size of disk, and presence of a media device are the only features that determine if a customer is entitled to a processor activation at no additional charge.

When you purchase an Express Product Offering, you will be entitled to a lower-priced AIX or Linux operating system license, or you may choose to purchase the system with no operating system. The lower-priced AIX or Linux operating system is processed via a feature number on AIX 5.3 or AIX 6.1 and either Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. You may choose either the lower-priced AIX or Linux subscription, but not both. If you choose AIX 5.3 or AIX 6.1 for your lower-priced operating system, you can also order Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server but will purchase your Linux subscription at full price versus the reduced price. The converse is true if you choose a Linux subscription as your lower-priced operating system. Systems with a lower-priced AIX offering will be referred to as the IBM System p Express, AIX edition and systems with a lower-priced Linux operating system will be referred to as the IBM System p Express, OpenPower® editions. In the case of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, only the first subscription purchased is lower priced so, for example, additional licenses purchased for Red Hat to run in multiple partitions will be at full price.

You can make changes to the standard features as needed and still qualify for processor entitlements at no additional charge, and a discounted AIX or Linux operating system license. However, selection of total memory or DASD smaller than the totals defined as the minimums disqualifies the order as an Express Product Offering.

Processor activations are only available to Solution Delivery Integration (SDIs) as MES orders.

2-core 3.5 GHz offering

Deskside configuration:

  • 1 x 2-core 3.5 GHz processor card (#4965)
  • 4 x 1024 MB (2 x 512 MB) DIMMs (#4520)
  • 2 x 73.4 GB 15,000 RPB Disk Drive (#3646)
  • 1 x IBM Deskside Cover Set (#7292)
  • 1 x Dual-port 1 Gb Integrated Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
  • 2 x Power supply, 1700 Watt, Base (#7707)
  • 1 x DVD-ROM (#5756)
  • 1 x DASD/Media Backplane without external SAS, 6 x 3.5-inch DASD (#8341)
  • 1 x Op Panel Cable with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1843)
  • 1 x Language Group Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • 2 x Power cord (#6xxx)
  • 1 x Processor activation (#4985)

Receive one processor activation (#4945) at no additional charge. Two processors are activated.

Rack configuration:

  • 1 x 2-core 3.5 GHz processor card (#4965)
  • 4 x 1024 MB (2 x 512 MB) DIMMs (#4520)
  • 2 x 73.4 GB 15,000 RPB Disk Drive (#3646)
  • 1 x IBM Rack bezel and hardware (#7360)
  • 1 x IBM/OEM Rack-mount drawer rail kit (#7146)
  • 1 x Dual-port 1 Gb Integrated Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
  • 2 x Power supply, 1700 Watt, Base (#7707)
  • 1 x DVD-ROM (#5756)
  • 1 x DASD/Media Backplane without external SAS, 6 x 3.5-inch DASD (#8341)
  • 1 x Op Panel Cable with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1877)
  • 1 x Language Group Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • 1 x Power cord (#6xxx)
  • 1 x Processor activation (#4985)

Receive one processor activation (#4945) at no additional charge. Two processors are activated.

2-core 4.2 GHz offering

Deskside configuration:

  • 1 x 2-core 4.2 GHz processor card (#4966)
  • 4 x 1024 MB (2 x 512 MB) DIMMs (#4520)
  • 2 x 73.4 GB 15,000 RPB Disk Drive (#3646)
  • 1 x IBM Deskside Cover Set (#7292)
  • 1 x Dual-port 1 Gb Integrated Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
  • 2 x Power supply, 1700 Watt, Base (#7707)
  • 1 x DVD-ROM (#5756)
  • 1 x DASD/Media Backplane without external SAS, 6 x 3.5-inch) DASD (#8341)
  • 1 x Op Panel Cable with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1843)
  • 1 x Language Group Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • 2 x Power cord (#6xxx)
  • 1 x Processor activation (#4986)

Receive one processor activation (#4946) at no additional charge. Two processors are activated.

Rack configuration:

  • 1 x 2-core 4.2 GHz processor card (#4966)
  • 4 x 1024 MB (2 x 512 MB) DIMMs (#4520)
  • 2 x 73.4 GB 15,000 RPB Disk Drive (#3646)
  • 1 x IBM Rack bezel and hardware (#7360)
  • 1 x IBM/OEM Rack-mount drawer rail kit (#7146)
  • 1 x Dual-port 1 Gb Integrated Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
  • 2 x Power supply, 1700 Watt, Base (#7707)
  • 1 x DVD-ROM (#5756)
  • 1 x DASD/Media Backplane without external SAS, 6 x 3.5-inch) DASD (#8341)
  • 1 x Op Panel Cable with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1877)
  • 1 x Language Group Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • 2 x Power cord (#6xxx)
  • 1 x Processor activation (#4986)

Receive one processor activation (#4946) at no additional charge. Two processors are activated.

4-core 3.5 GHz offering

Deskside configuration:

  • 2 x 2-core 3.5 GHz processor card (#4965)
  • 8 x 1024 MB (2 x 512 MB) DIMMs (#4520)
  • 2 x 73.4 GB 15,000 RPB Disk Drive (#3646)
  • 1 x IBM Deskside Cover Set (#7292)
  • 1 x Dual-port 1 Gb Integrated Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
  • 2 x Power supply, 1700 Watt, Base (#7707)
  • 1 x DVD-ROM (#5756)
  • 1 x DASD/Media Backplane without external SAS, 6 x 3.5-inch DASD (#8341)
  • 1 x Op Panel Cable with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1843)
  • 1 x Language Group Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • 2 x Power cord (#6xxx)
  • 2 x Processor activation (#4985)

Receive two processor activations (#4945) at no additional charge. Four processors are activated.

Rack configuration:

  • 2 x 2-core 3.5 GHz processor card (#4965)
  • 8 x 1024 MB (2 x 512 MB) DIMMs (#4520)
  • 2 x 73.4 GB 15,000 RPB Disk Drive (#3646)
  • 1 x IBM Rack bezel and hardware (#7360)
  • 1 x IBM/OEM Rack-mount drawer rail kit (#7146)
  • 1 x Dual-port 1 Gb Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
  • 2 x Power supply, 1700 Watt, Base (#7707)
  • 1 x DVD-ROM (#5756)
  • 1 x DASD/Media Backplane without external SAS, 6 x 3.5-inch DASD (#8341)
  • 1 x Op Panel Cable with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1877)
  • 1 x Language Group Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • 2 x Power cord (#6xxx)
  • 2 x Processor activation (#4985)

Receive two processor activations (#4945) at no additional charge. Four processors are activated.

4-core 4.2 GHz offering

Deskside configuration:

  • 2 x 2-core 4.2 GHz processor card (#4966)
  • 8 x 1024 MB (2 x 512 MB) DIMMs (#4520)
  • 2 x 73.4 GB 15,000 RPB Disk Drive (#3646)
  • 1 x IBM Deskside Cover Set (#7292)
  • 1 x Dual-port 1 Gb Integrated Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
  • 2 x Power supply, 1700 Watt, Base (#7707)
  • 1 x DVD-ROM (#5756)
  • 1 x DASD/Media Backplane without external SAS, 6 x 3.5-inch DASD (#8341)
  • 1 x Op Panel Cable with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1843)
  • 1 x Language Group Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • 2 x Power cord (#6xxx)
  • 2 x Processor activation (#4986)

Receive two processor activations (#4946) at no additional charge. Four processors are activated.

Rack configuration:

  • 2 x 2-core 4.2 GHz processor card (#4966)
  • 8 x 1024 MB (2 x 512 MB) DIMMs (#4520)
  • 2 x 73.4 GB 15,000 RPB Disk Drive (#3646)
  • 1 x IBM Rack bezel and hardware (#7360)
  • 1 x IBM/OEM Rack-mount drawer rail kit (#7146)
  • 1 x Dual-port 1 Gb Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
  • 2 x Power supply, 1700 Watt, Base (#7707)
  • 1 x DVD-ROM (#5756)
  • 1 x DASD/Media Backplane without external SAS, 6 x 3.5-inch DASD (#8341)
  • 1 x Op Panel Cable with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1877)
  • 1 x Language Group Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • 2 x Power cord (#6xxx)
  • 2 x Processor activation (#4986)

Receive two processor activations (#4946) at no additional charge. Four processors are activated.

8-core 3.5 GHz offering

Deskside configuration:

  • 4 x 2-core 3.5 GHz processor card (#4965)
  • 16 x 1024 MB (2 x 512 MB) DIMMs (#4520)
  • 2 x 73.4 GB 15,000 RPB Disk Drive (#3646)
  • 1 x IBM Deskside Cover Set (#7292)
  • 1 x Dual-port 1 Gb Integrated Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
  • 2 x Power supply, 1700 Watt, Base (#7707)
  • 1 x DVD-ROM (#5756)
  • 1 x DASD/Media Backplane without external SAS, 6 x 3.5-inch DASD (#8341)
  • 1 x Op Panel Cable with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1843)
  • 1 x Language Group Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • 2 x Power cord (#6xxx)
  • 4 x Processor activation (#4985)

Receive four processor activations (#4945) at no additional charge. Eight processors are activated.

Rack configuration:

  • 4 x 2-core 3.5 GHz processor card (#4965)
  • 16 x 1024 MB (2 x 512 MB) DIMMs (#4520)
  • 2 x 73.4 GB 15,000 RPB Disk Drive (#3646)
  • 1 x IBM Rack bezel and hardware (#7360)
  • 1 x IBM/OEM Rack-mount drawer rail kit (#7146)
  • 1 x Dual-port 1 Gb Integrated Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
  • 2 x Power supply, 1700 Watt, Base (#7707)
  • 1 x DVD-ROM (#5756)
  • 1 x DASD/Media Backplane without external SAS, 6 x 3.5-inch DASD (#8341)
  • 1 x Op Panel Cable with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1877)
  • 1 x Language Group Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • 2 x Power cord (#6xxx)
  • 4 x Processor activation (#4985)

Receive four processor activations (#4945) at no additional charge. Eight processors are activated.

8-core 4.2 GHz offering

Deskside configuration:

  • 4 x 2-core 4.2 GHz processor card (#4966)
  • 16 x 1024 MB (2 x 512 MB) DIMMs (#4520)
  • 2 x 73.4 GB 15,000 RPB Disk Drive (#3646)
  • 1 x IBM Deskside Cover Set (#7292)
  • 1 x Dual-port 1 Gb Integrated Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
  • 2 x Power supply, 1700 Watt, Base (#7707)
  • 1 x DVD-ROM (#5756)
  • 1 x DASD/Media Backplane without external SAS, 6 x 3.5-inch) DASD (#8341)
  • 1 x Op Panel Cable with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1843)
  • 1 x Language Group Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • 2 x Power cord (#6xxx)
  • 4 x Processor activation (#4986)

Receive four processor activations (#4946) at no additional charge. Eight processors are activated.

Rack configuration:

  • 4 x 2-core 4.2 GHz processor card (#4966)
  • 16 x 1024 MB (2 x 512 MB) DIMMs (#4520)
  • 2 x 73.4 GB 15,000 RPB Disk Drive (#3646)
  • 1 x IBM Rack bezel and hardware (#7360)
  • 1 x IBM/OEM Rack-mount drawer rail kit (#7146)
  • 1 x Dual-port 1 Gb Integrated Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
  • 2 x Power supply, 1700 Watt, Base (#7707)
  • 1 x DVD-ROM (#5756)
  • 1 x DASD/Media Backplane without external SAS, 6 x 3.5-inch) DASD (#8341)
  • 1 x Op Panel Cable with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1877)
  • 1 x Language Group Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • 2 x Power cord (#6xxx)
  • 4 x Processor activation (#4986)

Receive four processor activations (#4946) at no additional charge. Eight processors are activated.

IBM System p Solution Editions built on the System p Express Family

Designed to help our clients take advantage of the combined experience and expertise of IBM and our ISV partners, IBM System p Solution Editions provide validated and recommended end-to-end ISV solution stacks running on the System p Express family that are sized and optimized to satisfy a range of user requirements for specific ISV application environments like Oracle and SAP.

With today's announcement, IBM System p Solution Editions support the new POWER6 processor-based System p 550 Express as a configuration option. In addition, the current System p5™ Express configuration options have been streamlined to provide a common set of Express configurations supporting a range of users that complement the new System p 550 Express configuration options to simplify server selection and ease capacity planning.

IBM System p Solution Editions now provide memory and processor options that range from the 2-core System p5-510 with 8 GB of memory to the 8-core System p 550 with 64 GB of memory to help accelerate the selection and deployment of our ISV partner applications running on the IBM System p Express family. As with the current System p5 Express configuration based Solution Editions, the System p 550 Express based Solution Edition configurations are building blocks that can be configured with additional memory and I/O options to tailor the infrastructure to satisfy specific client requirements.

IBM System p Express configuration based Solution Editions are intended to be used in conjunction with Oracle or SAP application environments that have been tested, validated, and sized via the IBM Oracle and IBM SAP Competency Centers. Together with Oracle and SAP, IBM has developed a proven capacity estimation capability to aid in designing an optimal configuration for each specific client environment. The System p Solution Editions built on the System p Express family leverage that experience and expertise to provide a range of choices to assist in planning for and acquiring Oracle and SAP based solutions on System p.

The IBM System p Solution Editions employ the same configuration rules as the Express Product Offerings and are available as an initial configuration option that may be selected using the IBM configuration tool during the configuration of a System p Express server. Prior to order placement, a detailed sizing estimate customized for your environment should be obtained from the IBM Techline Solution Sizing Team accessible through IBM or your IBM Business Partner representative.

IBM System p Solution Edition for Oracle

Highlights include:

  • Attractively-priced System p Express configuration building blocks tailored to fit popular Oracle E-Business Suite and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne environments
  • Pre-sized configurations to simplify selection and ease capacity planning for a wide range of user requirements for Oracle E-Business Suite and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • Support for the diverse needs of end users, senior management, and IT professionals
  • System p Express family designed to be highly reliable and to help businesses build resilient and scalable computing environments without compromising system affordability
  • Sized to meet the needs of SMB clients in many industries

The IBM System p Solution Edition for Oracle includes a set of affordable Express configurations for popular System p Express models, that satisfy a range of user requirements from various industries, including finance, manufacturing, and distribution. These Express configurations have been tailored to specific user requirements for two Oracle business suites: Oracle E-Business Suite and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. Bringing the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application environment together with the computing infrastructure, the IBM System p Solution Edition for Oracle is an end-to-end ERP solution designed to provide a more integrated and tuned environment for small and medium-sized businesses faced with the challenge of becoming an On Demand Business.

Mutual IBM and Oracle clients are eligible to order these new configurations if they are used in conjunction with one of these participating application environments:

  • Oracle E-Business Suite is a fully integrated, comprehensive suite of business applications for enterprises of all sizes that provides functionality to meet your unique requirements. Whether you implement one module at a time, multiple modules, or the complete suite, Oracle E-Business Suite provides better business information for effective decision-making and enables an adaptive enterprise for optimal responsiveness.
  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is a complete suite of modular, preintegrated, industry-specific business applications configured for rapid deployment and ease of administration. The modular design allows you to implement only those solutions your business requires, and the flexible, integrated architecture lowers the ongoing cost of ownership.

The new Express configurations are building blocks that can be enhanced with additional memory and I/O options to tailor the infrastructure to satisfy specific client requirements. In addition, an end-to-end solution stack could combine the leadership IBM System p Express family of servers, IBM PowerVM (Advanced POWER Virtualization) for supporting efficient, low-cost all-in-one server configurations; IBM System Storage™; IBM Tivoli® Access Manager and Oracle DataVault for system and data access protection, respectively; and the powerful Oracle software environments.

Solution Edition for Oracle — recommended configurations built on System p 550 Express

System p 550 4-core 4.2 GHz, 32 GB offering

  • 2 x 2-core 4.2 GHz processor card (#4966)
  • 8 x 4096 MB (2 x 2048 MB) DIMMs (#4522)
  • 2 x 73.4 GB 15,000 RPB Disk Drive (#3646)
  • 1 x IBM Rack bezel and hardware (#7360)
  • 1 x IBM/OEM Rack-mount drawer rail kit (#7146)
  • 1 x Dual-port 1 Gb Integrated Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
  • 2 x Power supply, 1700 Watt, Base (#7707)
  • 1 x DVD-ROM (#5756)
  • 1 x DASD/Media Backplane without external SAS, 6 x 3.5-inch DASD (#8341)
  • 1 x Op Panel Cable with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1877)
  • 1 x Language Group Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • 2 x Power cord (#6xxx)
  • 2 x Processor activation (#4986)

Receive two processor activations (#4946) at no additional charge. Four processors are activated.

Note: Same as 8204-E8A 4-core 4.2 GHz Express offering, except 32 GB memory (8 x #4522) replaces 8 GB memory (8 x #4520).

System p 550 8-core 4.2 GHz, 64 GB offering

  • 4 x 2-core 4.2 GHz processor card (#4966)
  • 16 x 4096 MB (2 x 2048 MB) DIMMs (#4522))
  • 2 x 73.4 GB 15,000 RPB Disk Drive (#3646)
  • 1 x IBM Rack bezel and hardware (#7360)
  • 1 x IBM/OEM Rack-mount drawer rail kit (#7146)
  • 1 x Dual-port 1 Gb Integrated Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
  • 2 x Power supply, 1700 Watt, Base (#7707)
  • 1 x DVD-ROM (#5756)
  • 1 x DASD/Media Backplane without external SAS, 6 x 3.5-inch DASD (#8341)
  • 1 x Op Panel Cable with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1877)
  • 1 x Language Group Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • 2 x Power cord (#6xxx)
  • 4 x Processor activation (#4986)

Receive four processor activations (#4946) at no additional charge. Eight processors are activated.

Note: Same as 8204-E8A 8-core 4.2 GHz Express offering, except 64 GB memory (16 x #4522) replaces 16 GB memory (16 x #4520).

IBM System p Solution Edition for SAP

The System p Solution Edition for SAP offering helps reduce the risk of implementing an SAP environment by providing presized hardware configurations based on the System p Express family, running a proven, comprehensive suite of modular, preintegrated business software solutions based on SAP ERP or SAP NetWeaver BI.

System p Solution Edition for SAP includes affordable System p Express configurations recommended by the IBM SAP International Competence Center that satisfy a range of user sizing requirements for running the popular SAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver BI applications. The tailored System p Express configurations are affordable server building blocks that can be enhanced with additional memory and I/O options to tailor the infrastructure to satisfy specific user requirements. Mutual IBM and SAP clients are eligible to order these new configurations if they are used in conjunction with one of these participating application environments:

  • SAP ERP consists of a set of proven, robust solutions with extended cross-enterprise function. As a result, corporate assets and critical business processes can be better managed. Today, more than ever, companies must have a competitive advantage to prosper and grow in the ever-changing and highly competitive SMB marketplace. New competitors, market innovations, and better informed customers increase the demands on their business and employees. To succeed in this environment, they need to provide managers and employees with the right tools, applications, and information, and all in real time. SAP ERP helps manage IT costs more effectively by protecting and leveraging the investments already made. Built on the SAP NetWeaver platform, mySAP ERP includes four individual solutions that support key functional areas:
    • mySAP ERP Financials
    • mySAP ERP Human Capital Management
    • mySAP ERP Operations
    • mySAP ERP Corporate Services
    SAP NetWeaver BI provides companies of every size with a high-performance BI solution that can scale to meet their needs while offering high reliability features. In today's business environment, it is critical to turn the reams of data collected into usable real-time analysis and reports that can be used to make daily business decisions. Gone are the days when you can wait overnight for the reports to be generated. Companies need a BI solution that can analyze their data in a heterogeneous environment and provide the results directly to other business applications, management, or individual users, all in real-time. Not only does the BI solution need to be fast, but it also needs to be reliable and scale as a company grows. SAP NetWeaver BI provides a high-performance, scalable BI solution, delivering real-time business analytics in order for clients to make daily business decisions. It provides a scalable platform that BI clients demand with high reliability features that can grow with their business without compromising system affordability.

Solution Edition for SAP recommended configurations built on System p 550 Express

System p 550 4-core 4.2 GHz, 32 GB offering

  • 2 x 2-core 4.2 GHz processor card (#4966)
  • 8 x 4096 MB (2 x 2048 MB) DIMMs (#4522)
  • 2 x 73.4 GB 15,000 RPB Disk Drive (#3646)
  • 1 x IBM Rack bezel and hardware (#7360)
  • 1 x IBM/OEM Rack-mount drawer rail kit (#7146)
  • 1 x Dual-port 1 Gb Integrated Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
  • 2 x Power supply, 1700 Watt, Base (#7707)
  • 1 x DVD-ROM (#5756)
  • 1 x DASD/Media Backplane without external SAS, 6 x 3.5-inch) DASD (#8341)
  • 1 x Op Panel Cable with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1877)
  • 1 x Language Group Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • 2 x Power cord (#6xxx)
  • 2 x Processor activation (#4986)

Receive two processor activations (#4946) at no additional charge. Four processors are activated.

Note: Same as 8204-E8A 4-core 4.2 GHz Express offering, except 32 GB memory (8 x #4522) replaces 8 GB memory (8 x #4520).

System p 550 8-core 4.2 GHz, 64 GB offering

  • 4 x 2-core 4.2 GHz processor card (#4966)
  • 16 x 4096 MB (2 x 2048 MB) DIMMs (#4522))
  • 2 x 73.4 GB 15,000 RPB Disk Drive (#3646)
  • 1 x IBM Rack bezel and hardware (#7360)
  • 1 x IBM/OEM Rack-mount drawer rail kit (#7146)
  • 1 x Dual-port 1 Gb Integrated Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
  • 2 x Power supply, 1700 Watt, Base (#7707)
  • 1 x DVD-ROM (#5756)
  • 1 x DASD/Media Backplane without external SAS, 6 x 3.5-inch DASD (#8341)
  • 1 x Op Panel Cable with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1877)
  • 1 x Language Group Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • 2 x Power cord (#6xxx)
  • 4 x Processor activation (#4986)

Receive four processor activations (#4946) at no additional charge. Eight processors are activated.

Note: Same as 8204-E8A 8-core 4.2 GHz Express offering, except 64 GB memory (16 x #4522) replaces 16 GB memory (16 x #4520).

Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability (RAS) features

Reliability, fault tolerance, and data integrity: The reliability of systems starts with components, devices, and subsystems that are designed to be fault-tolerant. During the design and development process, subsystems go through rigorous verification and integration testing processes. During system manufacturing, systems go through a thorough testing process to help ensure the highest level of product quality.

The system cache and memory offer ECC (error checking and correcting) fault-tolerant features. ECC is designed to correct environmentally induced, single-bit, intermittent memory failures and single-bit hard failures. With ECC, the likelihood of memory failures will be substantially reduced. ECC also provides double-bit memory error detection that helps protect data integrity in the event of a double-bit memory failure.

The AIX operating system provides disk drive mirroring and disk drive controller duplexing. The Linux operating system supports disk drive mirroring (RAID 1) through software, while RAID protection is provided via hardware RAID adapters.

The Journaled File System, also known as JFS or JFS2, helps maintain file system consistency and reduces the likelihood of data loss when the system is abnormally halted due to a power failure. JFS, the recommended file system for 32-bit kernels, now supports extents on the Linux operating system. This feature is designed to substantially reduce or eliminate fragmentation. Its successor, JFS2, is the recommended file system for 64-bit kernels.

With 64-bit addressing, a maximum file system size of 32 TB, and maximum file size of 16 TB, JFS2 is highly recommended for systems running the AIX operating system.

Memory error correction extensions: The memory has single-error-bit correction and double-error-bit detection ECC circuitry. The memory chips are organized such that the failure of any specific memory module only affects a single bit within an ECC word (bit scattering), thus allowing for error correction and continued operation in the presence of a complete DRAM chip failure (Chipkill™ recovery). The double-bit detection is designed to help maintain data integrity by detecting and reporting multiple errors beyond what the ECC circuitry can correct.

Memory protection features include hardware scrubbing, thresholding, and dynamic bit steering. Dynamic bit steering uses correctable error thresholding to determine when available spare memory modules on each DIMM should be used to replace ones that have exceeded their threshold value.

Redundancy for array self-healing: Although the most likely failure event in a processor is a soft single-bit error in one of its caches, other events can occur, and they need to be distinguished from one another. For caches and their directories, hardware and firmware keep track of whether permanent errors are being corrected beyond a threshold. If exceeded, a deferred repair error log is created.

Caches and directories on the POWER6 chip are manufactured with spare bits in their arrays that can be accessed via programmable steering logic to replace faulty bits in the respective arrays. This is analogous to the redundant bit steering employed in main storage as a mechanism that is designed to help avoid physical repair, and is also implemented in POWER6 systems. The steering logic is activated during processor initialization and is initiated by the built-in system-test (BIST) at power-on time.

When correctable error cache exceeds a set threshold, systems using the POWER6 processor invoke a dynamic cache line delete function, which enables them to stop using bad cache and eliminates exposure to greater problems.

Fault monitoring functions

  • When a POWER6-based system is powered on, BIST and POST (power-on self-test) check processor, cache, memory, and associated hardware required for proper booting of the operating system. If a noncritical error is detected or if the errors occur in resources that can be removed from the system configuration, the restarting process is designed to proceed to completion. The errors are logged in the system nonvolatile RAM (NVRAM).
  • Disk drive fault tracking is designed to alert the system administrator of an impending disk drive failure before it impacts customer operation.

Mutual surveillance: The Service Processor monitors the operation of the firmware during the boot process, and also monitors the Hypervisor for termination. The Hypervisor monitors the Service Processor and will perform a reset/reload if it detects the loss of the Service Processor. If the reset/reload does not correct the problem with the Service Processor, the Hypervisor will notify the operating system and the operating system can take appropriate action, including calling for service.

Environmental monitoring functions: POWER6 technology-based servers include a range of environmental monitoring functions:

  • Temperature monitoring increases the fan speed rotation when ambient temperature is above the normal operating range or when a redundant fan fails.
  • Temperature monitoring warns the system administrator of potential environmental-related problems (for example, air conditioning and air circulation around the system) so that appropriate corrective actions can be taken before a critical failure threshold is reached. It also performs an orderly system shutdown when the operating temperature exceeds the critical level.
  • Fan speed monitoring provides a warning and an orderly system shutdown when the speed is out of operational specification.
  • Voltage monitoring provides warning and an orderly system shutdown when the voltages are out of operational specification.

Availability enhancement functions: The POWER6 family of systems continues to offer and introduce significant enhancements designed to increase system availability.

POWER6 processor enhancement functions

One of the significant mainframe-inspired availability enhancements in systems with the POWER6 processor is the ability to do processor instruction retry and alternate processor recovery. This significantly reduces exposure to both hard (logic) and soft (transient) errors in the processor core.

Soft failures in the processor core are transient (intermittent) errors, often due to cosmic rays or other sources of radiation, and generally are not repeatable. When an error is encountered in the core, the POWER6 processor will first automatically retry the instruction. If the source of the error was truly transient, the instruction will succeed and the system will continue as before. On predecessor IBM systems, this error would have caused a checkstop.

Hard failures are more difficult, being true logical errors that will be replicated each time the instruction is repeated. Retrying the instruction will not help in this situation because the instruction will continue to fail. Systems with POWER6 processors introduce the ability to extract the failing instruction from the faulty core and retry it elsewhere in the system, after which the failing core is dynamically deconfigured and called out for replacement. The entire process is transparent to the partition owning the failing instruction. Systems with POWER6 processors are designed to avoid what would have been a full system outage on earlier models.

POWER6 single processor checkstopping

Another major advancement in POWER6 processors is single processor checkstopping. Prior to POWER6 processors, a processor checkstop would result in a system checkstop. A new feature is the ability to contain many processor checkstops to the partition that was using the, processor at the time. This significantly reduces the probability of any one processor affecting total system availability.

Partition availability priority

Also new is the ability to assign availability priorities to partitions. If an alternate processor recovery event requires a spare processor in order to protect a workload but one is not available, the system will determine which partition has the lowest priority and attempt to claim the needed resource. On a properly configured POWER6 processor-based server, this allows that capacity to be first obtained from, for example, a test partition instead of a financial accounting system.

POWER6 cache availability

The POWER processor-based line of servers continues to be at the forefront of cache availability enhancements. While L3 cache line delete (also called "Pellston" healing) was introduced with POWER4™ processors, the POWER6 processor line pioneers L2 cache line delete. In the event that an uncorrectable error occurs in L2 or L3 cache, the system will be able to dynamically remove the offending line of cache without requiring a restart. In addition, POWER6 processors utilize an inclusive L1/L2 cache design and a write-through cache policy on all levels, helping to ensure that data is written to main memory as soon as possible. POWER6 processors also continue to offer hardware-assisted memory scrubbing.

Special uncorrectable error handling

Uncorrectable errors are difficult for any system to tolerate, although there are some situations where they can be shown to be irrelevant. For example, if an uncorrectable error occurs in cached data that will never again be read or where a fresh write of the data is imminent, it would be unwise to "protect" the user by forcing an immediate reboot.

Special Uncorrectable Error (SUE) handling was an IBM innovation introduced for POWER5™ processors, where an uncorrectable error in memory or cache does not immediately cause the system to terminate. Rather, the system tags the data and determines whether it will ever be used again. If the error is irrelevant, it will not force a checkstop.

PCI extended error handling

Prior to POWER5 processors, PCI bus parity errors caused a global machine check interrupt, which eventually required a system reboot to continue. In systems using POWER6 processors, I/O drawer hardware, system firmware, and AIX interaction have been designed to allow transparent recovery of intermittent PCI bus parity errors and graceful transition to the I/O device available state in the case of a permanent parity error in the PCI bus. This mechanism is called PCI extended error handling (EEH).

EEH-enabled adapters respond to a special data packet generated from the affected PCI slot hardware by calling system firmware, which will examine the affected bus, allow the device driver to reset it, and continue without a system reboot. Currently, there is limited support for the Linux operating system, depending upon driver availability.

Predictive failure and dynamic component deallocation

Servers with POWER processors have long had the capability to perform Predictive Failure Analysis® on certain critical components such as processors and memory. When these components exhibit symptoms that would indicate a failure is imminent, the system can dynamically deallocate and call home about the failing part before the error is propagated system-wide. In many cases this is transparent, especially if the system contains Capacity on Demand (CoD) components. If no CoD resources are available, the system will first attempt to reallocate resources in such a way that will avoid unplanned outages. In the event that insufficient resources exist to maintain full system availability, these servers will attempt to maintain partition availability by user-defined priority.

Uncorrectable error recovery

When the auto-restart option is enabled, the system can automatically restart following an unrecoverable software error, hardware failure, or environmentally induced (ac power) failure.

Serviceability: The purpose of Serviceability is to repair the system while attempting to minimize or eliminate service cost (within budget objectives), while maintaining high customer satisfaction. Serviceability includes system installation, MES (system upgrades/downgrades), and system maintenance/repair. Depending upon the system and warranty contract, service may be performed by the customer, an IBM representative, or an authorized warranty service provider.

The Serviceability features delivered in this system provide a highly efficient service environment by incorporating the following attributes

  • Design for Customer Set Up (CSU), Customer Installed Features (CIF), and Customer Replaceable Units (CRU)
  • Error detection and Fault Isolation (ED/FI)
  • First Failure Data Capture (FFDC)
  • Converged service approach across multiple IBM server platforms

Service environments

The POWER6 processor-based platforms support two main service environments:

  • No Hardware Management Console (HMC). There are two service strategies for non-HMC systems.
    • Full system partition: A single partition owns all the server resources and only one operating system may be installed.
    • Partitioned system: In this configuration, the system can have more than one partition and can be running more than one operating system. In this environment, partitions are managed by the Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM), which provides some of the functions provided by the HMC.
  • Attachment to one or more HMCs is supported by the system. This is the default configuration for servers supporting logical partitions with dedicated or virtual I/O. In this case, all servers have at least one logical partition.

The HMC is a dedicated server that provides functions for configuring and managing servers for either partitioned or full-system partition using a GUI or command-line interface (CLI). An HMC attached to the system allows support personnel (with client authorization) to remotely log in to review error logs and perform remote) maintenance if required.

Service Interface

The Service Interface allows support personnel to communicate with the service support applications in a server using a console, interface, or terminal. Delivering a clear, concise view of available service applications, the Service Interface allows the support team to manage system resources and service information in an efficient and effective way. Applications available via the Service Interface are carefully configured and placed to give service providers access to important service functions.

Different service interfaces are used depending on the state of the system and its operating environment. The primary service interfaces are:

  • LEDs
  • Operator Panel
  • Service Processor menu
  • Operating system service menu
  • Service Focal Point on the HMC
  • Service Focal Point Lite on IVM

In the guiding light LED implementation, when a fault condition is detected on the POWER6 processor-based product, an amber System Attention LED will be illuminated. Upon arrival at the server, a service provider sets the identify mode, selecting a specific problem to be identified for repair by the guiding light method. The guiding light system pinpoints the exact part by flashing the amber identity LED associated with the part to be replaced.

The system can clearly identify components for replacement by using specific component-level indicators, and can also guide the servicer directly to the component by signaling (causing to flash) the Rack/Frame System Identify indicator and the Drawer Identify indicator on the drawer containing the component. The flashing identify LEDs direct the servicer to the correct system, the correct enclosure, and the correct component.

First Failure Data Capture and Error Data Analysis

First Failure Data Capture (FFDC) is a technique that helps ensure that when a fault is detected in a system, the root cause of the fault will be captured without the need to re-create the problem or run any sort of extended tracing or diagnostics program. For the vast majority of faults, a good FFDC design means that the root cause can also be detected automatically without servicer intervention.

FFDC information, Error Data Analysis, and fault isolation are necessary to implement the advanced serviceability techniques that enable efficient service of the systems and to help determine the failing items.

In the absence of FFDC and Error Data Analysis, diagnostics are often required to re-create the failure and determine the failing items.

Diagnostics

General diagnostic objectives are to detect and identify problems such that they can be resolved quickly. Elements of IBM's diagnostics strategy include:

  • Provide a Common Error Code format equivalent to a System Reference Code, System Reference Number, Checkpoint, or Firmware error code.
  • Provide fault detection and problem isolation procedures. Support remote connection ability to be used by the IBM Remote Support Center or IBM Designated Service.
  • Provide interactive intelligence within the diagnostics with detailed online failure information while connected to IBM's back-end system.

Automatic diagnostics

Because of the FFDC technology designed into IBM Servers, it is no longer necessary to perform re-create diagnostics for failures or require user intervention. Solid and intermittent errors are designed to be correctly detected and isolated at the time the failure occurs. Run-time and boot-time diagnostics fall into this category.

Stand-alone diagnostics

As the name implies, stand-alone or user-initiated diagnostics require user intervention. The user must perform manual steps, including:

  • Compact disk-based diagnostics
  • Keying in commands
  • Interactively selecting steps from a list of choices

Concurrent maintenance

The system will continue to support concurrent maintenance of power, cooling, PCI adapters, media devices, operator panel, and firmware updates (when possible). The determination of whether a firmware release can be updated concurrently is identified in the readme information file released with the firmware.

Service labels

Service providers use these labels to assist them in performing maintenance actions. Service labels are found in various formats and positions, and are intended to transmit readily available information to the servicer during the repair process. Following are some of these service labels and their purpose:

  • Location diagrams

    Location diagrams are strategically located on the system hardware, relating information regarding the placement of hardware components. Location diagrams may include location codes, drawings of physical locations, concurrent maintenance status, or other data pertinent to a repair. Location diagrams are especially useful when multiple components are installed such as DIMMs, CPUs, processor books, fans, adapter cards, LEDs, and power supplies.

  • Remove/replace procedures

    Service labels that contain remove/replace procedures are often found on a cover of the system or in other spots accessible to the servicer. These labels provide systematic procedures, including diagrams, detailing how to remove/replace certain serviceable hardware components.

  • Arrows

    Arrows are used to indicate the serviceability direction of components. Some serviceable parts such as latches, levers, and touch points need to be pulled or pushed in a certain direction for the mechanical mechanisms to engage or disengage. Arrows generally improve the ease of serviceability.

Packaging for service

The following service enhancements are included in the physical packaging of the systems to facilitate service:

  • Color coding (touch points): Terracotta-colored touch points indicate that a component (FRU/CRU) can potentially be concurrently maintained. Blue-colored touch points delineate components that are not concurrently maintained, those that require the system to be turned off for removal or repair.
  • Tool-less design: Selected IBM systems support tool-less or simple tool designs. These designs require no tools or simple tools such as flat-head screw drivers to service the hardware components.
  • Positive retention: Positive retention mechanisms help to assure proper connections between hardware components such as cables to connectors, and between two cards that attach to each other. Without positive retention, hardware components run the risk of becoming loose during shipping or installation, preventing a good electrical connection. Positive retention mechanisms like latches, levers, thumb-screws, pop Nylatches (U-clips), and cables are included to help prevent loose connections and aid in installing (seating) parts correctly. These positive retention items do not require tools.

Error handling and reporting: In the unlikely event of system hardware or environmentally induced failure, the system run-time error capture capability systematically analyzes the hardware error signature to determine the cause of failure. The analysis result will be stored in system NVRAM. When the system can be successfully restarted either manually or automatically, the error will be reported to the AIX or Linux operating system. Error Log Analysis (ELA) can be used to display the failure cause and the physical location of the failing hardware.

With the integrated Service Processor, the system has the ability to automatically send out an alert via phone line to a pager or call for service in the event of a critical system failure. A hardware fault will also turn on the System Attention indicator located on the system unit to alert the user of an internal hardware problem. The indicator may also be turned on by the operator as a tool to allow system identification. For identification, the indicator will flash, whereas the indicator will be on solid when an error condition occurs.

On POWER6 processor-based servers running the AIX or Linux operating systems, hardware and software failures are recorded in the system log. When an HMC is attached, an ELA routine analyzes the error, forwards the event to the Service Focal Point (SFP) application running on the HMC, and notifies the system administrator that it has isolated a likely cause of the system problem. The Service Processor event log also records unrecoverable checkstop conditions, forwards them to the SFP application, and notifies the system administrator. Once the information is logged in the SFP application, if the system is properly configured, a Call Home service request will be initiated and the pertinent failure data with service parts information and part locations will be sent to an IBM Service organization. Customer contact information and specific system-related data such as the machine type, model, and serial number, along with error log data related to the failure, are sent to IBM Service.

Service Processor: The Service Processor provides the capability to diagnose, check the status of, and sense the operational conditions of a system. It runs on its own power boundary and does not require resources from a system processor to be operational to perform its tasks.

The Service Processor supports surveillance of the connection to the HMC and to the system firmware (Hypervisor). It also provides several remote power control options, environmental monitoring, reset, restart, remote maintenance, and diagnostic functions, including console mirroring. The Service Processors menus (ASMI) can be accessed concurrently with system operation allowing nondisruptive abilities to change system default parameters.

Service Agent: The Service Agent is available at no additional charge. When installed, the Service Agent can enhance IBM's ability to provide the system with maintenance service.

Call Home

Call Home refers to an automatic or manual call from a customer location to IBM support structure with error log data, server status, or other service-related information. Call Home invokes the service organization in order for the appropriate service action to begin. Call Home can be done through HMC or non-HMC managed systems. While configuring Call Home is optional, clients are encouraged to implement this feature in order to obtain service enhancements such as reduced problem determination and faster and potentially more accurate transmittal of error information. In general, using the Call Home feature can result in increased system availability.

IBM Electronics Services: Electronic Service Agent™ and the IBM Electronic Services Web portal comprise the IBM Electronic Services solution — dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to IBM customers. IBM Electronic Service Agent is a no-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. Electronic Service Agent can help focus on the customer's company strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues.

Now integrated in AIX 5.3 TL6 in addition to the HMC, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and customer-perceived issues to IBM, which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by Electronic Service Agent also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Services Web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution between the customer and the IBM support team. As part of an increased focus to provide even better service to IBM customers, Electronic Service Agent tool configuration and activation comes standard with the system. In support of this effort, a new HMC External Connectivity security whitepaper has been published, which describes data exchanges between the HMC and the IBM Service Delivery Center (SDC) and the methods and protocols for this exchange. To read the whitepaper and prepare for Electronic Service Agent installation, go to the "Reference Guide" section of

Select your country.

Click on "IBM Electronic Service Agent Connectivity Guide."

Benefits

Increased uptime: Electronic Service Agent is designed to enhance the warranty and maintenance service by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can optimize the time monitoring the symptoms, diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. 24 x 7 monitoring and reporting means no more dependency on human intervention or off-hours customer personnel when errors are encountered in the middle of the night.

Security: Electronic Service Agent is secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM. Electronic Service Agent securely transmits via the Internet (HTTPS or VPN) and can be configured to communicate securely through gateways to provide customers a single point of exit from their site. Communication between the customer and IBM only flows one way; activating Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into a customer's system. System inventory information is stored in a secure database, which is protected behind IBM firewalls. The customer's business applications or business data is never transmitted to IBM.

More accurate reporting: Since system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support Center in conjunction with the service request, customers are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM, problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.

Customized support: Using the IBM ID entered during activation, customers can view system and support information in the "My Systems" and "Premium Search" sections of the Electronic Services Web site.

The Electronic Services Web portal is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. This Web portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The newly improved My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for Electronic Service Agent-enabled customers to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.

My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by IBM Electronic Service Agent. Reports are available for any system associated with the customer's IBM ID. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Service Agent information that has been collected from the system, customers are able to see search results that apply specifically to their systems.

For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, visit the following Web site or contact an IBM Systems Services Representative

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).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 108-069

Trademarks

 
System p, POWER6, Express Server, POWER, System p5, System Storage, Chipkill, POWER4, POWER5, and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
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Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both.
 
ThinkVision is a registered trademark of Lenovo 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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Discretionary information

Dynamic logical partitioning: The dynamic logical partitioning (LPAR) function provides enhanced resource management for the System p™ 550 server. Dynamic LPAR allows available system resources to be quickly and easily configured across multiple logical partitions to meet the rapidly changing needs of your business.

Dynamic LPAR also allows you to add new system resources such as new hot-plug PCI adapters into your system's configuration without requiring a reboot. Without the optional PowerVM Standard Edition (APV Standard Edition)(#7982) or PowerVM Enterprise Edition (APV Enterprise Edition)(#7986) feature, as many as eight LPARs are supported in a 8-core p550. If the PowerVM Standard or Enterprise Edition feature is installed in the system, up to 20 dynamic LPARs per 2-core processor card are supported in the stand-alone SMP server configuration on the p550.

Dynamic LPAR on the p550 is supported by the following levels of the AIX® and Linux™ operating systems:

  • AIX 5.3 with the 5300-07 Technology Level, or later
  • AIX 5.3 with the 5300-06 Technology Level with Service Pack 4, or later
  • AIX 6.1, or later
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1 for POWER™ Systems, or later
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5 for POWER, or later
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 for POWER, or later

An IBM 7310-Cxx/7042-Cxx Rack-Mounted HMC or 7310-Cxx/7042-Cxx Desktop HMC is required to manage POWER6™ processor-based servers implementing partitioning. Multiple partitions and multiple POWER6 processor-based servers can be supported by an HMC, located locally or remotely attached to a System p 550.

The HMC is not required for a partition to run, but is required for a p550 system to create, define, and change the partition.

PowerVM Editions (Advanced Power Virtualization)(Optional): Three optional PowerVM Editions features are now available on the p550 Express: PowerVM Express Edition, PowerVM Standard Edition, and PowerVM Enterprise Edition. These are managed using built-in Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM) software or optionally through use of an HMC.

PowerVM Standard Edition (#7982) and PowerVM Enterprise Edition (#7986) allow you to create partitions in units of less than 1 CPU (sub-CPU LPARs) and allow the same system I/O to be virtually added to these partitions. The optional features, available for a fee, also include a software component that provides cross-partition workload management.

PowerVM Standard and Enterprise Editions offer:

  • Micro-Partitioning™ (up to 10 partitions per processor, 80 per system)
  • VIOS
  • Automated CPU reconfiguration
  • Real-time partition configuration and load statistics
  • Support for dedicated and shared processor LPAR groups
  • Support for manual provisioning of resources

At initial order entry, selecting feature number 7982 or 7986 will result in Micro-Partitioning to be enabled during manufacture and the enabling software media and publications to be shipped to the customer. When ordering feature number 7982 or 7986 as an MES, an activation key will be posted on the following IBM Web site, and the customer must retrieve it and install it on the system

Other features of PowerVM Editions:

  • If any processors in a system have the Virtualization feature, all active processors must have it.
  • Once the Virtualization feature is installed in a system, it cannot be removed.
  • Virtual Ethernet and Virtual Storage are part of PowerVM Editions.

PowerVM Enterprise Edition also includes Live Partition Mobility, which allows for the movement of a logical partition from one POWER6 server to another with no application downtime.

Also available is PowerVM Express (#7983) designed for users looking for an introduction to more advanced virtualization features at a highly affordable price. With PowerVM Express and IVM, users can create up to three partitions on the server, leverage virtualized disk and optical devices (VIOS), utilize Shared Dedicated Capacity to help optimize use of processor cycles and even try out the Shared Processor Pool. With its intuitive browser-based interface, IVM is easy to use and helps reduce the time and effort required to manage virtual devices, processors, and partitions. An HMC is not required. PowerVM Express Edition also includes PowerVM Lx86 (formerly known as System p Application Virtual Environment) at no additional charge. PowerVM Lx86 allows the creation of an x86 application virtual environment so users may easily install and run a wide range of x86 Linux applications on a Power Systems platform with a Linux on POWER operating system.

Customers can upgrade from PowerVM Express to either PowerVM Standard or PowerVM Enterprise, or they can upgrade from PowerVM Standard to PowerVM Enterprise.

By upgrading to PowerVM Enterprise, users gain the ability to create up to 80 logical partitions on the p550 and leverage Live Partition Mobility. Users also gain the ability to manage their PowerVM enabled machine with either an HMC or the Integrated Virtualization Manager.

PowerVM Enterprise Editions are supported on the p550 by the following levels of the AIX and Linux operating systems:

  • AIX 5.3 with the 5300-07 Technology Level, or later
  • AIX 5.3 with the 5300-06 Technology Level with Service Pack 4, or later
  • AIX 6.1, or later
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1 for POWER Systems, or later
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5 for POWER, or later
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 for POWER, or later

 
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Publications

The following information is shipped with the 8204-E8A. Additional copies are available. To order, contact your IBM representative.

Title                                                    Order number
 
8204-E8A Service CD-ROM                                  SK5T-7090
Customer Installable Features for the
IBM System p 550 (8204-E8A)                              SA76-0144
Installation Guide for the IBM System p 550              SA76-0140
Safety Notices                                           G229-9054
System p Statement of Limited Warranty                   SA76-0125
License Agreement for Machine Code                       Z125-5468
Safety Inspection Guide                                  SA76-0122
Verify FW Level Notification                             GL11-4284

The following publications will be included on the 8204-E8A Service CD-ROM (SK5T-7090):

Title                                                    Order number
 
Service Guide for the 8204-E8A (IBM System p 550)        SA76-0139
 

Note:

  This document will not be translated.
 
AIX Diagnostics and Service Aids                         SA76-0106
Managing Devices                                         SA76-0107
Managing PCI Adapters                                    SA76-0092
Problem Analysis                                         SA76-0111
Progress Codes                                           SA76-0093
Reference Code Lookup                                    SA76-0099
Service Guide for Deskside and Rack-mounted Consoles     SA76-0120
Service Guide for the 7031 Models D24 and T24            SA76-0118
Service Guide for the 7311 Model D20                     SA76-0116
Service Guide for the 7314 Model G30                     SA76-0083
Service Guide for the 7214 Model 1U2                     SA23-0801
Service Request Numbers                                  SA76-0097
System p PCI Adapter Placement Guide                     SA76-0090
System Reference Codes Volume 1                          SA76-0089
System Reference Codes Volume 2                          SA76-0109
System Reference Codes Volume 3                          SA76-0110

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Technical information

Physical specifications

Deskside/Desktop:
  Width: 282.5 mm (11.1 in) with tip foot
         182.5 mm (7.2 in) without tip foot
  Depth: 778 mm (30.6 in)
  Height: 540 mm (21.3 in)
 
Rack-Mount:
  Width: 440 mm (17.3 in)
  Depth: 730 mm (28.7 in)
  Height: 175 mm (6.89 in))
 
Weight: 54.4 kg (120 lb))

Operating environment

  • Temperature: (nonoperating) 5° to 40°C (41° to 104°F); recommended temperature (operating) 5° to 35°C (41° to 95°F)
  • Relative humidity: 8% to 80%
  • Maximum dew point: 17°C (62.6°F): (operating) 27°C (80.6°F)(nonoperating)
  • Operating voltage: 100 to 127 or 200 to 240 V ac at 50 to 60 plus or minus 0.5 Hz (auto-ranging)
  • Operating frequency: 50/60 Hz
  • Power consumption: 1400 watts (maximum)
  • Power factor: 0.97
  • Thermal output: 4,778 Btu/hour (maximum)
  • Power-source loading
    • 1.443 kVa (maximum configuration)
    • Maximum altitude: 3,048 m (10,000 ft)

Noise level and sound power

  • Deskside system: 7.0 bels idle/7.0 bels operating
  • Rack-mount drawer: 7.0 bels idle/7.0 bels operating

EMC conformance classification: This equipment is subject to FCC rules and shall comply with the appropriate FCC rules before final delivery to the buyer or centers of distribution.

  • U.S.: FCC Class A
  • Europe: CISPR 22 Class A
  • Japan: VCCI-A
  • Korea: Korean Requirement Class A
  • China: People's Republic of China commodity inspection law Class A

Homologation — Telecom Environmental Testing (Safety and EMC): Homologation approval for specific countries has been initiated with the IBM Homologation and Type Approval (HT&A) organization in LaGaude, France. This System p model and applicable features meet the environmental testing requirements of the country telecom and have been designed and tested in compliance with the Full Quality Assurance Approval (FQAA) process as delivered by the British Approval Board for Telecom (BABT), the U.K. Telecom regulatory authority.

Product safety/country testing/certification

  • UL 60950 Underwriters Laboratory, Safety Information
  • CSA C22.2 No. 60950-00, Canadian Standards Association
  • EN60950 European Norm
  • IEC 60950, Edition 1, International Electrotechnical Commission, Safety Information
  • GS Mark (Safety, TUV, EN60950)- Germany, Europe
  • Nordic deviations to IEC 60950-1 1st Edition

General requirements: The product is in compliance with IBM Corporate Bulletin C-B 0-2594-000 Statement of Conformity of IBM Product to External Standard (Suppliers Declaration).

Hardware requirements

System p 550 minimum system configuration: The p550 has four processor slots, each of which can contain a 2-core processor. The system can contain up to 256 GB of system memory (64 GB maximum per processor card), five PCI adapters, and multiple media devices, as desired. This flexibility is made available through the many optional features for the p550.

Each p550 must include a minimum of the following items:

  • One system Central Electronics Complex (CEC) enclosure with the following items:
    • One power cord (#6458, #6460, #6469-#6478, #6487, #6488, #6493-#6496, #6651, #6659, #6660, #6669-#6672, #6680, #6687)
    • One Language Group, Specify (#9300 or #97xx)
  • Choose one processor card from:
    • 2-core 3.5 GHz POWER6 processor with 32 MB L3 Cache (#4965)
    • 2-core 4.2 GHz POWER6 processor with 32 MB L3 Cache (#4966)

    Note: The 3.5 GHz processor will be available March 7, 2008.

  • Choose two processor activations from:
    • 2 x #4985, or 1 x #4985 and 1 x #4945 with processor card #4995
    • 2 x #4986, or 1 x #4986 and 1 x #4946 with processor card #4996

      Note: Features 4985 and 4946 are part of Express Product Offerings.

      Note: Processor activations are only available to SDIs as MES orders.

  • Choose 1 GB minimum memory from:
    • 1024 MB PC2-5300 Memory (2 x 512 MB RDIMMs) (#4520)
    • 2048 MB PC2-5300 Memory (2 x 1024 MB RDIMMs) (#4521)
    • 4096 MB PC2-5300 Memory (2 x 2048 MB RDIMMs) (#4522)
    • 8192 MB PC2-5300 Memory (2 x 4096 MB RDIMMs) (#4523)
    • 16384 MB PC2-3200 Memory (2 x 8192 MB RDIMMs) (#4524)
  • Choose DASD Backplane from:
    • DASD Backplane without external SAS port, 6 x 3.5-inch DASD (#8341)
    • DASD Backplane with external SAS port, 6 x 3.5-inch DASD (#8345)
  • Choose Ethernet daughter card from:
    • Dual-port 1 Gb Integrated Ethernet Daughter Card (#5623)
    • 4-port 1 Gb Integrated Virtual Ethernet Daughter Card (#5624)
    • Dual-port 10 Gb Integrated Virtual Ethernet Daughter Card (#5613)
  • Choose disk drive from:
    • 73.4 GB SAS 3.5-inch 15,000 RPM (#3646)
    • 146.8 GB SAS 3.5-inch 15,000 RPM (#3647)
    • 300 GB SAS 3.5-inch 15,000 RPM (#3648)
  • Choose Op Panel cable from:
    • Cable for deskside with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1843)
    • Cable for rack-mount drawer with 3.5-inch DASD Backplane (#1877))
  • Choose media devices from:
    • DVD-ROM (#5756)
    • DVD-RAM (#5757)
  • Choose power supply from:
    • 1700 watt AC, Hot-swap, Base (#7707)
  • Configuration indicator
    • #7292 for deskside system with IBM cover set
    • #7217 for deskside system with OEM cover set
    • #7360 for rack-mount system with IBM bezel (requires #7146)
    • #7359 for rack-mount system with OEM bezel (requires #7146)

RAID: Internal RAID is available on the p550. Feature 5679 is required for internal RAID. RAID also requires DASD Backplane feature 8345. Hardware RAID 0, 5, 6, and 10 are supported.

RAID 0 (minimum 2 disks) provides striping without parity for performance, but does not offer any fault tolerance. The failure of a single drive will result in the loss of all data on the array.

RAID 1 provides mirrored: set (minimum 2 disks) without parity, and provides fault tolerance from disk errors and single disk failure. Increased read performance occurs when using a multi-threaded operating system that supports split seeks, very small performance reduction when writing. The array continues to operate so long as at least one drive is functioning.

RAID 5 (minimum 3 disks) uses block-level data striping with distributed parity. RAID 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more drives. Fault tolerance is maintained by ensuring that the parity information for any given block of data is placed on a drive separate from those used to store the data itself.

RAID 6 (minimum 4 disks) uses block-level data striping with dual distributed parity, the same as RAID 5 except RAID 6 uses a second level of independently calculated and distributed parity information for additional fault tolerance. This extra fault tolerance provides data security in the event two drives fail before a drive can be replaced. RAID 6 requires N+2 drives to accommodate the additional parity data, which makes it less cost-effective than RAID 5 for equivalent storage capacity.

RAID 10 is a combination of RAID 0 and RAID 1. In this type of implementation, a RAID 0 stripe set of data is created across a two-disk array for performance benefits. A duplicate of the first stripe is then mirrored on another two-disk array for fault tolerance.

Software requirements

If installing the AIX operating system (one of these):

  • AIX 5.3 with the 5300-07 Technology Level, or later
  • AIX 5.3 with the 5300-06 Technology Level with Service Pack 4, or later
  • AIX 6.1, or later

If installing the Linux operating system (one of these):

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1 for POWER Systems, or later
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5 for POWER, or later
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 for POWER, or later

    Visit the IBM Prerequisite Web site for compatibility information for hardware features and the corresponding AIX Technology Levels

    Note: Not all p550 features available under the AIX operating system are available under the Linux operating system.

Information on features and external devices supported by Linux on the p550 can be found at

If installing the p550 server within the Cluster 1600:

  • CSM V1.7 (AIX or Linux)

Limitations

System

  • When an HMC is connected to the system, the integrated system ports are rendered nonfunctional. In this case, the customer must install an asynchronous adapter for serial port usage.
  • Integrated system ports are not supported when the HMC ports are connected to an HMC. Either the HMC ports or the integrated system ports can be used, but not both.
  • The integrated system ports are supported for modem and asynch terminal connections. Any other application using serial ports requires a serial port adapter to be installed in a PCI slot. The integrated system ports do not support HACMP™ configurations.

Processor cards

  • A minimum of one processor card is required on an order with a maximum of eight processors on four processor cards.
  • One, two, three, or four 2-core processor cards (either #4965 or #4966) may be installed in a system.
  • Processor card features 4965 and 4966 may not be mixed in the system.
  • All processors must be activated.
    • The 2-core 3.5 GHz processor (#4965) requires that two processor activation codes be ordered. A maximum of two processor activation code features (2 x #4985, or 1 x #4985 and 1 x #4945) are allowed per processor card.
    • The 2-core 4.2 GHz processor (#4966) requires that two processor activation codes be ordered. A maximum of two processor activation code features (2 x #4986, or 1 x #4986 and 1 x #4946) are allowed per processor card.
  • Each processor card contains 64 KB I-cache and 64 KB D-cache per core.
  • Each processor card contains 4 MB of Level 2 cache per core.

Power supply: The base machine contains one ac power supply with a second available for redundancy.

Redundant power supply/fans

  • Second optional ac (#7707) power supply
  • Redundant fans standard

Power cords: On a p550 with three or four processor cards installed, a 220V power cord is required. You cannot use features 6460, 6470, 6471, 6651, 6660, or 6670 when three or four processor cards are installed in the system.

System memory

  • A minimum 1 GB of memory is required.
  • Eight memory DIMM slots are on a processor card. The maximum system memory with one processor card is 64 GB. The maximum system memory is 128 GB with two processor cards installed and 256 GB with four processor cards installed.
  • The system memory feature numbers may be mixed within a system.
  • It is recommended that memory be installed evenly across all processor cards in the system. Balancing memory across the installed processor cards allows memory access in a consistent manner and typically results in the best possible performance for your configuration.

Plans for future memory upgrades should be taken into account when deciding which memory feature size to use at the time of initial system order.

Figure 1. Memory features

                      Feature    Minimum    Maximum
Feature               number     quantity   quantity
 
1024 MB PC2-5300      4520          0          16
 (2 x 512 MB RDIMMs)
2048 MB PC2-5300      4521          0          16
 (2 x 1024 MB RDIMMs)
4096 MB PC2-5300      4522          0          16
 (2 x 2048 MB RDIMMs)
8192 MB PC2-5300      4523          0          16
 (2 x 4096 MB RDIMMs)
16384 MB PC2-3200     4524          0          16
 (2 x 8192 MB RDIMMs)

Drawer/tower attachment

  • 7311-D20 and 7314-G30 PCIX Expansion Drawers
    • Maximum of four drawers per adapter (#5614, #5616, or follow-ons)
    • Maximum of two RIO/IB loops
    • Total of eight drawers per p550 system
  • 7031-D24/T24 SCSI DASD Drawer/Tower
    • Feature number 1912 or 5736 (maximum of 2) supports two drawers/towers, one per feature 1912 or 5886.
  • Feature number 5886 SAS DASD Expansion Drawer
    • Feature number 8345 supports one feature 5886 drawer.
    • Feature number 5900 (maximum of 2) supports eight feature 5886 drawers, four per feature 5900.
  • A 7311-D20 (or #5886 or 7314-G30 Expansion Drawer) cannot be configured with a deskside 8204-E8A, indicated by feature numbers 7292 or 7217.

PCI card slots: The p550 has a maximum of five hot-plug slots.

  • Slot 1 is a PCIe x8 2.5 GHz short-length slot. A GX+ (583-783 MHz) or GX++ (1.56-1.75 GHz) slot shares this slot.
  • Slot 2 is a PCIe x8 2.5 GHz short length-slot. A GX+ (583-783 MHz) slot shares this slot.
  • To install a GX++ adapter in the system, two or more processor cards are required.
  • To install two GX+ adapters in the system, two or more processor cards are required.
  • Slot 3 is a PCIe x8 2.5 GHz full-length slot.
  • Slots 4 and 5 are PCIX DDR 266 MHz full-length slots.

Note: Optional GX+ and GX++ adapters (RIO-G and IB) are used for external DASD and I/O drawer and tower expansion.

Graphics adapters

  • A graphics adapter, keyboard, and mouse are not required in the minimum configuration.
  • The maximum number of graphics adapters supported in the p550 is four.

I/O adapters

  • Feature numbers 5613, 5623, 5624, and 5679 are not plugged into a slot.
  • Refer to Figure 2 for additional I/O adapter limitations.
  • The adapter installed in slot 1 or 2 must be short.
  • A maximum of two of feature 1981, 1982, 5718, or 5719 is allowed in the system.
  • A maximum of two of features 5614 and 5616 is allowed in the system. Both require a GX slot.

Figure 2. I/O adapter features

                                  Orderable  Supported
                                  feature    feature   Max
I/O Adapter                       number     number    qty   Size
 
2-port USB PCI                    2738                  2    Short
8-port Asynchronous EIA-232       2943                  2    Short
4-port ARTIC960Hx                            2947       2    Long
2-port Multiprotocol                         2962       2    Short
GXT135P Graphics Accelerator      2849       1980       2    Short
PCI-X Cryptographic Coprocessor   4764                  2    Long
2-port 10 Gb IVE Daughter Card    5613                  1    N/A
Dual-port RIO-2 I/O Hub           5614                  2    GX slot
GX Dual -port 12x Channel Attach  5616                  2    GX slot
2-port 1 Gb IVE Daughter Card     5623                  1    N/A
4-port 1 Gb IVE Daughter Card     5624                  1    N/A
SAS RAID Enablement Card          5679                  1    N/A
Gigabit Ethernet                  5700       1978       2    Short
10/100/1000 Ethernet              5701       1979       2    Short
2-port 10/100/1000 Ethernet       5706       1983       2    Short
2-port Gigabit Ethernet-SX        5707       1984       2    Short
ISCI TOE Gb Ethernet (Copper)     5713       1986       2    Short
ISCI TOE Gb Ethernet (Fiber)      5714       1987       2    Short
2 Gb Fibre Channel PCI-X                     5716/1977  2    Short
4-port 1 Gb Ethernet PCI-e 4x     5717                  3    Short
10 Gigabit Ethernet -- SR                    5718/1981  2    Short
10 Gigabit Ethernet -- LR                    5719/1982  2    Short
10 Gb Ethernet -- Short Reach     5721                  2    Short
10 Gb Ethernet -- Long Reach      5722                  2    Short
2-port Asynchronous EIA-232       5723                  2    Short
PCI-X Ultra320 SCSI DDR           5736       1912       2    Short
4-port 10/100/1000 Ethernet       5740       1954       2    Short
GXT145 PCIe Graphics Accelerator  5748                  3    Short
1-port 4 Gb Fibre Channel         5758       1905       2    Short
2-port 4 Gb Fibre Channel         5759       1910       2    Short
2-port 1 Gb Ethernet (UTP) PCIe   5767                  3    Short
2-port 1 Gb Ethernet (Fiber) PCIe 5768                  3    Short
1-port 4 Gb Fibre Channel         5773                  3    Short
2-port 4 Gb Fibre Channel         5774                  3    Short
 
SAS Controller PCI-X 2.0          5900                  2    Short
Quad Digital Trunk                6312                  2    Long

Storage devices/bays

  • The p550 has a slim media bay that can contain an optional DVD-ROM (#5756 or follow-on) or an optional DVD-RAM (#5757 or follow-on), and a half-high bay that can contain a tape drive.
  • Either a DVD-ROM (#5756) or DVD-RAM (#5757) must be selected.
  • The following rules apply for feature numbers 3646, 3647, and 3648:
    • Either feature 8341 or 8345 must be selected. Feature number 8345 requires feature number 3668.
    • Feature 1843 must be selected with desk-side coverset feature 7292 or 7217. Feature 1877 must be selected with rack-mount bezel feature 7360 or 7359.
    • If a tape device (#5907 or follow-ons) is installed in the half-high media bay, feature 3655 must be selected.

Figure 3. Storage device features

                                               Orderable
                         Maximum               feature
Device                   quantity  Bay         number
 
DVD-ROM (IDE)               1      Slim        5756
DVD-RAM (IDE)               1      Slim        5757
4mm 36/72 GB Tape (SAS)     1      Half high   5907
73.4 GB 15,000 RPM, SAS,    114*   DASD 1-6,   3646
Hot-swap                           9 x #5886
146.8 GB 15,000 RPM, SAS,   114*   DASD 1-6,   3647
Hot-swap                           9 x #5886
300 GB 15,000 RPM, SAS,     114*   DASD 1-6'   3648
Hot-swap                           9 x #5886
 
* Note: 6 disk drives maximum can be installed internally;
        108 disk drives maximum can be installed in 9 x #5886.

Planning information

Cable orders: No cables required.

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of host software and application software.

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 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.

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Terms and conditions

Volume orders: Contact your IBM representative.

IBM Global Financing: No

Warranty period: One year

Alternative warranty options are available on a special bid basis from your IBM representative or Business Partner.

Warranty service: If required, IBM provides repair or exchange service depending on the types of warranty service specified for the machine. An IBM technician will attempt to resolve your problem over the telephone, or electronically via 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. If applicable to your product, parts considered Customer Replaceable Units (CRUs) will be provided as part of the machine's standard warranty service.

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. This product is covered by the following type(s) of service.

Customer Replaceable Unit Service and On-site for other selected parts.

Customer Replaceable Unit 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 upon your request. CRUs are designated as being either a Tier 1 or a Tier 2 CRU.

Tier 1 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. For machines with on-site same-day response service, IBM will replace a Tier 1 CRU at your request, at no additional charge.

Tier 2 CRU: You may install a Tier 2 CRU yourself or request IBM to install it, at no additional charge.

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, return instructions and a container are shipped with the replacement CRU, and you may be charged for the replacement CRU if IBM does not receive the defective CRU within 15 days of your receipt of the replacement.

The following parts have been designated as Tier 1 CRU parts:

  • DASD drive
  • DVD drive
  • Dedicated Ethernet
  • Fan air baffle
  • Fan
  • All PCI adapters
  • Power supply
  • RAID base card
  • RAID auxiliary card
  • RAID auxiliary card battery
  • Thermal card (TPMD)
  • VPD card
  • Adapter — GX +
  • Line/power cord
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • External cables
  • Display

On-site Service: 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.

  • 9 hours per day, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, next-business-day response

Calls must be received by 5 p.m. local time in order to qualify for Next-Business-Day Service.

Non-IBM parts support

Warranty service: IBM is now shipping machines with selected non-IBM parts that contain an IBM field replaceable unit (FRU) part number label. These parts are to be serviced during the IBM machine warranty period. IBM is covering the service on these selected non-IBM parts as an accommodation to their customers, and normal warranty service procedures for the IBM machine apply.

Warranty service upgrades and maintenance service options

Warranty service upgrades

During the warranty period, warranty service upgrades provide an enhanced level of On-site Service for an additional charge. A warranty service upgrade must be purchased during the warranty period and is for a fixed term (duration). It is not refundable or transferable and may not be prorated. If required, IBM will provide the warranty service upgrade enhanced level of On-site Service acquired by the customer. Service levels are response time objectives and are not guaranteed.

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.

On-site Service: 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. The following service selections are available as warranty upgrades for your machine.

  • 9 hours per day, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, 4-hour average, same-business-day response
  • 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 4-hour average response
  • 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 2-hour average response

Customer Replaceable Units (CRUs) may be provided as part of the machine's standard warranty CRU Service except that you may install a CRU yourself or request IBM installation, at no additional charge, under one of the On-site Service levels specified above. For additional information on the CRU Service, see warranty information.

Maintenance Services: If required, IBM provides repair or exchange service depending on the types of maintenance service specified for the machine. IBM will attempt to resolve your problem over the telephone or electronically, via 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 maintenance 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. The following service selections are available as maintenance options for your machine type.

On-site Service: 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.

  • 9 hours per day, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, next-business-day response
  • 9 hours per day, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, 4-hour average response
  • 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 4-hour average response
  • 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 2-hour average response

Customer Replaceable Unit Service:

If your problem can be resolved with a CRU (for example, keyboard, mouse, speaker, memory, or hard disk drive), and depending upon the maintenance service offerings in your geography, IBM will ship the CRU to you for you to install. CRU information and replacement instructions are shipped with your machine and are available from IBM upon your request.

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, return instructions and a container are shipped with the replacement CRU, and you may be charged for the replacement CRU if IBM does not receive the defective CRU within 15 days of your receipt of the replacement.

CRUs may be provided as part of the machine's standard maintenance service except that you may install a CRU yourself or request IBM installation, at no additional charge, under any of the On-site Service levels specified above.

Machine Exchange Service: IBM will initiate shipment of a replacement machine to your location. You are responsible for its installation and verification of operation. You must pack the failed machine into the shipping container that contained the replacement machine and return the failed machine to IBM. Transportation charges, both ways, are paid by IBM. You may be charged. for the replacement machine if IBM does not receive the failed machine. within 15 days of your receipt of the replacement.

Non-IBM parts support

Under certain conditions, IBM repairs selected non-IBM parts at no additional charge for machines that are covered under warranty service upgrades or maintenance services.

IBM Service provides hardware problem determination on non-IBM parts (for example, adapter cards, PCMCIA cards, disk drives, memory) installed within IBM machines covered under warranty service upgrades or maintenance services and provides the labor to replace the failing parts at no additional charge.

If IBM has a Technical Service Agreement with the manufacturer of the failing part, or if the failing part is an accommodations part (a part with an IBM FRU label), IBM may also source and replace the failing part at no additional charge. For all other non-IBM parts, customers are responsible for sourcing the parts. Installation labor is provided at no additional charge, if the machine is covered under a warranty service upgrade or a maintenance service.

Usage plan machine: No

IBM hourly service rate classification: Two.

When a type of service involves the exchange of a machine part, the replacement may not be new, but will be in good working order.

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: Yes. The applicable processor group is E5.

Licensed Machine Code: IBM Machine Code is licensed for use by a customer on the IBM machine for which it was provided by IBM under the terms and conditions of the IBM License Agreement for Machine Code, to enable the machine to function in accordance with its specifications, and only for the capacity authorized by IBM and acquired by the customer. You can obtain the agreement by contacting your IBM representative or visiting

Machine using LMC Type Model xxxx-xxx

IBM may release changes to the Machine Code. IBM plans to make the Machine Code changes available for download from the IBM pSeries technical support Web site

If the machine does not function as warranted and your problem can be resolved through your application of downloadable machine code, you are responsible for downloading and installing these designated machine code changes as IBM specifies. If you would prefer, you may request IBM to install downloadable Machine Code changes; however, you may be charged for that service.

Educational allowance

A reduced charge is available to qualified education customers. The educational allowance may not be added to any other discount or allowance.

The educational allowance is 8% for the products in this announcement.
 
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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.

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM System p 8204- machine type:

                                             Minimum Initial/
                                             monthly MES/
                            Feature Purchase maint.  Both/        RP
Description                 number  price    charge  Support  CSU MES
 
IBM System p 550
                                    $5,509   $124             Yes
 
IBM Express Seller Indicator
                            0050         0           Both     Yes No
 
AIX Partition Specify
                            0265         0           Both     Yes No
 
Linux Partition Specify
                            0266         0           Both     Yes No
 
Customer Specified Placement
                            0456       400           Initial  N/A No
 
Assembled in USA
                            0983        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
1.5 Meter 12X to 4X Channel
 Conversion Cable           1828       300           Both     Yes No
 
3 Meter 12X to 4X Channel
 Conversion Cable           1841       375           Both     Yes No
 
10 Meter 12X to 4X Channel
 Conversion Cable           1842       600           Both     Yes No
 
Op Panel Cable for Deskside
 System w/3.5" DASD         1843         6           Both     Yes No
 
Op Panel Cable for
 Rack-mount Drawer          1877         6           Both     Yes No
 w/3.5" DASD
 
4 GB Single-Port Fibre
 Channel PCI-X 2.0          1905     1,510           Support  Yes No
 DDR Adapter
 
4 GB Dual-Port Fibre
 Channel PCI-X 2.0          1910     2,499           Support  Yes No
 DDR Adapter
 
PCI-X DDR Dual Channel
 Ultra320 SCSI Adapter      1912       587           Support  Yes No
 
4-Port 10/100/1000
 Base-TX PCI-X Adapter      1954       830           Support  Yes No
 
2 Gigabit Fibre Channel
 PCI-X Adapter              1977     1,399           Support  Yes No
 
IBM Gigabit Ethernet-SX
 PCI-X Adapter              1978       863           Support  Yes No
 
IBM 10/100/1000 Base-TX
 Ethernet PCI-X Adapter     1979       205           Support  Yes No
 
POWER GXT135P Graphics
 Accelerator with           1980       339           Support  Yes No
 Digital Support
 
10 Gigabit Ethernet -SR
 PCI-X Adapter              1981     5,000           Support  Yes No
 
IBM 10 Gigabit Ethernet-LR
 PCI-X Adapter              1982     9,853           Support  Yes No
 
IBM 2-Port 10/100/1000
 Base-TX Ethernet           1983       332           Support  Yes No
 PCI-X Adapter
 
IBM 2-Port Gigabit
 Ethernet-SX PCI-X Adapter  1984     1,322           Support  Yes No
 
1 Gigabit iSCSI TOE PCI-X
 on Copper Media Adapter    1986       725           Support  Yes No
 
1 Gigabit iSCSI TOE PCI-X
 on Optical Media Adapter   1987     1,100           Support  Yes No
 
PCI SCSI Adapter 16-Bit
 Differential External      2114       225           Support  Yes No
 Y Cable
 
Converter Cable, VHDCI to P,
 Mini-68 pin to 68 pin,     2118        50           Support  Yes No
 0.3M
 
0.6M 16-bit SCSI-2
 System-to-System Cable     2424        90           Support  Yes No
 
2.5M 16-bit SCSI-2
 System-to-System Cable     2425       108           Support  Yes No
 
LC-SC 50 Micron Fiber
 Converter Cable            2456        83           Both     Yes No
 
LC-SC 62.5 Micron Fiber
 Converter Cable            2459        83           Both     Yes No
 
2-Port USB PCI Adapter
                            2738        45           Both     Yes No
POWER GXT135P Graphics
 Accelerator with           2849       339           Both     Yes No
 Digital Support
 
ARTIC960Hx 4-Port EIA-232
 Cable                      2861       354           Support  Yes No
 
ARTIC960Hx 4-Port X.21
 Cable                      2863       417           Support  Yes No
 
ARTIC960Hx 4-Port V.35
 (DTE) Cable                2864       700           Support  Yes No
 
IBM ARTIC960RxD Quad DTA,
 H.100, 4-Drop Cable        2877        25           Both     Yes No
 
Asynchronous Terminal/
 Printer Cable EIA-232      2934        37           Both     Yes No
 
Asynchronous Cable
 EIA-232/V.24               2936        61           Both     Yes No
 
8-Port Asynchronous Adapter
 EIA-232/RS-422, PCI bus    2943     1,162           Both     Yes No
 
IBM ARTIC960Hx 4-Port
 Multiprotocol PCI Adapter  2947     3,021           Support  Yes No
 
Cable, V.24 / EIA-232
                            2951       146           Support  Yes No
 
Cable, V.35
                            2952       267           Support  Yes No
 
Cable, V.36 / EIA-499
                            2953       212           Support  Yes No
 
Cable, X.21
                            2954       146           Support  Yes No
 
2-Port Multiprotocol
 PCI Adapter                2962     1,666           Support  Yes No
 
Serial-to-Serial Port
 Cable for Drawer/Drawer    3124        67           Both     Yes No
 
Serial-to-Serial Port
 Cable for Rack/Rack        3125        67           Both     Yes No
 
RIO-2(Remote I/O-2)Cbl,
 1.2M                       3146       350           Both     Yes No
 
RIO-2(Remote I/O-2)Cbl,
 3.5M                       3147       550           Both     Yes No
 
RIO-2 (Remote I/O-2)
 Cable, 10M                 3148       850           Both     Yes No
 
L200P Flat Panel Monitor
                            3636     1,070           Support  Yes No
IBM T541H /L150p 15" TFT
 Color Monitor              3637       407           Support  Yes No
 
IBM ThinkVision(R) L170p
 Flat Panel Monitor         3639       829           Support  Yes No
 
ThinkVision L171p Flat
 Panel Monitor              3640       580           Support  Yes No
 
IBM T115 Flat Panel
 Monitor                    3641       559           Support  Yes No
 
ThinkVision L191p Flat
 Panel Monitor              3642       680           Support  Yes No
 
IBM T120 Flat Panel
 Monitor                    3643     1,325           Support  Yes No
 
 

Note: These features are subject to an $8.00 electronic
waste recycling fee (15-inch TO 34-inch video device.)

 
IBM T119 Flat Panel Monitor
                            3644       845           Both     Yes No
 
IBM T117 Flat Panel Monitor
                            3645       700           Both     Yes No
 
73 GB 15K RPM SAS Disk Drive
                            3646       498           Both     Yes No
 
146 GB 15K RPM SAS Disk Drive
                            3647       981           Both     Yes No
 
300 GB 15K RPM SAS Disk Drive
                            3648     1,510           Both     Yes No
 
SAS Cable (EE) Drawer to
 Drawer 1M                  3652        50           Both     Yes No
 
SAS Cable (EE) Drawer to
 Drawer 3M                  3653        70           Both     Yes No
 
SAS Cable (EE) Drawer to
 Drawer 6M                  3654       120           Both     Yes No
 
SAS HH Cable
                            3655        35           Both     Yes No
 
SAS Cable, DASD Backplane
 to Rear Bulkhead           3668        80           Both     Yes No
 
SAS Cable (AI)- 1M
                            3679        53           Both     Yes No
SAS Cable (YI) System to
 SAS Enclosure, Single      3686        90           Both     Yes No
 Controller/Dual Path 1.5M
 
SAS Cable (YI) System to
 SAS Enclosure, Single      3687       110           Both     Yes No
 Controller/Dual Path 3M
 
SAS Cable (YO) Adapter to
 SAS Enclosure, Single      3691        90           Both     Yes No
 Controller/Dual Path 1.5 M
 
SAS Cable (YO) Adapter to
 SAS Enclosure, Single      3692       110           Both     Yes No
 Controller/Dual Path 3 M
 
SAS Cable (YO) Adapter to
 SAS Enclosure, Single      3693       150           Both     Yes No
 Controller/Dual Path 6 M
 
Serial Port Converter
 Cable, 9-Pin to 25-Pin     3925        21           Both     Yes No
 
Asynch Printer/Terminal
 Cable, 9-pin to 25-pin,    3926        76           Both     Yes No
 4M
 
Serial Port Null Modem
 Cable, 9-pin to 9-pin,     3927        67           Both     Yes No
 3.7M
 
Serial Port Null Modem
 Cable, 9-pin to 9-pin,     3928        67           Both     Yes No
 10M
 
6-Foot Extender Cable for
 Displays (15-pin D-shell   4242        83           Both     Yes No
 to 15-pin D-shell)
 
Extender Cable —
 USB Keyboards, 2M          4256        42           Both     Yes No
 
VGA to DVI Connection
 Converter                  4276         8           Both     Yes No
 
1024MB (2x512MB) RDIMMs,
 667 MHz, 512Mb DRAM        4520       512           Both     Yes No
 
2048MB (2x1024MB) RDIMMs,
 667 MHz, 512Mb DRAM        4521     1,024           Both     Yes No
 
4096MB (2x2048MB) RDIMMs,
 667 MHz, 512Mb DRAM        4522     2,048           Both     Yes No
 
8192MB (2x4096MB) RDIMMs,
 667 MHz, 512Mb Stacked     4523     5,734           Both     Yes No
 DRAM
 
16384MB (2x8192MB) RDIMMs,
 400 MHz, 1Gb Stacked DRAM  4524    19,661           Both     Yes No
 
 

One and only one rack indicator features is required on
all orders (#4650 to #4666).

 
Rack Indicator--
 Not Factory Integrated     4650         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Rack Indicator, Rack #1
                            4651         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Rack Indicator, Rack #2
                            4652         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Rack Indicator, Rack #3
                            4653         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Rack Indicator, Rack #4
                            4654         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Rack Indicator, Rack #5
                            4655         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Rack Indicator, Rack #6
                            4656         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Rack Indicator, Rack #7
                            4657         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Rack Indicator, Rack #8
                            4658         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Rack Indicator, Rack #9
                            4659         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Rack Indicator, Rack #10
                            4660         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Rack Indicator, Rack #11
                            4661         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Rack Indicator, Rack #12
                            4662         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Rack Indicator, Rack #13
                            4663         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Rack Indicator, Rack #14
                            4664         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Rack Indicator, Rack #15
                            4665         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Rack Indicator, Rack #16
                            4666         0           Initial  N/A No
 
PCI-X Cryptographic
 Coprocessor (FIPS 4)       4764     9,000           Both     Yes No
 
Zero-priced Processor
 Activation for #4965       4945         0           Both     Yes No
 
Zero-priced Processor
 Activation for #4966       4946         0           Both     Yes No
 
2-core 3.5 GHz POWER6
 Processor Card             4965     9,291     72    Both     Yes No
 
2-core 4.2 GHz POWER6
 Processor Card             4966    16,092     88    Both     Yes No
 
One Processor Activation
 for Processor Feature      4985     4,372           Both     Yes No
 #4965
 
One Processor Activation
 for Processor Feature      4986     7,573           Both     Yes No
 #4966
 
Custom Service Specify,
 Off-Site                   5001         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Software Preinstall
                            5005         0           Initial  N/A No
 
Dual Port (SR) Integrated
 Virtual Ethernet 10Gb      5613     3,500           Both     Yes No
 Daughter Card
 
Dual Port RIO-2 I/O Hub
                            5614     1,500           Both     Yes No
 
GX Dual-port 12x Channel
 Attach                     5616     1,100           Both     Yes No
 
Dual Port 1Gb Integrated
 Virtual Ethernet           5623       301           Both     Yes No
 Daughter Card
 
4-Port 1Gb Integrated
 Virtual Ethernet           5624       528           Both     Yes No
 Daughter Card
 
SAS RAID Enablement
                            5679     2,500           Both     Yes No
 
IBM Gigabit Ethernet-SX
 PCI-X Adapter              5700       863           Both     Yes No
 
IBM 10/100/1000 Base-TX
 Ethernet PCI-X Adapter     5701       528           Both     Yes No
 
IBM 2-Port 10/100/1000
 Base-TX Ethernet           5706       755           Both     Yes No
 PCI-X Adapter
 
IBM 2-Port Gigabit
 Ethernet-SX PCI-X Adapter  5707     1,322           Both     Yes No
 
1 Gigabit iSCSI TOE PCI-X
 on Copper Media Adapter    5713       900           Both     Yes No
 
1 Gigabit iSCSI TOE PCI-X
 on Optical Media Adapter   5714     1,400           Both     Yes No
 
2 Gigabit Fibre Channel
 PCI-X Adapter              5716     1,510           Support  Yes No
 
4-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX
 PCI Express Adapter        5717       830           Both     Yes No
 
10 Gigabit Ethernet -SR
 PCI-X Adapter              5718     5,000           Support  Yes No
 
IBM 10 Gigabit Ethernet-LR
 PCI-X Adapter              5719     9,853           Support  Yes No
 
10 Gb Ethernet-SR PCI-X
 2.0 DDR Adapter            5721     4,742           Both     Yes No
 
10 Gb Ethernet-LR PCI-X
 2.0 DDR Adapter            5722     7,999           Both     Yes No
 
2-Port Asynchronous
 EIA-232 PCI Adapter        5723       129           Both     Yes No
 
PCI-X DDR Dual Channel
 Ultra320 SCSI Adapter      5736       587           Both     Yes No
 
4-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX
 PCI-X Adapter              5740       830           Both     Yes No
 
POWER GXT145 PCI Express
 Graphics Accelerator       5748       378           Both     Yes No
 
IDE Slimline DVD-ROM Drive
                            5756       208           Both     Yes No
 
IBM 4.7 GB IDE Slimline
 DVD-RAM Drive              5757       499           Both     Yes No
 
4 GB Single-Port Fibre
 Channel PCI-X 2.0          5758     1,510           Both     Yes No
 DDR Adapter
 
4 Gb Dual-Port Fibre
 Channel PCI-X 2.0          5759     2,499           Both     Yes No
 DDR Adapter
 
2-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX
 Ethernet PCI Express       5767       528           Both     Yes No
 Adapter
 
2-Port Gigabit Ethernet-SX
 PCI Express Adapter        5768     1,322           Both     Yes No
 
4 Gigabit PCI Express
 Single Port Fibre          5773     1,510           Both     Yes No
 Channel Adapter
 
4 Gigabit PCI Express
 Dual Port Fibre            5774     2,499           Both     Yes No
 Channel Adapter
 
EXP 12S
                            5886     4,500    228    Both     Yes No
 
PCI-X DDR Dual -x4
 SAS Adapter                5900       587           Both     Yes No
 
36/72GB 4mm DAT72 SAS
 Tape Drive                 5907     1,150     61    Both     Yes No
 
Full Width Keyboard --
 USB, US English, #103P
                            5951        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, French, #189
                            5952        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Italian, #142
                            5953        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, German/Austrian, #129
                            5954        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, UK English, #166P
                            5955        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Spanish, #172
                            5956        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Japanese, #194
                            5957        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Brazilian Portuguese, #275
                            5958        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Hungarian, #208
                            5959        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Korean, #413
                            5960        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Chinese, #467
                            5961        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, French Canadian, #445
                            5962        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Canadian French, #058
                            5963        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Belgian/UK, #120
                            5964        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Swedish/Finnish, #153
                            5965        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Danish, #159
                            5966        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Bulgarian, #442
                            5967        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Swiss/French/German, #150
                            5968        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Norwegian,#155
                            5969        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Dutch, #143
                            5970        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Portuguese, #163
                            5971        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Greek, #319
                            5972        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Hebrew, #212
                            5973        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Polish, #214
                            5974        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Slovakian, #245
                            5975        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Czech, #243
                            5976        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Turkish, #179
                            5977        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, LA Spanish, #171
                            5978        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Arabic, #253
                            5979        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Thai, #191
                            5980        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Russian, #443
                            5981        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, Slovenian, #234
                            5982        83           Both     Yes No
 
 USB, US English Euro, #103P
                            5983        83           Both     Yes No
 
Power Control Cable (SPCN) --
 2 meter                    6001        25           Both     Yes No
 
 3 meter                    6006        40           Both     Yes No
 
 15 meter                   6007        70           Both     Yes No
 
 6 meter                    6008        50           Both     Yes No
 
 30 meter                   6029        90           Both     Yes No
 
Quad Digital Trunk
 Telephony PCI Adapter      6312     9,580           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cable -- Drawer to
 IBM PDU, 14-foot,          6458        14           Both     Yes No
 250V/10A
 
Power Cord (14-foot),
 Drawer To OEM PDU          6460        14           Both     Yes No
 (125V, 15A)
 
Power Cord (14-foot),
 Drawer to OEM PDU,         6469        14           Both     Yes No
 (250V, 15A), U.S.
 
Power Cord (6-foot),
 To Wall (125V, 15A)        6470        14           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cord (9-foot), To
 Wall/OEM PDU, (125V, 15A)  6471        14           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cord (9-foot), To
 Wall/OEM PDU, (250V, 16A)  6472        14           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cord (9-foot), To
 Wall/OEM PDU, (250V, 10A)  6473        14           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cord (9-foot), To
 Wall/OEM PDU, (250V, 13A)  6474        14           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cord (9-foot), To
 Wall/OEM PDU, (250V, 16A)  6475        14           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cord (9-foot), To
 Wall/OEM PDU, (250V, 10A)  6476        14           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cord (9-foot), To
 Wall/OEM PDU, (250V, 16A)  6477        14           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cord (9-foot), To
 Wall/OEM PDU, (250V, 16A)  6478        14           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cord (6-foot), To
 Wall, (250V, 15A),         6487        14           Both     Yes No
 United States
 
Power Cord (9-foot), To
 Wall/OEM PDU, (125V,       6488        14           Both     Yes No
 15A or 250V, 10A )
 
Power Cord (9-foot), To
 Wall/OEM PDU, (250V, 10A)  6493        14           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cord (9-foot), To
 Wall/OEM PDU, (250V, 10A)  6494        14           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cord (9-foot), To
 Wall/OEM PDU, (250V, 10A)  6495        14           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cord (9-foot), To
 Wall/OEM PDU, (250V, 10A)  6496        14           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cord (9-foot), To
 Wall/OEM PDU, (125V, 15A)  6651        14           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cord (9-foot), To
 Wall/OEM PDU, (250V, 15A)  6659        14           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cord (14-foot),
 Drawer To OEM PDU          6660        14           Both     Yes No
 (125V, 15A)
 
Power Cord (14-foot),
 Drawer to OEM PDU,         6669        14           Both     Yes No
 (250V, 15A)
 
Power Cord (6-foot),
 To Wall (125V, 15A),       6670        14           Both     Yes No
 
Power Cord (9-foot),
 Drawer to IBM PDU,         6671        14           Both     Yes No
 250V/10A
 
Power Cord (5-foot),
 Drawer to IBM PDU,         6672        14           Both     Yes No
 250V/10A
 
Power Cord (9-foot),
 To Wall/OEM PDU,           6680        14           Both     Yes No
 (250V, 10A)
 
Power Cord (6-foot),
 To Wall, (250V, 15A)       6687        14           Both     Yes No
 
IBM/OEM Rack-Mount
 Drawer Rail Kit            7146       300           Both     Yes No
 
OEM Deskside Cover Set
 (With door)                7217       750           Both     Yes No
 
IBM Deskside Cover Set
 (With door)                7292       750           Both     Yes No
 
SDI Software Pre-Install
 Indicator                  7305        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
OEM Rack-mount Drawer
 Bezel and Hardware         7359       450           Both     Yes No
 
IBM Rack-mount Drawer
 Bezel and Hardware         7360       450           Both     Yes No
 
Power Supply, 1700 Watt AC,
 Hot-swap, Base and         7707       699           Both     Yes No
 Redundant
 
Ethernet Cable, 6M,
 Hardware Management        7801        12           Both     Yes No
 Console to System Unit
 
Ethernet Cable, 15M,
 Hardware Management        7802        26           Both     Yes No
 Console to System Unit
 
PowerVM Standard
                            7982     1,310           Both     Yes No
 
PowerVM Express
                            7983         0           Both     Yes No
 
PowerVM Enterprise
                            7986     1,999           Both     Yes No
 
DASD/Media Backplane for
 3.5" DASD/DVD/Tape         8341       340           Both     Yes No
 
DASD/Media Backplane for
 3.5" DASD/DVD/Tape;        8345       560           Both     Yes No
  with External SAS Port
 
Keyboard -- USB
 US English, #103P
                            8800        83           Support  Yes No
 
 French, #189
                            8801        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Italian, #142
                            8802        83           Support  Yes No
 
 German/Austrian, #129
                            8803        83           Support  Yes No
 
 UK English, #166
                            8804        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Spanish, #172
                            8805        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Japanese, #194
                            8806        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Brazilian/Portuguese, #275
                            8807        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Canadian French, #058
                            8808        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Belgium/UK, #120
                            8810        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Swedish/Finnish, #153
                            8811        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Danish, #159
                            8812        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Bulgarian, #442
                            8813        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Swiss/French/German, #150F/G
                            8814        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Norwegian, #155
                            8816        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Dutch, #143
                            8817        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Portuguese, #163
                            8818        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Greek, #319
                            8819        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Hebrew, #212
                            8820        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Hungarian, #208
                            8821        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Polish, #214
                            8823        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Slovakian, #245
                            8825        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Czech, #243
                            8826        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Turkish, #179
                            8827        83           Support  Yes No
 
 LA Spanish, #171
                            8829        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Arabic, #253
                            8830        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Korean, #413
                            8833        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Chinese/US, #467
                            8834        83           Support  Yes No
 
 French Canadian, #445
                            8835        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Thai, #191
                            8836        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Russian, #443
 
                            8838        83           Support  Yes No
 
 Yugoslavian/Latin, #105
                            8839        83           Support  Yes No
 
 US English (EMEA), #103P
                            8840        83           Support  Yes No
 
Mouse -- USB, with
 Keyboard Attachment Cable  8841        62           Both     Yes No
 
Order Routing Indicator--
 System Plant               9169        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
Language Group Specify --
 US English
                            9300        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Dutch
                            9700        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 French
                            9703        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 German
                            9704        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Polish
                            9705        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Norwegian
                            9706        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Portuguese
                            9707        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Spanish
                            9708        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Italian
                            9711        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Canadian French
                            9712        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Japanese
                            9714        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Traditional Chinese (Taiwan)
                            9715        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Korean
                            9716        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Turkish
                            9718        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Hungarian
                            9719        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Slovakian
                            9720        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Russian
                            9721        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Simplified Chinese (PRC)
                            9722        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Czech
                            9724        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Romanian
                            9725        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Croatian
                            9726        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Slovenian
                            9727        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Brazilian Portuguese
                            9728        NC           Initial  N/A No
 
 Thai
                            9729        NC           Initial  N/A No
 

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM System p 7014 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description          Model  Feature Purchase         Both/        RP
Machine type 7014    number number  price            Support  CSU MES
 
Rack Content Specify: 8204 -- 4U
 
                     S11     0288   $0               Initial  N/A No
                     S25                             Initial  N/A No
                     T00                             Initial  N/A No
                     T42                             Initial  N/A No
                     B42                             Initial  N/A No

Feature conversions

Feature conversions for 8204 miscellaneous features

                                             Parts          Purchase
From FC:                 To FC:              returned       price
 
7983 -- PowerVM Express  7982 -- PowerVM     No             $1,280
                         Standard
7983 -- PowerVM Express  7986 -- PowerVM     No              1,969
                         Enterprise
7982 -- PowerVM Standard 7986 -- PowerVM     No                689
                         Enterprise

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